Guest Speakers

ALISON THEWLISS MP

APPG FOR WORKING AT HEIGHT

Alison Thewliss was elected to serve the people of Glasgow Central in May 2015. She is the SNP Spokesperson for Cities in the House of Commons. Prior to her election as an MP, she served as Glasgow Councillor for the Calton Ward in the East End.

Alison was the Glasgow SNP Council Group’s spokesperson on Land and Environmental Services, and she takes a keen interest in improving local government and democracy.

She is a member of Scottish CND, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Working at Height and believes passionately in the scrapping of nuclear weapons.

TOBY THORP

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH OFFICER – CITY OF LONDON CORPORATION

Toby is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner working at the City of London Corporation. Originally hailing from the West Midlands, he started out in a commercial environmental health role covering, amongst other categories, food safety and noise. Before moving to London in 2007 to join the health and safety team at the City of London Corporation. Toby is passionate about common sense safety and is keen for regulators, practitioners and operators alike to play a role in breaking down some of the paperwork walls that health & safety has accidentally built.

He is a Primary Authority partner for several large organisations, has contributed to a number of national health and safety guidance documents, represents Local Authorities on the Legionella Control Association Management Committee, the Leisure Expert Panel, the Cleaning Industry Liaison Forum and is a member of the CIEH Health & Safety Advisory Panel.

THOMAS KRAMER

P.E., C.S.P. - PRINCIPAL, LJB INC.

Thomas Kramer is a safety consultant and structural engineer with 23 years of experience. As a dually registered professional engineer and certified safety professional, he has spent much of his career consulting with clients to reduce risk for workers at heights. He specialises in the assessment and design of fall protection systems, as well as fall protection program development. He is widely considered as a thought leader in the fall protection industry, having given more than 200 technical sessions and workshops on the topic.

Mr. Kramer is Chair of the ANSI Z359 Committee that develops fall protection standards, and he Chairs two subcommittees (ANSI Z359.1 and .17). He also serves as the president of the International Society for Fall Protection.

PETER BENNETT OBE

MANAGING DIRECTOR OF PASMA

Peter Bennett is managing director of PASMA, the not-for-profit organisation representing the international mobile access tower industry, executive director of the Ladder Association, and Chair of the Access Industry Forum (AIF), the forum for the principal trade associations and federations involved in work at height and height safety.

Peter sits on a number of UK and international safety-related committees and is Chair of the trustees of the No Falls Foundation, a registered UK charity dedicated to preventing falls from height and helping people affected by the lifechanging consequences of a fall. Peter was instrumental in establishing the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Working at Height which is currently investigating serious injuries and fatalities while working at height.

MICHELLE YORKE

CITY OF LONDON CORPORATION

Michelle Yorke is an experienced Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner at the City of London Corporation. She specialises in health and safety enforcement work and is a lead regulator for a number of large UK businesses as part of the government’s Primary Authority Partnership Scheme. She is passionate about promoting proportionate and risk-based safety management and offers support and advice to businesses in the practical application of ‘real world’ risk assessment and risk mitigation methods which are both safe and legally compliant. Michelle headed up the City’s ‘Height Safe’ programme 2013 – 2019 with the key aim of raising awareness of safer working solutions for work at height.

ANTHONY OWEN

COLLEGE OF POLICING

Anthony is a police officer with 32 years’ experience in strategic and operational public order management and planning, national inspection and evaluation, training and development. For the past four years he was the National Tactical Public Order and Public Safety curriculum standards manager at the College of Policing.

His key responsibilities included:

  • Seconded as national expert to manage, review and evolve tactical element of National Police Public Order Training Curriculum; scoped and assessed opportunities for public order training programmes globally;
  • Inspected compliance and consistency of tactical applications within police areas;
  • Management and coordination of operational policing events and incidents in challenging circumstances;
  • Mentoring and training local officers;
  • Implementing tactical procedures;
  • Establishing and developing professional relationships with government departments, police forces and partner agencies throughout the UK;

DAVE ELLIS

BSC (HONS)

Dave Ellis is the Technical, Products & Contracts Officer at Lyon Equipment Ltd, responsible for the certification and technical compliance of Lyon’s products. Dave also looks after major civil and government contracts held with Lyon.

Dave’s background was a Planning Engineer in the construction industry before moving into rope access in 1993. Combining his skills as a caver, climber and his extensive knowledge of building fabrics, a career was formed working on many building and civil engineering projects from designing and fitting countless eyebolts and a wide variety of safety systems (including the London Eye), finding leaks on high rise buildings, running teams of rope access technicians and diving supervisors to carry out complex inspections both offshore and onshore.

Dave is a member, or Chairman, of a number of British and European standards’ committees, and has been instrumental in the development of the latest versions of BS 8610 and BS 7883.

MARIOS PITSIALIS

HEAD OF HEALTH AND SAFETY AT CBRE

Marios has a NEBOSH National Diploma with over 15 years experience working in health & safety sector of property assets and facilities management. He specialises in facilities management soft services, engineering and statutory compliance.

STEVE BOOKER

TRAINING COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN AT THE LADDER ASSOCIATION

Steve is a Council member, committee member and lead instructor of the Ladder Association and PASMA.

He is regarded as one of the leading instructors within the access industry. Steve provides strategic leadership, active management, and takes particular responsibility for service and instructor standards

PAUL RODDIS

TRAINING MANAGER AT THE INTERNATIONAL POWERED ACCESS FEDERATION (IPAF)

Paul has over 20 years industry experience and is a Senior Instructor and Assessor for multiple work at height organisations. He has also represented on the IPAF Training Committee, the PASMA Training Committee and the Ladder Association Training Committee.

Paul is a member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), The Association for Learning Technology (ALT) and The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

JO-ANNE MICHAEL

HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE

Jo-Anne is an inspector with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), working in the construction sector safety team. She joined HSE in 1999 and has undertaken operational roles inspecting, investigating and enforcing on health and safety matters in a variety of industries with a wide range of duty holders from the very small scale construction contractor to multi-national operators of petrochemical plants.

Her current areas of responsibility include the very broad topic ‘working at height’ which involves working with stakeholder groups to influence improvements in standards and to also provide advice to construction colleagues about industry practices and enforcement benchmarks. She is a member of the CONIAC ‘Managing Risk Well’ - Work at Height sub-group and inputted into guidance produced to help enable a broader understanding of the key general work at height messages and highlighting ‘trusted’ sources of guidance.