Neil Yeomans – Orbit
Neil is the Head of Property Safety for Orbit. His team is multi-award winning and Neil was awarded the prestigious ‘influencer of the year’ award by RoSPA in 2020. The core of Orbit’s success is their ‘Continuous Improvement’ culture – one where they look beyond bare legal minimum standards and focus on safe systems of work. Ultimately, this has led Orbit to become the first national housing provider to achieve BS9997 accreditation, the International Safety Award for Customer Safety, as well as the RoSPA Gold for customer safety – this third-party recognition of Orbit’s work is critical to providing assurance to customers that Orbit prioritise their safety.
Dave Peacock - Technical Director TÜV SÜD
Dave is a technical expert with 25 years’ experience in construction including 14 years’ experience in BIM & Digital roles.
As Technical Director of the BIM & Digital Services unit in UK, Dave is responsible for technical advisory and overall operations of the unit, assisting clients to define their information requirements and working with them to meet their goals.
Dave is a key member of the UK BIM Alliance, chairing the Midlands region and part of the UK BIM Framework - ISO 19650 Guidance Review Committee which helps shape the guidance to adopt BIM processes globally.
He has also been part of the Golden Thread Initiative (GTI) led by L&Q, which has helped to define the way forward for the management of assets in the housing sector in light of the Grenfell Tower disaster and the upcoming Building Safety Bill.
Stewart Bailey – Virtual Viewing
Stewart Bailey is managing director of Virtual Viewing. Virtual Viewing is an international market-leading digital solutions provider specialising in the Construction and Residential sectors.
Stewart himself has been hailed as a PropTech Revolutionary by Property Week and is regularly asked to contribute to debates and speak at conference. Recently Stewart was a panellist for the “Smart City” discussion during CAS Business School’s Real Estate Club Conference.
As a "relentless innovator" Stewart has overseen the development of a new suite of products that all focus on the use of BIM as the central applied database for a range of apps used across the construction and residential sector – MiHub.
Graham Kelly – BIM academy
Graham is responsible for leading strategy and implementation of digital transformation strategies specific to clients’ real needs. This goes beyond BIM: it is as much about the people as it is about the technology. He has over 10 years’ experience in construction and academia, also completing a PhD in early 2015.
Dwayne Florant – L&Q Group
Dwayne has a background in BIM Consultancy, driving information quality whilst leading teams to develop their digital capability and capacity. He is passionate about deploying emerging technologies, working with people, and refining processes so we can build better places and responsibly manage our built environment. Recent work includes the collaboration with Asset Owner Operators to better define and understand their requirements for the procurement and maintenance of physical assets and their associated data.
Experienced construction-design professional with a demonstrated history of working in the architectural and construction industry on 35 projects of varying scale along with cross-functional roles. Currently, pursuing a Master of Science degree at the Bartlett, UCL in Construction Economics and Management.
Lysa Nicely – Wandle Housing
Lysa has worked in the social hosing sector for over 20 years in large and medium sized organisations. Currently Lysa is working for a housing group around the south London area, delivering safety to over 7,500 homes. Her focus is to ensure her teams implement and deliver standards in line with the up-and-coming Building Safety Bill and the Fire Safety Act. As a Member of the Institute of Fire Safety Managers and an Associate member of the Institution of Fire Safety Engineers Lysa is also developing Building safety cases and is heading up the remediation programme for External Wall systems. Lysa has been involved in many round table discussions and working groups relating to driving improvements within the residential and commercial industry.
Paul White – Ventilation Fire Smoke
I am a Chartered Mechanical Engineer. I have had a long career in the design, development, testing and application of fire resisting and smoke control products. My main areas of expertise are ventilation, dampers, ducts and smoke control. Through interaction with many other groups and organisations I have an understanding of most passive fire protection issues too. I have published a well-received book about Smoke Control dampers that also gives an insight into smoke control systems. I am active in standards development bringing wide experience to both the BSI and CEN arenas as a committee chairman and member. I am now an independent consultant on the areas that I am experienced in and developing some training too.
Paul Marsh - Head of Delivery Safer Buildings
As Head of Delivery for Safer Buildings, my major focus is to drive forward MTVH’s survey and remediation programme. With 15 years’ experience on Asset Management, Compliance and Building Safety I have worked on various investment, regeneration or remediation projects across London and the South East and possess a speciality in information and data management. I am interested in seeing how BIM can be used to improve delivery, reduce lifetime costs and increase resident safety and satisfaction.
Fleur Bowen – Notting Hill Genesis
20 years + experience working in the residential housing sector
Experience of mixed tenure management, new build developments, defects resolution, cladding remediation and asset management
RICS Assoc and MIRPM
Simon Bowker – One Manchester
I am Building Safety Manager my main role of is to manage the higher-risk buildings on a day-to-day basis and develop a golden thread of information for the buildings I manage thought out its lifecycle. I have a background in the electrical industry and fire safety. A key element of my role is overseeing the development and implementation of a building safety management strategy for the organization along with a resident engagement strategy so that we are fully ready for the implementing of the new building safety bill. As well as this i have implemented new fire safety policy and procedure at One Manchester.
Mike Smith – Bailey Partnership
An Architect, Director and Practice BIM Manager at Bailey Partnership, Mike has a strong technical background and wealth of knowledge in Building Information Modelling. In recent years these capabilities have led him to be involved in many high profile recladding projects, supporting Building Safety Fund Applications and making people feel safe in their homes.
Sharon McClure – Operations Director, Avesta Group
Since I started working within the Construction Industry, primarily in passive fire protection, I have become an ambassador for our industry.
Through my involvement within the Scottish Contractors Group / BuildUK / BuildScotland; Construction Scotland Procurement Working and currently serving as an Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) Council Member, I am also supporting the Academy for Construction People as part of their Executive Committee, with their Passive Fire Protection Apprenticeship Programme, providing a mixture of class and site training to increase the knowledge of the apprentices, and to ensure a more robust form of training for all UK based passive fire contractors.
As an active member of our industry, I hope to contribute to the improvements of not just our trade, but of the built environment as a whole.
An experienced Service leader, focussed on delivery, continuous improvement, and effective, meaningful engagement.
Brett Hibbert – Fire Safety Manager
With over 25 years’ experience within the Fire Protection industry I now currently work for a social housing provider covering the South of England. I have extensive experience in various industries having started my career in the Royal Navy. My fire industry experience started as a fire extinguisher service engineer and with the introduction of the RRFSO in 2005 I decided to retrain so I could offer fire risk assessment services and advice. Having spent several years as a self-employed fire safety consultant I have an understanding of the different demands a fire risk assessor can experience depending on the situation, industry, and role they are undertaking.
Daniel Luckett – L&Q
As a Senior Fire Strategy Advisor within our wider Corporate Health and Safety team, our primary focus is to provide other teams with fire safety direction, governance, oversight, and assurance. A key element of my role is overseeing the development and maintenance of L&Q’s Fire Risk Management System in line with British Standard 9997 and taking us forward to certification.
Alastair Brockett - Hilti Ltd.
Alastair is a Fire Engineer for Hilti Ltd. He provides engineered firestop solutions and general technical support on firestop. This is for all stakeholders involved in firestopping, clients through designers to installers. Alastair has been in fire protection for nearly 35 years involved in design, specification, technical advice, training, CPD, fire testing and product development. He is currently in a Codes and Approvals role.
Emma is currently the Exec Director of Operations at Peaks and Plains Housing Trust. She is a qualified Architect and Building Surveyor. She has had many Board roles, including Chair. She has also been an External Examiner at Sheffield Hallam University. Emma is currently a Trustee on the committee of the Pankhurst Centre in Manchester.
Emma has a keen interest in BIM, having applied BIM to and existing tower block last year. Emma would love to see digital recording of Asset information to be mainstream and the norm.
Gary Bellenger – A2Dominion
I’m a Building Surveyor by trade and have worked in social housing for most of my career. I work at A2Dominion, a 39k home RP where I am responsible for, amongst other things, strategic asset management and the performance of the property portfolio. I am not a BIM professional nor do I have much experience of BIM at all. I am an asset manager who has become frustrated with how little the RP sector has progressed in terms of transforming how asset managers work and manage our portfolios and believe that BIM and BIM-like principles should play a key part in transforming asset management going forward. At A2D I am working on piloting BIM for new developments and working on implementing some BIM-like principles for our existing stock portfolio. I believe that the application of BIM-like principles for existing stock has greater potential for impact for RPs than implementing for new build only.
I would like the BIM4Housing Group to promote the benefits of BIM and make the implementation of BIM, and BIM-like approaches more accessible for our sector. This includes how BIM can be implemented so that it is usable and deployable during the asset management phase of the building’s lifecycle and how BIM can assist in the delivery of the hundreds of thousands of low value high volume transactions (repairs, compliance checks, component replacements etc) that are the lifeblood of the asset manager.
Jack White– Clarion Housing
Jack currently works on a range of different projects in the Property Services team at Clarion. One key focus is on creating a digital record of assets in line with Hackitt’s recommendations. Jack has a background in sustainability and sees the potential environmental benefits that this system of asset management could bring.
Alex is a positive and people focused technology professional, specialising in the Civica Keystone asset management system. With his involvement for nearly 20 years, Keystone has become the leading AMS in the UK with over half of social housing stock managed on that platform and with customers large and small all over Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Alex started out developing training courses for asset managers, then moved on to lead the operations team and latterly moved into a sales support role, helping customers get the most from their investment. His interest in the built environment comes from a childhood dragged around National Trust properties, education at the brutalist UEA where he studied an undergraduate degree Physics and working in Social Housing. Outside of work, he is interested in cycling, gadgets and bread making - not all at once as that gets messy.
Luke Hazelwood– Asset Information Manager at L&Q
I am the asset information manager for building services at L&Q – my role is primarily focused on improving the quality and integrity our M&E asset data through policy and procedure changes as well as assisting around the business with data projects such as implementing BIM and ensuring we are prepared to work in a BIM environment in operations.
I am wanting groups like this to help bring together people from all companies to help make BIM more widespread within Housing and for us share ideas and best working practices. An industry standard only works if everyone uses the same standard.
Sarah Stevenson-Jones – Enfield Council
Sarah is a Chartered Surveyor with over twenty years’ experience, working across both private and public sectors. Her role as Resident Safety Director at the London Borough of Enfield encompasses; Asset Strategy, Capital Programme delivery, Compliance management and Building Safety.
Sarah is Chair of London Councils Housing Directors fire safety group and National Vice Chair of the Social Housing Fire Strategy Group (NSHFSG).
I am a Maintenance Surveyor and have worked for a number of Housing Associations and Local Authorities. I have most recently managed H&S Compliance for Kingston Council in the areas of Fire Safety, Control of Legionella and Management of Asbestos.
I would like BIM4Housing to be able to present case studies and proven methodologies for adoption of BIM (level 1) to Registered Social Landlords.