Speakers

Jeff Bateman, Managing Director, PlumbPal Products

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Philip Crosbie, Principal Associate, Eversheds Sutherlands

Philip specialises in health and safety defence work, regulatory and compliance advice. Philip's recent experience includes acting for various organisations subject to criminal investigations by the Health and Safety Executive and local authorities following serious injuries to employees and third parties. Philip advices on product compliance issues relating to CE marking and conformance with relevant EU and domestic standards, including building product safety. Philip also prosecutes on behalf of a regulator (the MCA) in respect of environmental and safety offences which provides him with rounded experience. Eversheds Sutherland ranked in Band 1 in the Legal Directories for health and safety defence work.

Claire Curtis-Thomas C.Eng FIMechE FIET, Chief Executive Officer, British Board of Agrément

Claire Curtis-Thomas graduated in Mechanical Engineering from University College, Cardiff, MBA from Aston University and an honorary PhD in Technology. She gained experience with Shell UK, followed with roles at Birmingham City Council, as Head of Corporate Affairs and Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council Laboratories, then returned to university life as Dean of the Engineering and Business Department of the University of Wales, Newport, before moving into politics when she was elected as MP for Crosby. During her time in parliament, Claire championed issues on behalf of the construction industry and sat on three select committees, and founded the Construction & Development Partnership, a charity dedicated to bringing schools and education to the children of Sierra Leone. Claire joined the BBA in 2013 and remains committed to the eradication of discrimination and breaking down the boundaries which preclude people from reaching their potential.

Nick Day, Managing Director, Optigreen

Nick Day is a member of the Institute of Roofing and has worked in the roofing industry in a technical and sales capacity for over 30 years. Originally specialising in roof waterproofing, for the past 6 years Nick has worked for Optigreen. Nick is also actively involved with GRO (Green Roof Organisation) and as such has sat on several technical committees developing green roof product and specification guidelines

Mark French, Group head of safety, health and environment, Willmott Dixon

Mark French is Group head of safety, health and environment for Willmott Dixon Holdings and he attributes his work ethic to his time in the British Army. Following a successful 23 year career in the military travelling the world completing construction and civil engineering projects in conflict zones and disaster relief, his natural progression was a career in construction. Mark joined Willmott Dixon in 2005, soon becoming the Group Head of SHE. Since then Mark has changed the perception of health and safety in the business, nurturing a transformational culture where everyone values health and safety for the right reasons.

Dusty Gedge, President European Federation of Green Roof and Wall Associations, The Green Infrastructure Consultancy

Dusty is a green infrastructure consultant working in London, UK and Europe. He is the current current President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations (EFB) and founder of Livingroofs.org, Though he has a particular interest in biodiversity and urban nature, his work in the built environment is focused on climate resilience and the promotion of greener cities through multi-functional green infrastructure. Dusty Gedge is a recognised authority, designer, consultant and public speaker on green roofs and urban green infrastructure. He has worked on GI Projects in the UK for the last 20 years. Some of these are recognised as seminal projects especially in London through his consultancy firm Green Infrastructure Consultancy [GIC]. He has also a published author and has been instrumental in writing strategic reports on green roofs and green infrastructure. He has also been a TV presenter, and a recognized on speaker at conferences and events around the world

Peter Johnson, Chairman, Vivalda

Having been involved in the construction supply chain since 1980, Peter Johnson established Vivalda in 1999. Now the UK’s largest independent distributor and fabricator of high performance architectural facade systems, the business has a turnover of £34m and employs more than 100 people across eight locations in the UK and Ireland. Vivalda is associated with world-leading brands such as Marley Eternit, Equitone, Trespa, Rockpanel and Cembrit. As a pioneer in the provision of products and services to the UK’s burgeoning off-site fabrication sector, Vivalda has recently worked on several major construction projects where just-in-time delivery, precision manufactured parts and other supply chain techniques have played a key role.

Darren Lester, Founder & CEO, SpecifiedBy.com

After training as an Architectural Technologist in Edinburgh, Darren founded SpecifiedBy.com in 2013 to help architects and specifiers to research building products and materials more efficiently. Since then, the platform has grown to over 50,000 users per month and has been supported by some of the UK's leading technology investors. Darren also co-organises Hack_Construct - hackathon events designed to explore the use of digital technologies and business models in the construction industry. Find him on Twitter @Daz_Lester

Stewart Little, CEO, IRT Surveys Ltd

Prior to founding IRT, Stewart spent five years as an architectural technician and a further five years in flat roof specification sales for Bauder. IRT has become the largest infrared building surveying company in the UK, has attracted investment from Centrica to help develop it services and surveyed over 300,000 properties in its 17 year history.

Shaun Lotay, Technical Director, Danosa

Shaun has worked in the flat roofing sector throughout his professional career. Beginning as a naive administrator at a commercial roofing contractor, he developed to an estimator and eventually to Sales and Marketing Manager for the group. After taking the Institute of Roofing’s AIoR course, Shaun found a passion for the more technical side of roofing and eventually moved to a manufacturer in 2012. Since then, Shaun has developed a technical department and along with the help of his team, has introduced an array of technical support services. Shaun is actively involved in the SPRA technical committee, attends the NFRC’s joint flat roofing and reinforced bitumen membrane technical committees.

Sarah McMonagle, Director of External Affairs, Federation of Master Builders

Sarah has more than ten years’ experience of working in external affairs. Sarah spent the majority of her career with two of the most high-profile trade associations in the UK construction industry. She started her career at the Construction Products Association and is now Director of External Affairs at the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). At the FMB, Sarah has overall responsibility for the organisation’s UK-wide external affairs activities, including public affairs, policy, media relations and events, and oversees the regional and devolved Hub Directors. Sarah is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR).

Tolu Oke, FIR Training & Project Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability School

Tolu deliver the FIR Programme including fostering industry collaboration, presenting training and engagement, workshops, growing the Ambassador programme, and developing new e-learning, case studies and resources. Tolu has expertise in cultural maturity, financial regulation, training content creation, business process improvement and business change across a variety of sectors.

Joscelyne Shaw, Executive Director, Mates in Mind

Joscelyne is Executive Director of Mates in Mind, an industry charity striving to improve mental wellbeing in the construction sector by promoting environments of positive mental wellbeing. Prior to this, Joscelyne was an Executive Director at the British Safety Council where she was Head of Policy and held responsibility for HR, Awards and Events. Before moving to the British Safety Council, Joscelyne was a consultant providing health, safety and environmental risk communication, management and performance measurement services. Joscelyne has a MSc from Lund University, Sweden, in environmental policy and economics, and an BA (Hons) in Environmental & Geographical Science from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Dylan Skelhorn, Safety Ambassador, Willmott Dixon

Dylan Skelhorn worked as a Solid Fuel Heating Engineer for a small firm specialising in chimney and roofing work. In 2011 he was servicing a chimney when the stack collapsed and Dylan fell from 33 feet, landing on a brick wall sustaining severe multiple injuries. He broke his pelvis, ribs and punctured a lung. Dylan now takes a cocktail of drugs everyday to help control his pain and have never been able to return to physical work. Dylan founded his own company, Safety Up, in 2014 and has been working as a Safety Ambassador for Wilmott Dixon since 2017.

Marc van der Voort, Managing Director, ITP Ltd

Marc van der Voort has three decades of international experience in the development and production of technical textiles and protective membranes for the construction industry. He has been a consultant in the development and revisions of UK flame retardant standards for temporary containment.

Kevin Wallis, Category Manager – Eaves Solutions, Marley Alutec

Kevin has been a member of the Marley Alutec team for almost a quarter of a century, establishing a reputation as a solution provider. In 2005, during his time as an area sales manager, he initiated the design and introduction of rainwater diverters for aluminium rainwater pipes into the UK market. For the last eight years he has been working as a category manager for Evoke, working on the product, sales and marketing development aspects of the range. He has facilitated more than 200 CPD seminars.

Kate Whatley, Commercial Director , SPV Group

"I am one of the founders of SPV Group and have held the position of Commercial Director for the last 12 years. I have overall responsibility for all Commercial and Financial aspects of the business as well as responsibility for sales and marketing, community liaison and business development. I am very passionate about my job and the roofing industry as a whole. Every day is different in contracting and it a very enjoyable and rewarding career. I have a BA Hons Degree in Business Management, I am Nebosh Qualified and I am also a Member of The Institute of Roofing."

Dr Mike Wiseman, British Board of Agrément

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