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CDM 2015 – the changes: ICE Health & Safety Group half day seminar, Belfast

14 October, 2015 | 09:00 - 13:00

Experts will provide thorough insight to the CDM Regulations.
Experts will provide thorough insight to the CDM Regulations.

About this event

This seminar will provide delegates with a general overview of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 which came into force on 6 April in Great Britain and will be implemented in Northern Ireland in 2016.

The speakers represent the main duty holders under the Regulations, including the Client, Principal Contractor and the new role of Principal Designer. They will discuss their experiences of how they have implemented the new Regulations in Great Britain.

HSE(NI) will also be providing an overview of the programme for implementation in Northern Ireland.

Seminar Schedule

09:00 – 09:15: Registration
09:15 – 09:20: Welcome and Introduction, Alan Skates (ICE Regional Chairman)
09:20 – 09:40: HSENI Update, Nancy Henry (Principal Inspector HSENI)
09:40 – 10:15: ICE Interpretation of CDM 2015, Ciaran McAleenan (ICE Representative)
10:15 – 10:45: Client's View of CDM, John McCullagh (NI Water)
10:45 – 11:00: Tea & Coffee
11:00 – 11:30: Designer's View of CDM, David Agnew (AECOM)
11:30 – 12:00: Principal Contractor's View of CDM, Alastair Lambe (McLaughlin & Harvey)
12:00 – 12:30: APS View of CDM, John Banks (Association for Project Safety)
12:30 – 13:00: Closing Remarks & Questions, Charles Hutchison (Chair, ICE NI H&S Group)

Please note: ACE members must email Jude Faloon at: jude.faloon@ice.org.uk to receive the discounted member rate.


David Agnew

David graduated in 1993 with a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering from UUJ, and gained CEng MICE status in 2004. ICE Health and Safety Registered in 2013 and RMaPS in 2014.

David has 20 years' experience in numerous types of work including sewerage infrastructure, wastewater treatment, sports pitch, landfill, flood prevention, infrastructure development, wind farm and building projects.

He is a Principal Engineer within AECOMs Water Business Line in Belfast and works as a Designer, Project Manager, CDMC and Local Safety Officer.

Ciaran McAleenan

A chartered civil engineer working in the industry since 1978, Ciaran has designed and managed water industry civil engineering projects (treatment plants, pipelines, pumping stations). He developed and implemented health and safety and road design standards, while working on strategy and policy implementation in the road construction industry.

Ciaran managed major road construction projects before joining the faculty at the Ulster University in 2010. An award-winning international speaker and author, he is a prolific researcher, a qualified HE teacher, trainer and safety professional. He has presented at international conferences in four continents including 3 World Congresses, several National Congresses and International Safety Research Commission Conferences.

A corporate member of Institution of Civil Engineers, he is a member of the editorial board for 'Management, Procurement and Law' journal and sits on their Steering Group of the Construction H&S Register at ICE HQ, LONDON. Ciaran is a Professional Member of American Society of Safety Engineers and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Alastair Lambe

A Chartered Member of IOSH who commenced his health & safety career in 1998, Alastair joined McLaughlin & Harvey in 2014 as SHEQ Manager to head up the Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality department to support the Construction, Civil Engineering, Facilities Management, Fit Out, Renewables and Manufacturing divisions.

Alastair is instrumental in the development, implementation and continuous improvement in the Company's Safety, Health, Environmental, Quality and Sustainability Strategy. Alastair works with numerous groups to drive improvements within occupational safety and health in the construction industry and is the current Chair of BuildHealth NI.

John McCullagh

John has almost 30 years experience with DRD Water Service & then Northern Ireland Water. He commenced as a Class 1 Operative after graduating from UUJ in electricial and electronic engineering. John worked for 12 years as a line manager within M&E Services responsible for instrumentation, automation, and process control, before taking up the post of Eastern Division Safety Officer, during 2003. His last 12 years have been spent in Health & Safety, where he also since completed a Masters degree in Occupational Safety and Health from QUB.

For 6 years, John was the Lead Safety Advisor to Engineering Procurement Directorate, with responsibility for all of the major enigineering construction and refurbishment schemes around the provience for NI Water. Last year he took on the role of Safety, Health and Environment Manager at NI Water, working with a busy team of 5 experienced safety professionals. John is a graduate member of IOSH, member of the Government Construction H&S Officers Group, member of the NI Utilities Safety Practioners Group, and just recently joined as a member of the ICE (NI) H&S Panel.

Nancy Henry

Nancy joined the Health and Safety Executive 13 years ago as a trainee Inspector and has worked in a range of sectors including construction, agriculture, manufacturing and in the Major Investigation Team. For the past three years, she has been working as the Principal Inspector of the Construction Group.

John Banks

John is an ex-CDM Coordinator who has undertaken projects throughout England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Eire with wide ranging experience in the design and implementation of multi-disciplined construction projects and the design and implementation of a range of major and minor remediation schemes for regeneration in the UK and Ireland.

He has undertaken the role of Designer/Project Manager, Planning Supervisor, Project Supervisor (Design Process) and CDM Co-ordinator and Principal Designer on a wide range of civil engineering projects including major remediation works, major highways and drainage.

He was an approved Highways Agency (now Highways England) CDM Co-ordinator and is currently working with the Highways England on the completion of the £150million A453 project south of Nottingham.

John is current Past President and Board Director of The Association for Project Safety, having been elected as a Director in 2004. He sits on the ICE Health and Safety Experts Panel and represented The Association for Project Safety on the Health and Safety Executive supply chain project: "Ill Health in Pavings, Roads and Highways" project and represents The Association for Project Safety on the Temporary Works Forum.

John is used to working at the highest level to provide independent timely advice to Clients on CDM 2015. He is well versed in the production of cogent and targeted Pre Construction Information, understands the importance of Design Risk Management, provides swift advice to Clients on the sufficiency of Construction Phase Plans and provides user friendly, targeted and timely Health and Safety Files.

John joined Ward Ashcroft and Parkman in 1973 with a degree in Civil Engineering at Swansea University and after various take overs is currently a Technical Director in Mouchel Consulting (Part of the Kier Group).