23 March 2023 | QEII Centre, Broad Sanctuary, London

Archive for the ‘Speaker Profiles’ Category

Iain Liversage

Posted by Jake Noakes

Iain Liversage is a highly respected construction professional with over 25 years of experience in the industry. He has worked in both the UK and the Middle East, gaining valuable insights into different construction practices and cultures.

Iain holds the position of Group Technical Director at The Hill Group, where he leads on all technical issues and oversees the integration of the company’s MMC factories. With his extensive knowledge and expertise, he plays a crucial role in the company’s success.

Iain’s experience with modular housing includes extensive precast housing units, timber and lightweight steel frame construction, bathroom and kitchen pods, and Solohaus schemes for charities working in homelessness. He has also designed the first Passivhaus pilot schemes for Cambridge City Council and apartments that exceed the new Part L standards.

Before his appointment as Technical Director, Iain led the design and technical team for the Cambridge Investment Partnership, an equal partnership between Hill and Cambridge City Council. During his tenure, he delivered a wide range of sustainable housing, establishing himself as a thought leader in the industry.

Throughout his career, Iain has demonstrated a strong commitment to excellence, innovation, and sustainability. He is highly regarded by his colleagues and peers for his technical expertise, leadership skills, and dedication to delivering exceptional results.

Gary Townsend Vila

Posted by Jake Noakes

MaryAnn Rae

Posted by Jake Noakes

MaryAnn has a natural drive and passion for always putting safety first. She is motivated by helping people within all levels of organisations to ‘play their part’ to help build, maintain and improve their safety culture.

MaryAnn is an Independent QHSE Consultant and has over 20 years’ experience working in Major Hazard environment of Oil and Gas production, both On and Offshore. Prior to this for 15 years she was an RGN & Nursing Officer in the British & Oman Army. She retains professional qualifications of NEBOSH certification, NEB Diploma in Safety Management and is a Lead Auditor for 9001/18001.

To make a positive & urgent safety culture change, MaryAnn believes we have to go beyond compliance to regulations. As a Champion Assessor she is looking forward to being part of a team that will work with the construction industry and stakeholders to assist them to its goal of ‘Building a Safer Future’.

Victoria Moffett

Posted by Jake Noakes

Victoria leads the National Housing Federation’s building safety work, which focusses on supporting housing associations in their remedial works programmes, shaping and preparing for the new regulatory system and developing long-term cultural change around safety. Victoria comes from a communications, policy and public affairs background, with experience in both housing and the charity sectors.

Geoffrey Brown

Posted by Jake Noakes

Geoffrey Brown is an Assistant Director in the Office for Product Safety and Standards Construction Products Team.   Geoffrey’s career in regulation began in 1999 when he left the Probation Service to join the Health and Safety Executive as a trainee HM Inspector.  He went on to hold management roles in operational delivery and policy development before joining OPSS in 2018 as Head of Product Enforcement.  He transferred to his current role in February 2021.

Andrew Gibson

Posted by Jake Noakes

Andrew is a Chartered Chemical Engineer with over 30 years operational, engineering and leadership experience working for large oil and gas exploration, energy and chemicals manufacturing companies including Monsanto, BP, Chevron, and Centrica.

His most recent roles include Head of Health, Safety Environment and Quality, Head of Production and Head of Asset Performance for a large offshore gas storage and terminal operator. Andrew has extensive experience of designing and using process safety management systems in hazardous environments, incident investigation and safety leadership. He is also a visiting academic at the University of Hull.

Mark Lawton

Posted by Jake Noakes

Most of Mark’s career was spent in the Health and Safety Executive where he worked for 35 years undertaking a wide range of enforcement, policy, and managerial roles.

Initially as a field inspector, Mark regulated many different industrial sectors including general manufacturing, health services, construction, and chemicals.

He then moved into policy roles working on legislative and non-legislative topics such as development of new regulations and guidance in various industries.

His last six years was spent managing a team delivering policy and strategy for interventions and stakeholder engagement in the onshore chemicals major hazard sector. i.e. chemical manufacture and storage, refineries, LPG installations etc.

A significant element of this work was engaging with industry to develop an initiative to improve senior leadership on major hazards. This included managing the development of a leadership inspection initiative and working with industry on guidance.

Robert Biggs

Posted by Jake Noakes

Robert started work with Bison Concrete Ltd in 1971 and worked as a design engineer on a wide range of precast concrete developments. He spent seven years in the Greater London Council’s District Surveyors’ service, which culminated with his appointment as District Surveyor for Hackney (Head of Building Control). Robert was one of the last two statutory District Surveyors appointed under the London Building Acts. Following the demise of the GLC, Robert entered local government service, becoming Head of Engineering, Director of Regulatory Services and subsequently Director of Environmental Services, all at Hackney LBC.

Returning to the private sector in 2001, Robert’s set up his own business and is now Managing Director of Robert Biggs Associates Ltd. His company specialises in building engineering and management consultancy and has particular expertise in building regulations, carrying out plan checking (including structural checking) and site inspection services on a wide range of building types. In addition to this the company assists organisations with their business plans, human resource and health and safety policies and with quality assurance accreditations.

Robert is a former Trustee of the Shoreditch Town Hall Trust (a Trust set up to refurbish and manage the old Town Hall). He is a former Board Director and Chairman of the National Considerate Constructor Scheme and continues to take an active part in Scheme affairs. He is currently Chair of Trustees of the CABE Benevolent Fund.

Robert is a professional interviewer for the CABE (including CEng), assists the CICAIR in AI Appeals and audits and is a member of the CICAIR Appeals (deputy Chair) and Monitoring and Re-approvals (Chair) Committees. He is a member of the Construction Industry Products Environmental Manual editorial panel and is a contributor to Lexis Nexis Knight’s Guide to Building Control Law and Regulations.

Chris Griffin McTiernan

Posted by Jake Noakes

Chris was appointed the Deputy Chief Inspector for the Building Safety Regulator in January 2023 and is also a Deputy Director in the Health and Safety Executive. He has responsibility for leading the creation, stand-up and operational delivery of the Building Safety Regulator, and reports to the Chief Inspector of Buildings.

Prior to appointment, Chris has a wealth of leadership experiences across UK government departments. Chris led the HSE’s Construction Engineering Specialist Team in delivering technical expertise to support complex criminal investigations as well as expert witness testimony at court to support prosecutions of offences against the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Before this, Chris led several teams of government objectives in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), the Home Office and previously served with the Royal Air Force.

Vince Coyle

Posted by Jake Noakes

Vince has worked for Barratt Developments PLC since 2006 and is the Group Construction and Safety, Health and Environmental Director. He has responsibility for all aspects of Construction management across the Group including Health and Safety, Build Quality and Compliance, Environmental Management, Fire Safety, and Waste Management. Vince has worked in the construction industry for over 30 years and prior to joining Barratt worked in both the Construction and Civil Engineering sectors.