2016 AIF Conference Speakers


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Implementing change and innovation in work at height

peterbennett Peter Bennett

Peter Bennett is a director and chairman of the Access Industry Forum (AIF). He is also managing director of PASMA, the international trade body representing the mobile access tower industry, and executive director of the Ladder Association. Peter sits on a number of national and international standard-setting bodies and has been influential in helping shape standards and guidance in the work at height sector.


Philip White

Philip White joined the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as a factory inspector in 1985 and has broad experience of regulating a number of industries. He took up his current post as Head of HSE’s Operational Strategy Division in April 2013 after four years as HSE’s Chief Inspector Of Construction. Prior to that he was seconded to the Department of Work and Pensions to head up the Health and Safety Sponsorship Team, advising ministers on health and safety policy and the work of the Health and Safety Executive.

bussey Paul Bussey

Paul is an architect and RIBA CDM Ambassador promoting the concept of CDM differently with the new Principal Designer role. Paul studied architecture at the Universities of Liverpool and North London and is currently Senior Technical Consultant at award-winning architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. He has a proven track record of assisting professional design teams in delivering innovative design solutions whilst still achieving compliance within the increasing burden of legislation and technical guidance. He is chairman of the Designers’ Initiative on Health and Safety (DIOHAS), a nationally elected representative to the Council of the Association for Project Safety (APS), and served as chairman of BSI-BS 8560 ‘Design of Buildings incorporating Safe Work at Height’. Paul is currently leading the way for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to embed the role of Principal Designers into everyday architectural practice by his authorship of a book on CDM 2015, and by developing a course for Architectural Principal Designers.


Barney Green

Representing the Association for Project Safety (APS), Barney Green studied civil engineering at the University of Portsmouth and has spent more than 20 years in the work at height sector during which time he has sat on a number of British, European and international standard-setting committees. Currently technical advisor to APS on height safety, he is also MSc Construction Management Programme Director at the City University London. Barney has been involved in a number of household name projects including Terminal 5 and the new control tower at Heathrow Airport, and Wembley Stadium.


Steffan Groch

Steffan qualified as a solicitor in 1995 and since that time has advised companies, directors and managers in respect of a variety of health, safety and environment prosecutions brought by the Crown, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Environment Agency and local authorities. Currently a partner and Head of Regulatory at solicitors DWF, Steffan, in conjunction with his team, advises proactively on health and safety systems and procedures, with a particular emphasis on crisis management, corporate manslaughter and corporate governance. He is currently chair of the Health & Safety Lawyers’ Association and has recently been asked to contribute to the House of Commons Justice Select Committee on the proposed sentencing guidelines. He is commended as ‘Best in UK’ in Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500.

dunne John Dunne

Formerly Global Head of Health and Safety at Balfour Beatty, John joined the Wates Group in 2015 to take up the post of Group Director of HSEQ. He has spent 20 years as a health and safety professional in various roles across a wide range of industry sectors, including construction, engineering and manufacturing. He aims to deliver a lasting ‘zero harm’ environment at the Wates Group by driving high and consistent standards of health and safety. His ultimate aim is to make the construction industry the leader in terms of health and safety practice and behaviour. John spent the first ten years of his career with the Royal Navy as a diver working on civil and marine engineering tasks, as well as bomb disposal and mine clearance, together with projects relating to Special Forces.


Prof Tim Marsh

A visiting professor at Plymouth University, Prof. Tim Marsh is consulting professor at RyderMarsh OCAID Limited, and is recognised as a world authority in organisational culture and individual development. He has worked with more than 400 major organisations including Apple, the European Space Agency, the World Health Authority and the United Nations. Tim ran the ‘Behavioural Safety’ and ‘Pro- Active Safety Culture’ courses for the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), and created the award-winning ‘Affective Safety Management’ concept for the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM). A regular contributor to the professional press and author of several books on safety and safety culture, he has worked with the BBC and written and produced many safety training videos. He has chaired some 30 conferences on behavioural safety in the UK and has delivered keynote speeches at major conferences in places such as Dubai, South Africa, Malaysia and India.


Dr Shaun Lundy

Shaun has more than 25 years of experience as both an academic and practitioner in the field of health, safety and the environment. He is currently Academic Portfolio Leader for BSc and MSc degree programmes in Safety, Health, Environment and Occupational Hygiene at the University of Greenwich. He is currently interim chair of the HSE’s Myth Busters Challenge Panel set up by the UK Government to scrutinise dubious health and safety issues in the public interest. Editorial adviser to a number of leading professional publications, Shaun volunteers at the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) serving as vice-chair of the Professional Standards Committee, and has a keen interest in education, competence, ethics and leadership in relation to health and safety practice.

milner Dr Michele Milner

Michele is Head of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at the University of East London. The centre promotes and supports the study and practice of ‘how best to teach’ approaches to achieve positive learning outcomes. Michele has worked as a linguist, teacher trainer and curriculum developer in higher education in Japan, Korea and China before coming to the UK. She has developed and supported key strategic initiatives in transnational educational collaborations and in the areas of e-learning and staff development.


Dylan Roberts

Dylan Roberts is the Health and Safety Director for Skanska UK plc. He provides health and safety advice to the CEO and managing directors while striving to identify and implement leading technology and methods of work to reduce risk and increase performance. He sits on the senior management team at Skanska and works with that team to set strategic direction and deliver year-on-year improvement. He is a member of the UK Construction Group and the Client Construction Group. For five years Dylan has been leading Skanska UK’s injury fee environment programme which has seen a cultural shift in Skanska leading the business towards a declared future of ‘zero accidents’ and a culture of care and concern.


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