housing & housing services Training

Ensuring Effective Fire Safety in Housing

housing & housing services Training

09:15 - 16:30

Thursday 22 October 2020

Central London, Central London

Early Bird Discount Offer: Use discount code S7CH27V to receive a 10% discount on your booking for a limited time only *Discount does not apply to private sector organisations.

The new Government have committed to delivering the biggest change in building safety for generations. In January 2020, a new Building Safety Regulator was added to the Health and Safety Executive, phase 1 of the Grenfell Inquiry was published, and it was announced that building owners who had not taken action to ensure building safety would be named. In addition, in March 2020, the Government announced £1bn Building Safety Fund for all forms of cladding removal, including timber, high-pressure laminate and other cladding materials with a Euroclass fire rating of ‘C’ or below.

With the additional announcement of the new Fire Safety Bill in the Queen’s Speech in December 2019, there is now a renewed pressure on social housing to comply with regulations and ensure their buildings are safe. The government have announced they “will not hesitate to encourage and support enforcement action” if regulations are not met.

Join this one-day interactive training course on Ensuring Effective Fire Safety in Housing to get a grip on the latest regulations and updated 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 recent flammable cladding ban and their consequences to your organisation  
  • Clarify what you are accountable for and understanding shared responsibilities throughout the building’s lifecycles
  • Review and clarify your responsibilities and roles in ensuring fire safety in high rise buildings  
  • Discuss with your peers what an effective fire safety strategy looks like, and consequently create an effective fire safety programme for your organisation  

Mike Ellerby, Director, LRB Consulting Limited

Neil Yeomans, Head of Property Compliance, Orbit

Hannah Eales, Senior Associate (Barrister), Kingsley Napley LLP

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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

  • Outlining the announcement of the Fire Safety Bill and Building Safety Fund and the implications for your organisations
  • Discussing the Government’s Response to Hackitt Review and the proposed reform of building safety, including a new duty holder regime and a more effective regulatory and accountability framework
  • Clarifying the ‘grey areas’ under fire safety legislation and responsibilities

Hannah Eales, Senior Associate (Barrister), Kingsley Napley LLP (CONFIRMED)


Interactive Session: Forecasting the Implications of Legislation Changes on Your Organisation

A 15-minute interactive session in which delegates will be able to ask questions, partake in polls, raise key concerns with both the speakers and trainer. 


Case Study: Setting Up Coordinated Partnership for Housing - Primary Fire Authority Scheme

  • Setting up first coordinated fire safety partnership in the UK – how the scheme came about
  • Reviewing how the Primary Authority Scheme works, who is involved and what are the benefits of membership including access to free advice on fire safety enforcement, legal issues, compliance and existing protocols
  • Sharing how you can go about setting up coordinated partnerships including creating a Primary Authority Scheme working group

Bethan Proctor, Policy and External Affairs Manager, Community Housing Cymru (invited)


Morning Break


Interactive Session: Mapping Accountability in Your Organisation

A 15-minute interactive session in which delegates will partake in polls to determine key areas of concern and inform the trainer of where their organisation stands in terms of accountability. 


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

  • Determining primary responsibility for new build and commissioned projects 
  • Establishing who ensures that the building remains fit for purpose throughout its lifecycle 
  • Ensuring competence and qualifications of all parties involved 
  • Working with other agencies, organisations and residents to establish shared responsibility 
  • Clarifying the overlap in responsibilities – who holds the responsibility for making sure that buildings are safe  
  • Ensuring comprehensive fire safety and risk assessment training for all parties involved 

Mike Ellerby, Director, LRB Consulting Limited (CONFIRMED)




Case Study: Effectively Implementing Organisation Wide Culture Change Towards Fire Safety in Housing

  • Discussing Orbit’s journey from being the first Housing Provider (HP) to be downgraded for fire safety in 2015 to becoming the first HP to be awarded the RoSPA Gold award for Customer Safety in 2019 
  • Implementation of cultural change at Orbit and the practical steps taken to transform the way all compliance functions are now approached and delivered 
  • Analysing how the ‘customer safety’ culture aligns with some of the key findings in the Hackitt report 
  • Providing real-world practical steps that any organisation can take to help change the way they keep their customers safe  

Neil Yeomans, Head of Customer Safety, Orbit (CONFIRMED)


Building an Efficient and Effective Fire Safety Programme in Your Organisation

Work with the trainer to develop an effective, comprehensive plan to improve fire safety in your organisation 

  • Reviewing the existing organisational standards, identifying areas of weakness and building on good practice 
  • Planning for the implementation of the approaching changes in your organisation  
  • Ensuring compliance, inspection and accreditation and taking into account budgetary constraints 
  • Building an efficient fire safety programme – with particular emphasis on high rise buildings  
  • Discussing how you can future-proof projects by ensuring that the products you invest in are in accordance with standards and are marketed in relation to building regulations 

Mike Ellerby, Director, LRB Consulting Limited (CONFIRMED)


Feedback, Evaluation and Close

*Programme subject to change

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 the Independent Safety Consultants Association.

Prior to setting up his consultancy business in 2000, Mike worked for one of the largest Health and Safety 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.

Neil Yeomans

Head of Customer Safety, Orbit

Neil is the Head of Customer Safety for Orbit Housing.  He joined Orbit in after they became the first housing association to be downgraded by the regulator for fire safety reasons.  Neil has helped take Orbit from this low point through to becoming the first National housing association to become PAS 7 accredited and the first ever to win a RoSPA Gold award for customer safety.  Neil comes from a regulatory background, as he used to work in an Environmental Health department, specialising in Housing Standards.  He made the leap into housing 7 years ago and is passionate about helping improve customer safety standards across the sector.

Hannah Eales

Senior Associate (Barrister), Kingsley Napley LLP

Hannah is a barrister at Kingsley Napley LLP.  She is an experienced advocate and a regulatory, fire safety and criminal law specialist. Hannah spent 8 years at the Criminal and Regulatory Bar prior to joining Kingsley Napley.  Hannah has a particular expertise in fire safety law having prosecuted on behalf of Fire and Rescue Authorities in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts and the Court of Appeal  Hannah has also represented individuals and corporates facing prosecution under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and advised corporates, individuals and world heritage sites on their obligations under fire safety legislation

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