March 18th 2020 | Etc. Venues, St Paul's, 200 Aldergate






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: Jeremy Pocklington, Director General, Housing, Planning and Building Safety, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (Confirmed)


Plenary address:

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)


Refreshments and networking


Dutyholders: The New Regime and Responsibilities

  • Defining the five duty holder roles: Client; Principal Designer; Principal Contractor; Designer; and Contractor
  • Creating Safety Case Regimes
  • Demonstrating to a building safety regulator everything that is in place to ensure that fire and structural building safety risks are being managed
  • Ensuring a Golden Thread of Information is kept digitally throughout a buildings lifecycle

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


Transition to Breakouts


Breakout 1: Duties in Construction and Design

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

Breakout 2: Duties in Occupation

Speaker: David Watson, Technical Director – Building Safety Programme, L&Q, MHCLG Early Adopters Panel (Confirmed)

Speaker: Nigel Wiles, Director – Strategy Planning & Major Projects, L&Q, MHCLG Early Adopters Panel (Confirmed)


Lunch, refreshments and networking


Chair’s afternoon remarks


Afternoon 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)


Transition to Breakouts


Breakout 1: 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
  • Ensuring the Purple Thread at all Gateway Points: Prioritising the needs of disabled persons in building safety
  • Deploying inclusive safety features
  • 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)

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

Cllr John Gray, Deputy Mayor & Cabinet Lead for Housing Services, Newham Council (Confirmed)

Jane Porter, Chief Operating Officer, Optivo (Confirmed)

Breakout 2: 

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


Judith Schulz, Associate Director - Fire Safety Engineering, Arup (Confirmed)

Alastair Soane, Director, Structural-Safety (Confirmed)

Dennis Davis, Executive Officer, Fire Sector Federation (Confirmed)

Martin Taylor, Director of Regulatory Policy, LABC (Confirmed)


Plenary address

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