How accountable is 'accountable' within the Golden Thread?

Rutland online events with Q&A sessions


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Event description:

In our next webinar, we zero in on the topic of accountability within the Golden Thread. The principle of Accountable Persons and Dutyholders was a key component of Dame Hackett’s recommended Golden Thread. And while everyone welcomes the intention of ensuring safer buildings for all, the duty of care can weigh heavily on individuals and cause some anxiety. 

Along with our highly experienced guest speakers, we take a look at how that responsibility can be managed to ensure that critical safety standards are upheld without placing unreasonable pressure on individuals.

Hosted by:

Neil Smith

Technical & Compliance Associate Director, Rutland

For over 20 years, Neil has worked in roles related to property management, including high-risk buildings. Familiar with the Secured By Design scheme since 2006, he has assisted, and often overseen, over 100 door tests, including fire, smoke, security, weather, thermal and performance strength testing. Neil is well-placed to chair the webinar discussion panel, with his extensive industry knowledge.


Webinar panelists:

Anthony Taylor

Resolve Risk Ltd

Interim Chair Building Safety Alliance, Chair of CSG Working Group 8, Industry Lead for PAS 8673, and member Steering Group for PAS 8671 and PAS 8672. Member of BSI Committee for Standards in Built Environment CBP/1, Chair of RICS Health and Safety Advisory Group, Member of H&S Committee for The Property Institute (TPI), The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) and the Association for Project Safety (APS).

Chair of Greenwich University's Built Environment Industry Liaison Group 

Anthony has long promoted the concept of integrated management systems, including GRC, sustainability, energy conservation, and BCM, HS&E, governance and ‘compliance’, with operational risk and liability management remaining ‘in the field’ with support from a panel of experts at centre.

Effective risk management requires the ability to quantify the exposure - to manage we need to measure, and organisations need to employ metrics that are accepted and understood by those in operational control of the business.

Sophie Westlake

Business Development, Norseal

Sophie Westlake is Business Development at Norseal, the UK's number one specialist door seal distributor. She is a passionate advocate for the correct specification, installation and maintenance of fire doors and regularly trains architects and specifiers on the importance of correctly specified fire and acoustic doors. Norseal is an active member of the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers and Sophie takes a leading role in the North and Borders GAI Community Hub.


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