FIS Industry Day: Housebuilding and residential

Event Details

Date: 28 June 2023
Location: NFRC, 31 Worship Street, London EC2A 2DY
Time: 10.00 registration
Event: 10.30 – 16:00

Event sponsor

You are invited to join us at our specialist Industry Day for the housebuilding and residential sector on 28 June in London.

This event will look at the trends and prospects in the housebuilding and residential sector, the new compliance landscape and managing quality and reducing re-work.

Market Overview and New Compliance Landscape

10.30 Trends and Prospects in the housebuilding residential sector – David O’Leary, Executive Director, Home Builders Federation

11.00 The Building Safety Act: The Changing Regulatory Landscape – Iain McIlwee, FIS Chief Executive

11:30 Break

11:45 Common issues in finishes and interiors and preparing for the Building Safety Act: Insights from an Inspector – Lewis Taylor, Technical Specialist Standards, Innovation and Research , NHBC

12:15 Managing Fire Safety in Drywall – Will Pitt,  Technical Leader – MEICA Systems, Laing O’Rourke Europe, Paul McSoley, Technical Compliance Director, MAC

13:00 Lunch

Quality, Productivity and Safety

13.30 Managing Quality: Introducing changes to BS8000-8 – Joe Cilia, FIS Technical Director

14:00 Reducing re-work and improving productivity (interactive session) (competence, preconstruction and procurement)

15.00 Unravelling the Golden Thread and aligning to CDM – Russell Smith, Director for London, Project Four Safety Solutions Ltd

The day is contractor focussed and designed to give you tangible outcomes to help you to start the process (or check that you are on the right track). We hope you can join us.


Lewis Taylor

Lewis Taylor


Lewis started his career in the construction industry over 20 years ago in building and environmental acoustics, before working for TRADA as a specialist in timber and timber construction systems.  Lewis recently joined NHBC as technical specialist in the Standards, Innovation and Research team, and is responsible for reviewing and maintaining a number of Standards chapters including Chapter 9 – Finishes.

Will Pitt

Will Pitt

Laing O'Rourke

Will is currently Technical Leader at Laing O’Rourke with responsibly for specialist functions including the fire technical assurance team. He is also Chair of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) technical committee.

A Chartered Engineer and CIBSE Fellow, Will has approaching 30 years’ experience in engineering design, management, and construction.

His work in national technical roles coupled with his role as Chair of BESA technical committee has given him a deep understanding of many of the more complex and overlooked issues associated with building engineering. He has also contributed to several industry technical guides and publications and co-led various collaborative projects with organisations including BESA, BSRIA, FIS and ASFP.

Most recently, Will co-chaired the working group responsible for developing the best practice guide to passive fire stopping of service penetrations and is a founding member of the Passive Fire Knowledge Group (PFKG).

Russell Smith

Project Four Safety Solutions

Russell Smith is a s Director at Project Four Safety. As a CDM Principal Designer, Russell works on a range of complex projects in supporting Architecture practice, Tier 1 contractors and developers with CDM compliance and project delivery, with an increasing focus on changes stemming from the Building Safety Act.

Prior to joining Project Four, Russell was Director of CDM for a multidiscipline consultancy delivering CDM services across the UK. Russell has delivered CDM services across a range of sectors, having delivered on some of London’s noteworthy projects across commercial office, super prime, and high-rise residential.

Paul McSoley

Paul McSoley


Paul is a chartered engineer and has worked within construction for over 25 years from an Apprentice, Specialist Systems Project Manager, MEP Project Leader, Technical MEP Leader, and a Design Leader for all disciplines on major projects and more recently in a technical compliance director role within a major UK construction business.

He has been an active participant within the industry linking together the fire compliance problems of walls, structure, dampers, fire rated duct work etc into a system approach. He has also been part of various technical committees for several years and has a drive and passion to support the wider industry through steering committees, technical leadership, 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 & systems compliance, energy & carbon, contracts, construction procurement & delivery, commissioning, handover and is always happy to help.