2013 Conference Speakers – completed

David Kidney

Chair- Carbon Monoxide All Fuels Action Forum

In 1997 David was elected to Parliament as the Labour MP for Stafford constituency, defeating David Cameron. He served for thirteen years as the MP for Stafford and his achievements included Private Member’s Bills on empty homes, food in schools and private sewers. He served Ministers in Environment, Transport and Work and Pensions as unpaid Ministerial aide (PPS), resigning a Defra PPS position when he voted against the Iraq War in 2003.

David became a DECC Minister in June 2009 with responsibility for tackling fuel poverty, promoting energy consumers’ interests and green skills.

David was not re-elected in the 2010 General Election and is now Head of Policy at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH). He is responsible for policy across a wide range of environmental health subjects including climate change, environmental protection, food safety, health and safety at work, housing conditions and public health.

In 2012 David began his role as Chair of the Carbon Monoxide All Fuels Action Forum, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge on policy from the environmental and energy sectors.

Chris Bielby MBE

Director of New Energy & Stakeholder Engagement for the Scotia Gas Networks

Chris Bielby, a past President and Fellow of the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM),  has spent the past 25 years tirelessly lobbying and canvassing support for gas safety issues, particularly around carbon monoxide as chairman of the Gas Industry Safety Group, Gas Safety Trust and the Gas Task Group. He was president of the Institution in 2005.

Joining the industry in 1972, Chris started his career as a gas engineer before moving into other operational and senior managerial roles. He is now the Director of New Energy & Stakeholder Engagement for the Scotia Gas Networks (SGN), an IGEM Industrial Affiliate (IA) member.

Chris joined SGN in September 2011 to lead on new business, including high profile bio-methane opportunities. Since then, he has also assumed strategic leadership for stakeholder engagement and innovation, both of which have benefitted enormously from his expertise, enthusiasm and positivity.

Charlie Norman – Chief Executive

St Vincent’s Housing Association

Charlie began her career in the Social Housing Sector in 1988, and has worked for Salford City Council, District of Abbotsford in Canada and Plus Housing Group in Merseyside before joining St Vincent’s Housing Association in 2003. St Vincent’s Housing Association has 3,000 affordable homes throughout the North West and has delivered services to communities for over 40 years.

Charlie’s background is predominantly within housing management, with experience of working with a wide variety of organisations such as housing co-operatives and specialist BME Housing Associations, as well as skills and experience in stock transfer, group structures and regeneration initiatives.

Charlie completed the OU MBA programme and in her spare time enjoys reading and trips to the theatre.

Stacey Rodgers

Founder of the Dominic Rodgers Trust and co-founder of the national awareness campaign ‘Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed!’

Stacey Rodgers’ ten year old son Dominic died from Carbon Monoxide poisoning in February 2004. Dominic died because a neighbour’s faulty boiler leaked lethal Carbon Monoxide through the wall and into his bedroom. This highlights the fact that getting your appliances regularly serviced is just one of the two key precautions – it’s always important for people to have a Carbon Monoxide alarm fitted as well.

Stacey has since been come a passionate campaigner to raise awareness of the dangers of Carbon Monoxide poisoning, encouraging people to get an audible alarm.

Claire Heyes

Joint CEO of CORGI Technical Services

Claire is Joint CEO of CORGI Technical Services and spent eight years as Group Finance Director at CORGI before the set-up of CORGI Technical Services. She has in-depth knowledge of gas safety issues as they affect senior management in a wide range of organisations and is passionate about raising awareness of these issues at all levels.

Sally Roff

Partner, DAC Beachcroft

Sally specialises in providing regulatory advice and representation to individuals, corporate entities and public bodies in a range of industries and services including health, leisure, retail, manufacturing and construction.

Sally has provided advice and representation to health and other clients in relation to investigations by the Health & Safety Executive and other enforcement agencies into patient deaths, fatal accident and product defects.  She is an experienced advocate in criminal and coroners courts.

Sally uses commercial experience to obtain practical solutions for clients in relation to health and safety and environment compliance.  Sally has a particular interest in the corporate manslaughter debate and has been involved in the preparation of responses to the Corporate Manslaughter Bill and in updating clients as to the likely implications and impact of legislation.  She regularly provides training to directors and managers on regulatory compliance and SHE and product issues.

Sally Roff has 17 years of experience advising senior executives in relation to investigations and prosecutions. Clients value her “customer-friendly approach.” Chambers UK, 2011 Edition, Health and Safety, London & UK-Wide.

Trevor Batt

Technical Expert, CORGI Technical Services

Trevor has nearly thirty years’ experience in the gas industry, having joined British Gas in 1983. He worked as an engineer until 1992, before leaving to join CORGI the gas safety regulator in 1992 as an Inspector.

Since 2001 Trevor has been working with clients in the social housing sector to assist them in delivering a secure and robust gas safety management regime. He has worked with Housemark assisting with their workshops and helping to launch the Gas Safety Benchmarking service in 2010.

An Incorporated Engineer and Carbon Monoxide Incident Investigator, Trevor has also attained CIH qualifications in Housing Maintenance to enable him to understand the needs of housing providers.

Toni-Marie Vaughan

Regional Sales Manager, Chartered Management Institute

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is the only Chartered body providing accredited and non-accredited management development programmes, diagnostics, evaluations and interventions which enables them to provide flexible training.

The CMI works nationally and internationally with a wide range of organisations to deliver high quality training programmes . The CMI is the only organisation to offer the award of Chartered Manager, allowing managers to achieve formal recognition and on-going CPD. They deliver training and development for thousands of managers every year, proving their vast experience of management and leadership practice.

Jean Dowson

Chartered Management Institute Consultant

Jean Dowson is an experienced course director, tutor and executive coach with a wealth of leadership and management experience supported by sound academic and professional qualifications.

Keith Simpson

Business Development Director, Just Housing (UK) Ltd

Keith spent 45 years in the field of repairs and maintenance, leaving the London Borough of Islington in 1996 where his final role had been Assistant Director of Technical and Environmental Services.  In 2004, Keith was invited by both the Housing Corporation and National Housing Federation to co-author the book ‘Best Practice in Maintenance’,  which has become one of the most successful publications produced by the National Housing Federation in many years.

In 2005 Keith co-founded and is Business Development Director of Just Housing (UK,) Ltd, a membership/consultancy organisation offering social landlord members an opportunity to gain access to a group of over 70 leading consultants and practitioners specialising in every aspect of the housing function.

Keith is a regular speaker at National Asset Management and Maintenance Conferences and has been a participating speaker at the Maintenance Summit and Homes Conference.

David Matthews

Sustainable Energy Engineer, Themba Technology Ltd

David Matthews, Sustainable Energy Consultant and Training Specialist is a Renewable Energy Engineer who trained in Swansea, Warwick and Zimbabwe Universities. Before being appointed to his current position, he worked in the UK, Africa, Germany and Brussels and ran his own sustainable heating design installation, supply and consultancy business. This foreign work experiences gives him a wider perspective on the renewable energy industry.

David has provided the new method for interpreting MIS 3005 version 3, the MCS heat pump standard. He wrote and delivered the DECC sponsored training for MCS installers on this new standard and wrote and delivered the DECC sponsored heat pump training for Social Housing providers. He is the leading authority on implementing heat pumps to MCS methods.

Bill Paton

Joint CEO, CORGI Technical Services

Bill joined CORGI in 2008 is now co-owner and Joint Chief Executive of CORGI Technical Services.

Bill has over twenty years’ experience in the gas industry, seventeen of which were spent as commercial director at Servowarm and then Homeserve, following the acquisition of Servowarm.  The company manufacture, design and install domestic gas boilers direct to the public. Bill has extensive customer service experience, which evolved from managing a team of over 500 domestic gas engineers.

Notable achievements include introducing condensing boilers to the domestic market 25 years ago, before it was mandatory. Bill has also created a training centre to recruit new operatives into the gas industry. He also has experience in domestic energy assessment and the installation of renewable energy products and has himself, designed heating systems that reflect both technical and life style requirements.

FLAE sessions – Fire, Legionella, Asbestos and Electric


Ian Softley – Managing Director of SaferSpaces Ltd

Ian has over 28 years experience within the Asbestos Management, Health and Safety and Environmental fields and has operated in all levels covering site based assessments, board level policies and expert witness. Starting his career as an Occupational Hygienist specialising in Asbestos and other fibres, Ian has become a respected member of the industry, driven by a real understanding of the risks and hazards faced by people every day in their working life. Ian is able to draw on his considerable experience of providing practical Risk Management advice to a wide range of markets having also acted as an expert witness for a number of high profile projects. As a Project Director, he continues to remain active in providing bespoke advice and remediation strategies for hazardous materials to protect the client’s personnel, assets and reputation.


Neil Hayden – Electrical Contractors Association (ECA)

The ECA has over a century of experience, firmly establishing itself as an authoritative consultancy service. It has more than thirty technical assessors covering England and Wales, carrying out audits and providing a range of technical services to ensure compliance with all the latest regulations.

Nick Cowling

Standards Officer, IGEM

Nick is IGEM’s Standards Officer. He is responsible for the publishing of Standards, running Technical Seminars and answering technical queries. Currently studying for an MSc in Fire and Explosion Engineering at the University of Leeds, Nick is an avid football and rugby fan in his spare time.

Kevin Winship

Technical Expert, CORGI Technical Services

Kevin has over thirty years’ experience within the gas service industry. He worked as a British Gas Service Engineer for twelve years before joining CORGI in 1991 as an Inspector. Kevin’s focus is to promote an understanding of gas safety management and to improve systems within Local Authorities, Housing Associations and larger gas contracting organisations. Kevin has developed an extensive knowledge of gas management processes both from a technical and housing management perspective.

Kevin is a qualified Carbon Monoxide Incident Investigator and has considerable experience delivering technical training seminars to the Residential Social Landlord sector. Kevin is frequently invited as a guest speaker at seminars and conferences to speak on gas safety related issues.

Lee Carter

Technical Expert, CORGI Technical Services

Lee has over 25 years’ experience in the gas industry. He started his career with British Gas and worked as an engineer until 1998 before joining a local authority where he was responsible for managing external gas contractors.

In 2001 Lee joined the gas registration body at CORGI and continued to work with them through the transfer to Gas Safe Register up until 2010. During his time with the registration body Lee gained experience working in various aspects of the business which included carrying out work inspection, gas management audits, account management, incident investigation, expert witness and gas safety seminars.

Lee is a qualified auditor and has a wealth of experience in business systems designed to achieve safe gas work. Lee joined CORGI Technical Services after working for a large social landlord where he managed internal gas teams and external contractors to achieving gas safety compliance.