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Next steps for building safety and management - legislation, regulation, implementation, effectiveness and compliance, and implications for stakeholders

Morning, Friday, 8th July 2022

This conference will examine the priorities for building safety and management in England, with the Building Safety Act entering into statute from April, and with the Government’s new legislative programme laid out in the Queen’s Speech.

It will be an opportunity for delegates to assess key issues emerging from the legislation including:

  • building standards moving forward and their implementation
  • the new regulatory framework
  • responsibility and accountability in the development process
  • fire and risk protection
  • ensuring the safety and health of residents

Sessions in the agenda focus on:

  • priorities for the new Building Safety Regulator
  • the new regulatory framework - stakeholder perspectives ◦ implementation ◦ emerging issues ◦ compliance ◦ competence & standards ◦ fire safety reforms ◦ funding
  • issues for construction and development - safety ◦ regulation ◦ materials ◦ best practice ◦ possible implications for the sector & ongoing and future housing construction projects
  • residents and property owners - assurance of safety ◦ key issues for design, retrofit & risk ◦ engagement between residents & property owners ◦ role of the New Homes Ombudsman service
  • policy priorities for building safety and management

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Peter Baker, Chief Inspector of Buildings, Health and Safety Executive; Chandru Dissanayeke, Director, Building Safety Reform, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities; and Lorna Stimpson, Chief Executive, Local Authority, Building Control.

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from HMRC; the OPSS; the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Ireland; and the Welsh Government - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons.

Keynote Speaker

Peter Baker

Chief Inspector of Buildings, Health and Safety Executive

Keynote Speakers

Lorna Stimpson

Chief Executive, Local Authority Building Control

Peter Baker

Chief Inspector of Buildings, Health and Safety Executive

Chandru Dissanayeke

Director, Building Safety Reform, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities


Baroness Warwick of Undercliffe

Chair, National Housing Federation

Shaun Bailey MP

Member, Building Safety Bill Committee; and Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for SME (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) House Builders


Nicole Sharp

Chief Customer Officer, Sovereign Housing Association

Dr Teri Okoro

Director, TOCA

Jon Vanstone

Chair, Interim Industry Competence Committee, Health and Safety Executive; and Chair, Competent Persons Forum, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

Simon Lewis

Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson

Thirza Asanga-Rae

Chair, Greater Manchester Tenants Union

Bola Abisogun

Founder & Chairman, DiverseCity Surveyors

Eloise Francis

Director of Innovation, Building Research Establishment