22 October 2020, Central London






Registration and networking


Chair’s welcoming remarks

Chair: Sir Ken Knight, Chair, Independent Expert Advisory Panel, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (Confirmed)


Morning Keynote:

Building a Safer Future: Proposals for Reform of the Building Safety Regulatory System

  • The Forthcoming Building Safety Bill and what it will mean for your organisation 
  • The Current Closed Consultation, Timescales for Implementation and Future Developments

Speaker: Senior Representative, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (Confirmed)


Second Morning Keynote:

The Stronger Accountability and Regulatory Framework that will Underpin this Sector Change

  • Overview of the New Building Safety Regulator and it’s responsibilities
  • Strengthened enforcement actions and proposed sanctions to deter non-compliance with the new framework

Speaker: Dame Judith Hackitt, Author, Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety (Confirmed)


Refreshments and networking


Plenary Address: An update on the HSE involvement in the Building Safety Programme

  • Ongoing work in this area
  • Safety case regimes

Speaker: Tim Galloway, Deputy Director – Building Safety Programme, HSE (Confirmed)


Duties in Construction and Design

  • Piloting reporting on new build projects

Speaker: Graeme Whitty, National Product Director, Wilmott Dixon (Confirmed)


Lunch, refreshments and networking


Chair’s afternoon remarks


Afternoon Keynote:

Fire Safety Reform

  • The Forthcoming Fire Safety Bill and what the changes will mean for the sector
  • The Call for Evidence on the Fire Safety Order 2005
  • The Future of Fire Risk Assessments
  • Putting in place and maintaining effective and appropriate fire safety measures

Speaker: Rod McLean, Head of Fire Safety, Home Office (Confirmed)


Transition to Breakouts


Breakout 1 (Main Room): Panel Discussion:

Residents Safety: Engagement and Ensuring Safety Concerns are Heard

  • Lessons from the Social Sector (Building Safety) Engagement Best Practice Group
  • Talking about building safety in a clear, accessible way
  • Developing and implementing an effective Resident Engagement Strategy
  • Things to consider when communicating evacuation procedures
  • Future developments: The Forthcoming Action Plan for the Social Housing Green Paper


Sir Ken Knight, Chair, Independent Expert Advisory Panel, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (Confirmed)


Victoria Elvidge, Chair, Social Sector(Building Safety) Engagement Best Practice Group, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (Confirmed)

Jane Porter, Chief Operating Officer, Optivo (Confirmed)

Neil Yeomans, Head of Customer Safety, Orbit (Confirmed) 

Breakout 2 (Impressive Suite): Panel Discussion:

Reviewing and Improving Industry Competence

  • Being proactive and not waiting for regulations to 'raise the bar' in industry
  • Lessons and good practice from the Competence Steering Group
  • Ensuring individuals are suitably qualified and embedding competency throughout the system
  • Changing cultures and behaviours to ensure safety


To be confirmed


Aman Sharma, Board Member, Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC), (Managing Director, Totus Fire) (Confirmed)

Charlotte Lee, Head of External Affairs, Napit (Confirmed)


Transition to Main Room


Closing Keynote:

Moving Beyond a Culture of Compliance to One of Safety

  • Developing a more cohesive network within the sector: Ensuring a more joined-up approach for each stage of a building’s lifecycle
  • Ensuring effective communication and working in partnership with councils, fire services, building safety teams, housing associations and others
  • Working collaboratively with contractors to ensure required standards are met
  • Sharing safety information more easily
  • Working together to maintain clear lines of accountability

Speaker: Emma Clancy, Chair, Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC), Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (Confirmed)


Chair’s closing remarks


Close of conference