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FIREX 2023 Expertise & Guidance Theatre – What’s on the agenda?

This year’s agenda for the ever-popular Expertise & Guidance Theatre at FIREX will cover issues ranging from the challenges of lithium-ion battery fires to a panel of residents discussing their experiences of the building safety crisis.

Below, we’ve outlined the full agenda taking place over the three days of the show between 16-18 May on the FIREX Expertise & Guidance Theatre – this year, sponsored by Aico.

Tickets to FIREX are free, and give access to IFSEC, Safety & Health Expo and Facilities Show too, which all have their own theatre agendas.

FIREX Expertise & Guidance Theatre: Tuesday 16 May

11:00-11:30: We’re not fire safety experts. Fire safety measures – the resident’s view

  • Deepa Mistry, CEO, Building Safety Crisis
  • Nichola Venables, CEO, New Build Database
  • Ian Moore, CEO, Fire Industry Association (Chair)

Last year’s Expertise & Guidance Theatre in full swing

11:45-12:15: Male allyship in the fire safety industry: Is it the right thing to do? Is it going too far?

  • Dexter Allen, Trust Fire Safety Manager, RSCH Brighton Helideck Manager, Facilities and Estates Directorate
  • Kevin Day, Programme Leader of Fire Risk Engineering, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Benjamin Ralph, Partner and Head of Fire Safety, Foster & Partners
  • Alan Wheal, Group CEO, EA-RS Group

12:30-13:00: Golden years. Where does the Golden Thread lead?

  • Andrew Cooper, Managing Director, Global HSE
  • Robert Norton, UK Lead, PlanRadar

13:15-13:45: Someone mentioned height, what about risk instead? Fire safety – back to basics!

  • Andy Frankum, Chair, National Social Housing Fire Strategy Group
  • Jan Taranczuk, Vice Chair, London and South East Group

14:00-14:30: How new technology can improve compliance, reduce install times and carbon footprint

  • Ross Markham, Director, Cygnus and Bull Products

14:45-15:15: Individual competence: Proving, maintaining, renewing

  • Trevor Jenks: SSAIB National Training Manager

15:30-15:45: How to ensure your risk and compliance management is fit for future

  • Colin Simpson, COO, Risk Warden
  • Brent Young, CTO, Risk Warden

16:00-16:30: Closing the gaps and driving up standards of specification and installation of cavity barrier systems

  • Ashley Phillips, Business Development Manager, FSi

FIREX Expertise & Guidance Theatre: Wednesday 17 May

11:00-11:30: Is our reliance on lithium ion batteries safe or sustainable?

  • Matt Humby, Senior Technical Sales Consultant, Firechief Global

Matt Humby will be exploring whether our reliance on lithium ion batteries is safe from a fire perspective on Wednesday at 11:00

11:45-12:30: Time to talk. Mental health awareness in the fire sector

  • Michelle Agius, Managing Director, Eurotech
  • Stephen Haynes, Mates in Mind
  • James Jones, Managing Director, Vimpex
  • Tom Simmonds, CEO, Allsaved
  • Ian Moore, CEO, Fire Industry Association (Chair)

12:45-13:15: What’s next for PEEPs?

  • Elspeth Grant, CEO/Specialist PEEPs Advisor & Trainer, Triple A Solutions
  • Liz Kimber & Joe Dowd
  • Samantha Shimmon, Strategic Lead – Housing Services, East Suffolk Council

13:30-14:00: What’s new in BS 8629 – an overview of the 2023 amendment to the Code of Practice for Evacuation Alert Systems

  • Andy Scott, Projects Director, C-Tec

14:15-14:45: The European classification system explained

  • Peter Barker, Technical Manager, Warringtonfire

15:00-15:30: Raising standards and competence in the fire and security industry

  • Tom Brookes, Chairman, Fire & Security Association
  • Trevor Jenks, National Training Manager, SSAIB
  • Andy Reakes, Director of Growth & Development, JIB

Don’t miss: Building Safety Act – Knowing your responsibilities, at 11AM on Thursday 18 May!

15:45-16:15: Firestopping in high risk buildings

  • Alastair Brockett, Code & Approval Manager, Hilti
  • Paolo Mininni, Firestop Product Manager, Hilti
  • Michal Skrna, Technical Marketing Manager, Hilti

FIREX Expertise & Guidance Theatre: Thursday 18 May

11:00-11:30: Building Safety Act – Knowing your new responsibilities

  • Adrian Mansbridge, Legal Director, Addleshaw Goddard
  • Natalie Sellar, Managing Associate Global Investigations, Addleshaw Goddard

11:45-12:15: Preparing a safety case for a higher-risk building: Arguments and evidence for building safety assurance

  • Luke Emmet, Principal Consultant, NCC Group


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