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Supporting the construction supply chain: How certification and testing can help build a safer future

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The Construction industry agenda is one filled with priority items driven by the need to become safer, to evolve the way we interpret and use data in decision-making, and the need for the industry, as a whole, to work even more closely together for the sake of those who live and work in it, and the impact we have on our environment. While the future holds many uncertainties and appears to be evolving at a rate of knots especially when it comes to factors that appear outside of our own control, within the construction space alone, we have seen wholesale changes as a direct result of the impact of Brexit through to the deployment of new regulatory requirements.

The critical role that Testing and Certification plays, and the relevance of the data that is produced as a result of these activities has become more critical than ever before. The approaching Building Safety Bill, the need to validate, verify, comply, and the unquestionable requirement to demonstrate fitness-for-purpose is driving the entire supply chain to re-imagine new uses for the data they depend on, as part of their decision-making processes.

In this webinar, we review the evolving role that Testing and Certification continues plays to support the entire supply chain, from designer to manufacturer to installer to quality manager, towards a safer future for all.

Topics Covered

• From then until now: A brief review of testing & certification and its continued relevance today

• The value of testing & certification throughout an entire supply-chain

• How testing and certification continues to be the supply-chain thread

• The Role of an Innovation-Enabler: How Testing & Certification ensures product quality while driving innovation

• The challenges facing testing & certification and how they’re actively being addressed

• The Future: How to build an agile industry that is able to respond to ever-changing market demands

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  • Guest speaker
    Peter Sumpton Marketing Consultant @ BBA

    Having seen first-hand what poor marketing tactics and ineffective marketing strategies can do to a business, Peter knows how to effectively take the building blocks of Marketing and formulate sound, structured and implementable plans for long-term success. Peter has held many positions within Marketing, from assistant to heading up several Marketing Departments. This ‘from the ground up’ approach allowed Peter to hone his skills and develop an understanding that every business is unique, everyone has their part to play and that success comes from well-designed Marketing strategies. Peter covers the entire marketing genre from strategic planning to creative thinking and consumer engagement, culminating in his ultimate goal of helping as many Marketers and Marketing Departments become central to their business in providing a Marketing-led approach and achieving long term success. The passion and commitment to the profession Peter loves can be infectious!

  • Guest speaker
    Hardy Giesler CEO @ BBA

    Hardy Giesler’s career spans more than 30 years of experience within the manufacturing and services industry helping the likes of the London Underground, Energies Communications and IHS Inc deliver performance transformation and business growth. Having served as a board member of Tarmac Building Products and, as managing director of Tarmac Top block, Hardy initiated a strategic review leading to a £25 million investment programme at the business. Hardy joined the British Board of Agrément (BBA) in 2020 as Chief Executive Officer, leading the organisation through an exciting and transformational period since the company’s inception in 1966, building a business that is equipped to continue to facilitate current and future clients for the next 55 years.

  • Guest speaker
    Jamie Holling Business Development Manager @ Celsa Steel UK

    Jamie has worked for BRC and Celsa for more than thirty years. He has extensive knowledge of certification across Quality, Health & Safety, Environmental and Sustainability standards. In addition to his work for the Celsa group, he holds the following industry positions: Director and Chair of Eco-Reinforcement Ltd, the independent sector scheme standard for the responsible sourcing of reinforcing steel, based on BES 6001. (BRE’s framework standard for the responsible sourcing of construction products). Technical Committee Chairman for BAR, the British Association of Reinforcement. Active participant on various BSI and ISO committees covering both product and sustainability standards. Jamie’s current role includes promoting the sustainability and recycling benefits of engaging with the Celsa UK supply chain within the UK construction sector.

  • Guest speaker
    Andrew Orriss COO @ Structural Timber Association

    Andrew currently works with Structural Timber Association as the Chief Operating Officer, which includes managing the STA Assure quality standards. This innovative programme is at the heart of the Structural Timber industry driving up quality standards. This follows a number of years with building material supplier SIG Plc. Andrew set up SIG360 Technical Centre in 2012 which is a service proposition dedicated to taking cost and complexity out of construction. Prior to joining the SIG team, Andrew was the Managing Director for a leading Structural Insulated Panel (SIPs) manufacturing and installation business Innovare Systems. At that time Andrew was instrumental in the setting up of the first UK SIPs Trade Association dedicated to supporting the industry, now part of Structural Timber Association.

  • Guest speaker
    Neil Appleton Construction Lead @ National Composites Centre

    Neil is an established domain expert in construction at the NCC who supports & drives better exploitation of the benefits of composite materials. Exploiting a rich background in Civil and Structural engineering design and construction; followed by 20+ years of experience in the design & manufacture of FRP composite structures.

  • Guest speaker
    Ronan Brunton CEO @ SPRA

    Dr Ronan Brunton trained as a civil engineer and is a graduate member of ICE. He has held many senior commercial positions in the roofing sector over the last 35 years. He is a management consultant with specific interests in organisational sustainability and business ethics. He currently works in the single ply roofing industry for the Single Ply Roofing Association (SPRA) whom he represents at a chief executive level. He represents SPRA on a number of important committees in the construction industry, ensuring members are kept informed of industry issues and have an opportunity to engage and express their opinion. SPRA has been active in the work necessary to bring about a change in construction industry culture following the ‘Raising the Bar’ Report of the IRG in connection with improving industry competence. Ronan has research interests in issues including sustainability and business ethics in construction, which he practices at a post-doctoral level.