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Adam Bannister was Editor of IFSEC Global from 2014 through to November 2019. Adam is also a former Managing Editor at Dynamis Online Media Group.
March 27, 2019

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HACKITT AND HOUSING

WATCH: Fire safety in housing – highlights from Westminster

“Dame Judith is absolutely bang on: the industry is ignorant and indifferent. Maybe people in this room aren’t, so please don’t take offence – but I’m afraid that is a fact.”

These provocative words – from deputy managing director of Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Lorna Stimpson – were among the most powerful spoken at a recent event in the historic environs of Westminster.

Organised by Frankham RMS in partnership with Engie and Gerda, ‘Fire Safety in Housing – preparing for a changing landscape’ examined the findings of the Hackitt Report and potential outcomes for housing providers, tenants and those who service and supply the housing sector.

IFSEC Global has already reported on the event, in which Tom Gilbert, director of fire risk management at Frankham RMS, noted a “shift from what I perceive to be unconscious incompetence to conscious incompetence – organisations now understand what they don’t know.”

Below is a video featuring highlights from a variety of speakers at the seminar, which took place on 20 February 2019.

Frankham RMS’ YouTube channel also features footage of individual presentations in full. You can watch them below.

Before the event, Frankham RMS training manager Simon Ince said that three principles – together forming the acronym ‘ACT’ – would underpin the seminar programme: Accountability, Competence, Traceability.

“Some housing providers may wish to wait for all outcomes before aligning their management systems,” wrote Ince. “However, Frankham RMS believes that ‘best practice’ will be the final destination for all those involved in housing – and that journey should start now.”

The programme covered:

  • Regulatory and enforcement frameworks
  • Competency in the housing sector
  • Product testing and certification
  • Provision of key information
  • Better procurement and competence of contractors
  • The changing landscape of fire safety in housing

Tom Gilbert, director, fire risk management, Frankham RMS

Lorna Stimpson, Deputy Managing Director, LABC

Nick Coombe, protection vice chair, National Fire Chiefs Council & Hackitt & Grenfell Lead, London Fire Brigade

Elaine Bailey, chief executive, Hyde Housing

Niall Rowan, CEO, ASFP

David Calvert, head of consultancy & training, Frankham RMS

Simon Lacey, regional managing director, London & South Regeneration, ENGIE UK & Ireland

Andrew Thompson, Gerda Security Products Ltd

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