The importance of the client in leading the project team, London

24 February, 2017 | 14:30 - 17:30

ICE Health and Safety Days: What is the role of the client in setting H&S procedures?
ICE Health and Safety Days: What is the role of the client in setting H&S procedures?

About this event

Online bookings for this event are now closed. If you want to join the seminar, contact us on 0207 665 2226 or

 In recent years clients, contractors and the supply chain have started working much closer together and for greater periods of time, changing the dynamics of project teams and adding a layer of complexity to health and safety procedures.

Through dedicated presentations and discussion with the audience, the first part of this interactive seminar will:

  • Present the perspectives of both HSE and the client
  • Give the opportunity to attendees to share their personal experience on the challenges they face and the barriers they come across in having a safer working environment

The second part of the seminar, led by ICE training, will further explore:

  • The CDM principles that govern procurement of construction work
  • How to create a positive H&S  culture throughout the project team
  • How client decisions impact on health and safety during design and construction

Who should attend

  • Principal Civil Engineers
  • Technical Leads
  • Risk Management Advisors
  • Asset Engineers
  • Development Managers
  • Civil Delivery Managers
  • Civil Engineers
  • Directors
  • Property Services Officers
  • Team Leaders

All CITB-registered employers can claim a grant, including those that don’t need to pay levy. You can claim grants for the employees you declare on your Levy Return who have done training. For short duration training, the grant is £50 per person for each full day of training and £25 per person for half day courses.


14:30 Introduction by the Chair
Margaret Sackey, Chair, ICE H&S Expert Panel

14:35 HSE’s Perspective
Russel Adfield, HM Principal Inspector, Head of CDM Unit - Construction Sector, HSE

14:50 Client’s Perspective
Steven Fink, H&S Director - Phase 1 Infrastructure, HS2

15:05 Contractor’s Perspective

15:20 Interactive Q&A Discussion

15:45 Refreshments and networking

16:15 Training
Tony Putsman, Director, Xenophon Project Services/Construction Team Technologies

17:20 Summation from the Chair
Margaret Sackey, Chair, ICE H&S Expert Panel

17:30 Close

Prior the seminar on 24 February, ICE is running a Mock Trial on the Management of Contractors.


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Russell Adfield, HM Principal Inspector, Head of CDM Unit - Construction Sector, Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

Russell Adfield has worked for HSE since 1995 as an inspector and Principal Inspector leading operational teams across HSE's regulatory portfolio. Since 2009, Russell has worked for HSE's Construction Division and currently heads the Construction Management policy unit involved in the development of the 2015 CDM Regulations and associated guidance.

Steven Fink, H&S Director - Phase 1 Infrastructure, HS2

Steven started his career as an electrical apprentice for British Rail. After several years on the tools, Steven moved into the Health & Safety arena. After 10 years with British Rail he moved into the construction sector working for Lovell Construction, Sir Robert McAlpline, Skanska and Arup, including 6 years on the construction of High Speed 1 between Folkestone and St.Pancras station in London. Following this, over an 8 year span, Steven held several senior leadership roles for Network Rail on major projects and as Head of Health & Safety for their national projects business. In January 2015, Steven took up the role of Construction Health & Safety Director for High Speed 2 and is responsible for assisting the business in building its capabilities to act as Client for the multi-billion pound Civils, Stations and Railway Systems contracts that will be procured, designed and constructed over the next 10 years.

Tony Putsman, Director, Xenophon Project Services Limited/ Construction Team Technologies Ltd

A qualified civil engineer, and experienced project manager, Tony developed a keen interest in the 'people' aspect of construction whilst working for major companies such as Taylor Woodrow, Kier International and Jarvis Construction. Since graduating in 1974, he has worked across all the major sectors of the construction industry, moving from a hands-on project delivery role into a training and development specialist. He is now a leading advocate of team-based risk management. Tony set up his own risk management consultancy in 2002 and is currently working with clients in the energy, rail, off-shore, house building and refurbishment sectors, promoting a strategic approach to project risk management through enhanced collaborative working.