Speakers - Access Industry Forum

Conference Programme

Conference SPEAKERS



Find out more about our line-up of industry experts

Peter Bennett OBE
Chair, Access Industry Forum

Peter is Managing Director of PASMA, the trade association representing the mobile access tower industry, and Executive Director of the Ladder Association. 

He is Chair of the Access Industry Forum (AIF), the forum for the eleven leading trade associations and federations in the work at height sector, and also Chair of the No Falls Foundation, the UK registered charity dedicated to reducing falls from height through research and education.

Sarah Jardine
Head of Construction Division, HSE

Sarah Jardine is currently Acting Director of HSE’s Construction Division.  She joined HSE in 1997 as one of HM Inspectors and has regulated many different industries including paper manufacture, rubber and plastics, printing, engineering and fairgrounds.  Sarah has held operational policy roles in agriculture and the entertainment and leisure industries and was involved in the rewriting of HSG175 “Fairgrounds and Amusement Parks: Guidance on Safe Practice”. As a Principal Inspector, Sarah has managed frontline operational teams across the East Midlands.  Before moving to her current role she was a Head of Operations in HSE’s Construction Division responsible for frontline operations across the North West the Midlands, the South West and Wales.

Gordon Maddan
Office for Product Safety & Standards

A Trading Standards Officer, with a law degree and two decades of regulatory affairs experience at Asda/Walmart, Gordon supports the Office for Product Safety and Standards, part of the Market Frameworks Group – at BEIS with its business engagement activities.

Gordon chairs the Business Reference Panel, which is made up of regulatory experts from trade assoiciations, business bodies, professional bodies and individual businesses, helping to ensure that a broad business voice is heard by policy-makes across Government on regulatory matters. Gordon provided support to the Working group on product recalls and was part of the technical authorship team for development of the PAS 7100 Code of Practice on consumer product recalls and other corrective actions. Gordon has acted as an expert witness and delivered business support around product recall and safety issues.

Alan Burge

Alan Burge is an Associate Engineer at Arup leading the Façade Access and Maintenance team.  Alan is currently based in London but has previously worked for Arup in Bristol and Doha, Qatar as well as working on Arup projects in other regions.

Arup is an independent firm of designers, engineers, architects, planners, consultants and technical specialists working across every aspect of today’s built environment, as well as working collaboratively with leading architects and contractors and direct for end users.

Alan has extensive knowledge and experience in the ‘Access for Maintenance’ field gained through the vast and iconic projects worked on worldwide for Arup in the past 15 years which range from initial concept to onsite commissioning and handover of installed systems.

Steffan Groch
DWF Solicitors

Steffan Groch is a Partner and Head of Regulatory, Compliance and Investigations at solicitors DWF.

Steffan’s key strength is crisis management and Steffan and his team are currently advising the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea following the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017.

He is Chair of the Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association and has recently been asked to contribute to the House of Commons Justice Select Committee on subjects such as the sentencing guidelines.

Dr Karen McDonnell
RoSPA OSH Policy Adviser

Karen is  a highly motivated advocate for safety and health, skilled in partnership working , with a track record of working with and through key stakeholders across a global health and safety network.

A broad range of strategic and operational experience gained whilst working for , a registered charity at the heart of accident prevention in the UK and around the world. Karen presents an exceptional personal brand and has the ability to influence and motivate others to think out with or across traditional boundaries.

Alison Thewliss MP
APPG Work at Height Chair

Alison Thewliss has been the SNP Member of Parliament for Glasgow Central since May 2015, and Shadow SNP Spokesperson for Housing, Communities and Local Government since July 2018. 

Alison is Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Working at Height which published the findings of its first official inquiry into height safety earlier this year. 

Launching the report, Alison said: “Our inquiry and report marks the beginning of the APPG’s work. Working with industry and government, we hope to make recommendations that will create a safer environment for the millions who work at height every day.”

Paul Gaze
Hire Association Europe

Paul is Commercial Manager at Hire Association Europe and at the Event Hire Association and is currently working on developing a career path for the hire and rental sector, together with a training strategy. 

Paul joined the construction industry via a specialist craft apprenticeship in the 1980’s and has worked in a range of technical and managerial roles over the past 30 years in both the public and private sectors of industry. 

Prior to joining HAE EHA Paul worked for more than a decade at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) leading a team delivering account management services and learning and development support for employers. He is a Chartered Builder, Chartered Engineer, and a business administration graduate.

Chris Debrick
Transport for London

Chris Debrick is a Project Manager with London’s Major Projects Directorate delivering TFL’s innovative and highly successful campaign to keep workers safe during the modernisation of the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Lines – referred to as the 4 Lines Modernisation (4LM). 

Chris will explain the origins and development of the campaign and its imaginative use of key messages to keep people safe on this £5.4 billion project -designed to give passengers a faster and more comfortable travel experience with more capacity and better reliability.

Brian Parker
Grad IOSH, MIIRSM, Qualified Mental Health First Aid Instructor

Brian is the Business Development Manager (Technical Support) at AFI-Uplift,

Brian has held several senior health and safety roles within the working at height sector, including 15 years as a senior IPAF training instructor. 

He is an IPAF UK Council member and Chairman of the PASMA Training Committee. 

He is a current member of the IPAF Training Committee, as well as being an active member of the Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group MEWPs Committee. Brian also sits on the HAE Tools, Plant & Equipment Board. 

Brian is a Mental Health First Aid Instructor and is extremely passionate about raising awareness of the issues around mental health throughout the construction sector.

Tom Price
National Farmers' Union

Tom Price joined the NFU in 2014 as a specialist adviser providing help and information to members on employment, transport and health and safety. 

In 2015 Tom was appointed as the NFU Farm Safety and Transport Policy Adviser leading on work to help farming improve its safety record. Prior to joining the NFU Tom was in practice as an employment lawyer.

Jason Anker MBE
No Falls Foundation
Paul Blanchard
No Falls Foundation
Dylan Skelhorn
No Falls Foundation

Jason, Paul and Dylan are Ambassadors for the No Falls Foundation, the UK charity committed to keeping people safe when working at height.

All three have faced the aftermath and consequences of a fall from height and gone on to use that life-changing experience to become champions and advocates of height safety. Their shared experience and positive approach brings a personal dimension to the No Falls Foundation as it aspires to achieve an attitudinal shift to working at height.

Conference Chairman

Dr Shaun Lundy
Technical Director 4site Consulting & Visiting Scholar University of Greenwich

Shaun is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner and Chartered Building Engineer with over 25 years of experience. Shaun leads a team of advisors and surveyors providing risk management services across a variety of industry sectors. 

In addition to his day job as Technical Director at 4site Shaun is a visiting Scholar at the University of Greenwich, a member of the Health and safety Executives Myth Buster Challenge Panel, and a Member of the Policy and Standards Committee at the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health.  Shaun’s research interests include leadership, education and competence in health and Safety practice