The BSI Fire and Construction Industry Conference

10 April 2018
Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester, Free Trade Hall, Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5GP

BSI's 10th Annual Fire Conference - Manchester

Fire and Construction Industry Conference 2018

Our Fire and Construction Industry Conference is the must-attend event filled with the latest fire safety updates and an insight into the standardization within the fire safety sector. Speakers from all aspects of the fire safety community will provide cutting edge opinions and commentary on the major issues facing the industry today. 

By attending the conference you will:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the forthcoming changes to key fire safety standards and hear about the impact they will have on you, your organization, and the fire safety industry
  • Understand how standards development encourages best practice
  • Enhance your knowledge about fire safety and ensure that you have successful fire safety practices in place
  • Network with your peers and have your questions answered by fire safety experts and standard makers

Conference Topics:

Fire safety engineering, Fire risk assessment, Building regulations, Fire suppression systems, Implications of Brexit.


Dame Judith Hackitt, DBE, (FREng, FIChemE, FCGI) is a British engineer and civil servant. A former Chair of the UK Health and Safety Executive, she is currently Chair of manufacturing trade body EEF. Dame Judith was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2006 for services to health and safety, and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to engineering and health and safety.

Neil O’Connor is a Director at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). Since June 2017, he has been leading policy development on building safety following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.  Neil’s career has spanned five different Government departments and his other recent roles as a Director have included working on Dame Louise Casey’s review of community integration and leading the department’s work on fire and emergencies.

Richard Collin (Head of European and National Policy) leads BSI’s consumer and public interest policy and engagement, managing the team that runs BSI’s Consumer and Public Interest Network. Richard is responsible for BSI’s policy development on the relationship between standards and regulation, with a particular focus on European public policy and EU affairs. Richard is also BSI Standards lead on all issues concerning Brexit.

Dr Debbie Smith is Managing Director of BRE Global. Since joining BRE in 1984, she has been involved in fire related work in research, testing, certification and consultancy including the area of sustainability, specifically its impact on fire protection. Dr Smith has been heavily involved in the development of new European fire test methods and classification for construction products

Peter Wilkinson is founder and Director of Pyrology Limited, providing a wide range of safety, fire and risk engineering services to both established buildings and new-build projects. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE), the international organisation for fire professionals, helping to promote the profession and register professional engineers with the Engineering Council.

Ben Bradford is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of specialist consulting firm, BB7. His early career started in Building Regulations and progressed into the field of Fire Safety Engineering. He now holds duel professional qualifications as both a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Surveyor and the passion he has for these professions is unmistakable. In 2016 IFSEC Global kindly recognised Ben as 'The Most Influential Person in Fire'.

Peter Caplehorn is the Deputy Chief Executive of the Construction Products Association, he leads the Industrial Affairs Team responsible for regulation technical and policy matters. Peter has served two terms on the RIBA Council and also currently chairs the RIBA health and safety expert panel. In 2016 he published his book Health and Safety and the RIBA Plan of work and is on the steering group for BS 555 and PAS 91.

Andy Shipley is currently the Policy and Campaigns Manager for the spinal injury charity Aspire.  He has enjoyed a long association with disability and fire safety.  During his time at the Disability Rights commission between 2000 and 2007, Andy led on built environment policy, and worked with government and stakeholders from industry, to understand their responsibilities under the disability Discrimination Act and in particular, how these applied to the fire safety of disabled people. 

Join us for the BSI Fire and Construction Industry Conference as we celebrate the past and look to the future. 




08:30 Registration Opens

09:30 Welcome from BSI 

Shirley Bailey-Wood, Director Information Solutions, BSI

09:45 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Sir Ken Knight, Former Chief Fire & Rescue Advisor

10:00 Building Regulations

Neil O'Connor, Director of Fire, Resilience & Emergencies, MHCLG

10:30 The Hackitt Review - Interim Findings

Dame Judith Hackitt, Chair, Independent. Review Building Regulations & Fire Safety

11:00 Brexit and Standards

Richard Collin, Head of European & National Policy, BSI

11:30 Tea, coffee & networking

11:50 Fire & Rescue Service - operational

Dan Stephens, Chief Fire Officer, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service

12:20 Disability & Access

Andrew Shipley, Policy Manager, Aspire

12:50 Chairman's Summary of morning

13:00 Lunch

14:00 BS 9414 Extended Application (BS 8414 Part 1 and BS 8414 part 2 tests)

Dr Debbie Smith, Managing Director, BRE Global

14:30 BS 7974 Fire Safety Engineering

Dr Peter Wilkinson, Institution of Fire Engineers

15:00 Fire Risk Management

Ben Bradford, CEO, BB7

15:30 Tea, Coffee & networking

15:50 Closing Panel Discussion

Peter Caplehorn, Policy Director, Construction Products Association

Martin Harvey, Head of Regulation Affairs, Johnson Controls

Jason Thelwell, Lead of standardization at National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC)

16:20 Closing Remarks

Sir Ken Knight

16:30 End of Conference


Who should attend?

The conference will be of interest to all those responsible for fire safety including:

  • Head of Fire Engineering
  • Commercial Manager
  • Fire Consultant
  • Fire Officer
  • Fire & Safety Officer
  • Managing Consultant
  • Principal Fire Surveyor
  • Senior H&S Manager
  • Fire Safety Advisor

Event sponsor





The Tall Buildings Fire Safety Network (TBFSN) has over 1000 members in 22 Countries. It provides a forum to share best practice and disseminate information.
In June 2018, TBFSN will hold its 5th International Conference in London, with three days of World Class speakers; Fire Engineering, Fire Testing, Fire Risk Management, Insurance, Construction, and Firefighting in Tall Buildings. It has also pioneered the Tall Building Fire Safety Management Qualification which is recognised by the Institute of Fire Engineers

Supporting Organization





Means of Escape is a leading online fire safety resource dedicated to providing information and guidance relating to fire, health and safety matters.

Sponsoring the Fire Safety Conference or taking an exhibition stand is an excellent way of increasing your company’s profile within the fire safety market and creates greater awareness of your brand.

We tailor our sponsorship and exhibition packages to help you meet and influence the people who are going to ensure the growth of your business. We will work in partnership with you to develop a bespoke package that meets your objectives. Ensuring you achieve all the benefits of sponsoring our conference. For more details please email

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* The BSI Fire & Construction Industry conference is now fully booked. Please contact customer services on 0345 086 9001, if you have any questions. 

Fire & Construction Industry Conference
10 April 2018 

  • Members* £75.00
  • Non-Members £150.00                                                                


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