23 March 2023 | QEII Centre, Broad Sanctuary, London

Archive for the ‘Speaker Profiles’ Category

Ross Hailey

Posted by Jake Noakes

Ross has been at Martin Arnold since December 2002. He qualified as a Chartered Building Surveyor in 2005. Ross is the Director in charge of Building Surveying, Architecture and Clerk of Works. Ross is also qualified as a member of the Association of Project Safety and has a certificate in Building Information Modelling (BIM) – Project Management. He works predominantly in the residential sector, as well as having a specialist understanding of the education sector. Ross is very experienced in residential development, large scale asset management repairs and maintenance, but over the past few years, Ross has developed a wealth of skills and expertise in Fire Safety. 

Captain John Monks

Posted by Jake Noakes

Captain John Monks has completed over 33 years in aviation and has combined flying and management roles for the last 22 years. He currently holds the position of Director of Safety and Security at British Airways. Reporting to the CEO this role is accountable for the design, implementation, and continuous improvement of the British Airways Management System to ensure compliance with applicable legislation and delivering world class risk management. The role has responsibility for aviation and occupational safety, aviation security, physical and personnel security, aviation cyber security and continuing airworthiness. Previous management roles have included pilot recruitment, pilot training, development of pilot training strategy and aviation safety, risk, and compliance.

Throughout his career John has worked collaboratively with industry agencies and regulators on a variety of subjects and issues including ‘Volcanic Ash’ and ‘Aircraft Tracking’. He is a current member of European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Stakeholder Advisory Board and a founding member of the European Data4Safety Steering Board. Currently the chair of the IATA Operations Advisory Council he has previously held roles on the IATA Safety Group. He also acts as a ‘specialist advisor’ to the NATS Safety Review Committee, whose role is to monitor and review the effectiveness of safety performance on behalf of the NATS Board the UKs leading ATC service provider. Outside of aviation John holds a non-executive board position for ‘Building a Safer Future’, an organisation set up to improve safety risk management in the construction industry.

Lucy Rowsell

Posted by Jake Noakes

Lucy has worked within the construction sector for 19 years, having commenced her career in Architectural practice before joining main contractor Wates, where she specialised in Design Management, delivering a wide range of commercial refurbishment projects from the initial design concept phase through to construction and delivery stage. In 2012, Lucy transitioned into Building Information Management (BIM) leading the development and implementation of a digital change management programme, to build the standards, procedures and organisational capability across the Wates business and the wider supply chain. Over an 8-year period in her role as Group BIM Director, Lucy was responsible for the leadership and implementation of BIM across the organisation, driving the delivery of digital construction methods across residential, education, custodial, retail and commercial office sectors. In her current role as Head of Information Management, Lucy leads a multidisciplinary team specialising in Geographic Information System (GIS,) Digital Engineering and Information Control for the joint venture partnership EKFB, who are appointed to the High-Speed Rail 2 (HS2) project. Lucy is a passionate advocate of digital transformation within the built environment, and understands the importance of evolving the culture and capability of the construction industry, in order that robust information management and digital construction processes are universally adopted to deliver transparent, robust information; which will serve to mitigate risks in the design, construction and management of assets.

Jeremy Stibbe

Posted by Jake Noakes

Jeremy brings 35 years development & property experience to the BSF Board. He has been responsible for leading development, regeneration and asset management programmes within large Housing Associations. Jeremy is passionate about building safety, was responsible for establishing building safety plans at Notting Hill Genesis HA, created the G15 Asset Group with a focus on building safety best practice and has been advising on the creation of a building safety academy that will focus on building safety skills development.

John Brett

Posted by Jake Noakes

As Director of Health and Safety Compliance at E&M – one of the UK’s largest freeholder property agents, having over quarter of a million homes in their portfolio, John has continued to enhance his reputation as a key national influencer of building safety reform, adding to his proven career record of leading safety, risk and assurance across numerous public and private sector organisations.

With a passion for enabling behavioural change, John has successfully delivered strategic safety leadership for over 25 years – complementing his extensive NHS, Housing and Local Government background with a number of senior roles with multinational and global organisations including British Airways, Balfour Beatty and Amazon.

In recent years, John has worked closely with the Government in helping to shape the new Fire and Building Safety Bills. In his previous role, being the first Local Authority Early Adopter with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and actively participating in their Policy Design Trials, through to current work with the Home Office Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) regarding various aspects of fire and building safety reform – including the Golden Thread Initiative.

John holds an MBA with Distinction, an MSc in Safety, Health and Environmental Management and a BSc(Hons) in Design Engineering and Business. He is a Chartered Member of IOSH, Specialist Member of IIRSM and Technical Member of the Institute of Fire Engineers.

Adrian Shilliday

Posted by Jake Noakes

Adrian Shilliday: Technical Director, Galliford Try Adrian has been in the construction industry for over 22 years, having trained and worked as a senior architect in practice and then working in Design Management for Galliford Try. He is currently responsible for the Design Management, BIM, Information Management and Digital Quality procedures and software tools for the business and how these integrate across all their processes. His current work involves integration of the BSF principles as part of the Galliford Try Charter commitment with a key focus on built quality, compliance and records and has been delivering internal training modules on Fire related Design and Construction requirements.

Diana Montgomery

Posted by Jake Noakes

Dr Diana Montgomery was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Construction Products Association (CPA) in May 2019, having successfully led the CPA as Chief Executive since 2012. She is a director of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, the Building a Safer Future Charter and chairs the advisory group for the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

Before joining the Construction Products Association, Diana was Deputy Chief Executive of the Chemical Industries Association where she raised the profile of chemical manufacturing in the UK, led the Responsible Care Programme and established its pivotal role in the delivery of the UK government’s sustainability targets.

In October 2014, Diana was appointed by HM Treasury to chair Infrastructure UK’s Supply Chain Capacity and Skills Group. She chaired the board of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment until 2019 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. Diana has degrees from Oxford University and Imperial College in Chemistry and Environmental Management.

David Topliffe

Posted by Jake Noakes

David is a chartered chemical engineer with 37 years’ manufacturing experience in the chemical industry, mainly with Shell, centred on managing the operations of ‘Major Accident Hazard’ facilities. Alongside senior executive leadership positions, he has served as a Non-Executive Director within Joint Ventures, an NHS hospital, and of the Chemical Industries Association where he chaired the Responsible Care Strategy Group for 12 years. Under his leadership, a strong focus was placed on Process Safety Leadership and a ‘Responsible Care Verification’ (peer-review/assessment) scheme was devised and implemented across the chemicals sector. He now serves as a Building a Safer Future Charter Champion Assessor and is Chair-designate of Construction Product Information Ltd. Amongst a number of voluntary roles, David is a Debt Adviser within a community-based Debt Advice Centre. Leisure interests include rowing and golf.

Steve Elliott

Posted by Jake Noakes

Steve Elliott joined the Chemical Industries Association in 1997, spending four and half years as Head, International Trade with additional responsibility for Sustainable Development. In April 2002, he was promoted to the position of Director, Trade & Competitiveness and subsequently Director, Business Environment. Steve was appointed Chief Executive of the CIA in February 2006.

Prior to his career with CIA, he spent fifteen years working with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), a UK/South African trade advisory body and Crown Agents as an international trade policy and promotion specialist, as well as in general consulting with the BPI Group.

Steve is currently a member of the COMAH (Control of Major Accident Hazards) Strategic Forum and he also Chairs Building a Safer Future Ltd – an organisation charged with driving leadership and culture change in the construction industry’s response to the Grenfell tragedy. Steve sits on the Board of the Involvement and Participation Association (an employee relations think-tank), is a trustee of the chemical industry’s training body, CogentSkills, and chairs the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) Communications Network.

Gus Carroll

Posted by Jake Noakes
Gus Carroll is CEO of Empirisys Ltd, a tech start up that uses applied data science to improve process safety and operational risk in complex, high hazard sectors such as oil & gas, chemicals and refining. Prior to starting Empirisys, Gus was Chief Engineer at Centrica, the energy giant where he had functional responsibility for process safety, capital assurance and engineering standards for Centrica’s oil & gas, power and industrial businesses, as well as providing technical assurance over Centrica’s 20% stake in the UK civil nuclear fleet.
Gus is a chartered chemical engineer, and a recognised expert in process safety in high hazard sectors, with over 30 years’ experience in chemicals and oil & gas sectors. He has served as a Director of the European Process Safety Centre in Brussels, as Head of the Energy Institute’s Safety Management Group and has recently been appointed as Chair of the COMAH Strategic Forum. Gus used this knowledge in 2020/21 as the lead technical author of the Building a Safer Future assessment and verification framework.