About Us

About Us

Formed in 2008, BV Associates Limited has grown to be one of the UK’s foremost providers of health and safety training and consultancy services.


Safety Training

Created by two ex-Royal Engineers tired of poorly conceived and executed career courses and advice provision, BV Associates Ltd is now nationally recognised as a quality provider of training and consultancy.  Our journey has not been easy as a small fish in a large pond, and there have been noteworthy and not so noteworthy years, many moments of doubt and periods of stress.  Throughout, we have kept two things in mind: our roots and our clients’ needs.

The philosophy of BV Associates Limited is to make safety training easy and accessible for all businesses.  We employ trainers located throughout the UK delivering dynamic classroom training courses.  Each trainer is professionally trained and experienced to provide you with a service that delivers informative and enjoyable training but more importantly making the subject matter easy to understand. We also keep the content of all classroom delivery fresh and lively to deliver a better knowledge retention rate.  We are regulated and approved by the following awarding bodies:

  • NEBOSH Gold Level Provider
  • IOSH Approved Provider
  • ELCAS Funding Approved Supplier
  • CTP Preferred Supplier
  • Silver Defence Employer Recognition Scheme
  • Safe Contractor Approved

Our Director of Marketing, Lisa Corrinna is Dean’s wife, who has been by his side for 21 years of military service and whilst growing the company.  Lisa keeps the partnership in check, having worked as an English Heritage apprentice and then working at prestigious construction sites across the UK as a fully qualified Specialist Painter and Decorator – she knows first-hand the attitudes, ethos, barriers and constraints of working in this sector.  Our Head of Training Operations, Nik Taylor, left the services as a Warrant Officer Class 1 and is now a Major with the Reserves. Claire Carlton joined the company 4 years ago and is now employed full time as our Lead Training Advisor.  Both are consummate professionals and rightly receive constant praise for their training and administrative support.

Claire and Nik’s determination to provide additional support above and beyond other providers is what makes people come back to us time and time again for their training needs. When training with us our learners are part of the family and we share their ups and downs, failures and successes. Many stay in touch and let us know how they are getting on with their own careers – this remains one of the most enjoyable aspects of what we do and drives us on.

Why Choose BV Associates Limited?

  • We understand your journey.
  • We have some of the highest pass rates.
  • We are a Gold Level NEBOSH Provider.
  • We are a CTP Preferred Supplier.
  • We make it easy – our administrative team will put you at ease knowing that we have everything in hand allowing you to focus on whatever else life is throwing at you.
  • We cover the whole of the UK.
  • We are realistically priced – we don’t have hidden charges.
  • We believe expertise matters – we only use fully qualified and experienced safety professionals.
  • We only use Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) & Face-to-Face (F2F) – we feel that these reflect the best training experience for learning, building confidence through group learning and ultimately achieves the best pass rates.
  • Whenever, wherever and whatever – whenever you need it, wherever you are and whatever your safety requirements, we can help you.

Safety Consultancy

When it comes to using our consultancy services we are with you every step of the way to achieving compliance, whilst simplifying safety terminology and working with you to enable you to focus on your own business outputs.  We are regulated and approved by the Safe Contractor Scheme.

Download our full H&S Training and Consultancy Brochure here:

Meet the Directors

Dean Ferguson - Director of Training Services

Even when Dean was employed as a Serviceman, he helped his parents run their training company.  Initially running errands working up to being the Operations Manager for Unit 9 training, taking it from a local business to a highly respected training delivery company covering the whole South East of the UK.  Having served 22 years in the British Army (Royal Engineers), Dean retired after completing a final tour as an Executive Officer at Gibraltar Barracks. His first venture, a Project Management company called ‘The Solution Exchange,’ saw him build a substantial client base, before taking on the challenge to develop all administrative and training aspects of BV Associates Limited. He now heads both the public and private sector company training portfolios, as well as leading the BV Associates Admin Support Team at the four geographically split offices across the UK. Recent achievements include the expansion of the training portfolio to include the full suite of NEBOSH courses, the delivery of training contracts and the creation of a course management system.

Dean remains committed to providing advice to service leavers, helping with work placements and subsequent full time employment in a range of sectors both in the UK and abroad.

He has written 2 books (A Service Leavers Guide to Leaving the Forces and a history book on Minley Manor and its Estate) and in between a busy work life he enjoys working on his classic car and taking country walks.

Chris Vincent - Director of Consultancy Services

Following a full and successful career with the Royal Engineers, Chris retired and set up BV Associates as a consultancy and training business to provide health and safety, project management and security advice to industry. Recent achievements include: Consultancy for Centrica Energy across a number of major power stations dealing with risk assessment; senior consultant to Hitachi Zosen Inova across a number of energy from waste construction projects with particular emphasis on safety advice to management. He is also a senior safety consultant for Portakabin, Kane International and Ashby and Croft to name a few.

Other roles include the development and implementation of safety, evacuation and security plans for a major banking group; production of an extensive residential safety plan with formal delivery briefing to safety board members for the King Abdullah University in Saudi Arabia; the conduct of large scale training and delivery to numerous European companies entering the UK to work within the Power and Construction Industries; conducting fire risk assessments for the Tim Russ Estate Agent group; providing health and safety annual cover for BV Associates’ growing client base.

Outside of work and when not on the road, Chris enjoys cycling, travelling and listen to his music collection.

Chris’s qualifications include:

  • MSc in Security and Risk Management
  • BA (Hons) in Education and Training
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
  • NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Health and Safety Practice
  • NEBOSH National Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety
  • NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management
  • NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Safety Management
  • NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management
  • NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety
  • SMSTS course
  • NVQ level 4 in Management
  • Edexcel level 3 certifcate in fire safety auditing

Chris is a Chartered member of the Institute of Safety and Health (IOSH) and a registered consultant on the UK’s Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR). He also holds a CSCS white card (Professionally qualified person).

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