04 MAY

Virtual conference



ACE members are invited to attend this virtual event hosted by the Construction Professionals' Council of Northern Ireland over two dates in May.

Following Grenfell, the Hackitt Report was commissioned as an independent review of building regulations and fire safety. The report exposed systemic failures in the construction industry and stated that the current building regulatory system is "not fit for purpose". The recently published interim report Raising the bar, by the industry response group, raised many questions around the competence levels within our industry. Until now, relatively little has been said about one of the most fundamental questions of all - How do we improve industry competence and culture?

The event will address how the industry, both locally and nationally, with specific reference to construction professionals can practically address the necessary improvements to industry competence and culture.

Session 1: Tuesday 4 May 2021
11:30am: Welcome, David Fletcher, CPCNI Chairman
11:35am: 'Changing Culture and Taking Responsibility – The Broader Context for Ensuring Safe Buildings' Dame Judith Hackitt DBE
12:10pm: 'Achieving a more competent industry' Graham Watts OBE
12:45am - 1:00pm: Q&A

Session 2: Tuesday 11 May 2021
11:30am: Welcome David Fletcher , CPCNI Chairman
11:35am: Paul Hyett
12:10pm: 'Where we have been, where we are going' Professor John Cole CBE
12:45pm - 1:00pm: Q&A 

Find out more about and book your place.

Please note that this event is not produced by ACE. Any queries should be directed to organisers, the Construction Professionals' Council of Northern Ireland.


John Cole

Independent Consultant

Dame Judith Hackitt

Make UK


Paul Hyett

Vickery Sports Architecture


Graham Watts OBE


Chief Executive

Dame Judith Hackitt DBE is a chemical engineer and is currently Chair of Make UK and Board member of HS2 Ltd. She was made a Dame in the 2015-16 New Year Honours for services to health and safety and engineering, in particular for being a role model for young women. Following the tragic fire which occurred at Grenfell Tower in London in June 2017, Dame Judith conducted an independent review into Building Regulations and Fire Safety related to high rise buildings for the Government. She now chairs the Transition Board which will create the new Building Safety Regulator as part of a major reform programme following her review.

Graham Watts OBE is Chief Executive of CIC and a member of the Industry Response Group, set up by the MHCLG in the immediate aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and Chaired the Competence Working Group set up to assist Dame Judith Hackitt’s Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. Following the report publication he is now Chair of the Steering Group charged with implementing the recommendations on improving competence for all those engaged in designing, construction, managing and maintaining higher-risk residential buildings, this includes oversight of the competence work being carried out in the Fire and Rescue Services.

Professor John Cole CBE is an architect by profession, is currently an independent consultant, acting primarily as a strategic client adviser on a range of major international public-sector infrastructure projects. John is a member OF the government’s ‘Industry Safety Steering Group’ and also a member of the RIBA ‘Expert Advisory Group on Fire Safety’. In 2016 he chaired the Independent Inquiry and wrote the ‘Report into the Construction of Edinburgh Schools’, which has resulted in an on-going major review of construction. Following the Edinburgh Schools Inquiry, he was asked by the Scottish Government to chair a Review of Compliance with and Enforcement of Building Standards in Scotland. In November 2019 he was appointed to the Procurement Advisory Group of the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government to develop and promote best practice in relation to procurement. He was also the founder and instigator of the Construction Professionals’ Council N.I.

Paul Hyett is an architect, director of Vickery Sports Architecture and previously principal of HKS Architects in London, past President of the Royal Institute of British Architects and over the last fifteen years has worked in the field of sports and entertainment projects he has worked on major projects in the UK, France, Spain, Russia, the Middle East, China and Australia. Paul is also an experienced forensics architect who has investigated and reported on major building failures in terms of basic design and technical problems as well as code compliance. He believes in the closest possible collaboration with clients in the formulation of project briefs, design and delivery. Recently Paul was appointed as expert architectural witness to the Grenfell Inquiry in 2018, has produced a 575-page overview on the design, delivery and regulatory compliance of the project.




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Bill Taylor

Bill Taylor

Northern Ireland Manager

Bill manages ACE's relationships with members in Northern Ireland.

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