National Conference 2017 speakers
Bobby Chakravarthy, APS president
APS President, Bobby Chakravarthy is a Designer, Partner and Head of Architecture at Arcus Consulting, a multidisciplinary design and construction services practice with six offices throughout the UK. He has 14 years’ experience working as a Planning Supervisor, CDMC and now as a Principal Designer in a wide variety of sectors, but specialising principally in public sector and large scale residential property. He represents APS on CIC BIM 2050 Core Group and HSE BIM 4 Health & Safety Task Group.
Lesley McLeod, APS chief executive officer
Lesley joined APS in September 2016 from Energy UK, where she was Board Director, Communications and Public Affairs. Lesley has 12 years frontline government experience in Whitehall. Before joining Energy UK, she was Board Director, Communications and Public Affairs for the British Bankers’ Association. She has also worked for Transport for London, the NHS and Scottish Power.
Stella Saunders, BSc (Hons), B’Arch (Distinction), architect, IFaPS
Stella has been a full-time architect since 1983 and is currently a Director of APS and Constructing Excellence Wales. Stella's objectives are to: raise the level of awareness of all Designers as to their duties under CDM2007/2015 and to seriously reduce time taken to present H&S Files/ O + M Files to clients.
Stefan Mordue, chartered architect
Stefan Mordue, is a chartered architect, construction project manager, writer and NBS consultant. He is co-author of a number of publications, including ‘BIM for Construction Health & Safety’ and ‘BIM for Dummies’ and was part of the team that delivered a joint project for NBS and UK BIM Task Group to produce a BIM toolkit in preparation for the government’s BIM mandate. Stefan is a visiting lecturer at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, and he sits on a number of industry and technical standard committees, including the British Standards Institute Occupational Health & Safety Management and the Architects Council of Europe BIM working group. He was a founding member of the CIC BIM2050 working group.
Gary Mees, president CIAT
Gary has worked in the built environment for 40 years on a diverse range of projects. His experience working with a number of architectural practices progressed up to associate level within an established Edinburgh and Glasgow architectural practice. In 2001, Gary formed a Chartered Architectural Technologist Practice, gmat. He is a Chartered Architectural Technologist, IMaPS, an Approved Certifier of Design (Energy), President of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists and a member of the CIC Health & Safety Committee.
David Taylor BA (Hons) VPCABE FCABE C.Build E MCIAT PEng MSPE
David is a Chartered Architectural Technologist, Chartered Building Engineer, Fellow of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers, and a Member of the Society of Professional Engineers. In addition, he is also Chairman of the Eastern Regional CIAT committee and a professional interview assessor for both the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers.
In May 2015 David joined the CABE Presidential team and became Vice President. He has now been in private practice for over 25 years and, since 1993, the managing director of David Taylor Associates (UK).
David also specialises in the Party Wall etc. Act and provides part time case study presentations to students as part of their HNC studies. David remains proactive in CABE’s vision of Developing Professionals, Sharing Knowledge, & Raising Standards and is committed to playing a creative role in objectives for the benefit of existing members, and encouragement for new member
Gillian Birkby, Head of Construction at Fladgate LLP
Gillian is a solicitor and head of the construction group at Fladgate. She was on the HSE Working Group which produced CDM 2007. Gillian is an honorary member of the Association and with Fladgate operates the APS legal advice service. She is an experienced construction practitioner who has been advising CDM-Cs, employers, contract administrators, designers and contractors for many years on health and safety issues, contract drafting and disputes on the full range of standard and bespoke construction contracts and appointments. Gillian is joint author and contributor to several books and writes regular articles for legal and construction publications.
John Green, Group Director HSEQ for Laing O’Rourke Australia
John has worked in a variety of sectors both in the UK and overseas having started his career as a regulator. He then spent periods overseas with BP on Das Island, ADNOC in Abu Dhabi, CALTEX in Bahrain and Total where he was Head of Safety during the construction of the South Pars industrial complex. On returning to the UK John held senior positions with Motorola, British Airways and Board level positions with Severn Trent and Alfred McAlpine.
He is currently Group Director HSEQ for Laing O’Rourke Australia having held the same position for Laing O’Rourke’s European operations. John holds degrees in Occupational Health and Safety, Integrated Pollution Mgmt, and Risk Mgmt as well as a PhD in Organisational Psychology. He is currently studying towards a LLB. He spends any spare time that he has climbing in Scotland and overseas.
Kevin Fear, Head of HS&E Strategy, CITB
Kevin is the Head of HS&E Strategy at CITB. He is currently the chair of a CONIAC steering committee that is producing HSE endorsed guidance for the 2015 CDM Regs. In addition to being a chartered civil engineer, a member of IOSH and an hon. Fellow of APS, he is a Minister in Secular Employment and the Assistant Curate at St Mark’s Church Peterborough.
Richard started his career in the construction industry in 1985, as a bench joiner for a local house builder. In 1989 Richard decided it was time to look for a new challenge and embarked on a career in building control. The majority of Richard's career to date was spent at Mansfield District Council in Nottinghamshire. From trainee building control officer he progressed to the position of building control team leader.
Richard had a spell as a residential valuation surveyor for e-surv chartered surveyors before returning to building control with Ashfield District Council in Nottinghamshire, where he now manages the building control and local land charges services. Richard also served as a retained fire fighter whilst working at Mansfield DC and learned some invaluable lessons in real life fire situations.
In 2015, Richard was elected Junior Vice President of LABC and he is currently serving his term as LABC President.
Siobhan Donnelly SFIIRSM, CMIOSH
Siobhan Donnelly is currently President of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management. Siobhan has practiced in Northern Ireland as a solicitor for over 16 years during which time she was founder and senior partner in her own legal practice. She has worked with a wide range of private companies and public sector bodies providing advice on compliance with health and safety obligations along with assistance in the defense of health and safety prosecutions.
In 2000 Siobhan set up SRT Donnelly & Associates in order to concentrate on health and safety law. The business is unique in providing advice to directors in the immediate aftermath of serious accidents and fatalities. She is also a lecturer, delivering courses to senior managers at the Construction Employers.
Gren Tipper, Construction Clients Group Director
The construction Clients' Group sits at the heart of Constructing Excellence and is the home of informed, intelligent clients. This role includes representation on the Strategic Forum for Construction, Construction Leadership Delivery Group (Construction 2025) and ConIAC Health Group, all of which are components of the general drive to improve the performance of the industry.