Stephen King


Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Stephen King co-founded PHSCL in 1990 with Nicola Coote. He has over 30 years experience in health and safety management, having qualified in 1985. He left a role as Personnel Manager at Delta Enfield Cables Ltd in 1986, moving to the News International printing facility at Wapping, London.

At News International, he was Occupational Health and Safety Manager, in charge of a team of practitioners responsible for the well-being of over 4,000 staff. In 1990, he joined Reuters plc as UK Health and Safety Manager. He left employment with Reuters plc in 1992 and continued to service their health and safety requirements through PHSCL. He has acted as Secretary of the South East Branch of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, and served a two-year term as Chairman of the London Occupational Health and Safety Group by whom he was granted honorary Life Membership. He chaired the annual Tolley Health and Safety Conference for three successive years, and has presented papers at a number of conferences.

He currently chairs Kent Health and Safety Consultants Forum, a group set up by the Health and Safety Executive that has a remit of improving the standard of advice given by all independent safety consultants in the county.

Nicola Coote


Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Deputy Chairman and Head of Marketing

Nicola Coote co-founded PHSCL in 1990 with Stephen King. After seven years of working in occupational safety and health with News International she moved to Reuters plc in 1990 sharing the UK Health and Safety Manager role with Stephen King, and qualified as a health and safety practitioner in 1991. She left their employment in 1992 and continued to service their health and safety requirements through PHSCL.

Nicola has served as Secretary of the South East Branch of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, and has chaired the annual Tolley Health and Safety Conference. She has been a national examiner for the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health, and on the editorial board of Lexis Nexus Butterworth Tolley. She continues to write and update editorial material for their publication Tolley’s Health & Safety at Work Handbook and has acted as author, consultant editor or contributor to more than 30 titles produced by publishers such as Croner. She was the first female fellow of IOSH in the south of England and continues to support the institution by, inter alia, sitting on the panel for applicants applying for chartered membership and chartered fellowship status. She is also a Registered Expert Witness and works on both criminal and civil cases.

Nicola works both operationally and strategically within the group, monitoring and developing suitable and high quality products and services against current and future client requirements. She attained the level 6 Diploma in Marketing with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) to support development of the Group’s marketing strategy, and oversees the Group’s marketing strategy and activities.

Graham Webb


Non-Executive Director

Graham Webb was appointed a non-executive director of PHSC plc in June 2003. He served as a Kent Ambassador for 12 years, appointed by Kent County Council. Prior to its sale, Graham was chair in the UK for many years of the international hair and beauty group that bears his name. The US company was sold to Wella and subsequently acquired by Procter & Gamble for whom Graham served in North America as their goodwill ambassador for 6 years.

He was chair of the Institute of Directors, Kent branch, from 1996 to 1999 and was appointed as a member of the Confederation of British Industry South Eastern Regional Council (1994 to 2000). Graham was chair of the Kent Business Awards for 9 years and chair of the Kent Excellence in Business Awards for 3 years. His charitable activities include being an ambassador for the Kent Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.

As chair of the Kent and Medway NSPCC Full Stop Appeal, Graham helped raise over £460,000. In the 2005 New Year Honours list, Graham was awarded an MBE for his services to business and charity in Kent. Graham is chair of the remuneration committee and is a member of the audit committee.

Lorraine Young

Non-Executive Director

Lorraine Young was appointed a non-executive director of PHSC plc in April 2016. Lorraine is on the advisory board of Indigo Independent Governance and is a former non-executive director of City of London Group plc, an AIM quoted company in the financial services sector where she chaired the remuneration committee.

Lorraine is a past president and fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute. She has held senior governance roles at several blue-chip companies, including Standard Chartered plc and Brambles Industries plc. She ran her own company secretarial and corporate governance advisory practice for 13 years, which in 2016 she merged with the company secretarial team at a UK top 50 law firm, where she was a partner.

She left the firm in February 2019 to pursue her own consultancy interests once more. She is an accredited mediator and honorary treasurer of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, one of the modern livery companies. Lorraine is chair of the audit committee and is a member of the remuneration committee.

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