HEADLINE SPEAKER Pen Hadow – World Class Explorer and Inspirational Speaker

Join us at our 2018 National Conference and hear from our incredibly inspirational headline speaker Pen Hadow, the only Briton to have trekked both the North and South Geographic Poles solo. Pen will recount some of his extraordinary experiences and share the unique method he used to overcome the extreme challenges he encountered in his expeditions. One of the foremost explorers and guides in the world, Pen Hadow rose to fame by becoming the first person to trek solo to the North Geographic Pole – a journey which spanned 480 miles across the Arctic Ocean’s disintegrating sea ice and involved 75 days alone in one of the world’s most extreme environments – a feat which has never been repeated and at times almost cost him his life. Pen draws on his experiences to train and inspire others to overcome the challenges of today’s business environment, using his unique approach to emotional management and mental attitude, allowing obstacles to be reviewed with fresh eyes, and performance to be improved as a result. Pen’s talk ‘Overcoming challenges with a new mindset’ will open your mind to a new way of tackling challenges in your everyday working environment, giving you the tools you need to succeed.


Andrew Keyworth – Assistant Product Manager, Groupe Atlantic UK & ROI

Andrew Keyworth is currently an Assistant Product Manager at Groupe Atlantic UK & ROI, specifically concentrating on the Ideal Boiler brand. Before joining the group, Andrew spent over 16 years as an M&E Consultant working within the new build sector. In partnership with Ideal Boilers and a number of other industry manufacturers, Andrew has worked with a wide range of developers including Taylor Wimpey PLC & Barratt Homes PLC. Andrew’s extensive product and system knowledge is also supported as an accredited energy assessor, this skill set helps to provide clear assistance for regulatory compliance. As a member of the R&D development team at GA UK, Andrew helps to assist the business with achieving the increasing sustainability requirements of a consistently evolving housing market


Alan Keers – Deputy CEO & Director of Business & Innovation, Political Correspondent for the AGSM

Alan is the Deputy Chief Executive at Red Kite Community Housing – an innovative tenant-led organisation. He has worked in the industry for almost 30 years, many of those at a senior level, working in a variety of roles in both client and commercial sectors. He is a qualified surveyor, engineer and property consultant, and has established a reputation within the industry for leading top performing teams. During his time in the industry, he has been instrumental in the drive towards developing apprentice schemes and improving skills. He has provided technical training and advice for a UN international disaster agency and has often been seen speaking at both national conferences and expert seminars for some of the industry’s most recognisable bodies.


Charlie Lamb – Director, Windhager 

charlie lamb windhagerWith over 30 years heating experience, Charlie initially trained as a gas fitter with British Gas and has spent over 25 years with main stream boiler manufacturers. Always looking for better product efficiency and supporting innovative delivery options, Charlie headed up one of the UK’s most successful ‘Heat Lease’ programmes. Overseeing and managing the installation of several thousand heating systems in partnership with numerous Local Authority partners across the country. For four years Charlie headed up the Low Carbon sales team at one of the UK’s largest heating appliance manufacturers and is an established figure within the industry.


Bill Paton – Executive Chairman, CORGI Technical Services

Photo©John Cassidy The Headshot Guy® www.theheadshotguy.co.uk 07768 401009Bill has over 25 years’ experience in the gas industry. Bill spent 17 years as Commerical Director at Servowarm. He has extensive customer services experience, which evolved from managing a team of over 500 domestic gas engineers. He introduced condensing boilers to the domestic market 25 years ago and created a training centre to recruit new operatives. He also has experience in domestic energy assessment and the installation of renewable energy products.


Claire Heyes – CEO of AGSM & AESM

Claire opening - page 3Claire is CEO of the AGSM and AESM. She has in-depth knowledge of gas safety issues as they affect
senior management. She is passionate about raising awareness of these issues at all levels. Claire set up
the AGSM and AESM to recognise and reward excellent gas and electrical safety managers who now work together to promote safety and raise standards for the industry.



Jamie Cooper – Technical Manager, Omegaflex

Jamie Cooper Headshot squareIn a gas industry career so far spanning 28 years, Jamie has been an engineer with British Gas as well as spending over 13 years within the technical department of both CORGI and Gas Safe Register. Since 2012 Jamie has been Technical Manager at OmegaFlex Ltd, manufacturers of TracPipe®, where he is responsible for all of the technical aspects of the product including installation requirements and quality control, as well as the numerous product approvals and ISO 9001 certification. Jamie is also Chair of the BSI committee responsible for several gas product standards including pliable corrugated (stainless steel) tube, cooker hoses and ball valves.


Joe Murphy – Head of Health, Safety & Security, Area South, HS2

Joe Murphy headshotJoe Murphy is the Head of Health, Safety & Security for Area South of High Speed 2. This diverse role covers the geographical area between Euston and the M25 and will involve the construction of two station complexes, Euston and Old Oak Common, and two tunnels. Joe leads the HSS team in Area South and supports the project through the delivery of processes, management systems and assurance. Joe joined HS2 in June 2013 from the private sector where he ran a training and consultancy practice. His career experience includes civil engineering, rail and utilities.


John Fisher – Director, ARK Consultancy

John Fisher headshotJohn is a Director of ARK Consultancy and MD of CHIC – a consortium of housing landlords. He promotes a strategic, long term approach to asset management and encourages collaborative working to secure efficiencies. John supports clients to understand true asset performance and to deliver efficient, customer focused outcomes. He has long since been an advocate for a stronger focus on compliance. John has worked in private development and for housing associations and now has over 20 years consultancy experience working for a whole range of housing providers across the UK.


Keith MacGillivray – Chief Executive, British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association

Keith MacGillivray photo squareKeith MacGillivray is Chief Executive of The British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (BAFSA) and a passionate campaigner for automatic fire sprinklers. During the last 15 years he has successfully campaigned for sprinklers to be fitted in residential care homes, schools and dwelling houses in Scotland. Following the tragedy at Grenfell Tower, Keith wrote many articles on the advantages of fitting sprinklers together with carrying out interviews for TV and Radio. Most recently he has been asked to join the short term Scottish Parliamentary Review of Building Standards. Keith has a fire service background, completing his 34 years’ service as Assistant Chief in Strathclyde Fire and Rescue and Chief Advisor on Fire Services to Scottish Government.


Kevin Winship – Technical Safety Manager, CORGI Technical Services

Photo©John Cassidy The Headshot Guy® www.theheadshotguy.co.uk 07768 401009Kevin has over thirty years’ experience within the gas service industry. He worked as a British Gas Service Engineer for twelve years before joining CORGI in 1991 as an Inspector. Kevin’s focus is to promote an understanding of gas safety management and to improve systems. He has developed an extensive knowledge of gas management processes both from a technical and housing management perspective. Kevin is a qualified Carbon Monoxide Incident Investigator and has considerable experience delivering technical training seminars to the Registered Social Landlord sector.


Kim Morris – Head of Training & Membership, CORGI Technical Services

Photo©John Cassidy The Headshot Guy® www.theheadshotguy.co.uk 07768 401009With extensive experience in managing, assessing and delivering training for qualifications in plumbing and gas, Kim had a key role at EAL (Excellence, Achievement & Learning Ltd) as an External Verifier for Gas and Plumbing qualifications before joining CORGI. He was also a lecturer at Chichester College delivering plumbing and gas courses and was the Training Support Inspector at CAPITA for the Gas Safe Register and CORGI for over 18 years.



Lee Woods – Head of Compliance, Your Housing Group

Lee Woods headshot squareLee is an accomplished and dedicated compliance professional with over 10 years’ experience within the housing sector, specialising in compliance, contract, team and process management. Over his career, he has successfully created and maintained the G1 rating within previous organisations as well as working extensively to successfully heighten the Governance Rating at Your Housing Group, where he is Head of Compliance. In his current role, Lee is responsible for compliance and assurance in line with governance, as well as maintaining business partnerships and leading on in-house IT projects and system enhancements. To date, these have included process deconstruction to improve service area/delivery, the introduction of dashboard/performance reporting and a suite of management reporting tools.


Matt Morse – Chairman, Legionella Control Association

Matt Morse image squareMatt Morse has many years’ experience in legionella control and water treatment including over fifteen years as a service provider and a further five years as a consultant. In addition to his commercial role he has contributed to the industry by working with industry bodies on the development of guidance and standards. Matt is current Chairman of the Legionella Control Association and a member of the British Association of Chemical Specialities water treatment group. He also sits on the BSI committee and is a contributor to HSG274 and ACOP L8 2013. Matt is a working group member for both the current revision of BS8580 (Risk Assessments for Legionella Control) and the current drafting of the new standard BS8680 (Water Safety Planning).


Paul Honeyman – Head of UK Product Development, Vaillant Group

Paul HoneymanPaul is an industry professional with 15 years’ experience in service, sales, product development and
management. He currently heads up the UK product management team for Vaillant Group, ensuring the brand continues to remain the number one boiler choice for their social housing partners UK-wide.



Peter McHugh – Repairs Manager, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing

With responsibility for all responsive, gas safety and disrepair works, Peter project-managed the society’s gas safety action plan and met all audit requirements following the original HCA downgrade. This resulted in RBH being fully compliant with all gas and wider compliance requirements and led to RBH being upgraded by the HCA following and in-depth assessment in June 2017. Peter has held senior executive positions in local authorities and RSL’s and was a lead advisor on stock investment strategies and ODPM. Peter also worked for an international consultancy company offering expert advice on joint ventures and infrastructure collaboration projects between the public and private sector. Peter is a Board Member of Muir Group Housing Association.


Stephanie Smith – Professional Coach & Mentor

1017-STEPHANIESMITH-2695Stephanie Smith spent 14 years in the water and telecoms industries. There were lots of changes and challenges in both sectors and, early on in her career, she realised the importance of using her own strengths even if they seemed different from those around her. A career coach since 2010, Stephanie now helps others recognise their own wide range of talents and experience and how to use them to be more empowered both in and outside work.


Steve Martin – Director of Technical, ECA

Steve MartinECA’s Director of Technical, Steve Martin, has an established profile in supporting the practical, hands-on aspect of electrical engineering, offering technical support and expertise across a whole range of electrotechnical activities spanning residential, commercial and industrial locations.



Steve Sadley – Chief Executive, Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA)

Steve Sadley photo squareStephen Sadley is the Chief Executive of the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) and has spent all his career in the asbestos management industry, which has included roles as an asbestos analyst /surveyor in the UK, asbestos project manager for the Mass Transit Railway Corporation (MTRC) in Hong Kong and asbestos manager for a UK demolition company. Steve has built strong relationships across the industry, and as CEO of ARCA is a member of The Asbestos Liaison Group (ALG), which is a forum of key stakeholders, including the HSE, that work together to promote best practices in the control of and work with asbestos. He played a significant part in setting up the Asbestos Removal Management Institute (ARMI).


Martyn Allen – Technical Director, Electrical Safety First

Martyn Allen squareMartyn Allen is the Head of Electrotechnical Division at Electrical Safety First. He is responsible for leading the charity’s technical team as an impartial centre of excellence on all matters relating to the safety of electrical installations and electrical products, including representing consumer safety interests on British, European and international committees. Martyn’s experience in the electrical industry spans over 30 years. Having trained as an underground electrician with British Coal, he spent 16 years in engineering risk management with Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance before joining the Electrical Safety Council in 2006.


Julie Connolly – Senior Lecturer and CO Researcher, Liverpool John Moores University

Julie ConnollyWith a background in NICU nursing, Julie started working for Liverpool John Moores University as a senior lecturer on the Health and Social Care programme where she became interested and involved in carbon monoxide research. After assisting a colleague in the engineering department with a CO research project, she quickly realised that there was a gap in existing papers on the subject – no-one had asked the survivors of poisoning what their experiences were like. This realisation has now led to her PhD research.


Elly Hoult – Business Improvement Director, Notting Hill Housing ELLY-HOULT-600px-MIN

Elly leads on business improvement, ensuring Notting Hill Housing Trust is robust in terms of regulatory and legislative compliance. She is also responsible for resident involvement and engagement, policy and performance, data governance and data quality. With over 18 years’ experience in the sector, previously with Orbit and A2Dominion, she has worked in range of disciplines including operations, development, efficiency (Lean) and change management. Elly is a qualified coach and chair of the Chartered Institute of Housing board for future members.


Kevin Sparrow – Electrical Product Specialist, EAL

Kevin Sparrow is a Product Specialist with leading awarding organisation for industry, EAL. He works collaboratively with industry and professional bodies to develop new qualifications and services, project leading on life cycle management and creating high quality materials and assessments for training centres and learners. Kevin has authored and developed numerous electrotechnical and engineering qualifications, including ‘Level 4 Design & Verification’, ‘Level 3 Electrotechnical’, plus initial & periodic inspection & testing, and wiring regulation awards. He was also part of the employer Trailblazer Group, which developed the new electrotechnical apprenticeship standard. Prior to his current post he taught electrical installation in an FE college. He has also worked in the electrical industry for many years, carrying out maintenance, inspection and testing roles in a wide range of commercial settings. He holds professional qualifications in electrical engineering, electrical installation and teaching.



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