Building Safety Act conference

Author: IStructE

Date published

30 March 2023


Building Safety Act conference

Date published


Date published

30 March 2023





The Building Safety Act puts in new and enhanced regulatory regimes for building safety and construction products.
Hear from industry and legal experts on what the Act means for practising structural engineers and those working on Higher-Risk Buildings.


This online event featured a keynote address from Dame Judith Hackitt, whose landmark report following the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 set out many recommendations which have been implemented in the safety framework of the Building Safety Act.

The programme includes an overview of what the Building Safety Act means for practicing structural engineers and provides an overview from the Health and Safety Executive and legal experts on how the regulations will be enforced.

Programme topics:
  • What your duties are, from an individual competency and project perspective 
  • Additional requirements for those working on new higher-risk buildings.
  • What behavioural and cultural change required in the built environment industry
  • Enforcement of the new regulations

Keynote Address - Dame Judith Hackitt

Duties from a project perspective

Session one panel discussion

Statutory obligations and liabilities

Duties from an individual competency perspective

Behavioral and cultural change

Regulation and enforcement

IStructE BSA road-map

Speaker biographies

Chair - Civil & Structural Engineering Director, BDP

Victoria is a former Trustee and Elected Council member of IStructE. She is passionate about the role of the Institution in sharing knowledge, supporting those in practice, engaging the general public and enthusing future designers. She firmly believes in taking a broad, holistic approach to engineering and in the importance of the entire team in producing elegant and sustainable designs.

Keynote speaker - Dame Judith Hackitt

Dame Judith Hackitt is a chemical engineer and is currently Chair of Enginuity, the UK skills body for Engineering and Manufacturing. Following the tragic fire which occurred at Grenfell Tower in London in June 2017, Dame Judith conducted a highly influential independent review into Building Regulations and Fire Safety related to high rise buildings for the Government. She now works as an adviser to Government chairing the Industry Safety Steering Group holding industry to account to deliver the culture change needed and the Transition Board which is overseeing the setting up of the new Building Safety Regulator. She speaks and writes regularly on the need for industry to step up to its responsibilities for safety and quality.

David Cormie, Associate Director, Arup

David is Director of Resilience, Security and Risk in Arup, a visiting professor at Imperial College London and a member of the Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures (CROSS) structural expert panel. He advised the HSE on the design implications of the then-forthcoming Building Safety Bill at draft bill stage, and has led the development of the competency framework for structural engineering for the design of higher-risk buildings.

Mark Snelling, Managing Director, Safetymark Consultancy Services

Mark Snelling is a health, safety and fire consultant for the Property Institute, Chair of the Association for Project Safety Policy and Regulation Committee, member of the HSE’s Interim Industry Competence Committee’s Capability & Capacity Workgroup and an Executive of the Building Safety Alliance. After starting work as a construction project manager, he moved into health and safety and then into fire safety. He is chartered builder (MCIOB), Graduate member of IOSH (Grad IOSH) and Registered Fellow of the Association of Project Safety (RFaPS).

Simon Pitchers, Consultant, Craddys

Simon is a chartered structural engineer and a Fellow and former Trustee of the IStructE. Simon has founded four companies and was previously the Director of structural engineering firm, Craddys and construction management company, Arc Bauen. Simon sees scrutiny of building construction as key to industry culture change. He’s just authored a guide for CIOB/RIBA on safety-critical elements and is now developing further work on autonomous scrutiny. He’s also Radio 2’s ‘Crackman’.

Tim Galloway, Deputy Director, Health and Safety Executive

Tim Galloway is Deputy Director of the Building Safety Programme at the Health and Safety Executive. Tim is a highly experienced and knowledgable health and safety professional and leads teams covering the southern third of Great Britain.

Michael Salau, Partner, Beale and Co.

Michael is widely recognised and respected for his expertise in the construction and environmental sectors. He joined Beale & Co in 2018 from a leading insurance law firm where he headed up their Construction and Environmental Group. Michael advises employers, major insurers, contractors, engineers and architects on construction law, practice and procedures encompassing arbitration, adjudication and mediation as well as litigation. 

Joanna Lewis, Partner, Beale and Co.

Jo is a partner in the construction and engineering and professional indemnity departments at Beale and Co. Jo has extensive experience in advising professionals in the construction industry having represented engineers, architects, quantity surveyors and project managers and their professional indemnity insurers.
Jo also advises clients in relation to health and safety and regulatory law. She advises on all aspects of an investigation and/or prosecution including what to do after an accident, coroners’ inquests, regulatory offences, sentencing and insurance cover.


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