This episode features Brian chatting with Stuart Letley, director and owner of Clear Safety Services. During the interview, Stuart covers a number of topics, among them the cladding issue, fire safety risks in the housing association sector, the recent fire at New Providence Wharf and anticipated further changes in the fire safety environment now that the Fire Safety Act has passed into law.

As always, Mark sits down with our regular Fire Safety Matters Podcast guest Warren Spencer (managing director at Blackhurst Budd Solicitors). On this occasion, the duo unveil some of the detail behind a two-hour webinar being organised by Fire Safety Matters in partnership with Blackhurst Budd Solicitors. Taking place on Friday 11 March at 10.30 am, the online event examines whether or not the voice of the fire risk assessor is being heard.

In addition, we feature a round-up of several major industry news stories including the Government’s latest plans to address the cladding crisis and a record fine handed down to BUPA in the wake of fire safety failings.

Episode 23 of the Fire Safety Matters Podcast features Brian and Mark reflecting on 2021, focusing in particular on the many achievements realised by the magazine across the last 12 months (among them the launch of Fire Safety Matters Live in November, four nominations at the PPA Independent Publisher Awards and the publication of the first-ever edition of the Fire Industry Association’s annual Guide to the UK Fire Safety Industry).

As always, we feature a round-up of the latest industry news. Here, there’s discussion around the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry, the professional indemnity insurance crisis currently impacting fire risk assessors, developments for BAFE’s ‘Don’t Just Specify, Verify!’ campaign and current moves signalled by the Government in terms of smoke alarms for the nation’s housing stock.

Further, Brian and Mark concentrate their attentions on the content of Fire Safety Matters’ December print edition before looking ahead to the magazine’s features programme for 2022. The New Year, in fact, witnesses the inaugural running of the Fire and Security Matters Awards (at the CBS Arena on 28 April) and the Fire Safety Matters Golf and Networking Day (which takes place at the Celtic Manor Resort on 14 June).

Episode 22 of the Fire Safety Matters Podcast encompasses a detailed conversation between Brian and Steve Davies (the new CEO at the Association for Specialist Fire Protection). The duo chat about a number of core industry subjects, among them the recent launch of the ASFP’s e-Learning platform and also the current state of play when it comes to legislation and its direct impact on the sector.

As always, Mark sits down with our regular Fire Safety Matters Podcast guest Warren Spencer (managing director at Blackhurst Budd Solicitors). This time around, Warren focuses on the key issue of culpability when it comes to fire safety-related prosecutions in the courts.

In addition, Brian hears from both Matt Simpson (business development manager at simPRO Software) and one of the company’s customers (namely Darren Thorne, managing director at DT Fire Systems) about the benefits to be realised by those organisations who opt for digitalisation in a bid to improve their day-to-day workflows.

There’s also a round-up of the latest major news stories published online by Fire Safety Matters.

Episode 21 of the Fire Safety Matters Podcast includes an interview with Anthony Walker (director and also a member of the Board at Sircle). Brian puts a number of questions to Anthony (who’s a Chartered surveyor and fire engineer) focused around several key topic areas, among them cladding for buildings, qualifications for fire risk assessors, EWS-1 Forms and the ‘golden thread’ of information.

Once again, Mark hears from our regular Fire Safety Matters Podcast guest Warren Spencer (managing director at Blackhurst Budd Solicitors). On this occasion, Warren turns his attentions towards the belief that associations need to take the lead when it comes to the competency of fire risk assessors.

In addition, Brian hears from Yusuf Muhammad, co-founder and chief design officer at Plumis, who outlines what the company has been doing of late in relation to product testing for fire suppression systems.

As always, there’s a round-up of the latest major news stories published online by Fire Safety Matters as well as some essential detail about The Fire Safety Event and the FSM Live one-day digital conference in November.

Episode 20 of the Fire Safety Matters Podcast features exclusive interviews with Chartered fire engineer Dr Tony Cash and Don Randall MBE (chair of the City of London Crime Prevention Association). In conversation with Brian, these hugely respected sector professionals focus their attentions on Project Kestrel, a brand new initiative specifically aimed at offering front line security personnel the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised certificate of learning in fire awareness.

As always, Mark hears from our regular Fire Safety Matters Podcast guest Warren Spencer (managing director at Blackhurst Budd Solicitors). Warren assesses the recent online conference organised by Fire Safety Matters in conjunction with Blackhurst Budd that looked at key issues around ‘Enforcing the Fire Safety Order’ and goes on to answer some of the questions submitted by delegates on the day.

There’s also a round-up of the latest major news stories published online by Fire Safety Matters. These include a special announcement concerning the inaugural Fire and Security Matters Awards running in April 2022.

Episode 19 of the Fire Safety Matters Podcast includes an exclusive first interview with Peter Baker of the Health and Safety Executive. In conversation with Brian, the newly-appointed Chief Inspector of Buildings examines the focal points of his work on establishing and leading the Building Safety Regulator, assesses the competency landscape and the Building Safety Bill and then moves on to outline the key deliverables that he would like to see realised during his term of office.

Our regular Fire Safety Matters Podcast guest Warren Spencer (managing director at Blackhurst Budd Solicitors) chats with Mark to put forward his top tips for fire safety professionals when it comes to dealing with contractual arrangements. The duo also look ahead to next week’s online conference organised by Fire Safety Matters and Blackhurst Budd where the focus is on ‘Enforcing the Fire Safety Order’. The digital event runs on Friday 14 May at 10.30 am.

In addition, Brian interviews Mark to find out all of the latest detail on the newly-launched Fire and Security Matters Awards and there’s also a round-up of major news stories published online by Fire Safety Matters.

Episode 18 of the Fire Safety Matters Podcast includes Brian interviewing Niall Rowan, CEO of the Association for Specialist Fire Protection. Making his second appearance on the Fire Safety Matters Podcast, Niall reviews his time as CEO and details the key achievements realised by the organisation. He also turns his attentions towards the competency agenda in the fire sector and discusses the key elements of the Building Safety Bill and the Fire Safety Bill.

With the Home Office now signalling the prospect of unlimited fines for proven breaches of fire safety regulations, Warren Spencer (managing director at Blackhurst Budd Solicitors) examines this subject. In addition, Mark hears from Andy Speake (national technical manager at fire and carbon monoxide alarms manufacturer Aico) who concentrates on the core issue of installer training and outlines the cloud-based alarm solutions Aico is bringing to market.

Major news stories analysed include the Government’s response to the recent Fire Safety Consultation and the Health and Safety Executive’s appointment of Peter Baker as the inaugural Chief Inspector of Buildings to establish and lead the Building Safety Regulator.

Episode 17 of the Fire Safety Matters Podcast features Brian interviewing Brett Ennals, founder and managing director of Cento (the nationwide recruitment company with a keen focus on the fire and security markets). Brett reviews the current state of play in the recruitment market, the skills shortage in the fire and security sectors, salary levels and the role of sub-contractors. He also details Best Practice advice for job candidates and hiring businesses as we move into the New Year.

Warren Spencer (managing director at Blackhurst Budd Solicitors) looks back at the digital conference on the Fire Safety Bill which Fire Safety Matters hosted just prior to Christmas. In addition, Mark chats with Adam Turk (CEO at the Siderise Group) who outlines the main points of Siderise Insulation’s ‘By Your Side’ campaign and why he believes the company is one of the passive fire protection market’s best kept secrets.

Major news stories analysed include the advent of the new regulator for construction products, the Labour Party’s recent Opposition Day debate on cladding and the establishment of a nationwide database designed to assess the potential link between exposure to fire toxicants and the increased occurrence of cancers and other diseases among firefighters.

Brian hears from Wayne Woodland (Pre-Construction Director) and Matthew Flower (Sector Director) of Miller Knight, the specialist company focused on remedial passive fire protection measures. They outline key changes in the new build sector regarding fire protection post-Grenfell, the scope of current building regeneration projects and how it can be ensured that fire safety installations are being conducted in the correct manner.

With Warren Spencer (Managing Director at Blackhurst Budd Solicitors) absent from Episode 16 due to work commitments, this time around Mark looks ahead to next month’s digital conference on the Fire Safety Bill in which Warren features. In addition, Mark interviews Peter Jones (CEO at the Nineteen Group) who explains the recent decision to move The Fire Safety Event from next April to early September and why live events will continue to be so essential for practitioners in the fire sector.

Major news stories analysed include calls for firefighters to use body-worn video, a new worldwide standard for fire safety in buildings and the Fire Sector Federation’s support for a revised Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Brian interviews Richard Jenkins (CEO) and John Davidson (Head of Field Operations for Systems) of the National Security Inspectorate (NSI). They outline the work of the NSI and its key role in the fire safety sector, in addition to focusing on how fire safety solution providers can navigate their route towards achieving third party certification and also highlighting the organisation’s views in relation to the draft Building Safety Bill.

Once again, Mark hears from Warren Spencer (Managing Director at Blackhurst Budd Solicitors). This time around, Warren concentrates on the impact of COVID-19 in terms of compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Mark also chats with Michala Ford (Head of Business Support at Safety Technology International) who offers an overview of STI’s product range and applications in projects encompassing tall buildings, the education sector and the heritage market.

Major news stories covered include the development of a dedicated FIA portal for EWS-1 Forms and ASFP CEO Niall Rowan’s stated intention to stand down from his role following next year’s AGM.

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