Adrian Dobson - Executive Director for members at The Royal Institute of British Architects

Adrian Dobson is the Executive Director for Members at the Royal Institute of British Architects. He is a Chartered Architect with practice experience primarily in the education and community sectors. He has also taught in higher education and carried out research in Building Information Modelling. Adrian was closely involved in the development of the new version of the RIBA Plan of Work, the key building design and procurement framework used throughout the construction industry. He is the author of ‘21 Things You Won’t Learn in Architecture School’.

RIBA members are of course of particular interest to the GAI membership as they are at the start of the design process that determines the correct specification of materials manufactured and supplied through our membership. The RIBA organisation provides the standards, support and training programmes for their 40,000 plus worldwide membership all working to improve the design quality of the built environment.

Adrian, will be speaking about the resilience of practices in a presentation entitles ‘Resilient Practice: How are Architects preparing for Brexit and Beyond’

Kizzy Augustin - Senior Associate at Pinsent Masons LLP

Kizzy Augustin is a criminal regulatory lawyer and Senior Associate at Pinsent Masons LLP, who specialises in the defence of fire safety / health and safety matters. She is a Solicitor-Advocate with higher rights of audience, which means that she appears regularly as an advocate in court proceedings and Coroners' inquests. Kizzy has significant experience in defending companies and senior employees in corporate manslaughter and serious fire & health and safety prosecutions. Kizzy provides strategic advice to a number of high profile corporate and commercial clients - both contentious advice in response to an actual incident, as well as preventative consultancy advice in relation to corporate policies and procedures to ensure compliance with fire & health and safety legislation.

Kizzy is on the executive committee for the London Health and Safety Group and is often a keynote speaker for a number of health and safety and fire safety industry bodies, including IOSH and CHSG.

In her presentation - Key H&S risks in the Ironmongery Sector –how to limit liability’, Kizzy will discuss cover corporate and individual health and safety liability from a sector perspective, fire safety issues, impact of the sentencing guidelines on health and safety prosecutions, managing risk in the supply and manufacturing of products in a construction / CDM context and top tips to avoid liability or risk from prosecution.

Professor Noble Francis, Economics Director, Construction Products Association

Noble Francis is the Economics Director at the Construction Products Association, where he oversees one of the most respected teams of economists in the industry, producing the quarterly Construction Industry Forecasts, Construction Trade Surveys, State of Trade Surveys and various bespoke research. With a Master’s Degree and PhD in applied economics, Noble has over 15 years of experience producing economic forecasts. He and his team’s work are regularly featured in the Financial Times and other dailies, numerous UK construction trade press, television and radio. He also writes a regular column for Building Magazine.

In 2015 Noble was appointed Visiting Professor to the University of Westminster in the Faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment.

Noble will be discussing the CPA’s view on the impact of Brexit to the UK’s Construction Industry.