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.

Speaker To Be Confirmed

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.

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.

Graham Watts

Chief Executive of The Construction Industry Council
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 to follow.

Reverend Kevin FearReverend Kevin Fear

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 Lowrie

Property Risk and Compliance Manager, Royal Mail

Day 2 - 11.15 - 11.45 - A Client Perspective

Profile to follow.

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 Dunn

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

Profile to follow.



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