The only specialist event of its kind, Focus on Framing provides a solution for construction professionals looking to gain a greater understanding of the latest advances and best practise principles from sector experts. 

Through informative speakers and case study presentations the conference will focus on the fast-track non-combustible solutions that are having a significant impact delivering outstanding buildings across all construction sectors. Architects, Engineers, Specifiers and Developers are looking for ways to reduce environmental impact – as the most recycled material on the planet, this event will bring to the fore steel’s sustainability credentials.

See the 2024 Speaker Programme below!

Ben Towe  – Group Managing Director, Hadley Group

Conference Chair

Ben is the Group Managing Director of Hadley Group, a Chartered Engineer and Chairman of the Light Steel Frame association with almost 20 years’ experience in delivered large-scale manufacturing and construction solutions globally. Examples of these projects include Heathrow Terminal 5, Middle Eastern Palace’s, Euro Tunnel and Athlete’s accommodation for the UK hosted Olympics innovatively designed for simple and sympathetic conversion post-Games.

Andrew Way  – Associate Director, SCI

Andrew is a structural engineer with over 25 years of experience in the steel construction sector. He manages the Light Gauge Construction and Product Assessment parts of the SCI business. He has been involved in many areas of technical development, in particular cold-formed steel, structural robustness and product assessment and certification. As well as product development projects for clients, Andrew also presents SCI courses, writes SCI publications and runs the SCI Light Steel Forum.

Anastasia Stella  – Associate Consultant (Sustainability), Waterman Group

Anastasia has a solid academic background in Architectural Engineering and her key professional focus areas are Circular Economy and Net Zero. She has been the key author of the Waterman Materials Passports Framework which was developed in collaboration with CIRCuIT (EU Horizon Programme) and BRE (as the CIRCuIT project partners), which is an initiative to standardise Materials Passports across the industry. She is involved in the development of European and national Standards for Circular Economy in construction, and the UKGBC committee for Materials Passports. Anastasia led the implementation of Materials Passports at the sustainability-focussed commercial office scheme Edenica in London, and this saw the Materials Passports initiative being awarded “Best Net Zero Project” by ACE in 2022. She is also the co-founder of Circuland, a digital platform for the production and life-cycle management of Materials Passports.

Tim Sims  – Partner, Rider Levett Bucknall

Tim is a chartered safety professional with over 24 years of health, safety, fire, quality and environmental consultancy experience providing leadership on complex projects up to £500m. He has excellent knowledge of health and safety legislation, specialising within the built environment and fire sectors. Tim has provided a wide range of compliance programme support to clients across a broad spectrum of business and sectors. He delivers service excellence to his clients on high profile and ‘flagship’ projects across the UK.

Paul Scott  – Partner, Trowers and Hamlins

Paul is a specialist in the resolution of complex construction and engineering disputes, through litigation, arbitration, adjudication, and various forms of alternative dispute resolution.  Amongst other matters, in the years that have passed since the Grenfell Tower tragedy, Paul has been involved in advising parties at all levels of the construction supply chain in relation to complex multi-party disputes regarding alleged building safety defects on a number of developments across the UK.

Patrick Hayes  – Technical Director, Institution of Structural Engineers

Patrick is Technical Director at the Institution of Structural Engineers.  He leads in the areas of climate action, computational design and structural safety. He oversees the management of the CROSS-Reporting Scheme on structural and fire safety. He has senior level oversight into all IStructE’s technical activity.  He leads the Institution’s Building Safety Act initiative. This involves assessing the needs of members to meet the requirements of The Act and working with other PEI’s to produce guidance. He was previously Head of Structures and Board Director at Meinhardt UK and Head of DfMA for Meinhardt Group.  Patrick has been an engineer since 1988 and chartered since 1993.  Patrick has designed structures in both the UK and overseas. His experience covers schools, universities, laboratories, commercial, residential and mixed-use developments. He has led designs of buildings in steel, concrete, pre-stressed concrete and traditional materials.  He has also designed bridges and civil engineering infrastructure.