Future of Building Control Conference
James Wates Is currently in his second year as Chairman of the
Construction Confederation, has chaired the Strategic Forum for
Construction, sits on the OGC’s Public Sector Construction Client’s
Forum (PSCCF), has been on the board of CITB Construction Skills since 2002, the newly
formed London Skills and Employment Board since February 2007 and he is also a councillor
on the London Region of the CBI.
He has a passion for construction in the built environment and, as is evidenced by his CITB
and LSEB connections a commitment to the training and development of people to deliver the
construction process. James became an associate member of the CIOB in 1985 and was
appointed fellow in 2007.
James took on a general management role with Wates Integra in 1989. This was a specialist
company formed within the construction group to carry out design and build contracting,
growing this business from £5 million turnover to a profitable £30 million turnover by 1993. He
then went to Harvard Business School for a three month management programme (PMD) on
completion of which he spent a month coming back to earth with an American contractor (the
Beck Group in Dallas).
On returning to Wates he took on a Construction Board role as Marketing Director and
immediately found his knowledge as a builder was invaluable when selling to customers. He
joined the main Wates Board in 1997 and was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Group in
Kevin Dawson has for the past 11 years held the position of Building
Control Manager at Peterborough City Council. His responsibilities
cover the day to day running of the Building Control Service which includes ensuring all
building work meets the requirements of building regulations and sporting venues within the
city comply with spectator safety standards. Kevin is currently chair of the Building Control
and Standards Faculty within the CIOB and has recently been appointed to sit on the
Education, Standards, Qualification and Practice Board. He also represents the CIOB on the
CIC Regulatory Advisory Panel and on the Building Control Alliance where he also has been
Kevin has since 2001 held the position of Director of LABC (Local Authority Building Control)
and during 2005/06 was President of this organisation.
Kevin is a Member of the CIOB, a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and
a Member of the Association of Building Engineers.
Since March 2007, Paula Higgins has worked in the Sustainable
Buildings Division in the Department for Communities and Local
Government. She is responsible for all aspects of the Review of Building Control, including
the development of proposals for consultation and ultimately for implementing the programme
of change which should result in a more efficient building control system.
Paula has been with CLG and its predecessor departments for ten years, working in a variety
of policy roles in areas such as sustainable development, greening business, rural
development and energy efficiency. As Head of Corporate Secretariat for ODPM she
managed all aspects of the Permanent Secretary’s Management Board, was responsible for
pulling together the Department’s legislative programme and organised Ministerial and senior
staff events and visits. Prior to this job, Paula was seconded to the European Commission to
oversee the implementation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive across Europe.
Paul Everall has been Chief Executive of LABC since 1 June 2005.
This is the professional body which represents local authorities
building control officers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Following graduation from Cambridge University in 1966, Paul's career until February 2005
was entirely in the civil service. In his early days he was a traffic and transport engineer, but
since 1981 he has led Divisions responsible for planning control over mineral working, new
towns, housing renewal policy, and, since 1991, buildings and building regulations.
In this latter post he has been responsible for many changes to these Regulations, including
new requirements for energy efficiency, sound insulation, electrical wiring, disabled access
and fire safety. He also represented ODPM on a wide range of external bodies including BSI,
ARB, BBA, BRE and HSE.
Chris Woods is a trained performance coach and Value Manager as well as
a Chartered Architect. He is on the technical advisory group to the National
Platform that advises BERR and the Technology Strategy Board of UK research needs, and
is still an occasional contributor to the cross-sectorial International Cultural Learning
Association (Interclass). He has contributed to three National Audit Office reports, the latest
being ‘Homebuilding: measuring construction performance’.
He is a Visiting Professor at Salford University, on the steering committee of Salford Centre
for Research & Innovation (SCRI), chairs the steering committee for SURegen a £3.5 million
research project producing a workbench for Sustainable Urban Regeneration and is on the
industry group that advises SCRI housing research. He is a member of Construction Skills
Network National Strategy Group. He is on the EPSRC Strategic Advisory Group funding £50
million of research into Sustainable Urban Environments.
Chris contributed a chapter of a book edited by Professor Peter Brandon on Clients Driving
Innovation that has just been published by Wiley Blackwell. Chris’s work at Wates is to create
customer added value through improved process and product use. He has worked on
developing Wates Group strategy since 2000.