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Ensuring Effective Fire Safety in Housing

housing & housing services Training

local government Training

09:15 - 16:15

Thursday 16 May 2019

America Square Conference Centre, Central London

In December 2018 the government committed to delivering the recommendations included in the Hackitt report from May 2018, with an emphasis on a more effective regulatory and accountability framework, clearer standards and guidance, and ensuring that residents are placed at the heart of the new framework.

As the report states, those changes to the regulatory regime will help, but will not fully succeed in minimising the risk, without a change in culture from one of doing the minimum required for compliance to one of taking ownership and responsibility for the wellbeing of all residents.

Join this one-day interactive training course on Ensuring Effective Fire Safety in Housing to make certain that your organisation is fully up to date and compliant with the latest regulations and updated fire safety requirements. You will leave this training session with the knowledge on how you can implement a comprehensive fire safety programme in your organisation.

Learning Objectives:
  • Analyse the upcoming regulatory changes, including the recent flammable cladding ban and understand what this means for your organisation
  • Clarify what you are legally accountable for and understanding the shared responsibilities throughout a building’s lifecycle
  • Understand how you can utilise your collaboration with fire and rescue services to further improve fire safety in housing
  • Discuss what an effective fire safety strategy looks like and understand what is required as part of the development of a fire safety programme for your organisation


Mike Ellerby, Director, LRB Consulting Limited


Niall Rowan, Chief Executive Officer, Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP)

Guy Keen, Protection Coordination Committee, National Fire Chiefs Council

Stewart Kerr, Asset & Compliance Manager, Salix Homes

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Mike Ellerby

Director, LRB Consulting Limited

Mike is a knowledgeable Health and Safety Professional with experience across many different sectors, including industrial process safety, as well as premises management safety and fire safety for commercial and residential premises. He is a past Chair of Independent Safety Consultants Association.

Prior to setting up his consultancy business in 2000, Mike worked for one of the largest H&S Consultancies in the UK. In addition to Health and Safety qualifications, Mike also has a degree in Chemistry and a degree in Law. As well as delivering training, he is still actively involved in the client facing end of Compliance Audits, Site Safety Audits, Risk Assessments, Fire Risk Assessments, DSEAR Assessments, Accident/Incident Investigation, etc. He regularly delivers Health and Safety training services in the Gulf region and Webinar Health and Safety sessions existing clients and to the American market. He has previously acted as the Technical Author on a wide range of Health & Safety publications.

Guy Keen

Protection Coordination Committee, National Fire Chiefs Council

Guy is a senior fire officer with over 25 years’ experience with Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MFRS), where his current role is Director of Community Risk Management with the portfolio for Fire Protection, Fire Prevention and Community Safety Partnerships. Guy has recently taken up the second vice chair role for the National Fire Chief’s Council’s Protection Coordinating Committee. Prior to commencing his current role in January 2017, Guy has held a wide range of senior roles in MFRS including Director of Performance and Values, Head of a joint Police-Fire taskforce tackling fire related crime and Head of Protection. Guy was also the Events Director for the World Firefighters Games, held in Liverpool in 2008. Guy has a masters degree in Public Sector Leadership with Anglia-Ruskin University, is an accredited LGA peer reviewer and is a long-standing member of the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE). Guy has been a member of the IFE international examination marking team (2007 to 2015), he was awarded Fellowship of the Institution in 2013 and is the current chair of the Merseyside IFE Group.

Stewart Kerr

Asset & Compliance Manager,  Salix Homes

Stewart is the Asset & Compliance Manager for Salix Homes Ltd with experience of both Private and Public Sector industries. After 10 years within the asbestos industry Stewart has used his knowledge of compliance at Salix and post Grenfell has overseen the fire safety works to the 18 High Rise buildings and the 8,000 other property types beyond. Salix Homes is a multi-award winning social housing provider based in Salford, Greater Manchester. We own and manage more than 8,000 homes across central Salford, Beechfarm in Swinton and Rainsough Brow, which comprises a real mix of properties including 18 high-rise tower blocks, plus a wide range of medium and low-rise apartment blocks, traditional terraced streets, large housing estates and communal living, sheltered accommodation complexes. Salix Homes is a forward-thinking and progressive organisation and we are rethinking the way housing services are provided in the future in order to meet the demands of a modern, digital world. Our five-year plan – Rethinking Housing – sets out our bold vision to provide truly digital services for our customers and become a strong voice to help tackle the housing crisis.




Trainer's Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

Mike Ellerby, Director,  LRB Consulting Limited (CONFIRMED)


Outlining Recent Legislation Updates and the Future Changes to Fire Safety in Housing

  • Discussing the Government’s response to the Hackitt review and analysing what the proposed reforms will mean for the future of fire safety
  • Understanding the changes to fire safety regulations and how they will affect the work of housing associations and local authorities
  • Clarifying the ‘grey areas’ in building regulation and building safety – ownership and responsibilities
  • Analysing the recent ban on flammable cladding and its consequences for the industry, including new projects, existing buildings and buildings under construction
  • Ensuring clarity in product testing, certification and quality assurance

Niall Rowan, Chief Executive Officer, Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) (CONFIRMED)


Defining Accountability in the Housing Sector: Roles, Responsibilities and Accreditation for Fire Safety

  • Determining who has primary responsibility for fire safety for new build and commissioned projects and understanding why this is the case
  • Establishing whose responsibility it is to ensure that a building remains fit for purpose and the necessary fire safety regulations are abided by throughout its lifecycle
  • Ensuring all relevant staff members have the training, qualifications and accreditation required to develop and implement effective fire safety procedures
  • Understanding the role of partnership working with other agencies, organisations and residents to establish shared responsibility in ensuring safety of residents
  • Ensuring comprehensive fire safety and risk assessment training for all parties involved

Mike Ellerby, Director,  LRB Consulting Limited (CONFIRMED)


Morning Break


The Role of Fire and Rescue Services in Improving Fire Safety in Housing

  • Providing an overview of the role of fire and rescue services in supporting and shaping fire safety strategies for housing associations and local councils
  • Sharing recommendations and advice on housing fire safety, including taking a person-centred approach and understanding the different requirements for specialised housing
  • Outlining how fire and rescue services work collaboratively with LA’s and Housing associations to share knowledge and improve fire protection methods
  • Highlighting the safety campaigns established by the NFCC to help raise awareness of fire safety at home, including analysing the impact these programmes had on improving safety

Guy Keen, Protection Coordination Committee, National Fire Chiefs Council (CONFIRMED)




Case Study: Effectively Improving Fire Safety for High-Rise Buildings

Hear from an early adopter of Hackitt review recommendations

  • Heavily investing in improving building safety in line with the recommendations made in the Hackitt Review across Salix Homes and seeing it as a key strategic priority
  • Sharing the key lessons learnt throughout the improvement process and working in partnership with the local fire and rescue service alongside independent experts
  • Examining and prioritising future improvements such as emergency lighting, new smoke ventilation systems and the installation of new fire doors
  • Early Adopters work and the impacts on both future improvements and day to day repairs of the DLO

Stewart Kerr, Asset & Compliance Manager,  Salix Homes (CONFIRMED)


Afternoon Break


Workshop: Designing and Implementing an Effective Fire Safety Programme in Your Organisation

Work with the Trainer to develop an effective, comprehensive plan to make sure you are fully compliant with the regulations  

  • Reviewing existing organisational standards, identifying areas of weakness and building on good practice
  • Understanding the upcoming regulatory changes and adopting organisational processes and procedures to ensure compliance with these changes
  • Ensuring your organisation is in line with compliance, inspection and accreditation requirements without overstretching your budget
  • Discussing how to future proof future projects by ensuring they are in accordance with the necessary fire regulations and standards

Mike Ellerby, Director, LRB Consulting Limited (CONFIRMED)


Feedback, Evaluation & Close

*Programme subject to change

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In-house Option

We can also run this course for you, at your organisation, at a time and date that suits you. Please email [email protected] for more info.