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Appointments maintain and enhance expertise of the Building Regulations Advisory Committee

Appointments made at committee that advises ministers on the making of building regulations and related legislation.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


Minister for Communities Stephen Williams has reappointed Neil Cooper as the Chairman of the Building Regulations Advisory Committee for a second term of 3 years following success in a competitive recruitment exercise.

Neil has over 35 years’ experience across the construction sector and is the current Chief Executive of MLM Group. He will take up post on 1 April 2015.

As part of the same campaign, the following Building Regulations Advisory Committee members have also been re-appointed to the Committee:

  • Peter Caplehorn - Deputy Chief Executive of the Construction Products Association
  • Emma Clancy - Chief Executive Officer of Certsure LLP and Ascertiva Group
  • Alan Crane CBE – Construction Industry Advisor and Consultant - 3C’s Construction Consulting Services
  • Cliff Fudge - Technical Director of H&H UK Ltd
  • Neil Smith – Head of Research and Innovation at the National Housebuilding Council
  • Paul Timmins - Managing Director of Approved Inspector Services Ltd
  • Stephen Wielebeski – Senior Consultant to the Home Builders Federation

They will continue to bring with them their wealth of experience and expertise in their respective fields.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has also sought to enhance and refresh the expertise of the Committee through this recruitment and has appointed 5 new members:

  • Antony Burd – Head of Sector (Construction) British Standards Institution
  • Gavin Dunn – Director of BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method), Buildings Research Establishment
  • Julia Evans - Chief Executive of the Building Services Research & Information Association
  • Gary Ferrand – Assistant Chief Fire Officer at East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service
  • Rachel Smalley – President of the Access Association

About the Building Regulations Advisory Committee

The Building Regulations Advisory Committee is an advisory non-departmental public body that advises the Secretary of State and other ministers on the making of building regulations and related legislation. Both the Chairman and the members are non-remunerated and appointed to provide advice and input from their particular areas of expertise and experience.

Recent examples of the work of the Committee are advising on the development of the housing standards review and the zero carbon and allowable solutions policy.

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Published 27 March 2015