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This year’s speakers will present on a range of business and individual development-related subjects, alongside a detailed technical programme – the content of which has been chosen to promote debate and challenge convention.

Once again, we will incorporate a panel-led debate on what professional bodies and their members need to do to respond to new ways of working. In total, the programme will include over ten hours of technical content from government and industry experts.

Lord Lytton Lord Lytton

Patron of The Chartered Association of Building Engineers
Day 1 - 9.30 - 10.00 - Formal Opening of Conference

Lord Lytton is a practising chartered surveyor and property valuer, and an active contributor to the House of Lords where he sits as an independent Crossbench peer. He is chairman of the boundaries and party walls professional panel of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and a Vice Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment. During the 2015-6 session, he served on the Ad Hoc Select Committee on Government Policy for the Built Environment and has previously served on the House of Lords Information Committee. He also chairs the University of West London Industry Consultative Committee, a body which links the university’s academic and undergraduate sectors in computing and building technology, with the wider construction sector. 

He has been an Honorary Fellow of ABE since 1997, and CABE since its formation in 2014. 

In his role as patron of CABE, Lord Lytton acts as an influential figurehead, creating valuable partnerships with organisations across the globe through his extensive network of industry and governmental contacts, and assisting the Association in raising its profile and influence within the building and construction industry.

The Lytton family has been associated with ABE since the 1930s when the then President of the Association, Sir Edwin Lutyens, whom the CABE headquarters are named after, redesigned much of the interior and main parterre of the Lytton ancestral home of Knebworth House in Hertfordshire and was responsible for the master planning of  many public buildings in New Delhi. Sir Edwin married Emily Lytton, sister of Constance Lytton, the suffragette, and the present Lord Lytton’s great aunt.

Dame Judith Hackitt

Day 1 - 10.00 - 11.00 - Keynote Address

Simon BaylissSimon Bayliss

Managing Partner, HTA Design LLP
Day One - 11.40 - 12.10 - Role of the Architect moving forward

Simon is the Managing Partner of HTA, a leading design practice specialising in the design of great places where people choose to live. He is an architect and urban designer and leads a team specialising in estate regeneration, the development of exemplary suburbs, and the practice’s industry leading work on modular housing. He is a member of the RIBA Housing Group and an Academician of the AoU.

Over recent years Simon has been responsible for the design and delivery of a wide range of residential and mixed use projects across the UK and Europe including the zero carbon Hanham Hall in Bristol; the tallest modular building in Europe - Apex House in Wembley, and masterplans for the Aylesbury Estate in Southwark and Winstanley and York Road in Wandsworth.

Brian Martin

Head of Technical Standards, DCLG
Day 1 - 12.10 - 12.40 - Regulatory response to Grenfell: A view of future challenges and responsibilities and what the industry needs to do to respond

Profile to follow.

Bobby ChakravarthyBobby Chakravarthy

President of The Association for Project Safety
Day 1 - 13.40 - 14.10 - Designing for Safety in Construction

Bobby Chakravarthy is President of APS. He is a Designer, Partner and Head of Architecture at Arcus Consulting, a multidisciplinary design and construction services practice with six offices throughout the UK. He has 14 years’ experience working as a Designer, Planning Supervisor, CDMC and now as a Principal Designer in a wide variety of sectors, but specialising principally in public sector and large-scale residential property.

Bobby joined APS in 2007 and has served as NE Regional Deputy chair and Regional chair before becoming a Director in 2013 and thereafter President-Elect in 2014. He has served APS as member of Governance and disciplinary committee. He also represents APS membership on the Health in Construction Leadership Group, the CIC Health and Safety Group, the CIC Council and the HSE BIM 4 Health and Safety Task Group. He is also a co-founder of dotbe.

Tom RocheTom Roche

Senior Consultant, International Codes & Standards, FM Global
Day 1 - 14.10 - 14.40 - The Construction Process: Where does the risk and liability lie?

Tom Roche is Assistant Vice President, Senior Consultant within the International Codes and Standards Group for FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers. Based in Windsor, Tom works to share FM Global’s knowledge and expertise to influence building codes and loss prevention standards.

Prior to his current appointment, Tom served in a variety of engineering and engineering management roles across the UK. He has travelled extensively to support clients across the world to establish loss prevention policies and implement risk strategies all aimed at improving the resilience of their businesses to property risks. This has ranged from large projects for new facilities to adapting existing facilities and processes. He joined FM Global in 1993 as a field engineer based in the Manchester Office.

Tom works extensively within the field of loss prevention. He is the current Secretary of the Business Sprinkler Alliance, an organisation that promotes the use of automatic sprinklers in Industrial and Commercial premises. He is also the current chair of the Built Environment Issues and Affairs workstream within the Fire Sector Federation. Through this role he promotes work to study, review and change of regulations that impact fire within the wider Built Environment.

Tom holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical and electronics engineering from Lancaster University.

Jerry ShoolbredJerry Shoolbred

Institute of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate

Day 1 - 14.40 - 15.10 - Building on Quality

A carpenter and joiner by trade, Jerry re-trained as a Clerk of Works via a TOPS course in Doncaster, and joined the London Borough of Enfield, before moving to Hackney Borough. He joined J. Sainsbury’s staff as Clerk of works for a number of years, before working for several private architectural practices. He became Chief Clerk of Works while at Hertfordshire County Council, before joining Anglia Ruskin University, where he continues today working across its Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough campuses.

Jerry has been involved with the ICWCI since 1977 and, in that time, has been Chairman of the Professional Standards Committee, where he was heavily involved with upgrading the Institute’s Training Competence Manual and Interview training workshops (which he continues to assist with today). He also helped with the introduction of a Mentoring Policy and the progression to mandatory CPD for members, and is currently leading a team to upgrade the entry examination into the Institute.

Jerry was a major contributor to the publication; ‘Site Inspection for the Construction Team’ (1998), and was Steering Group Manager and contributor for the ‘Clerk of Works and Site Inspectors Handbook’ (2006), and Editor on its 2018 revision, which is about to be published by RIBA.

Today, Jerry is one of the elected Directors on the Institute’s Management Board and is actively involved with its Technical Hub.

For the Construction Industry Council, Jerry has previously chaired steering groups in relation to the NVQ / SVQ reviews in Site Inspection, and has given a number of talks and presentations to trade and other external bodies. He also spent three years as an External Assessor for Dublin Institute of Technology on Construction degree courses.


Bobby Chakravarthy

President of The Association for Project Safety

Day 1 - 15.30 - 17.00 - Expert Panel Debate – What do Professional bodies and their members need to do to respond to new ways of working?

Profile as above.

Richard HarralRichard Harral

Technical Director, Chartered Association of Building Engineers

Day 1 - 15.30 - 17.00 - Expert Panel Debate – What do Professional bodies and their members need to do to respond to new ways of working?

Richard Harral trained as an Architect at Newcastle University prior to working for Cumbrian County Council Design and Build, Ushida Findlay Architects and Bushcow Henley Architects before running his own private practice for four years. In 1997, he became Principal Architect at the Department for Communities and Local Government, and then head of Technical Policy in the Building Regulations Division in 2014. He was responsible for the development and introduction of Optional Requirements into the Building Regulation, including the development of age-friendly and wheelchair housing standards in Part M (Access to and use of buildings). He also oversaw the development and introduction of the Nationally Described Space Standard and new regulations for domestic security standards in Part Q of the Building Regulations.


Graham Watts

Chief Executive of The Construction Industry CouncilGraham Watts
Day 1 - 15.30 - 17.00 - Expert Panel Debate – What do Professional bodies and their members need to do to respond to new ways of working?

Graham has been involved with CIC since 1989, initially as a member of the Council and its Executive Board, then as a Director. He was appointed Chief Executive and Secretary in October 1991.

Graham is responsible for the general policy and direction of the Council, for maintaining effective communication with Government, other external agencies and with members, and for establishing and maintaining the CIC Secretariat and office.

He is an Honorary Fellow of RIBA, CIBSE, CABE, ICWCI, BIID, CICES and the Faculty of Building and an Honorary Member of the RICS and CIAT. He was awarded the President’s Medal of the CIOB in 2000 and the Peter Stone Award of the Association of Building Engineers in 1996. Prior to joining CIC, Graham was Chief Executive of the British Institute of Architectural Technologists (a member of CIC) from 1983. He is a Board member of several Trusts and Committees in the Construction and Built Environment sectors and was a Visiting Professor at the University of Northumbria for twelve years from 2000. He has been Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment since 2010.

Graham had a long involvement in the sport of fencing and his competitive career culminated with a Commonwealth Medal in 1990. In 1992, he captained the British Sabre team at the Barcelona Olympic Games. He was the Manager of the British Fencing Team from 1996 and the Performance Director of the British Olympic Fencing Team for ten years from 2000 to 2010, and Team Leader at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games.
Outside of CIC, he is an established international dance writer and critic. He is a member of The Critics’ Circle Council, the UNESCO Dance Council, Dance UK and the Society of Dance Research. He has been Chairman of the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle since 2009 and of the National Dance Awards since 2010. In 2012, he was co-author of Daria Klimentová’s Autobiography ‘Agony and Ecstasy: My Life in Dance’.

Graham received an OBE in the New Year’s Honours in 2008 for his services to the construction industry.


Reverend Kevin FearReverend Kevin Fear

Health & Safety Strategy Lead, CITB
Day 2 - 9.30 - 10.15 - Keynote Address

The Revd. Kevin Fear is the Health & Safety Strategy Lead at CITB, and he has worked in the industry for over 40 years. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer, a Chartered Member of the Institution of Highways and Transportation and a Chartered member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. In August 2012 his outstanding contribution to construction health and safety risk management was recognised by the Association for Project Safety, when he was made an Honorary Fellow. Kevin is an active member of the Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC).

In 2013, he was asked by the HSE to chair the CONIAC steering group that wrote and published the industry guidance on the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations, which are available to download for free from the CITB website (www.citb.co.uk/cdmregs). He is currently working with an industry initiative called Building Mental Health to provide free resources and support to construction companies so that they can provide support and guidance to their workers and members of their supply chain who are suffering from poor mental health.

Susan LowrieSusan Lowrie

Property Risk and Compliance Manager, Royal Mail

Day 2 - 11.15 - 11.45 - More than just compliance in the maintenance and management of buildings; a client perspective

Susan is currently Property Risk and Compliance Manager for Fire and Building Fabric at Royal Mail having joined the company just over two years ago. She oversees compliance within properties of vast differences in age, condition and size throughout the UK and Northern Ireland, making up the network required to ensure smooth operation of the business.

Susan previously had 21 years with the NHS in Scotland and latterly was chair of the National Fire Safety Advisory Group for NHS Scotland. She also spent some time within the Oil sector in Aberdeen, encountering very different risks both on and offshore and how these were legislated; the effect of Piper Alpha within the industry and the constant need for adaptation of the safety strategies within the industry as technology moved on.

Susan is also currently deputy chair of the Fire Sector Federation, which seeks to give voice to and exert influence in shaping future policy and strategy related to the UK fire sector.

She holds a master’s degree in risk management.


Dr. Andy Dengel 

Dr. Andy Dengel

Head of Indoor Environments, Building Research Establishment
Day 2 - 11.45 - 12.15 - The importance of achieving good indoor environmental quality

Dr. Andy Dengel is Director of Environment in the Fire & Building Technology Group at BRE. Having gained a PhD and postdoctoral research experience in chemistry, Andy spent the first 16 years of his career working in and managing contract analytical laboratories. Since joining BRE in 2006 he has led the IAQ and Chemical Assessment teams, and latterly has assumed overall responsibility for the other BRE environmental engineering and consultancy teams - HVAC, Lighting and Air Pollution.

In particular, Andy leads BRE’s testing, research and consultancy activities regarding the physical monitoring of indoor environments, including POE work and reactive response to problems encountered in occupied buildings. This also includes participation in collaborative research projects for the BRE Trust, NHBC Foundation, UK TSB (e.g. MATIN, 2013-15) and the EU FP7 (e.g. ECO-SEE, 2013-17) and close links with BRE’s University Centre of Excellence at the University of Bath. Through this applied research work Andy continues to publish in the academic literature.

Dr. Gavin DunnDr Gavin Dunn

Chief Executive, The Chartered Association of Building Engineers
Day 2 - 12.15 - 12.45 - Paving a way for the future

Originally trained as an Architect, Gavin initially practised in North America with a large construction engineering consultancy before returning to the UK to specialise in the energy and environmental performance of buildings in 1998.

Gavin continued to advance this specialism through positions at the Welsh School of Architecture as a researcher within the Centre for Research in the Built environment, The Chartered Association of Building Engineers as a Technical Executive where, amongst other things, he led the Association's research activities and the roll out of Part L 2006 within Building Control, and Elmhurst Energy as Group Operations Director.

In April 2018, Gavin was appointed as CEO at CABE and is responsible for developing the position at CABE by raising the profile of the Association, with a view to increasing its influence with industry and Government in order to have an impact on policy and standards. He is also responsible for promoting the unique role its members have in creating better buildings and safer and healthier communities to improve the environment and economy and further its international reach.


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