13 Oct 2022 | Online
09:30 - 15:30

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Private Sector

£395 +VAT £345* +VAT

Public Sector

£295 +VAT £245* +VAT

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The landmark Building Safety Act 2022 is now English law and is complemented by the commencement of the Fire Safety Act 2021. This legislation creates a new safety regime for the way residential buildings are constructed and maintained. It will have huge ramifications for all built environment professionals, imposing wide-ranging new duties designed to increase the accountability, transparency and competency across the entire lifecycle of a building. Although the Building Safety Act was granted Royal Assent at the end of April 2022, many of the provisions will not come into force for another year to eighteen months, as secondary legislation is developed. Are you ready for what comes next? Attend this event to get an in-depth understanding of the impact of the biggest regulatory changes to the UK built environment in almost 40 years.

The House Briefing will consider the legal and regulatory ramifications of the Building Safety Act 2022 and Fire Safety Act 2021, exploring what it means for those involved in the design, construction, maintenance and management of buildings in England. Understand the latest updates and developments from Government, hear first-hand from the new regulators and be ready for what comes next with practical insight and guidance and takeaways from policy experts and key stakeholders.


Who should attend?

  • Construction companies, developers and building services providers

  • Local government housing executives

  • Building inspectors

  • Housing associations

  • Insurers

  • Fire services

  • Solicitors

  • Consultants (architects, designers, engineers and industry bodies)


Chair's introduction

Sir Ken Knight, Chairman, Independent Expert Advisory Panel 


Beyond leasehold

  • The future is commonhold 
  • Exploring the benefits of commonhold 

Sir Peter Bottomley MP & Father of the House 




Fire Safety: Leaseholder’s perspective

Sebastian O'Kelly, CEO, Leasehold Knowledge Partnership 




Demystifying the Building Safety Regulator

Sarah Mallagh, Building Safety Regulator Policy Lead, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) 




Update on the Fire Safety Act

Kevin Finch, Head of External Walls Policy Team, Fire Safety Unit, Home Office  




Panel discussion: Building competency and competency frameworks 

During this interactive panel discussion, a panel of experts will discuss strategies for raising competency and developing competency frameworks to meet the new standards and drive a culture change right across the industry. Key discussion points will include: 

  • What is competence
  • What are the requirements
  • What and how will competency be evaluated
  • How it will be implemented across the board from agency workers through to permanent employees
  • What fire safety professionals are looking for

Moderator: Harry Banton, Principal Political Consultant, Dods Group, Consultant, Levelling Up, Housing and Communities 

Andy Frankum, Chair, National Social Housing Fire Strategy Group 

John Miles, Fire Safety Building Regulations Group and Group Business Development Director, Assent Building Control; Board Member, Building Control Advisory Group, RICS 

Lorna Stimpson, Chief Executive, Local Authority Building Control (LABC) 

Anthony Taylor, Interim Chair, Building Safety Alliance 


Lunch break


Scope and responsibilities of the new Construction Products Regulator

  • The regulatory context to regulating construction products
  • Progress to date in establishing the regulator
  • The OPSS approach to regulation

Duncan Johnson, Deputy Director, Office for Product Safety and Standards




Case study: Clarion’s approach to building safety 

  • Development of our digital twin project for our existing assets and achieving the golden thread of information. 
  • Creation of a building safety regime, including safety case management and building safety managers 
  • Proportionate approach to external wall system remediation and mitigation 

Dan Hollas, Building Safety Director, Clarion Housing Group 


Panel discussion: Developing the golden thread of information for building safety 

This session will bring together industry experts to discuss how the industry can work collaboratively in developing a digital golden thread of information across the lifecycle of a building. Key discussion points will include: 

  • Next steps for policy development
  • What are the mechanics of the golden thread
  • Who owns the data and how it will be accessed and managed
  • Why standardisation is essential
  • Navigating the risks and benefits of new technologies 

Moderator: Harry Banton, Principal Political Consultant, Dods Group, Consultant, Levelling Up, Housing and Communities 

Johnny Furlong, BIM Strategy Lead, L&Q; Vice Chair, Golden Thread Initiative (DLUHC) 

Shelby Green, Associate, ONE Creative Environments

Jack Ostrofsky, Head of Quality & Design, Southern Housing Group; Chair, BIM4 Housing Associations 

Aman Sharma, Managing Director, Totus Digital; Deputy Chair, Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) 

Neil Yeomans, Head of Property Safety, Orbit Group 



Chair’s closing remarks


Event close


Sir Ken Knight
Chairman, Independent Expert Advisory Panel

Sir Ken retired as the London Fire Commissioner in 2007 and was appointed as the Government’s Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser for England, a post he held until 2013. 

In the aftermath of the fire at Lakanal House, Camberwell in 2009 in which six people died, Sir Ken produced a report on the early lessons learned at the request of the Secretary of State. 

Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy in 2017, the government appointed Sir Ken as the Chair of the Independent Advisory Expert Advisory Panel to give advice to Ministers and officials on the measures that needed to be taken to make people safe in high rise buildings as an integral part of the Building Safety Programme at the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government. 

Sir Ken continues to provide independent consultancy to both public and private sector organisations and is the independent member of the Palace of Westminster fire safety committee. 

Sir Ken is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers. 


Sir Peter Bottomley MP
Member of Parliament & Father of the House

Peter was born in 1944. He was educated at a mixed comprehensive school in Washington DC, Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge. His wife, Virginia, is a former Member of Parliament for South West Surrey. They have one son and two daughters. 

He served as Under-Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office where his responsibilities included agriculture and the environment, Secretary of the Conservative Parliamentary Committee on Health and Social Services (1977-1979) and Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1979 to 81). In June 1997, he was appointed to serve on the Select Committee on Standards and Privileges. In 2011 Peter was knighted for Public Service.

In the 1997 general election, Peter was elected Member of Parliament for Worthing West, West Sussex. Peter became involved in leasehold when one of his constituents, on behalf of older more vulnerable neighbours, rightly questioned significant service charges. He has since battled on behalf of leaseholders to include highlighting with others the scandal of doubling ground rents, unjustified charges, the random justice and injustice of the legal system, and delays in implementing Law Commission proposals to make leasehold extensions and buying the freehold simple and affordable. He strenuously champions for the implementation of commonhold as more balanced/fairer form of leasehold tenure going forward.

Peter, has the longest unbroken service in the Commons and became Father of the House in the current 2019 Parliament.

Andy Frankum
Chair, National Social Housing Fire Strategy Group

Andy has been working in the charitable social housing sector for the last 13 years and prior to that in the logistics sector. Andy chairs the National Social Housing Fire Strategy group which represents over 230+ member organisations across the social housing sector in England and Wales, is a member of the HSE Interim Industry Competence Committee. Andy was named #4 global influencer in the 2021 Fire Safety Global Influencers list. 

Andy works closely with the social housing sector, construction and fire safety sectors and is passionate about ensuring that effective fire safety practices including competence is well understood and enhanced, whilst working strategically to monitor change, improve industry competence and processes and to promote standards and guidance. 

The aim is to drive consistency across the sector to encourage safer outcomes, which in turn will enable residents and their families to have a safe place to call home. 

Johnny Furlong
BIM Strategy Lead, L&Q; Vice Chair, Golden Thread Initiative (DLUHC)

Johnny Furlong is responsible for leading the BIM strategy in L&Q (one of the UK's largest housing associations), he is focused on using digital and information management techniques (including BIM) to solve the issues of Building Safety and Quality in the construction industry.  
His focus the last few years has been on researching, designing and testing solutions for the golden thread of information for building safety. Johnny is vice-chair of the Golden Thread Initiative (GTI) which is chaired by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities and feeds into the Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) Golden thread working group which supports the developing golden thread policy.  
Johnny has implemented BIM and digital strategies in a range of organisations in a wide range of industries including: Housing Associations, Principle Contractors, Subcontractors, Architects and Engineers. He has extensive experience managing BIM and digital construction on large scale projects ranging in value from £20m to £1.5bn.  
Johnny is passionate about transforming our industry for the better and is always looking to collaborate with all fellow thought leaders and innovators. 

Dan Hollas
Building Safety Director, Clarion Housing Group

Dan has over 20 years of senior management experience in the social housing sector, with extensive building safety, technical and strategic leadership expertise in asset management. Includes experience in R&M, M&E, compliance and planned investment in a range of organisations including national HAs and local government, with up to circa 120k+ properties. Dan has led the Building Safety directorate for the last 5 years developing into one of the leading teams in the sector. 

John Miles
Fire Safety Building Regulations Group and Group Business Development Director, Assent Building Control

John Miles is a Chartered Building Control Surveyor and has 22 years in industry and 20 years Building Regulations experience with both Local Authority Building Control and Approved Inspectors dealing with commercial and domestic clients, key past projects include Birley Fields Campus, Manchester Met. Vox, Manchester. North Stand, Headingley Stadium. 

John has now moved into the Group Business Development Director role leading on resourcing and opportunities within the wider Assent business which incorporates two other independent Approved Inspectors.

John also sits on the Executive Committee for the ABCAI and the Building Regulations Advisory Group for the RICS. Away from Building Control John is also the Chair of trustees for a local Charity which runs a community hall and Pre-School. 

The FSBRG (Fire Safety Building Regulations Group) is an inclusive group of senior individuals all passionate about helping create that safer built environment, our values as a group are being inclusive, professional, accountable and innovative.   The group is constantly evolving and has come a long way since the beginning of lockdown and consists of representatives from Approved Inspectors, ABCAI, Local Authority Building Control, Fire Engineers, NFCC, CABE and UCEM.

Aman Sharma
Managing Director, Totus Digital; Deputy Chair, Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC)

Aman is Managing Director of Totus Digital, a consultancy specialising in enhancing safety standards across the built environment through digital innovation. 

Aman is the Deputy Chair of the Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC), Chair of the BRAC Fire Safety (Part B) Technical Review Working Group, and Deputy Chair of the BRAC Golden Thread Working Group. He also chairs BSI committee FSB 1/1/1, acting as panel convenor for the recently published BS 8644-1 Digital Management of Fire Safety Information. 


Lorna Stimpson
Chief Executive, Local Authority Building Control (LABC)

Lorna’s career in Public Service Building Control spans over 30 years, holding roles from building control surveyor up to senior managerial positions.  Lorna joined LABC in 2008 as Business Development Director, advancing to Deputy Managing Director in 2015 and Chief Executive in 2019.  

Lorna is an enthusiastic and innovative leader with the ability to form strong working relationships. Her key strengths are her drive, commitment, and determination to succeed.  She is dedicated to fostering a culture of professional and ethical standards within the building control sector and in raising the profile of public service building control. Lorna has a proven track record in delivering complex projects and strategic reform.   

Lorna works with DLUHC, HSE, National Fire Chiefs Council and the Local Government Association as a member of the Joint Regulators’ Group defining, piloting, and testing the new regulatory approaches. She sits on the Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) and the newly formed Interim Industry Competence Committee (IICC).  Lorna is a Board Director of LABC; the Construction Industry Council (CIC) and the Building Safety Competence Foundation (BSCF); she sits on the BSI technical committee for competence in the built environment and other professional committees focused on improving standards and outcomes in the construction industry. 

Anthony Taylor
Interim Chair, Building Safety Alliance

Anthony Taylor is a professional GRC (Governance, Risk & Compliance) consultant. He is an Honorary Member of RICS, a Chartered Member of IOSH, and 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). 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 Competence in the Built Environment. 

Additionally, he sits on several professional body H&S committees on a pro bono basis; 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. 


Harry Banton
Principal Political Consultant, Dods Group; Consultant, Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

Harry Banton is Dods' Principal Political Consultant for Housing, Communities, Faith and Local Government, mirroring the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. This wide brief means he provides finger-on-the-pulse analysis to a broad range of charities, religious organisations, private businesses, and public bodies.  

Before joining the Dods Group Harry most recently worked on the Conservative London Mayoral campaign. He holds an MSC in International Security and Risk as well as an undergraduate degree in Politics and International Relations.   

Neil Yeomans
Head of Property Safety, Orbit Group
Jack Ostrofsky
Head of Quality & Design, Southern Housing Group; Chair, BIM4 Housing Associations
Sarah Mallagh
Building Safety Regulator Policy Lead, Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Duncan Johnson
Deputy Director, Office for Product Safety and Standards

Duncan Johnson is Deputy Director for Construction Products Regulation within the Office for Product Safety and Standards, a Directorate within The Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). He is responsible for establishing the new national regulatory function, and for leading the regulation of construction products across the UK. 

Kevin Finch
Head of External Walls Policy Team, Fire Safety Unit, Home Office
Shelby Green
Associate, ONE Creative Environments

Shelby Green is an Associate of One Creative environments Ltd – an award winning, leading BIM specialist. Following obtaining her Master’s in BIM, subsequent roles in Lifecycle Project and Asset Management and studies towards her Level 4 IWFM Diploma, Shelby has a passion for digital innovations and embedding lean-working practices within the Facilities Management sector. Shelby has led the development of an eco-system of digital tools (‘ONE Engage’ in collaboration with Innovate UK) that support the building safety community, with a focus on digital information exchange & restoring the Residents’ Voice in accordance with new legislative regimes. Shelby is also leading the development of a Digital Twin environment to support vital research into the applicability to the Building Safety Community. 

Who should attend?
  • Construction companies, developers and building services providers 
  • Local government housing executives  
  • Building inspectors 
  • Housing associations 
  • Insurers 
  • Fire services 
  • Solicitors 
  • Consultants (architects, designers, engineers and industry bodies) 

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