Safer Buildings UK
The ‘Safer Buildings’ conference will provide delegates with an update on the Government’s Building Safety Programme.
De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, London
26 May 2022
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
About the Event
There is a culture change needed to ensure that the buildings we create and manage are safe for those who occupy them. This conference brings together perspectives on the new regulatory system that will govern the design, construction and occupation of higher-risk buildings, described as the biggest change in building safety in a generation.
Delegates will hear from Lord Stephen Greenhalgh, Minister of State (for Building Safety and Fire), Dame Judith Hackitt DBE, author of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety and Peter Baker, Chief Inspector of Buildings at HSE.
The conference explores the progress being made on the Building Safety Programme, gives the inside track on the Building Safety Act and details the new duty-holder competency standards. Speakers will also give the latest guidance on procurement, discussing the responsibilities of those who own and manage high rise residential buildings and how they are engaging with residents on building safety.
Through roundtables and a live Q&A session attendees can engage with our expert panel to discuss best practice and the changing attitudes and behaviours to building safety.
Arrival - Opening Session
Welcome and Introductions
Mike Foy OBE, MBA, FCIOB, FCMI, CIOB President 2021/2022
Lord Stephen Greenhalgh, Minister of State (Minister for Building Safety and Fire), Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
Keynote Speech: Building a Safer Future
Dame Judith Hackitt DBE FREng, Chair of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety
Implementing the new building safety regime
Peter Baker, Chief Inspector of Buildings – Health & Safety Executive
Session 1: Setting the Bar, improving standards of competency
An update on the new duty-holder competency standards.
|10:10 am||Graham Watts, CEO, CIC and Chair, Competence Steering Group|
|10:20 am||Adrian Dobson, Chair, Principal Designer PAS Group ‘The Principal Designer – opportunities and challenges’ Read More|
|10:30 am||Peter Dawber, Company Owner, Solvere Ltd ‘Competencies of the Principal Contractors under the Building Safety Bill’
|10:40 am||Anthony Taylor, Chair, Building Safety Manager PAS Group ‘PAS 8673: Competence Framework for Management of Safety in Residential Buildings’ Read More|
|11:20 am – 11:50 am||BREAK|
Session 2: Changing culture, adopting best practice
Showcasing the work that is happening in industry to change attitudes and behaviours to building safety and promote best practice.
|11:50 am||Amanda Long, Chief Executive, Building a Safer Future Charter Scheme ‘Driving culture change to put building safety first and rebuild trust.’ Read More|
|12:00 pm||Noel Chambers, Group Head of Fire Safety, Kier Group|
|12:10 pm||Vicki Reynolds, Chief Technology Officer, i3PT ‘How the golden thread will not only make us safer, but also greener, stronger, and more efficient.’
|12:20 pm||Will Adie, Head of Building Safety, Technical Services, Homes England ‘Championing high building safety standards and fostering change across the sector’ Read More|
|1:00 pm – 1:50 pm||LUNCH|
Session 3: Procurement, ensuring the right building safety outcomes’
Showcasing the latest guidance on procurement and how this aims to change the ‘race to the bottom’
|1:50pm||‘A new, national regulator for construction products’ Geoffrey Brown, Assistant Director, Office for Product Safety and Standards|
|2:00 pm||‘Procuring to prevent another Grenfell Tower disaster’
Dr David Mosey, KCL, Author of MHCLG Procurement Guidance ‘Procuring to prevent another Grenfell Tower disaster’
|2:10 pm||Rebecca Rees, Partner, Trowers & Hamlins ‘The importance of price evaluation in avoiding the race to the bottom’. Read More|
|2:20 pm||Paul Nash, Director, Paul Nash Consultancy Ltd ‘Procuring for Building Safety’|
Session 4: Preparing the safety case, engaging with residents
Exploring the responsibilities of those who own and manage high rise residential buildings and how they are engaging with residents on building safety.
|3:20 pm||Dr Nigel Glen, CEO, The Association of Residential Managing Agents Ltd ‘Resident engagement? How hard can that really be?’|
|3:30 pm||Brent O’Halloran, Director of O’Halloran Consultants Ltd|
|3:40 pm||Fayann Simpson OBE, Group Board Member and Senior Independent Director at L&Q ‘How do we meaningfully engage with residents to ensure they remain and feel safe in their homes’|
|4:20pm – 4:30pm||Closing Remarks
Caroline Gumble BSc (Open), CMS, MCIPD, FRSA, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Building
“How the golden thread will not only make us safer, but also greener, stronger, and more efficient.”
This presentation will cover the benefits of better information management, and how the concept of a golden thread will make it easier for the right people to make the best possible decisions at the right time to increase safety, efficiency, and sustainability.
Vicki will cover how to get started with better digital processes, and how the golden thread interlaces with the UK’s existing information management standards.
Driving culture change to put building safety first and rebuild trust.
Practical tools – BSF Champions and the Code for Construction Product Information – are supporting change and helping companies get ahead of regulation
Competencies of the Principal Contractors under the Building Safety Bill
The presentation will cover
- Who is the Principal Contractor? – within the terms of the Building Safety Bill and the scope of works which PAS 8672 covers.
- A brief overview of the Competencies required of Principal Contractors.
- How does one demonstrate and maintain competence?
PAS 8673: Competence Framework for Management of Safety in Residential Buildings
The requirement to appoint a BSM was removed from the Building Safety Bill in March 2022, leaving the Principal Accountable Person with all their other statutory duties. The support the PAP/AP will need will require competent advice. PAS 8673 has been developed to set out competencies for ‘Management of Safety in Residential Buildings’. Anthony will explain the background to the PAS and update the conference with the current situation.
Championing high building safety standards and fostering change across the sector
An overview of some initiatives Homes England are introducing to embed building safety within the agency and promote change with partners.
‘Procuring to prevent another Grenfell Tower disaster’
This session will explain the new DLUHC ‘Guidance on Collaborative Procurement for Design and Construction to Support Building Safety’, summarising its techniques for improving value, reducing risks and avoiding a race to the bottom.
“The importance of price evaluation in avoiding the race to the bottom”.
Price and how it is evaluated sets the tone and direction of the entire project relationship and impacts on all project team members and how they approach the task in front of them. Price evaluation models that incentivise lowest price bidding cannot produce safe or quality outcomes and should be used with caution. This part of the session will set out the challenge price evaluation presents to the safety agenda and explores alternatives.”
‘The Principal Designer – opportunities and challenges’
- Identify some of the remaining uncertainties for designers in relation to the new regulatory system
- Outline the purpose and structure of the PAS 8671 Principal Designer competence framework
- Discuss both the coming opportunities and challenges for the construction sector in fulfilling these new statutory duty holder roles
Dame Judith Hackitt DBE FREng
Chair of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety
Dame Judith Hackitt is a chemical engineer and is currently Chair of Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation formerly known as EEF. She is also Chair of Enginuity the UK skills body for Engineering and Manufacturing formerly known as Semta and senior non-executive director of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult an organisation which exists to support and encourage innovation in Advanced Manufacturing. She is also a Board member of HS2 Ltd.
Following the tragic fire which occurred at Grenfell Tower in London in June 2017, Dame Judith conducted an independent review into Building Regulations and Fire Safety related to high rise buildings for the Government. She began her review in July 2017 and plans to implement her recommendations in full were announced in the Queen’s speech in October 2019. She now works as an adviser to Government chairing the Industry Safety Steering Group holding industry to account to deliver the culture change needed and the Transition Board which is overseeing the setting up of the new Building Safety Regulator. She speaks and writes regularly on the need for industry to step up to its responsibilities for safety and quality.
Lord Stephen Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Minister for Building Safety and Fire), Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
Stephen Greenhalgh was appointed an unpaid Minister of State for Building Safety and Fire jointly at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and the Home Office on 19 September 2021. Stephen was previously an unpaid Minister of State jointly at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Home Office from 18 March 2020 to 19 September 2021. Stephen served both as Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime in London from 2012 until 2016, and Hammersmith and Fulham Council Leader from 2006 until 2012. He was created Lord Greenhalgh on 16 April 2020.
Head of Building Safety at Homes England
Will is Head of Building Safety at Homes England, part of the Technical Services Team. He is responsible for leading the delivery of Building Safety commitments and promoting identified and necessary culture shift, working with colleagues across the agency, with partners and the housing sector. Will is a Chartered Architectural Technologist (MCIAT) with over 30 years’ experience within the construction industry, in roles including design and contract management, sustainability, contract procurement, building safety and technical authoring. He has a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of building construction techniques, detailing, standards, and regulations. He has worked on a wide variety of projects, ranging from a national athletics arena to a development of Passivhaus bungalows. He’s also a member of national standard setting forums, as well as a member of CIAT’s Climate Change Committee. Since June 2017, Will has spent much of his time focussing on Building Safety. This has included assessing the external wall systems of a national housing developer’s portfolio, in the role of Group Head of Technical, and consulting for another national housebuilding developer, reviewing their ‘at risk’ buildings and scoping necessary cladding remediation works.
Chief Inspector of Buildings - Health & Safety Executive
Peter has over 30 years’ experience with HSE as an Inspector and in a number of senior operational roles dealing with a wide range of industry sectors, including construction, major hazard industries and local authorities. Peter led HSE’s reform and delivery of the regulatory regime for chemical and downstream oil industries, and was appointed HSE’s Chief Inspector of Construction in 2015. From 2017, Peter led HSE’s involvement in the Government’s Building Safety Programme following the Grenfell Tower tragedy. As Chief Inspector of Buildings he is now at the forefront of establishing the new Building Safety Regulator in HSE and leading the delivery of the stronger, more robust building safety regime for higher risk buildings working with government, industry, partner regulators and residents. As Director of HSE’s Building Safety and Construction Division, Peter also has Executive Board responsibility for HSE’s construction operations across Great Britain.
Group Head of Fire Safety, Kier Group
Noel has been active in the fire industry for over 35 years, having initially trained and worked as fire engineer in the design of fire safety systems and then later working in the design and application of The Fire Safety Building Regulations both here in the UK and internationally. He has an applied understand of the Fire Safety Building Regulations and also Fire Risk Assessment. His work involves the integration of the BSF principles as part of the construction sectors commitment to the Charter Champions scheme. He currently sits on a number of Fire Sector workings groups to develop guides, standards and policy for competence, risk analysis (tools) and the Building Safety Regulations. He has a broad range experience working on residential developments (HMO’s to high rise), large public venues, mass transport systems, petrochemical & Utility facilities etc.
Company Owner, Solvere Ltd
Peter Dawber is a Fellow of the CIOB and RICS and was a Senior Academic and Dean of one of the largest Schools of the Built Environment in the UK before leaving to establish his own consultancy – Solvere Ltd. Five years on Peter has used his extensive knowledge and has been immersed in the development of industry competence across a range of roles within the built environment. These roles include membership of the Competency Steering Group (and Chair of Working Group 9 – Site Supervisors), Steering Group membership of the competence frameworks BSI PAS 8670, 8671 (Principal Designer) and 8673 (Building Safety Manager) and is the industry lead for the development of BSI PAS 8672 (Principal Contractor). He was recently appointed onto the newly formed Interim Industry Competence Committee (IICC) which supports the Shadow Building Regulator on matters of competence. Peter has served as Chair of a number of industry and professional boards at a regional, national and international level, and recently completed a term as a Trustee of the CIOB.
Executive Director Professional Knowledge and Standards at the Royal Institute of British Architects
Adrian Dobson is Executive Director Professional Knowledge and Standards at the Royal Institute of British Architects. He is responsible for the RIBA’s education, practice and client services, and leadership of its policy and public affairs work. A Chartered Architect, having completed his architecture studies at the University of Manchester, his practice experience is mainly in the education and community sectors. He has also taught in higher education and carried out research in advanced CAD and BIM.
Adrian was closely involved in the development of the updated RIBA Plan of Work. Adrian supports the work of the RIBA Expert Advisory Group on Fire Safety, and is the industry lead for the development of BSI PAS 8671 (Principal Designer). He is the author of 21 Things You Won’t Learn in Architecture School.
Mike Foy OBE
CIOB President 2021/2022
Mike is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building and the Chartered Management Institute. In addition to his membership of CIOB and CMI he has an MBA from the Open University and a Non-Executive Directors Diploma from the Financial Times. He was awarded the OBE for ‘Services to Education’ in the 2017 New Years Honours List.
He has represented CIOB on the Competence Steering Group – Working Group 11 developing a procurement competence framework which was part of the ‘Building a Safer Future’ report following Grenfell. He is also CIOB’s representative on the Scottish Building Standards Futures Board.
Mike has over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry, mainly client side where he has experience of working with contractors having local, national and international experience.
He was Chief Officer of 3 different departments with a large Local Authority prior to becoming its Assistant Chief Executive.
The last 10 years have been spent with the Department of Education fulfilling a number of roles including leading a multi-disciplinary team responsible for the development and delivery of schools in the West Midlands and North West of England.
Mike has extensive experience of the CIOB having been a member for many years and has served on regional committees prior to becoming a Trustee where he served on a number of committees/boards prior to becoming Vice President and in June 2021 its President.
Aside from the construction industry Mike is a Director of Fordhall Community Land Initiative – Shropshire.
Dr Nigel Glen
CEO, The Association of Residential Managing Agents Ltd
Nigel has an extensive international career in downstream oil, financial software and investment banking. He founded a property management company in 2009 and joined the board of ARMA in 2015. In 2016 he was appointed as ARMA’s CEO.
Nigel represents ARMA in its interactions with Government Ministries, Parliament, relevant bodies, TV and press. He is a frequent contributor of articles and presentations on all aspects of leasehold.
Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Building
Caroline joined the CIOB in August 2019 and is responsible for the day to day leadership of the Institute supported by a Management Board of functional directors and staff. Caroline is responsible to the Trustees for overseeing all operations of the Institute.
Caroline has extensive business leadership experience gained in the UK and overseas, within the Automotive and Capital goods sectors gained with Lucas Industries, Ransomes Sims & Jefferies,Textron Inc and Membership organisation leadership within EEF Ltd / Make UK. Creating diverse, high performing business environments is a passion for Caroline with a focus on skills development and lifelong learning.
As the former CEO of EEF East Anglia and latterly Chief Operating Officer Make UK she provided leadership for Make UK’s key operating areas, including the management of apprentice and technical training, open course and bespoke training programme development, HR Legal services, health, safety and sustainability and cybersecurity services.
Chief Executive, Building a Safer Future Charter Scheme
Amanda was appointed Chief Executive of the Considerate Constructors Scheme in September 2019 and became the founding Chief Executive of the Building a Safer Future Charter in February 2020 and Chief Executive of Construction Product Information Ltd in August 2021. She has over 25 years of experience working in senior executive roles for a range of national and international organisations in the commercial, public, social enterprise and charitable sectors. Amanda brings a wealth of expertise driving ethical business practice and championing consumer protection. She has been responsible for developing ground-breaking Corporate Social Responsibility frameworks to improve standards; and helping organisations in behavioural and culture change programmes focusing on public engagement, sustainability, workforce welfare and consumer protection. Her previous roles include Director-General of Consumers International; CEO of Corporate Culture; Head of Corporate Responsibility at Anglian Water Services; and International Projects Manager (Sustainability) at Unilever.
Will Mann is editor of Construction Management, the magazine of the Chartered Institute of Building. He has over 20 years’ journalism experience covering the built environment, writing for all the leading titles in the sector and for national newspapers. He has also worked for a major construction company. Will has chaired industry events, interviewed many leading figures in construction, and written widely on the Grenfell tragedy and the new building safety regime.
Dr David Mosey
KCL, Author of MHCLG Procurement Guidance
David Mosey PhD is a Professor at the King’s College London Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution where he was Director from 2013 to 2020. He was formerly a partner at law firm Trowers & Hamlins and head of their projects and construction team from 1991 to 2013. In 2021 David was appointed by the UK Government to lead an “Independent Review of Public Sector Construction Frameworks”. His report “Constructing the Gold Standard” was published in December 2021 and Cabinet Office have agreed to adopt its 24 recommendations for how frameworks, framework contracts and action plans can improve value, reduce risks and meet Net Zero Carbon targets. David also co-authored new “Guidance on Collaborative Procurement for Design and Construction to Support Building Safety”, published in January 2022 by the Department for Levelling Up Housing and Communities as part of a package of building safety reforms and supported by Dame Judith Hackitt. His work on both these initiatives was pro bono. David received the 2021 TECSA Clare Edwards Award for professional excellence and an outstanding contribution to the legal profession serving the construction and infrastructure industry. He has been described in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession as a “partnering guru” who “gives something to the industry”. He is principal author of the “PPC2000” collaborative contract and of the “FAC-1” and “TAC-1” alliance contracts, adopted so far on procurements worth over £90 billion. David jointly led the UK Government “National Change Agent” team from 2005 to 2011, using consortium procurement to secure substantial cost savings, energy-efficient designs and new apprenticeships. From 2012 to 2018 he was “lead project mentor” for the UK Government trials of “Two Stage Open Book” procurement, testing the savings and other benefits achieved through the combination of early contractor involvement, collaborative working and Building Information Modelling. David’s latest book “Collaborative Construction Procurement and Improved Value” was published in April 2019 and explores integrated systems and relationships through 50 case studies across seven jurisdictions. It won the 2020 French “Plumes des Achats” award.
Director, Paul Nash Consultancy Ltd
In a career spanning nearly 40 years, Paul has worked for some of the UK’s leading international construction companies and built environment consultancies, and currently runs his own business providing advice to developers, contractors and investors in the property and construction sector.
As a Past President and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Paul is actively engaged in raising awareness of key issues affecting the construction sector and regularly speaks at industry events.
He was chair of the CIOB’s Construction Quality Commission, which was established to investigate the issue of quality in construction and what needs to be done to improve it, and currently chairs the CIOB’s Quality Implementation Group.
In 2017 he chaired the working group on procurement as part of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire and is currently a member of the Industry Safety Steering Group chaired by Dame Judith Hackitt, that is providing strategic oversight of the Government’s Building Safety programme.
He was also a Contributor to the CIOB’s ‘Code of Practice for Project Management for Construction and Development’ and ‘Code of Practice for Programme Management in the Built Environment’.
Paul has an MSc in Project Management from the University of Reading and is an Alumni of Henley Management College.
Director of O'Halloran Consultants Ltd
Brent is a high profile and accomplished housing professional with expert knowledge in building safety and asset management. Has a reputation for being a contrarian and challenging convention, with strong views and extensive experience delivering major change programmes. More recently being a leading player in the housing sector’s response to the Grenfell tragedy, working closely with DLUHC, NHF, CIH and the G15, and mobilising a building safety taskforce to deliver £50m of building safety remediation works. Brent is currently working with Clarion Housing Group developing their innovative building safety regime.
Partner and Head of Public Procurement
Rebecca is a partner and Head of Public Procurement. She also leads the cross-firm Building a Safer Future team at Trowers & Hamlins. Rebecca is a leading national expert in public procurement law, consistently ranked as among the world’s leading government contracts lawyers (Who’s Who Legal and Chambers and Partners).
She has significant experience in advising clients in the public, private and third sectors on public procurement, subsidy control and building safety strategy issues. She advises clients on procurement strategy and structures, how to conduct flexible and compliant procurement procedures and compile objective and transparent evaluation models and guidance.
With particular interests in value-led procurement, social value and building safety, Rebecca is a member of the Working Group 11 for Procurement Competency, part of the Competency Steering Group (CSG), set up by the Industry Response Group (IRG) to tackle competency failings identified in the Hackitt Review, Building a Safer Future and sits on DLUHC’s Procurement Advisory Group. Rebecca also represents Trowers & Hamlins on the Social Value in Housing Taskforce, led by HACT, which focuses on the further development of robust measurement and management of social value outcomes.
Rebecca also sits on the Advisory Council of Radioactive Waste Management, the public sector organisation established by government responsible for planning and delivering geological disposal of higher activity radioactive waste in the UK.
Chief Technology Officer, i3PT
Vicki is the chief technology officer at i3PT Certification, heading up technology strategy and implementation for both the SaaS and services sides of the business. During her career in construction she has held roles in information management, BIM management and digital construction across several high-profile projects, delivering digital solutions, implementing new technology, and upskilling individuals and organisations. She is a member of the Building Regulations Advisory Committee for the golden thread, and a member of the Golden Thread Initiative hosted by L&Q. An active member of the construction community both locally and globally, Vicki is a member of the CIOB’s special interest group for digital, a UK BIM Alliance ambassador, and part of the IET’s built environment panel. She has written and delivered workshops and lectures on digital construction and information management for audiences in the UK, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, India and China.
Fayann Simpson OBE
Group Board Member and Senior Independent Director , L&Q
Fayann, who joined the Group Board in 2018, has devoted nearly 20 years to working as an involved resident. For two decades she has worked tirelessly with L&Q and the wider social housing sector to drive continuous improvement in the quality of homes and services. Following the Grenfell tragedy, she has also taken a place on Dame Judith Hackitt’s Industry Safety Steering Group. Fayann is also a board member at Sustainability for Housing. Her expertise sees her taking part in various high-profile debates with stakeholders and industry experts, and she is a regular media commentator.
GRC (Governance, Risk & Compliance) consultant
Anthony Taylor is a professional GRC (Governance, Risk & Compliance) consultant. He has worked at senior level in various organisations including civil engineers, an insurance broker, a global tour operator, a public sector local authority and latterly national and international real estate companies.
Anthony is an Honorary Member of RICS, a Chartered Member of IOSH, and a member of a number of other professional bodies, he is currently the proprietor of Resolve Risk Ltd offering specialist risk management consultancy. He has, since June 2018, served as Chair for Working Group 8 (Building Safety Manager) in relation to industry’s (Competence Steering Group) response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s Report into the failings at Grenfell. Anthony is currently the Interim Chair of the Building Safety Alliance, a body created to implement the recommendations made by WG8 and work with the built environment sector, the Regulator and government to improve residential building safety. He is also a member of the BSI Committee for the Competence in the Built Environment, and on the BSI’s Steering Groups developing PAS for the PD, PC and PAS 8673 (Management of Safety in Residential Buildings)
Additionally, he sits on several committees on a pro bono basis, including IRPM’s H&S Committee, RICS Health & Safety Advisory Group (Chair), APS H&S Committee, and Greenwich University’s Built Environment Industry Liaison Committee (Chair); always seeking to achieve co-operation and co-ordination across the sector. Anthony regularly delivers webinars, CPD events and training with regard to building safety management.