Fire Safety Masterclass

Friday 10 November 2017 | The Crypt, St Paul's Cathedral

  • Andrew Lancaster (Partner), Anthony Collins Solicitors
  • Jan Taranczuk (Managing Director), Jan Taranczuk Associates
  • Paul Coffey (Fire Safety Project Manager), LB Ealing
  • Peter Gray (Mechanical and Electrical Manager), LB Ealing
  • Gerry O'Connor (Head of Property Maintenance), Swindon BC
  • Keith Hooker (Building Services Manager), Swindon BC
10:00 - 10:30 Welcome & refreshments
10:30 - 11:30 Andrew Lancaster, Anthony Collins Solicitors
11:30 - 11:45 Q&A
11.45 - 12.45 Jan Taranczuk, Paul Coffey & Peter Gray
Case study, London Local Authority Fire risk assessment
  • Fire risk assessments
  • New fire safety policy
  • All the Rule 43 letters
  • Major regeneration, many tower blocks being demolished over 10 years
  • Fire safety improvement works
  • Passive fire safety in general needs
  • Sheltered blocks, alarms and individual misting systems
  • Converted houses
  • Fire safety awareness training for staff and contractors
  • Responding to Fire Brigade Notices of Deficiency
12:45- 13.30 Lunch
13.30 - 15:00 Communicating with residents (Kier & Swindon BC)
Gerry O Connor - Head of Property Maintenance
Keith Hooker - Building Services Manager
15.00 - 16.00 Guided tour of St Paul's (optional, 25 per guide)

Inpirational leadership training

Training is complete for 2017. Please check back here for updates after the NHMF Maintenance Conference 2018.

Contract management training

NHMF offers a series of one day training courses to support both clients and contractors. The sessions are applicable to property services directors, asset management directors and members of their teams who are directly involved in or may be considering procuring or managing contracts under the M3NHF Schedule of Rates documentation and associated modules. They are particularly valuable if clients and their contractors attend together.

Speakers include:

  • Ross Hayes (Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP)
  • Andrew Lancaster (Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP)
  • David Miller (Rand Associates)
  • Andrew Millross (Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP)

Fuel saving improvement training


The National Housing Maintenance Forum (NHMF) has published new online guidance for social landlords about fuel-saving improvements and why addressing fuel poverty should be a key driver of asset-management strategies and investment plans. The NHMF is now also offering bespoke briefings for governing bodies and senior management teams, on why fuel-saving improvements should be a strategic priority, and training for asset managers to help them plan and deliver those improvements.

Briefing for governing bodies

A half-day in-house, bespoke briefing session for governing bodies, senior management teams and residents' representatives. The briefing aims to:

  • provide a comprehensive briefing on the issues of fuel poverty, climate change and energy efficiency, and their implications for social housing
  • explain why these issues should be key drivers of asset-management strategies and investment planning
  • provide guidance and examples of how this can be done 

The session builds on the NHMF's Fuel-Saving Improvements guidance.

The trainers will review each organisation's published strategy documents prior to the briefing, in order to ensure that a bespoke session is provided consistent with the organisation's circumstances and strategic objectives. Among other deliverables, this bespoke session will provide each organisation with:

  • a summary of the key legislative and business drivers for fuel-saving improvements as a strategic priority for their organisation
  • key investment and asset management questions related to the delivery of affordable warmth
  • a brief commentary on their published strategy documents, following discussion at the workshop

Trainers: Peter Rickaby and Andrew Burke (Rickaby Thompson Associates)

Cost: £1250 plus VAT

Training for asset managers

Comprehensive energy efficiency training for asset managers and technical staff, offered in partnership with The Retrofit Academy and providing credits towards the Academy's Diploma in Retrofit. This training takes the form of four one-day units dealing with the following topics:

  • introduction to improving energy efficiency in housing
  • assessing your housing stock and evaluating improvement options
  • strategies for delivering fuel-saving improvements
  • assuring quality: retrofit coordination and risk management

This training will be provided on an open-access or in-house basis by The Retrofit Academy's expert training team working in partnership with the NHMF. These units provide four credits towards the eight credits and examination pass required to earn the Academy's Diploma in Retrofit.

Cost: For open-access training £225 plus VAT per person per unit or £850 plus VAT for four units booked as a block. Discounts are available for multiple bookings and in-house presentations - please contact The Retrofit Academy for a quotation.