Hazards Forum: Grenfell a year on: what have we learned?


1 Great George St, Westminster, London SW1P 3AA, UK

From 17:30 until 20:30

At The Institute of Civil Engineers

1 Great George St, Westminster, London SW1P 3AA, UK

Hazards Forum

At this Hazards Forum/ICE event, we invite speakers who can provide real insight and allow us to question where built environment professionals go from here. What do we now know? What do we now need to do? And, how do we go about doing it?

Dame Judith Hackitt will present the findings of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. Dame Judith's talk will be followed by Angus Law, Lecturer in fire engineering at the University of Edinburgh, who will discuss what has been learned, whether there are beliefs that have now been broken, and what is the on-going journey?

Our third speaker will be Dr Steven Flynn, who will discuss how the offshore industry responded in the wake of the Piper Alpha tragedy, discussing what was the impact on businesses when the regulation in their sector was introduce; What has been the impact of regulation to the industry; and, what should the construction industry (and built asset management industry) be ready for?

This event forms part of ICE's Professionalism & Skills learning campaign.

Lord Robert Mair – Chair

ICE President

Lord Robert Mair is the 153rd President of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Robert Mair graduated in 1971 from Cambridge University, where he read Engineering at Clare College, and worked continuously in industry until 1998, except for a three year period in the late 1970's when he returned to Cambridge to work for his PhD on tunnelling in soft ground.

He was appointed Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at Cambridge University in 1998. He was the Sir Kirby Laing Professor of Civil Engineering 2011-2017, and Master of Jesus College 2001-2011. He was a Fellow of St John's College from 1998 to 2001.

He is also one of the founding Directors of the Geotechnical Consulting Group (GCG), an international consulting company based in London, started in 1983. He was appointed Chief Engineering Adviser to the Laing O'Rourke Group in 2011.

Dame Judith Hackitt

Chair of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety

Dame Judith was Chair of the Health and Safety Executive from October 2007 to March 2016. She previously served as a Health and Safety Commissioner between 2002 and 2005.

She was made a Dame in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to health and safety and engineering, and in particular for being a role model for young women, and was awarded a CBE in 2006.

Dame Judith is a chemical engineer and graduated from Imperial College in 1975. She worked in the chemicals manufacturing industry for 23 years before joining the Chemical Industries Association (CIA) in 1998. She became Director General of CIA (from 2002 to 2005) and then worked in Brussels for the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC).

She was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in July 2010 and currently chairs its External Affairs Committee. Dame Judith is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and a member of council. She was

President of IChemE from May 2013 to May 2014. Dame Judith is also Chair of Semta (the Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance), and a non-executive director of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

The independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety is led by Dame Judith. Its purpose is to make recommendations that will ensure we have a sufficiently robust regulatory system for the future and to provide further assurance to residents that the complete system is working to ensure the buildings they live in are safe and remain so. It is examining the building and fire safety regulatory system, with a focus on high-rise residential buildings.

Angus Law

Lecturer in Fire Safety Engineering, University of Edinburgh

Dr Angus Law is the BRE Lecturer in Fire Safety Engineering; he has previously held positions as a Lecturer at the Univeristy of Queensland (Australia), and as an Engineer at Ove Arup and Partners (UK).

Dr Steven A. Flynn

Energy Industry HSE & Risk Consultant

Dr Steve Flynn spent 30 years with BP in various technical and commercial assignments around the world. This included 5 years in the North Sea as HSE Manager for Mature Assets during the period in the mid 90's when companies were implementing the Cullen Inquiry recommendations.

Steve was also BP's Global Head of HSSE through the period when the company was responding to the Texas City, Deepwater Horizon and In-Amenas Incidents.

He was instrumental in BP's resulting global change programmes, played a key role in responding to various crises, and even testified before the US Congress.

Since retiring from BP at the end of 2014 he has been helping IPIECA share the learning from Macondo. He is also involved in non-executive activities, lecturing and consultancy.

Steve is an IChemE Fellow.

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