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 charlie.pierpoint@thebesa.com

Please see below for our 2021 speakers

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERs

George Clarke

George Clarke 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.

Professor Cath Noakes OBE, FREng, FIMechE, FIHEEM

Professor Cath Noakes is a chartered mechanical engineer, with a background in fluid dynamics. She leads research into ventilation, indoor air quality and infection control in the built environment using experimental and modelling based studies..

Cath is currently Deputy Director of Leeds Institute for Fluid Dynamics and Co-Director for the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics. Since April 2020 she has been involved in the COVID-19 response, leading the Environment and Modelling sub-group of the UK Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) focusing on the science underpinning environmental transmission of COVID-19.

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SPEAKERS AND PANELLISTS

David Frise, Chief Executive Officer, BESA 

David worked as an M&E contractor for 25 years, before branching out into renewable energy systems. David has had a long association with BESA as an active member and in 2018 was appointed Chief Executive. He is a frequent speaker on competence and compliance, energy efficiency, system integration, low carbon initiatives, the future of the sector and the gap between design and performance in buildings. 

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Graeme Fox, Head of Technical, BESA

Graeme is a chartered engineer with over 30 years’ experience of building services engineering.  He has particular expertise in air conditioning, heat pumps, and small commercial refrigeration. He ran his own refrigeration and air conditioning contracting business for more than 25 years specialising in air conditioning design, installation and troubleshooting.

He is a former President of AREA – the European association of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump contractors – and previously served as a member of BESA Council. He is also currently a Director of ACRIB and of the Institute of Refrigeration.

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Richard Norman, Managing Director, Indepth Services 

Richard Norman is actively involved in the ventilation hygiene and fire damper testing industry. His company has operated in this sector for over 30 years.

His interest and focus within the business on fire damper testing has accelerated over recent years and he has a passion for all things compliance, specifically relating to fire damper testing.

He has served as Chairman of BESA’s Ventilation Hygiene Group and part of the team which created the original TR/19 standard and subsequent updates. He is also part of the Technical committee which authored the original VH001 and this second edition.

On behalf of BESA he has also assisted with the update of European ISO BS EN 15780 Ventilation for Buildings – Ductwork – Cleanliness of Ventilation Systems standard. 

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Fergus Harradence, Deputy Director, Infrastructure & Construction, BEIS

Deputy Director, Construction, BEIS. Responsible for delivering the Construction Sector Deal, and working to deliver a more productive and sustainable construction sector in the UK. Member of the Digital Frameworks Task Group, the i3P Strategy Board and the Network+ Strategy Board.

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Anna Leach, Deputy Chief Economist, CBI

Anna heads the economic intelligence team which produces and analyses the CBI’s economic surveys and provides the CBI’s macroeconomic forecast.

She has worked at the CBI since 2008, when she joined as Fiscal Economist working on the CBI’s Budget submissions and public finance analysis. She moved on to head the economic analysis team in 2012, leading on the CBI’s assessment of near-term economic conditions.

Anna previously worked in the Government Economic Service (GES) in various roles at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), where she worked on UK local area labour markets and international labour markets, and at the Treasury, where she worked on business sector analysis and macroeconomic communications.

While at DWP, she undertook a secondment to the Treasury Select Committee and worked on their inquiry into the private equity industry and their early inquiries at the start of the financial crisis.

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Mark Enzer OBE, Head of the National Digital Twin programme (NDTp) at the Centre for Digital Built Britain and Chief Technical Officer of Mott MacDonald

 

Mark is a keen champion of innovation in the context of collaborative delivery models and he is particularly interested in the transformation of the infrastructure industry, including: systems-thinking, digital transformation, connected digital twins, data infrastructure, low-carbon sustainable solutions and the circular economy in the built environment.

 

As the Head of the NDTp, Mark is contributing to the leadership of this ambitious programme to enable an ecosystem of connected digital twins across the built environment.

 

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Paul Morrell OBE, Sole Principal, Paul Morrell Consulting 

Paul Morrell was formerly senior partner of Davis Langdon (now part of Aecom), where he had worked since graduating from university until retiring in 2007. In 2009 he was appointed as the Government's first Chief Construction Adviser with a brief to champion a more coordinated approach to affordable, sustainable construction; and in that role he announced the Government’s BIM mandate in 2010. He now practises as an independent consultant, principally concerned with setting up major projects, governance and broader industry issues; and is currently leading an independent review of the construction product testing regime for Government, following the Grenfell Tower fire.

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Peter W. Rogers, Building Services Engineering Consultant 

Peter has 40 years’ experience in Building Services Industry and has experience in the design, specification, manufacture, and installation of ventilation systems with a recent focus on technical advisory work for BESA, BSI and ISO Standards. 

He is a member of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers) and LCIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers). Peter is also the chair of the BESA Ventilation Group Technical Committee. 

Howard Passey, Director of Operations

Howard trained formally as a land surveyor spending eight years in the construction industry before joining the Fire Protection Association as a Training/Information Officer in 1992. He has a BEng (Hons) in Fire Engineering and is a Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE), a Fellow of the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM) and registered on the Nationally Accredited Fire Risk Assessors Register. (NFRAR). 

He has spent considerable time in our fire advisory division and is among our most experienced and respected fire risk assessors; helping clients with complex and varied projects including fire safety audits, fire strategy development and reviews, inspections and risk assessments. Howard’s varied and thorough knowledge of the industry makes him perfectly placed as our Director of Operations, ensuring the integrity of our work. 

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Adrian Sims, LEV Design Engineer and Owner of Vent-Tech Ltd 

Industry specialist and trainer in the use and testing of LEV (Local Exhaust Ventilation). 


Since founding Vent-Tech in 2001, it has been my mission to help reduce preventable deaths and illnesses from the hazardous substances emitted during industrial processes. 
Working with companies across the UK, Vent-Tech is involved in the design, installation, testing and commissioning of specialist local exhaust ventilation systems. 

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Dean Greer, Chair of the Steering CommitteeInstitute of Local Exhaust Ventilation Engineers, ILEVE 

Dean Greer is Chair of the Steering Committee for the Institute of Local Exhaust Ventilation  Engineers, ILEVE.  He is also the Chair of the Grading and Membership Committee at ILEVE and is an Incorporated Engineer, registered with the Engineering Council UK.  

 

Scott Mason, Southern Regional Sales Manager, Lochinvar Ltd

Scott Mason is Southern Regional Sales Manager at Lochinvar Ltd. Lochinvar lead in the design, manufacture and distribution of a large range of gas-fired boilers, water heaters and renewables. 

Scott has worked in the industry throughout his career having joined Lochinvar back in 2010 where he has held numerous roles across the business both in a technical and sales capacity. 

During the early part of his career, Scott was runner up for the CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year in 2016, he was the first finalist who joined the industry through the vocational route. In August 2021 he was elected Chair of CIBSE Patrons. 

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Jennifer Cox, Electrical Engineer, AECOM

Jennifer is an Electrical Engineer for AECOM and has worked across multiple sectors, she graduated with an MEng in Architectural Engineering and has recently gained her IEng ACIBSE Professional Membership. Jennifer is the CIBSE Graduate of the Year 2020 and WICE Best Women Engineer 2021 and a committee member for CIBSE YEN London, CIBSE Patrons and the CIC 2050 Group.  

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Helen Carter, Action Sustainability

Helen Carter is an experienced procurement professional who after 10 years in the profession found a new way of making it even more interesting – namely sustainable procurement.  Since the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act in 2015, she has gone on to focus on modern slavery and human rights in supply chains, focusing in the main in Construction and the built environment.  During her career with Action Sustainability, she has trained over 3000 people on modern slavery issues and supported businesses in embedding an approach to transparency in their supply chains along with the production of numerous resources designed to help businesses of all shapes and sizes.

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Jeff House MCIBSE MCIPR, Head of External Affairs, BAXI HEATING UK

Biography: With over 25 years experience in the Building Services sector, including consultancy, design and contracting, Jeff plays a key role in the development of company strategy within Baxi Heating UK. Jeff has a wealth of technical and legislative knowledge relating the residential and commercial building services sector.

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Martin Fahey is Head of Sustainability for UK and Ireland for Mitsubishi Electric

Martin Fahey is Head of Sustainability for UK and Ireland for Mitsubishi Electric covering the various business units including Living Environmental Systems, Factory Automation, Automotive and Lifts and Escalators as well as their own operations. He has spent all of his working life in the air conditioning, refrigeration and heating industries in a variety of sales and engineering roles for companies prior to joining Mitsubishi Electric.

He is one of the original authors of the Green Gateway Initiative that emerged from strategic planning undertaken by the senior management team of the Mitsubishi Electric’s highly successful Living Environmental Systems Division, which is a market leader in air conditioning, ventilation, heating and control systems.

The team realised that there would be an increasing focus on the way we all use energy in the built environment because of environmental, political and social demands.

Now, as the company as well as the country embarks on the journey to becoming Net Zero, Martin leads the Sustainability team in our internal and external interactions and target setting, liaising with the global company as part of their Environmental Vision 2050 plans as we look to continue or sustainability journey for the good of society.

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Jan Hansen is a Director and co-owner of SAV Systems

Jan Hansen is a Director and co-owner of SAV Systems, where he has worked with heat networks and hydronic systems for more than 25 years. From its offices in Woking, Bath, Manchester and Edinburgh, SAV supports delivery of successful low carbon building projects across heating, cooling and ventilation. SAV’s mission is to ensure an optimum indoor environment with minimum energy waste and has been recognised with multiple awards in areas such as product innovation, digital innovation and promoting sustainable products and solutions.

Jan’s involvement includes industry representation and contribution to industry guidance documents from BSRIA, CIBSE and other bodies. With a Danish background and a deep involvement with both the technical and commercial side of the UK construction industry, Jan has a unique insight into the evolution and decarbonisation of heat networks in the UK and the way forward.

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

Mark Grayston is Head of Product Strategy & Delivery for Mitsubishi Electric’s Commercial HVAC Department

which has built its success on pioneering energy efficiency within the commercial built environment, through the use of advanced heating, cooling and ventilation systems, installed and maintained to the highest standards possible. 

Mark has been with the company for 14 years since joining from Loughborough University in 2006 with a degree in Chemical Engineering, under the company’s graduate scheme.

In addition to shaping the strategy for the delivery of products to the UK market, Mark has pioneered feeding the ‘voice of the customer’ into the development of the latest product innovations, using his extensive knowledge of legislation affecting the building sector.

He was also instrumental in the development of Mitsubishi Electric’s unique Hybrid VRF system, which offers all the benefits of VRF whilst removing the need for leak detection in occupied spaces.

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Philip Ord, Head of Marketing and Sales Strategy, Mitsubishi Electric

Phil Ord has worked for Mitsubishi Electric for over 20 years, joining the company as a Service Engineer before spending three years in the Wakayama factory in Japan. He then moved to the UK’s Product Marketing Division, bringing a commercial focus to the department’s technical expertise.

Following this, he spent a year as a Commercial Heating Account Manager, before moving to a Consultancy role in Mitsubishi Electric’s Central London office, eventually heading the London team.

In 2018, Phil became Head of Marketing and Sales Strategy where he is co-ordinating product development, stock and forecasting in line with the company’s sales and marketing strategy.

His extensive experience of the UK market, the construction industry and Mitsubishi Electric’s products give Phil a unique understanding of the role the company can play in supporting customers with sustainable solutions to help meet carbon-reduction targets.

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George Friend, CEO at Ventilation Surveys and Services Limited

Founder of VSS in 2011 from initial startup to an industry leading nationwide business employing over 90 direct staff. Oversaw the acquisition of Hygienic Maintenance Limited in 2013 and Sani Duct Installations in 2018 to assist the dynamic growth of VSS. Also joint owner of Hasman Ltd.

George actively contributes to technical advisory panels for Ventilation Hygiene and Indoor Air Quality at BESA and the EVHA ensuring that VSS is always at the forefront of any industry changes and advances. BESA TR19 second edition was jointly drafted with my input along with other industry leading professionals.

Specialties: Ventilation cleaning, ductwork cleaning, kitchen extract cleaning, grease extraction cleaning, CCTV inspections, BSEN15780 inspections, HVAC balancing & commissioning, Duct Pressure Testing, Aeroseal, ventilation surveys, Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) thorough inspection and testing, Training, LEV tests, Fire door inspections, occupational hygiene, TR19, DW172, DW144, duct surveys, access panel installation, Tender specification, pre commission cleaning, balancing and commissioning, fire damper test, fire damper inspections, project management, contract negotiation

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Wayne Buckley, MBA, Managing Director at Temperature Control

Over 30 years operating in air conditioning and building services, with a wide range of experience from on site engineer, project management, sales and design to current role as Managing Director.

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Peter Yates, Regional Framework Director, Constructing West Midlands 

Vice-Chairman, National Association of Construction Frameworks 

A Registered Architect and Member of the Association of Project Managers with 27 years experience working with senior industry figures, Peter provides professional, technical and construction framework advice, engaging with local and central government at national level to promote industry best-practice.   

He is actively involved with multiple industry and Government initiatives including; Member of the Government's (Grenfell) Industry Response Group, National Procurement Strategy: Construction Steering Group and the British Standards Institution BS 8414 (cladding) Committee Member…too name just a few. 

Playing a key role in shaping the future of the construction sector and public procurement frameworks, Peter is currently working with the University of Cambridge and the Green Construction Board/CLC on the “Achieving Net Zero Carbon Reduction Code” group. 

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Wyn Prichard, Director of Construction Skills and Business Strategy, NPTC Group

Previously Wyn, was employed by CITB Wales, for over 14 years, with a majority of that time being Wales Director and overseeing the performance and strategy of CITB in Wales, in partnership with industry and representative bodies, as well as being involved in a number of Wales Government Committees.. Wyn is currently the Director of Construction Skills and Business Strategy at NPTC Group of Colleges, and has been in post there, for nearly 3 years. His role is to look at partnerships with bodies in the UK and beyond, to deliver for the sector, the skills they need. During his time at the Group, a number of Alliances have been agreed, and are meeting the emerging needs of the construction industry. The slogan of the Group, is more than just a College, and Wyn’s role is to meet that statement. 

Wyn has also worked with Wales Government and Training/Enterprise Councils, and his early career was in Banking. 

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Will Pitt BEng (Hons) CEng FCIBSETechnical Leader – MEICA SystemsLaing O’Rourke Europe 

Will is a Chartered Engineer, technical leader and CIBSE Fellow with 25 years’ experience in building services engineering design and construction.Having worked for consulting engineers and contractors, he has a broad understanding of the construction process from concept design through to commissioning and operation.  

 

In his current role as Divisional Mechanical Engineering Manager at National MEP specialist NG Bailey, Will has be instrumental in developing and rolling out a companywide initiative to improve all aspects of quality in MEP services design and installation. 

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Mark GraystonHead of Product Strategy & DeliveryMitsubishi Electric 

Mark Grayston is Head of Product Strategy & Delivery for Mitsubishi Electric’s Commercial HVAC Department, which has built its success on pioneering energy efficiency within the commercial built environment, through the use of advanced heating, cooling and ventilation systems, installed and maintained to the highest standards possible.   

Mark has been with the company for 14 years since joining from Loughborough University in 2006 with a degree in Chemical Engineering, under the company’s graduate scheme. 

In addition to shaping the strategy for the delivery of products to the UK market, Mark has pioneered feeding the ‘voice of the customer’ into the development of the latest product innovations, using his extensive knowledge of legislation affecting the building sector.  

He was also instrumental in the development of Mitsubishi Electric’s unique Hybrid VRF system, which offers all the benefits of VRF whilst removing the need for leak detection in occupied spaces.  

 

Nigel Banks, R&D Director, ilke Homes 

Nigel is a CIBSE Member who started his career at Oscar Faber Applied Research. At Keepmoat, he led the R&D project that created ilke Homes and led ilke’s product development to achieve NHBC Acceptance. Nigel is now focused on developing new opportunities and step change R&D projects, including ilke Zero. 

 

Lucy Sherburn, Graduate Engineer, Fairheat

Lucy Sherburn is a Graduate Engineer at FairHeat, joining after graduating from the University of Sheffield with a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering with a Year Abroad. As a Graduate Engineer her role involves working on the design and operation of new build heat networks, to deliver cost and energy saving improvements. Lucy is shortlisted for the CIBSE ASHRAE graduate of the year 2021 award and is a committee member for CIBSE YEPG. 

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Prof, Phil JonesCEng MSc FCIBSE, MEI, MASHRAE 

Phil is one of the leading energy consultants in the UK with over 4years’ experience in energy efficiency across the built environment. He is a specialist in non-domestic buildings, CHP, WSHPs and Heat Networks. Phil is a Visiting Professor at London South Bank University. 

 

Phil wrote CIBSE Guide F – Energy Efficiency in Buildings, CIBSE TM39 – Energy Metering and chaired CIBSE CP2 and CP3 on water source heat pumps. Recently he was lead author on CIBSE/ADE CP1 (2020) – Heat Networks Code of Practice and has worked on a number of 5th generation ultra-low temperature heat network projects including GreenSCIES in Islington.   

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Raymond Pickford, Senior Vice President,  Marsh Commerical 


Leads the Marsh Commercial business in the Midlands.  Responsible for attracting, developing and retaining our people and ensuring our clients receive the very best from the  resources we can access across the Marsh McLennan Group of Companies.

Ray has over 30 years’ experience within the insurance sector specialising in manufacturing, food and drink, property, business interruption, liability and motor insurance.

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Paul McSoley, Chartered Engineer, Mace  

Paul is a chartered engineer and has worked in construction for over 25 years from an Apprentice, Specialist System Project Manager, MEP Project Leader, Technical MEP Leader, Design Leader for all disciplines on major projects and currently as a sector Design Leader in a major UK construction business.

He has been an active participant within the BESA technical committee for several years and has a drive and passion to support BESA and the wider industry through steering committees, technical committees and knowledge shares. He is an advocate of passing on his expertise and experience on matters such as public health, water systems, fire testing standards & compliance, energy & carbon, contracts, construction delivery, commissioning, handover and is always happy to help.   

Kevin Morrissey, Engineering Manager, HE Simm 

Kevin is a member of The BESA Technical Committee and has over 30 years’ experience of the building services engineering sector, working in operational, design and technical roles for several leading MEP contractors. His role at HE Simm is focussed on promoting engineering excellence at all stages of their projects. 

Rab Fletcher Team Manager at Fife Council 

Rab is a time served plumber with 30 years of experience in the construction industry, both in mechanical and multi-trade environments. 

Rab has been employed with Fife Council for 22 years, initially, his service began in an advanced plumber role before moving into a chargehand post, further progression through the management career path brought him to supervisor level before becoming a coordinator and finally to his current post of Team Manager Mechanical Services. 

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Chris Parsloe, Lead Author of CP1 2020 

Chris started his career as a design engineer working on offices and laboratory buildings.      He joined BSRIA in 1997 and became an established technical author with publications on commissioning, pre-commission cleaning and variable speed pumping.  In 2001 he joined SAV UK Ltd and helped to develop the commission module concept.  Since 2003 he has run his own consultancy working on system trouble-shooting and water quality issues but still taking on the occasional technical authorship role.   

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Dr Chris Owen is a Customer Technical Services Manager at Tata Steel UK 

Chair of the BMTFA Technical Committee, member of the BESA Affiliates Committee and Pipework Working Group, and project lead at BISPA. Chris proactively promotes the benefits of carbon steel pipework and product specification awareness within building services. 

Charlotte Large, Strategy, Policy & Innovation Director, Urban Energy, EQUANS, ENGIE

Charlotte is developing EQUANS strategy to deliver innovative low carbon district energy solutions to support the energy transition to Net Zero and reduce the UKs heat and buildings emissions. Charlotte works across the organisation developing energy solutions that provide optimal long-term solutions to meet everyone’s needs from the project developer through to the end user.  

Charlotte has had a rich career with nearly 20 years experience in energy working in consultancy, strategy and delivery roles within the private sector, local government and the civil service. 

Formerly based in the BEIS Heat and Building Strategy team Charlotte worked on developing the strategic approach for decarbonising buildings over the next decade, working to draw together near-term policy and development work across both the Clean Heat and Energy Efficiency & Local directorates. Prior to that charlotte worked in the Heat Network Team initially as the Head of HNDU South projects and later as the Head of the Heat Network Investment Project, taking the funding scheme through government approvals and mobilisation.  

She graduated with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and started her career as Sustainability Consultant for Faber Maunsell (AECOM). This engineering and project management background has provided a core foundation for her successful delivery of often complex projects. At Islington Council Charlotte successfully project management Islington’s award-winning Bunhill Heat Network. Charlotte managed the project from initial feasibility to operation and developed an ambitious heat network programme in Islington including the capture of low-grade waste heat from the London Underground into a heat network supplying both new and existing buildings. 

Amongst her policy and wider industry roles, Charlotte represents EQUANS on the HeatNIC industry council and is currently chair of the HeatNIC Jobs and Skills Working Group, driving the group and Industry Council to deliver focused action on skills, training and diversity and inclusion.   

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Lauren De’ath, Field Service Supervisor, Linaker Ltd 

I am currently a field service supervisor for Linaker ltd, qualified in Electrical, gas and AC works with 10 years of experience.  


I have covered a range of tasks with the MOD up to 11kv on the electrical side and worked with some big names such as B&M, Wilko, Premier inn, beefeater, Wickes, Aldi, Lidl, JD sports. I am passionate about my work, I like high standards and ensuring customers are happy with results. 

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Chris Yates, Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA), Chief Executive 

As the senior manager of the Federation, Chris ensures that FETA operates in accordance with the wishes of the Board, reflecting the needs of member companies, as efficiently and economically as possible. 

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Frank Clayton, Group Head of Learning, NG Bailey

As group head of learning, Frank is responsible for ensuring the successful delivery of NG Bailey’s various award-winning programmes while ensuring he continues to build upon their success, and drive forward, the company’s reputation for providing industry-leading training and development, now and in the future. 

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Neil Carberry, Chief Executive, REC 
 
"Neil Carberry was appointed as Chief Executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation in June 2018 having been managing director at the Confederation of British Industry, leading the CBI’s work on the labour market, skills, energy and infrastructure.  In 1999, Neil began his career in recruitment working for executive search firm Fraser Watson before doing a post-graduate degree in Human Resources at the London School of Economics and joining the CBI in 2004. He is a member of the council of the conciliation service ACAS and of the Low Pay Commission where he helps guide pay policy in the UK. He is also the chair of a small primary academy trust in Oxfordshire." 

Jordan Jeewood Product Marketing Executive Mitsubishi Electric 

Jordan joined Mitsubishi Electric 16 years ago on the graduate training programme after completing a Mathematics degree at the University of Birmingham. Over his time at Mitsubishi Electric Jordan has worked on a wide range of HVAC products from an application, development and strategic perspective; in both domestic and commercial arenas. 

Jordan has helped Mitsubishi Electric navigate industry legislation and ensure the delivery of sustainable and practical solutions for customers. His current focus is embodied carbon of HVAC plant and the road to net-zero emissions for real-world applications. 

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Ella Clark Mechanical Engineer, Building Engineering Aecom

Ella is a Mechanical Engineer at AECOM. Since joining in 2019, she has worked in a range of sectors, including vertical transportation and commercial fit-out. Ella is on the committee of AECOM’s Young Engineers Forum and was shortlisted for the CIBSE Graduate of the Year 2021.” 

Frances Brown, Senior Associate, Hoare Lea  

Frances joined Hoare Lea as a graduate in 2006. Now an Associate, she works as a Team Leader on major workplace projects. For the past two years she has been part of the London judging panel for the British Council for Offices (BCO) awards and was recently voted onto the board of management. 

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