October 2019 Event

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  • info@the-nucleus.org.uk
  • Mon - Fri: 8:00 - 17:00

Vision To provide a nationwide knowledge network connecting members with industry specialists in order to provide assurance around building safety, for the social housing sector. 

Mission By providing an arena where members can access legislative, industry and best practice insights, specifically related to the sector.

cPD Fire Safety Seminar


Wednesday 2nd October / 10:00am - 3:30pm

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Event Date: Wednesday 2nd October 2019  

Event Time: 10:00am – 15:30pm  (registration opening at 09:00am)  

Event Location: Crowne Plaza London, Battersea Bridges Wharf, London SW11 3BE

Event Delegate Fee: £25.00

Key features include: providing updates on

  • Timber Balconies  
  • Hire Pressure Laminate (HPL) Cladding  
  • Composite Fire Doors  
  • Section 20 leaseholder consultation & Fire Safety  
  • Brexit & associated implications to the skills gap shortage  
  • BS5839 Pt. 6 L2 Alarm Amendments  
  • Stay Put Vs. Staged Evacuation  

Special Features: ‘join the movement panel’, additional keynote speakers, Govt. representation, industry-leading voices on sector trends and direction  



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Opening of Event, MoC’s

10:00 - 10:15

House Keeping Announcements & the Nucleus Explained; our Core Values & Membership

Ventro CPD (The Three Step Approach)

10:15 - 11:15

Howard Melvin, Technical Director - Ventro

Refreshment Break - Inclusive Learning Zone (Networking)

11:15 - 11:45

Learning Zone

The procurement implications of Brexit, and the proposed Regulatory Reform Regime for Building Safety

11:45 - 12:30

Kris Kelliher & Mark London, Devonshires

Collaborative Networking Luncheon

12:30 - 13:30


the Nucleus (Sustainability) Award

13:30 - 13:45

Steven Wilson, Ventro Group Stephen Sharman, CHIC Kevin Hartshorn, VIVID

'join the movement' series; Sector-Specific Panel Providing Assurance (the Holistic View)

13:45 - 15:00

Tom Lawlor, Clarion Housing Group Nick Hann, Pretium Daniel McCroft, Ventro Group Kevin Hartshorn, VIVID

Highlight Speaker – L&Q’s Early Adopter Scheme with the MHCLG

15:00 - 15:30

Nigel Wiles, Director of Asset Management & Maintenance Strategy - L&Q David Watson, Technical Director (Building Safety Programme) - L&Q

Master of Ceremonies

Stephen Sharman

Stephen is Senior Account Manager at CHIC. He has a strong history of account management within the public and private sector, previously working for Legal & General and most recently Accord Housing Group.

Panel Members

Stay tuned for the reveal of panellist speakers!

Tom Lawlor

Clarion Housing Group
Tom is currently a Project Manager for Clarion Housing Group, with six years of experience in compliance and contract management in social housing. Tom’s specialism is running large passive fire safety remedial projects and fire risk assessment programmes across a diverse stock portfolio. As part of his role, Tom also works with data management and analysis systems, ensuring accuracy and consistency of data sets which are key to effective programme management and compliance reporting.

Kevin Hartshorn

Kevin has been Head of Assets at VIVID since it was formed in 2017 and has over 15 years’ experience within the Social Housing sector, with the last 11 in a Property Services environment. Specialising in strategic asset management, active asset management solutions and landlord’s compliance, he also has extensive experience in contract management, business intelligence and performance, leading a high performing DLO and health and safety.

Daniel McCroft

Ventro Group
Daniel is Head of Client Relations at Ventro, recently promoted from the Consultancy Team. Daniel has 6 years’ experience working on sites in the delivery and project management of works, forming a key component to his experience in the sector. Working nationally, Daniel partners with local authorities and registered providers, finding solutions to complex compliance programmes to instil assurance around building safety. Daniel also manages Ventro’s framework relationships, giving him the ability to understand what procurement models work best for each situation and client.

Nick hann

Nick Hann is Head of Frameworks at Pretium, which develops and manages frameworks on behalf of contracting authorities operating in the public sector across the UK. Having been at the company since its inception he has led on driving its growth and broadening its offer, from two frameworks to nine, ranging from construction management and materials supply to asbestos services and fire safety works. As well as assessing the commercial viability of potential frameworks and working closely with a wider team to mobilise and implement them, Nick remains involved once frameworks are live, working with suppliers to create marketing plans to promote them to the wider sector and managing the ongoing client and supplier relationships.

Guest Speakers

Mark London

Partner, Real Estate & Projects Devonshires
Mark is a leading construction lawyer and represents clients at adjudication, arbitration and in litigation in the Technology and Construction Court. The vast majority of this work includes prosecuting or defending claims for time, quality and money. In addition to this core work, Mark undertakes a wide variety of health and safety work, where he helps clients undertake investigations and represents parties who have been prosecuted by the HSE or police. He also advises on contentious procurement matters and all aspects of asset management, including the drafting and operation of all forms of repair and maintenance/planned works contracts. Mark is ranked as a leading construction lawyer and in recent editions of the legal directories has been described as ‘extremely knowledgeable and reassuringly experienced.’ Mark has been a construction lawyer for almost 20 years. Prior to working for Devonshires, Mark worked in a large West End practice and before that worked for a firm in his native New Zealand. Mark London is ranked as a leading contraction lawyer in Chambers and Devonshires are ranked as a leading construction firm.

Kris Kelliher

Partner, Head of Construction and Engineering Devonshires
Kris has extensive experience of negotiating, drafting, reviewing and reporting on all forms of commercial contracts including maintenance and facilities management contracts, supply and distribution contracts, catering contracts, joint venture agreements, outsourcing contracts care and support contracts and framework agreements for various works, services and supplies. He has acted on numerous major social infrastructure projects in the housing, care and education sectors which has entailed drafting, negotiating and advising on all aspects of the project documentation. He also provides on-going advice and assistance with numerous post-contract issues including variations, novations and complex contractual disputes. Kris also advises on all aspects of public procurement law and practice and provides advice to both a wide range of contracting authorities (in particular Local Authorities, Registered Providers and collaborative procurement vehicles) and private sector bidding consortiums and contractors on procurement matters.

Guest Speakers

David Watson

Regional Design & Technical Director L&Q
David is Regional Design & Technical Director for L&Q and has been there for the past five years. Currently on secondment to the Building Safety Team within L&Q working on fire safety matters and with the Early Adopters Group within MHCLG. With over 35 years’ experience, originally working in architectural practices and with developers in Scotland, but has spent the last 20 years working in London mainly with major private developers and contractors managing design and technical matters on large scale mixed use projects.

Nigel Wiles

Director of Strategy Planning and Major Projects L&Q
Nigel is Director of Strategy Planning and Major Projects for L&Q Housing Trust. He is currently leading on the Trusts Early Adopter programme working collaboratively with the MHCLG and other partners in preparation for the legislative changes that are expected. Nigel has over 30 year’s experience of working in asset management and maintenance within Social Housing organisations. He is a Chartered member of the RICS and CIOB.

CPD Fire Safety Seminar - Presenter

Howard Melvin

Ventro Group
Howard is the Technical Director at Ventro, and has been working in the fire industry for over 30 years. He is experienced in many practical aspects of project management, having a detailed knowledge of Health & Safety guidelines (working with our external consultants Citation) and fire safety standards. Fully qualified by BM TRADA, he provides valuable oversight and direction for the regional Health, Safety and Quality Teams on the operational side of the business.


The Crowne Plaza London
London, Battersea
The Crowne Plaza London
London, Battersea
The Crowne Plaza London
London, Battersea
The Crowne Plaza London
London, Battersea

Event Location: Crowne Plaza London, Battersea Bridges Wharf, London SW11 3BE

By Train: Clapham Junction is the nearest train station and trains go directly to and from Gatwick Airport, Victoria, Waterloo, Vauxhall and Wimbledon.

By Bus: 170 bus from rom London Victoria Train Station or Clapham Junction Train Station.

By Car: From the A4 & A40 turn south on to the A3220.Drive south over Wandsworth Bridge, follow York Road (A3205). Maintain left and filter lane to traffic lights and turn left onto Lombard Road. Turn immediately left onto Bridge Court. The Hotel is located behind the Volkswagen dealership on Bridges Court Road. Taxi rank on St John’s Road can take you and your guests to the Hotel in 5 minutes.

Satellite navigation SW113RP

By Boat: River bus to/from Plantation Wharf, 105 m next to the Hotel

By Air: London Heathrow Airport 17 miles; London Gatwick 27 miles; Heliport on site