FIS Regional Conference, North West

Faster, Greener and Better - Pipeline, Compliance and Innovation in the finishes and interiors sector

Event Details

Date: 9 November 2022
Location: Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL
13:30- 17:00 Regional Conference
18:00 – Social event at Flight Club, Manchester

Join us for our Regional Conference in Manchester, where we will hear from guest speakers covering topics on the compliance and the Fire Safety Act, commercial construction and avoiding the race to the bottom and a focus on visibility of pipeline and procurement opportunities.

The meeting will be followed by a social event at Flight Club.


13:30 – Registration and refreshments
14:00 – Welcome – Angela Mansell, Mansell Building Solutions
14:05 – FIS Update and pipeline and prospects for the Region, Iain McIlwee, FIS Chief Executive
14:30 – The new compliance landscape in the wake of the Building Safety Act and overhaul of the Building Control process, Glyn Thomas, Managing Director, Building Consents Ltd
14:55 – Fire Doors, what the inspector saw, Ian Cavanagh TIFireE MIFSM MAFDI, Independent Fire Safety Services Limited
15:20 – Networking & Comfort Break
15:40 – A Social Value Plan for Manchester, what it means for the supply chain, Penny Anderson, Head of Social Impact Akerlof
16:00 – Retrofit Manchester: Driving growth in the supply chain through sustainable retrofit programmes, Mark Atherton, Director of Environment, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
16:25 – Q&A
16:45 Innovation In the Finishes and Interiors Sector – A practical focus on collaboration, productivity and innovation (2 x 5 min innovation pitches)
17:00 Close

18:00 – Flight Club

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Mark Atherton, Director of Environment – Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)  

Mark joined the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) in May 2012 as Director of Environment for Greater Manchester and transferred to GMCA in May 2017.  In this role, Mark provides strategic support to the Greater Manchester Green City Region Board and Partnership by leading the development and delivery of strategies, policies, research and demonstration projects for environment and low carbon work areas (Green City Region – Priority 7 of the Greater Manchester Strategy). 

Current projects include the a smart energy demonstration projects, domestic energy efficiency programmes, community energy promotion, natural capital investment planning, climate change adaptation research plus developing joint work programmes between GM and several government departments, including hosting the Urban Pioneer for the UK’s 25 Year Environment Plan. 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Penny Anderson, Head of Social Impact, Akerlof

Penny is Head of Social Impact at Akerlof, a market-leading consultancy that specialises in integrating Modern Methods of Construction to realise better social, environmental and economic outcomes. With over 14 years’ experience of social value in the construction and engineering sectors, Penny has worked on a number of high profile projects alongside clients, contractors, suppliers, communities and wider stakeholders, to design and deliver challenging social value plans. She led the development for BAM’s global social value strategy ‘Enhancing Lives’, as well as setting in place the building blocks for Atkins’ social value strategy.

At Akerlof, Penny is involved in a range of exciting projects, helping those at the very start of their social value journey, as well as challenging more advanced businesses to push the boundaries. Intent on achieving real change at all levels, she inspires and leads others to understand how even small changes in behaviour can shape our world for the better.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Ian Cavanagh – Independent Fire Safety Services

Ian is the owner and lead consultant of ‘Independent Fire’ offering specialized inspection services across the UK. Formerly the co-owner of a well-respected doorset manufacturing business, Ian has extensive knowledge in the design, testing, manufacturing, and installation of fire-rated doorsets and assemblies.

Independent Fire operate across a range of developments whether it be new-build, major refurbishment projects or ad-hoc replacement contracts, adding another layer of confidence to appropriate product specification, suitably qualified installation personnel and Third-Party Certification, operating themselves under a UKAS accredited inspection scheme, and can represent either the Client or the Main Contractor.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Glyn Thomas, Managing Director, Building Consents Ltd

Glyn has been a Building Control practitioner for 40+ years and has also spent a decade in Ukraine working for an American real estate company. Now UK based he heads up the site inspection services of the business and leads a team of professional surveyors.

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If you can’t join us in Manchester, we’ll also be heading to London, Birmingham and Glasgow.