Conference programme

The conference for the building services industry

Thank you to everyone that contributed to the conference programme this year. The conference is only as good as the content we deliver, so a big thank you from us to you!

The team will begin working on the 2022 programme in the new year, if you would like to put forward your ideas please get in touch with

Please see below for our 2021 programme.




Achieving sustainable economic recovery within the sector post Covid-19 pandemic


Implementing a more robust competence and compliance culture


How do we go about successfully delivering the net zero carbon challenge in our sector.


Attracting and upskilling a more diverse workforce suited to meet the challenges we face.



Opening day one:

George Clarke

George Clarke will be opening the conference on the 3rd November. He is an architect and is Creative Director of architectural practice George Clarke + Partners. He is also a writer, lecturer and TV presenter. Passionate and outspoken about building safety and net zero, George will be our opening keynote speaker.

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 DAY 1: 3rd November



 Theatre 1

Theatre 2


Welcome from BESA's CEO, David Frise  



Keynote: George Clarke                  

TV personality and architect George Clarke. He is best known for the Channel 4 programmes The Home Show, The Restoration Man and George Clarke's Amazing Spaces. Clarke will give an opening keynote and discuss a range of industry topics with BESA chief executive David Frise and delegates.



Construction Playbook – winning profitable public sector work                                   
The Playbook sets new mandatory standards for public sector projects and challenges contractors to set realistic prices. Fergus Harradence (BEIS) will join BESA’s David Frise to update the conference on how this is changing procurement and what contractors need to do to comply. 


Chair: David Frise, Chief Executive, BESA 

Panellist: Fergus Harradence, Deputy Director, Infrastructure & Construction, BEIS

 Water Management Guide

Water leaks in buildings are expensive and damaging. They also drive up insurance costs, upset clients and can lead to costly and lengthy contractual disputes. Join this technical session for an introduction to BESA’s comprehensive guidance on this crucial topic.


Chair: Graeme Fox, Head of Technical, BESA


Will Pitt BEng (Hons) CEng FCIBSE, Technical Leader, MEICA Systems, Laing O’Rourke Europe

Raymond Pickford, Senior Vice President, Marsh Commercial

Kevin Morrissey, Engineering Manager, HE Simm

Paul McSoley, Chartered Engineer, Mace Group 

Adam Clutterbuck, Partner, Home & Commercial





Ventilation for health and its balance with sustainability

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of ventilation in our spaces. However, what impact does the increased concern have on a building’s sustainability? Ella will look at the fundamentals of ventilation and how we can try to meet them without compromising the building’s energy efficiency


Chair: Helen Yeulet, Director of Training an Skills, BESA Academy

Speaker: Ella Clark BEng (Hons) MSc, Mechanical Engineer, Aecom


 The ‘new normal’ economy

CBI will update the conference on the latest economic situation and highlight the opportunities and barriers that await firms seeking to rebuild in the wake of the pandemic. 


Chair: David Frise, Chief Executive, BESA

Speaker: Anna Leech, Deputy Chief Economist, CBI


Upskilling for Net Zero

How can employers prepare their workforces for the ‘green collar’ era where traditional skills evolve to take on the net zero challenge. It will examine what skills we need and how to deliver them.


Chair: Neil Brackenridge, BESA President 


Rab Fletcher, BESA President Elect, Fife Council 

Rob Grant, Skills Development and Policy Manager, BESA

Wyn Prichard, NPTC Group of Colleges, Director of Construction Skills and Strategy who will outline the current apprenticeship landscape

Frank Clayton, Group Head of Learning, NG Bailey

Denis Richard, Head of Major Programmes, Energy Systems Catapult

10 years of BIM - did the industry rise to the challenge?

10 years after the government set mandatory goals for the adoption of BIM as part of its construction strategy we will check on progress with former chief construction adviser Paul Morrell OBE and ask is it working and where do we go from here?


Chair: David Frise, CEO, BESA

Speaker: Paul Morrell OBE, Sole Principal at Paul Morrell Consulting






How can heat networks achieve their full potential?

HIU Group, Gareth Jones: Heat networks are central to the government’s decarbonisation of heat strategy, but the consumer experience has been patchy so far. This session will include the latest technical thinking including the shift towards lower temperature heating and emerging solutions to improve performance of networks and HIUs. 


Chair: Gareth Jones, Managing Director, Fairheat


Jan Hansen, Sales Director, SAV Systems LTD

Phil Jones, Lead Author of CP1 2020

Chris Parsloe Author of CIBSE Design Guide: Heat networks (2021)

Charlotte Large, Strategy, Policy and Innovation Director, Engie Urban Energy

Transforming building safety culture

Andrew Moore joins us to discuss the new regulatory regime and how it will work and how it will help to transform building safety culture. Andrew will reflect on the theme of competence and compliance and explain what best practice looks like for BESA as an industry body and our members.


Chair: David Frise, CEO, BESA

Speaker: Andrew Moore, Health and Safety Executive, HSE


SFG20 the definitive standard in planned maintenance

An introduction into how SFG20 can help save your business or organisation time and money, whilst ensuring compliance through the optimal servicing of your assets. Including a high level walkthrough of the resource

Speaker: Andrew Lambeth, Sales Development Executive, SFG20 - BESA


A digital vision for the built environment

Our Vision is for a built environment whose explicit purpose is to enable people and nature to flourish together for generations. This Vision is not about predicting the future for the built environment. It is about describing the future we want. Making better decisions now will create a better future.


Chair: David Frise, CEO, BESA

Speaker: Mark Enzer, Head of the National Digital Twin Programme, CDBB and Mott MacDonald


Fire dampers : hidden life savers

Fire and smoke dampers are frontline fire safety products, but are regularly forgotten and ignored. This panel will look at how building managers are waking up to their responsibilities and driving a potentially massive market for professional damper testing and maintenance. 


Chair: George Friend, CEO at Ventilation Surveys and Services Limited


Peter Rogers, Technical Consultant, BESA

Richard Norman, Managing Director, Indepth Services Ltd

Howard Passey, Director of Operations and Principal Consultant, The FPA


 Heat Pumps – opportunities to achieving Net Zero ambitions

The net zero carbon targets for 2050 will demand over 600,000 heat pumps to be installed annually – but discussions inside Government and with many stakeholders seems to focus mainly on the domestic sector. With commercial buildings being responsible for circa 30% of the nation’s energy consumption, and most commercial buildings having a constant cooling load as well as a seasonal heating load, isn’t it time the legislation and Government incentive schemes recognised air to air heat pumps as a critical piece of the net zero puzzle?


Speaker: Graeme Fox, Head of Technical, BESA

Panellist: Graham Wright, Senior Manager environmental Research UK - Daikin UK




The Cold Chain and its critical role in the modern world

The worldwide roll out of Covid-19 vaccines is just one example of how the refrigeration and air conditioning industry supports vital day-to-day services. This session will look at how new technologies and skills are supporting our global society and why we need to shout more loudly about these achievements.


Chair: Graeme Fox, Head of Technical, BESA

Panellist: Steve Gill, World Refrigeration Day

Knowledge is King

We look at a selection of case studies that reflect how the BESA Knowledge Portal has made a difference. We will demonstrate how the value of the BESA publications to client and importance of member engagement.

Chair: Iain McCaskey, Head of Devolved Nations, BESA


Rab Fletcher (President Elect) – Fife Council 

Phillipe De Wilde, Executive Chairman, Roperhurst Ltd



Delivering net zero – can it be done?  

Hosted by CIBSE Patrons - In this session a group of experts drawn from across the engineering supply chain will look at the major challenges and solutions needed to make net zero a realistic possibility by 2050 and not just a political pipedream.


Chair: Scott Mason, chair of CIBSE Patrons and Southern Regional Sales Manager & Central London Specification at Lochinvar Ltd


Joshua Emerson, Marketing Manager, Swegon

Jeff House, Head of External Affairs, BAXI

Martin Fahey, Head Of Sustainability, Mitsubishi Electric 

Will Pitt BEng (Hons) CEng FCIBSE, Technical Leader – MEICA Systems, Laing O’Rourke Europe



Thanks and close 


Roundtables day 1: 3rd November

The roundtables give you the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge in a more intimate setting with the sponsor, speaker and panellists. Each round table is free to attend and will last approx. 45 minutes to one hour and is is your chance to ask our experts questions and join in with the discussion.


11:30: What next for offices?

Sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric 

The demise of the traditional office space has been widely predicted, but many experts are not so sure. Witness the decision to go ahead with a £1bn speculative office development close to Victoria station in London due to start on site early next year. 

People are returning to city centre locations again, but the key word seems to be ‘flexibility’. Many workers are now choosing to spend only part of the week in an office and working from home seems to be here to stay.

If spaces need to be more flexible, then this has important implications for building services and our panel of experts will consider how our industry will have to adapt; what kind of services will be needed in the future and what this means for energy efficiency, sustainability, commissioning, air quality and the rest… 

Chair: Ewen Rose, Director, McGowen Rose Associates

Presenter: Phil Ord, Head of Marketing and Sales Strategy at Mitsubishi Electric Living Environmental Systems UK


Wayne Buckley, MBA, Managing Director at Temperature Control

Graeme Fox, Technical Director, BESA

Nathan Wood, MD, Farmwood M&E Ltd and BESA Wellbeing in Buildings Chairman

Paul McDermott, Property M&E Professional, Infrastructure at BT


13:30: Measuring IEQ for Building and Occupant Health

Sponsored by Swegon

As we spend around 90% of our times indoors, it’s important for building owners to curate an indoor climate that helps improve on the health, wellbeing and productivity of building occupants. In this round table, we will discuss the importance of measuring IEQ and the different factors to consider; from thermal comfort to sound, as well as discussing how to meet ever changing sustainability targets whilst keeping comfort ventilation at the forefront.

Chair: Ewen Rose, Director, McGowen Rose Associates


Åsa Norén Lundh, Group Product Manager at SWEGON

Nathan Wood, chair of the BESA Health & Well-being in Buildings group

Doug Booker, National Air Quality Testing Services CEO


14:30: Keeping it clean: Water quality in HVAC systems’

Sponsored by SWEP International AB

Keeping it clean – water quality in HVAC systems. The way we heat our homes and business is undergoing the biggest change seen in a lifetime, decarbonisation of heat is critically important in reducing our overall carbon emissions and ensuring future generations have a habitable planet to live on. As we move towards higher efficiency technologies to generate and distribute heat the importance of good water quality is vital in ensuring these systems perform efficiently and reliably.

Chair: Adam Raymond BA (Hons), Regional Manager UK North & Ireland, SWEP International AB


Gordon Pringle: Managing Director, Heating Appliances & Spares Ltd

Antony Corbett: Product application engineer, Geberit 

Dr Chris Owen: Technical Manager, Tata Steel 

Christer Frennfelt: SWEP Business development manager EMEA North

Christian Engelke: Technical Director Viessmann UK

  DAY 2: 4th November





Welcome from BESA's CEO, David Frise  


Lessons from COVID-19: enabling Infection Resilient Environments

Professor Cath joins us to discuss the RAEng work on Infection Resilient Environments and the need for a shift in thinking for both COVID and IAQ. She will look at some of the challenges that have emerged from the RAEng work and consider the complexities and opportunities around delivering this.


Chair. David Frise, Chief Executive, BESA

SpeakerProfessor Cath Noakes OBE, FREng, CEng, FIMechE, FIHEEM, Deputy Director of Leeds Institute for Fluid Dynamics 



Is Modern Slavery & Exploitation in Your Supply Chain?

Understanding forms of modern slavery and exploitation, whether it is on UK shores or further down in your supply chain is fundamentally important. In this presentation we will understand the current landscape, how to spot signs and what you can do to combat it. 


Chair: David Frise, CEO, BESA

Speaker: Helen Carter, Lead Consultant, Action and Sustainability 

Getting back to energy efficiency

This joint BESA and ESTA (Energy Services Technology Association) session will examine why so many building designs fail to pick the ‘low hanging fruit’ of basic energy saving measures and how we can turn this around.


Chair: Mervyn Pilley, Executive Director, Energy Services and Technology Association


George Barnes, Senior Energy and Sustainability Consultant, JRP Solutions

Rob Whitney, Member of the IET Built Environment Panel

Ian Fisher, Technical Sales Director, Mattair


Stop Passing the Buck

Panellists drawn from across the sector debate the skills, technical and process problems that the industry will need to address to show it has learnt lessons from the Grenfell Tower disaster.


Chair: David Frise, CEO, BESA


Peter Yates, Regional Framework Director, Constructing West Midlands, Vice Chairman, National Association of Construction Frameworks

Chris Yates, Chief Executive, FETA

Meeting the Net Zero housing challenge

Nigel Banks of ilke Homes will outline how the UK can increase the number of homes being built while still meeting climate goals. He will focus on operational issues, but also consider the impact of embodied carbon and how homes can be adapted for climate change.

Chair: Ewen Rose, Director, McGowen Rose Associates

Speaker: Nigel Banks, Director of Special Projects, ilke Homes








Keeping our COP26 promises – Net zero session

The BESA conference comes just before the Glasgow COP26 climate conference which is an opportunity to showcase building engineering solutions that can drive net zero. However, it is future generations who will have to deal with the long-term consequences of our success or failure and the young engineers of today who will deliver the solutions that can safeguard our future. The Conference is an opportunity for the younger generation to challenge our politicians and the industry’s leaders to make good on our promises.  


Chair: Kevin Mitchell, CIBSE President-elect  


Jennifer Cox, AECOM and former CIBSE Graduate of the Year

Lucy Sherburn, CIBSE Graduate of the Year & Graduate Engineer, FairHeat

Alex Hughes, Future Leaders
Hannah Tweedle, Future Leaders
Jessica Hardwick, Future Leaders

Health, wellbeing, and safety: it's a priority!

Rebecca will be providing all the latest guidance on site safety and good practice. Businesses must exercise their duty of care under health and safety legislation to ensure all workers are protected and ensure that any critical information related to their health and safety is communicated clearly and then implemented. Both employers and the self-employed must be aware that there can be no let-up in health and safety awareness on site as we move forward.


Speaker: Rebecca Crosland, Head of Health and Safety at the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) 



The future office space 

With millions of people working from home at the moment, companies are taking a long, hard look at workplace design as they re-think future office space needs when lockdown restrictions end.

Chair:  Ewen Rose, Director, McGowen Rose Associates


Ruth Kelly Waskett, Senior Associate, Hoare Lea

Frances Brown, Senior Associate, Hoare Lea

Jordan Jeewood, Product Marketing Executive, Mitsubishi Electric 

Crisis, or a whole new world? Navigating labour shortages

Different perspectives on how to attract and retain your best people

  • Current state of UK labour market and outlook for the next decade
  • Change and adapt to retain and attract the best people
  • Looking at new and different pools of labour
  • Making sure that workforce gets the priority it needs as a commercial issue

Chair: Helen Yeulet, Director of Training and Skills, BESA Academy 

Speaker: Neil Carberry, Chief Executive Officer at Recruitment & Employment Confederation


Think you know about LEV? Why not pit yourself against the experts?

Looking at where to go to for knowledge, resources, what you need to know when undertaking LEV projects, legal requirements and common pitfalls.
Join panellists to discuss the common everyday issues that are causing death and suffering to thousands in the UK every year.


Chair: Ewen Rose, Director, McGowen Rose Associates


Adrian Sims, current Vice Chair of ILEVE and Chair of the LEV Industry Regulator’s Forum Competency Committee

Dean Greer, current Chair of ILEVE

Jane Bastow, former Chair of ILEVE. Chair and co-author of the BESA document TR40 – A Guide to Good Practice for LEV

Embodied carbon in the HVAC lifecycle

Improving the environmental impact of buildings is now a major priority given the climate crisis. Recently there has been a drive to shift the generation of heat to electricity, using heat pumps, so that we can drastically cut the use of fossil fuels such as gas. This, along with improvements to the efficiency of a building’s fabric – which reduce the overall heating load – and the increasing decarbonisation of the electricity grid, have led to reductions in the operational carbon of buildings. However, the whole-life carbon impacts of mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) strategies do not end with operational carbon. o make well-informed decisions that will help mitigate global warming, consulting engineers, architects and clients need to embrace whole-life carbon emissions. This term refers to both operational and embodied carbon emissions, from manufacturing, transportation, and constructing, repairing and maintaining a building, through to deconstructing the building and processing waste. 

Chair: Steve Tomkins, Head of Business Development, SFG20 - BESA

Speaker: Mark Grayston, Head of Product Strategy & Delivery, Mitsubishi Electric




BESA Pipe plus - the new pipework selection app 

BESA’s Pipework Working Group, which consists of product technical experts, consultants, and contractors, in collaboration with the BMTFA has developed a new app and supporting website to provide designers, contractors, consultants, specifiers and distributors with technical guidance to help them identify the most suitable metal pipework solution for their particular applications. This will ensure that they are referring to the latest relevant tube and fitting technical standards, instead of relying on legacy and outdated specifications that may lead to compliance as well as installation, performance, and service life issues.

The free pipework app covers all aspects of pipework specification for construction and building engineering projects, including guidance on relevant materials such as carbon steel, stainless steel, and copper, and the appropriate jointing options, as a function of application, temperature, and pressure. This collaborative exercise brings together manufactures technical expertise, distributor understanding of poor specifications and installer members who wish to reduce risks associated with poor or incorrect product selection. To learn more about this and other exciting developments please register for the BESA conference.


Chris Owen, Manager Customer Technical Services at Tata Steel

Will Pitt BEng (Hons) CEng FCIBSE, Technical Leader - MEICA Systems at Laing O'Rourke | Chair - BESA Technical Committee

Douglas Lockyer, Principal Engineer, Technical Control at Hoare Lea

Irek Starzyk, Technical Manager - Laing O’Rourke

Practical solutions to payment issues
Top tips for managing payment issues and disputes in the post pandemic economy


Debbie Petford, Director of Legal, BESA

Ruth Wilkinson, Legal Director, Hill Dickinson LLP



Buildings as Safe Havens – keeping people safe and well indoors

Is air quality the new wealth gap. The most socially disadvantaged also suffer the worst indoor air quality, which is contributing to a new type of ‘urban slum’. The group will analyse what is going wrong and suggest a range of solutions to deliver better living and working conditions for all.


Chair: Ewen Rose, Director, McGowen Rose Associates


Nathan Wood, Wellbeing in Buildings Chairman and MD at Farmwood Ltd  

Lauren De'ath, Field Service Supervisor, Linaker Limited

Jennie Davies, Business Manager, Linaker Limited

Douglas Booker, Co-Founder and CEO, NAQTS

Peter Dyment, Technical Manager. Camfil 


Closing plenary: Beer and takeway 

We take a look back at the last two day's content and reflect on the key

So, what happens after two days of talking? We talk some more…but not just for the sake of it. This is a chance to reflect on all we have learnt during the Conference and establish the key ‘takeaways’ for delegates; provide some pointers as to what needs to change because of our new knowledge; and agree what steps BESA should take next to turn hot air into action. 

CEO David Frise will chair a final discussion featuring session chairs, BESA staff and others keen to share their insights and agree a plan of action. If we were together in person we would provide the beers too, but on this occasion, you’ll have to bring your own! 


David Frise, Chief Executive, BESA


Ewen Rose, Director, McGowen Rose Associates

Nathan Wood, Wellbeing in Buildings Chairman and MD at Farmwood Ltd  

Will Pitt BEng (Hons) CEng FCIBSE, Technical Leader - MEICA Systems at Laing O'Rourke | Chair - BESA Technical Committee

Scott Mason, chair of CIBSE Patrons and Southern Regional Sales Manager & Central London Specification at Lochinvar Ltd

Neil Brackenridge, BESA President

Representative from Mitsubishi Electric 





ROUNDTABLES DAY 2: 4th November

The roundtables give you the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge in a more intimate setting with the sponsor, speaker and panellists. Each round table is free to attend and will last approx. 45 minutes to one hour and is is your chance to ask our experts questions and join in with the discussion.


1330: Hydrogen - One gas grid, many products

Sponsored by Hamworthy Heating

Hydrogen gas as a low carbon fuel source, able to benefit from utilising the existing gas network infrastructure, is currently a hot topic that will continue to be so for the coming decade. But there are many challenges ahead and questions still unanswered, for both the commercial and domestic heating sector.

Key learning points

  • Understanding of the UK Hydrogen Strategy that was published in August 2021
  • Knowledge of the different methods of production of hydrogen and how 'green' they are
  • Learn about the terminology used when talking about hydrogen, including what is a 'hydrogen-ready' boiler
  • Learn about the regulations, certifications, testing, and the current timeline for hydrogen

Chair: Sam Boshier, Marketing Manager, Hamworthy Heating and ACV UK


Chris Caton, Head of Commercial Product Management, Groupe Atlantic UK, ROI, and North America (parent company of Hamworthy Heating)


Christel Croft, Project Director - Decarbonisation, Groupe Atlantic UK, ROI, and North America (parent company of Hamworthy Heating)



14:30: How to prepare, and design, safe buildings and ventilation solutions to fight against airborne health threats

Sponsored by Dassault Systèmes

Hospitals, venues, work places and public spaces are each uniquely different. They experience diverse sets of conditions, ventilation and building layout, resulting in dangerously unknown airflow movement. This unknown reportedly caused increased numbers of deaths due to cross-contamination of COVID-19 within hospitals.

Dassault Systèmes collaborated and supported hospitals and venues across the globe, including the Philharmonie de Paris. Using our state-of-the-art technology solutions, developed for the Aerospace & Automotive industries, we performed accurate virtual simulations of airflow and airborne contaminants. 3D visualisation of results enabled intuitive understanding for our experts to devise and test safe measures.

Join us to learn more


Michael Brooker, SIMULIA Account Manager

Peter Roberts, SIMULIA Account Manager

Speakers and Panellists:

Emmanuel Vanoli, SIMULIA Industry Process Senior Consultant

Giovanni Fiore, SIMULIA Industry process Consultant Specialist

Prof. Sareen Galbraith, Senior Lecturer, Leeds Beckett University