Lorna Tanner, Senior Health & Safety Consultant
Hi, I’m Lorna, one of WorkNest’s Senior Health & Safety Consultants. I joined the company (formerly Ellis Whittam) in June 2016 but have been working within the health and safety industry since 2006.
After graduating university with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health, I started my career as a health, safety and environmental advisor in a successful ‘outstanding’ college. Due to lack of progression in this role, I took the brave leap to become a Health & Safety Consultant.
I enjoy working across various areas, including Fire, Food and General Health and Safety, and have a varied clientele base (covering sectors such as education, professional services, warehousing, food, care and manufacturing) which makes the role truly interesting. I learn something new every day!
A typical day for me would involve visiting my clients to carry out scheduled health and safety audits or agreed consultancy work.
My greatest achievement is continuing to build excellent relationships with my clients, ensuring their needs are met with a valued service (and no complaints!). I love that WorkNest’s dedicated consultant approach enables me to get to know my clients a first-name basis.
It gives me great satisfaction knowing that my clients are taking health and safety seriously, and that they feel comfortable leaning on me for competent advice in a time of need. I’m proud of what I do; advising clients how to keep people safe helps me sleep at night!
Outside of work, I enjoy socialising, going to the local gym for a session of Pound and then Clubbercise (loving the old dance tunes) and walking. Plus, lockdown has taught me to sit, relax and enjoy the beautiful world we live in and the small things in life!
Lorna’s qualifications and industry memberships
BSc (Hons) Environmental Health 2:1 (CIEH accredited)
HND Food Science
Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTTLS) Level 4
Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS)
Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH)
Associate Membership of the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (AIFSM)
Who you’ll be working with
Willem Van Den Raad
Principal Health & Safety Consultant
Director of HR Consulting
Executive Director, Privacy International
WorkNest supports our 280 staff members with Employment Law and Health & Safety and has provided quality management training too.”
Head of Service Delivery, Catalyst Choice
We get a great deal of comfort and satisfaction knowing that we have support as and when we need it, in a decisive and responsive way.”
Group HR Director, Culina Group
We moved our legal support to WorkNest (formerly Law at Work) having previously used a time and line law firm. It was important, though, that an all-inclusive fee structure did not come at the expense of quality. Thankfully we’ve been delighted with the service we’ve received from WorkNest.”
What we recognised in WorkNest is the background that they have. They are able to supply knowledge and experience in a number of disciplines, which enables us to develop our business in a way that’s safe, to do it on time and with a quality to it.”
Director of Human Resources and Health & Safety,
Bluestone National Park Resort
Chief Executive, The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT)
As the company started to get larger, we knew we had to protect our employees and our contractors both onsite and in the offices. WorkNest is exactly what we needed to move the company forward.”
Operations Director, Beaverfit
Pineapple have worked with the team at WorkNest (formerly Law at Work) since 2003, and we have built a trusted partnership together. We particularly like WorkNest’s concise and practical advice concerning employment law/HR issues and also appreciate their totally supportive approach in all areas of health and safety.”
Pineapple Dance Studios
I’ve taken WorkNest into every organisation that I’ve worked with. I’ve introduced them to many teams and many colleagues and referred them with absolute pleasure because I genuinely trust in the service that we get.”
People Director, The Works