New Advisory Committee Will Provide Guidance For Regulatory Body
The advisory committee will provide guidance to both the regulatory body and the industry, aiming to enhance competency and oversee the progress of the emerging building safety framework, which the BSR aims to have fully operational by April 2024.

The complete roster of 16 committee members was recently revealed by Inside Housing and will be led by the newly appointed chair, Jon Vanstone, who serves as the director of Tech Influence and chairs the National Home Improvement Council. Mr. Vanstone played an instrumental role in establishing the BSR and led its interim industry competence committee starting in June 2021.

Joining Mr. Vanstone on the committee are individuals such as Jay Parmar, CEO of the Joint Industry Board for the Electrical Contracting Industry and chair of the CSCS Alliance; Lorraine Turner, accreditation director at the UK Accreditation Service; Steve Evans, head of technical operations at the National House Building Council; and Lorna Stimpson, chief executive of Local Authority Building Control.

Full list of committee members announced

Further committee members include: Wendy Belfield, commercial director at InTandem Systems; Pete Dawber, proprietor and consultant at Solvere; Ruth Devine, managing director at SJD Associates; and Richard Harral, technical director at the Chartered Association of Building Engineers.

Experts in fire safety featured on the committee comprise Nick Coombe, head of the protection policy reform unit at the National Fire Chiefs Council; Alasdair Perry, chief executive of the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association; James McNay, director of fire safety for Scotland at Hydrock; and Dennis Davis, vice-chair of the Fire Sector Federation.

Completing the roster are: Andrew Bulmer, chief executive of the Property Institute; Anthony Taylor, chair of the Building Safety Alliance; and Kate Milford, director at Milford and Marah, a consultancy firm.

Statement from BSR explores strategy 

In a statement on the BSR website, director of building safety Philip White said: “As part of our strategic focus around competence, we have recently set up the new industry competence committee (ICC) – which will have its first meeting in September.

“The ICC will advise both the regulator and industry. It will have a key role to play in facilitating an improvement of competence while engaging with a wide range of industry stakeholders and leaders to ensure this happens.”