Speakers at Construction Fire Safety Conference

Taking place on Wednesday, 14 October 2020, Construction Fire Safety Conference includes expert insights, latest thinking, case studies and networking.

Enjoy timely and relevant content delivered by high-level speakers, with a chance to quiz them on their knowledge and opinions with the digital platform’s Q&A feature.


Martin Wilshire


Martin Wilshire is Health and Safety Director at Multiplex, a global construction company headquartered in the City of London. He has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry and is a member of both the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), and the Institute of Industrial Accident Investigators.

Martin spent 10 years in the Royal Air Force Police before moving into contracts management in 1999 for a fire protection and insulation subcontractor. After five years he became a full-time health and safety professional and took a resident role at the Wembley Stadium project working alongside Multiplex as a consultant supporting the engineering subcontractor Hollandia. Martin moved to John Sisk & Son Limited in 2007, where he spent a further 8 years as a business unit Health and Safety Manager overseeing new build commercial, residential, refurbishment and high-end fit-out projects in London and the South East. 

Martin joined Multiplex in 2015 as a project-based health and safety lead, and went on to oversee the safe delivery of the 62-storey 22 Bishopsgate project before being promoted to his current role in 2019. As Health and Safety Director, Martin is responsible for developing and implementing Multiplex’s health and safety strategy across all Multiplex offices and project sites in the United Kingdom. 


Stewart Kidd


Stewart Kidd has worked in security and fire protection since 1974. He now combines consultancy with expert witness assignments. He is presently advising insurers on fire safety for a number of very large construction projects in the Middle East including the new Jeddah airport. He was the insurers’ advisor on both Burj Khalifa, the Shard.

He is the author of eight books on fire and security topics including the Historic Scotland’s Guide for Practitioners No 7, the Scottish Building Standards ACOP on heritage fire safety and three Historic Scotland Technical Advice Notes.

He was the Director of the Fire Protection Association from 1989 - 1997 and is a former Governor of the Institute of Risk Management. He is a former President and now Life Vice President of the Institute of Fire Safety Managers. He was Secretary General of the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association from 2000 - 2015.

Presentation: ‘Special problems of construction fire safety management in high rise buildings’

This presentation reviews the special problems of designing and enforcing a fire strategy for tall and super tall buildings under construction. It will contrast the advice contained UK HSE Guidance with standard insurers’ requirements, the Joint Code and NFPA 241.

Mark London

A leading construction lawyer and represents clients at adjudication, arbitration and in litigation in the Technology and Construction Court. The vast majority of this work includes prosecuting or defending claims for time, quality and money.

In addition to this core work, Mark undertakes a wide variety of health and safety work, where he helps clients undertake investigations and represents parties who have been prosecuted by the HSE or police. He also advises on contentious procurement matters and all aspects of asset management, including the drafting and operation of all forms of repair and maintenance/planned works contracts.

Mark is ranked as a leading construction lawyer and in recent editions of the legal directories has been described as ‘extremely knowledgeable and reassuringly experienced.’

Mark has been a construction lawyer for almost 20 years. Prior to working for Devonshires, Mark worked in a large West End practice and before that worked for a firm in his native New Zealand.

Mark London is ranked as a leading contraction lawyer in Chambers and Devonshires are ranked as a leading construction firm.

Michael Schroeder


Michael is the Manager of Business Continuity and Life Safety at the Willis Tower in Chicago, IL., US. He has been in that role since 2002. He is responsible for developing, exercising and maintaining the building’s emergency response and emergency management program. He works closely with the Chicago Fire Department and annually facilitates full-scale emergency exercises in conjunction with internal responders and external emergency services. In 2018 the exercise included between 400-500 participants, which included Police, Fire, Emergency Management, Building Management, Building Staff, EMS, Local Hospital, Transportationand Construction.

He is currently managing the building’s fire and life safety interests in a $500 million construction renovation project that is adding 300,000 square feet to the current 4.5 million square foot structure. He is working closely with construction life safety counterparts to avoid business interruptions and ensure a safe working environment.

Michael Schroeder been involved in life safety in many forms for 35 years, from being a police officer to Director of Security to Life Safety Manager. He has spent 25 years in high-rise fire and life safety.

Raymond O'Brocki


Raymond is the Manager of Fire Service Relations for the American Wood Council. Before that he was the Chief Building Official for the City of Rockville, MD. He retired as the Assistant Fire Chief the Baltimore City Fire Department in 2013. He was appointed fire marshal for Baltimore City in 2008. O’Brocki has served on the Maryland State Child Care Advisory Council, Maryland State Fire Code Update Committee, State Fire Marshals Legislative Working Group in Annapolis and the steering committee for the Mid-Atlantic Life Safety Conference. He has served on the NFPA Urban Fire Safety Task Force and has presented at the National Fire Academy. He is currently a sitting member of the NFPA 1 technical committee. O’Brocki is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law and a licensed attorney.

Damien Gannon

I have been a Health and Safety professional for over 15 years, working in the energy sector and prominently in the construction sector with Canary Wharf Contractors Ltd (CWC). During my time with CWC I have been involved in implementing the safety strategy on a number of high rise construction projects. My role involves working closely with project management teams to deliver a world class safety performance, planning the work phases and managing significant risks.

Sandra Tomlinson


Sandra has been an Inspector for the Health and Safety Executive for 18 years, inspecting and investigating health and safety matters in many different industries including manufacturing, health, local authorities and construction. As well as being an inspector Sandra has also provided policy support for the UK implementation of the Basic Safety Standards Directive for ionising radiation and lately as the construction safety lead for fire in construction. In this role, Sandra works collaboratively with construction industry groups to identify and address fire risks during construction, refurbishment and demolition works and supports inspectors where fire issues are identified. She is managing the delivery of inspections to high rise residential buildings where cladding is being removed and replaced to ensure duty holders are managing fire risks during the works to keep both workers and residents in the buildings safe. Sandra is also part of the HSE team responsible for the delivery of the new Building Safety Regulator.