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September 19, 2023

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Building Safety Regulator appoints members for new Industry Competence Committee

An Industry Competence Committee (ICC) has been created by the Building Safety Regulator (BSR) to provide insight and guidance to improve competency in the sector. 

The ICC will have a role in advising the built environment industry and the Building Safety Regulator within the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on matters of competence.

Created with lessons from the Grenfell Tower fire and Dame Judith Hackitt’s ‘Building a Safer Future’ review of building regulations and fire safety in mind, the formation comes as a requirement of the Building Safety Act 2022.


Further reading: The Building Safety Act 2022: ‘Accountable Persons’ and ‘Principle Accountable Persons’ – What do these terms mean?


The BSR has said that a lack of skills, knowledge and experience has become a contributing factor of poor safety and standards in buildings.

Set up and appointed by HSE, the ICC members are:

  • Jon Vanstone (Chair) – Tech Influence
  • Sandra Ashcroft (Vice-Chair) – Health and Safety Executive
  • Jay Parmar – Joint Industry Board and CSCS Alliance
  • Lorraine Turner – UKAS
  • Steve Evans – National House Building Council
  • Lorna Stimpson – Local Authority Building Control
  • Wendy Belfield – InTandem Systems
  • Pete Dawber – Solvere Ltd
  • Ruth Devine – SJD Associates Ltd
  • Richard Harral – Chartered Association of Building Engineers
  • Nick Coombe – National Fire Chiefs Council
  • Dennis Davis – Fire Sector Federation
  • Alasdair Perry – British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association
  • Andrew Bulmer – The Property Institute
  • Anthony Taylor – Building Safety Alliance
  • James McNay – Hydrock
  • Kate Milford – Milford and Marah Ltd

Th BSR has said the ICC “will help bring industry together and encourage a more cohesive approach to competence”.

The group is expected to have its first meeting this month.

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