Small Practitioners Conference 2019

Designed and dedicated to support owners, directors, managers and employees working in small practices or as sole practitioners.

Date: Wednesday 18 September 2019
Time: 09:30-17:15 GMT
Cost: Institution members: £145 + VAT
Non-members: £225 + VAT
Students: £65 + VAT
Venue:  The Institution of Structural Engineers HQ, 47 - 58 Bastwick Street, London, EC1V 3PS 


About the Conference

Now in its third year, this popular conference is designed to update, support and educate sole practitioners and those working in small practices. 

Expert speakers will share practical advice on a range of essential topics to help small structural engineering practices thrive. 

Benefits of attendance
  • Attend presentations by leading industry experts on key topics, including fitness to practise and the role of a party wall surveyor
  • Gain insight into an innovative e-business working model and an introduction to digital design tools
  • Hear essential updates on GDPR and new VAT & tax requirements
  • Find out more about changes to the Institution's regulations and Code of Conduct
  • Learn how small practices can create and coach effective teams
  • Network and connect with other small practitioners
Registration & refreshments
Chair's welcome
Rob Paul
Technical Director, WSP
Keynote address: Constructing an effective e-consultancy
Anthony Parasram
Director, Free4m Consulting Ltd
Session 1: Regulation
New VAT and tax requirements
Speaker to be announced shortly
PCC part 1: general update and changes to the Institution's Regulations and Code of Conduct
Kristy MacDonald
Disciplinary Manager, The Institution of Structural Engineers
11.30 Q&A
Implementing a fitness to practise requirement
Kristy MacDonald
Fitness to practice and the impact on your PII
Tom Alston
Griffiths & Armour
12.30 Networking lunch
Transfer of liabilities for contracts
Will Buckby
Beale & Co
Panel discussion: fitness to practise. How can the Institution help?
Kristy MacDonald & Tom Alston
The Institution's Benevolent Fund: how can it help you?
The Institution of Structural Engineers
Session 2

Staff training: the value and importance for your organisation
Caroline Hartwell
Gordon Yates
Creating effective teams
Rich Egan
Founder, RICH Learning Solutions
Panel discussion
Rich Egan & Caroline Hartwell
15.35 Refreshments
Session 3
16.00 Introduction to digital design tools Ashley Kacha
Senior Engineer (Computational Design), The Institution of Structural Engineers
The role of a party wall surveyor vs an advising engineer
Simon Pole
Principal, Pole Structural Engineers
16.40 Q&A
16:50 Open forum
17.10 Closing remarks

Programme subject to change

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