ICE and Costain Joint Lecture: Getting the best from CDM 2015, London

26 October, 2015 | 18:00 - 20:30

ICE and Costain Joint Lecture: Getting the best from CDM 2015, London

About this event

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CDM 2015 sets out a new framework for managing health and safety risk throughout the life of a project.  The new regulations seek to raise health and safety performance of the whole construction industry through several fundamental changes including:

  • Simplifying the structure
  • Broadening coordination duties to a broader range of projects
  • Placing clients at the heart of delivering a safe and healthy project
  • Creating a new Principal Designer role to lead a more effective pre-construction phase
  • Simplifying designer’s duties

Guests will hear from three excellent speakers, and will then be invited to question and debate the arising issues, initially in the lecture theatre and then continue the discussion over drinks.

Last year's overbooked lecture was one of the highlights of the ICE lecture calendar. This year, our speakers will reflect on CDM 2015 from their own perspective as client, designer or contractor, focussing on how they, and others are responding.


  • Karl Simons, Head of Safety, Health and Wellbeing at Thames Water
  • Laura Hague, Group Safety Manager for Mott MacDonald
  • Gavin Bye, Safety Health & Environment Director – Infrastructure at Costain, and formerly Head of HSE’s Construction Sector and Policy Unit


Darren James BEng (Hons), CEng, MICE, MCIHT, MIoD

Managing Director, Infrastructure

Darren James is Managing Director of Infrastructure and is responsible for the delivery of services for customers such as the Highways Agency, Network Rail, Crossrail, London Underground and National Grid. He started with Costain as an industrial placement student from the University of Surrey on the A55 Conwy Crossing.

Darren subsequently graduated with honours in Civil Engineering in 1990 and joined the Costain graduate development programme. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation, The Institute of Directors and the Institution of Civil Engineers. He also represents the industry on the Princes Trust Construction and Business Services Leadership Group championing the introduction of young people into the industry.

Karl Simons

Head of Safety, Health and Wellbeing at Thames Water

Karl is Head of Safety, Health and Wellbeing at Thames Water, responsible for the strategic direction of health and safety within the business. He has 25 years of experience in industry, having worked across all continents and numerous safety critical industries including oil, gas, minerals, rail, construction and water. He holds a Masters degree in Safety, Health and the Environment, is a Chartered Occupational Safety & Health Practitioner and a keen student of behavioral psychology.


Margaret Sackey

Chair of the ICE Health and Safety Panel

Margaret Sackey has over 29 years’ experience in civil engineering, construction, design, project management, and the provision of construction health and safety advice and assistance in both the public and private sector.

Margaret is Senior CDM Co-ordinator & Health & Safety Advisor, CDM and Construction, The Construction Health, Safety & Tunnel Safety Team, Transport for London.

Margaret is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Chair of ICE Health and Safety Expert Panel and ICE H&S Register (Advanced), and is also a Chartered Safety Practitioner and Honorary Fellow of Association for Project Safety.