Building Advisory Committee – additional appointments

Closed 15 Oct 2023

Opened 2 Oct 2023


Do you have demonstrable expertise in leading net-zero projects and/or use of inclusive design in the built environment? If so, you might be able to help the Building Safety Regulator make a sustained, positive change to buildings in England.

The Regulator (BSR) which is part of the Health and Safety Executive, is looking for an additional two people to join the Building Advisory Committee (BAC).

BAC was created in December 2022 to meet the requirements of the Building Safety Act 2022 and provides advice and information to the BSR on new and emerging issues across the built environment. BAC will also provide leadership across industry and drive change.

BAC consists of a high-level steering group, underpinned by separate working groups focussing on specific areas of work. Members of BAC are drawn from many different parts of industry and have varied skills and expertise, including fire safety, structural safety, the construction industry, housing and building services engineering.

We now need to augment these skills and knowledge with expertise in net zero and inclusive design.

Diverse perspectives and experiences are critical to our success and we welcome applicants from all people from all backgrounds with the experience and skills needed to perform this role.

What we need you to do

We expect that BAC members will:

  • Attend and actively contribute to quarterly Building Advisory Committee meetings with an approximate duration of half a day, including ad hoc meetings where necessary. Meetings are either hybrid (with the option to attend in person or virtually) or virtual
  • Provide evidence to demonstrate that they are able to act as industry leaders, representing stakeholders across the sector, and can be relied upon to provide impartial, authoritative, and accurate advice
  • Utilise industry experience and up to date knowledge to assist the BSR in addressing new and emerging issues within the built environment
  • Encourage integrity, accountability and ethical behaviour within the sector
  • Follow the standards of behaviour in public life (the ‘Nolan Principles’)
  • Communicate messages from BAC and BSR through their networks

The current terms of reference for BAC are available to read. As BAC is a new committee, its remit and performance will be reviewed over time to ensure it meets the BSR's requirements.

As BAC is still in its early stages of operation, it is currently being chaired by an HSE representative and may transition to an independent chair at a later date.

Members of BAC are entitled to travel and subsistence expenses incurred on BAC business. Details and claim forms will provided to successful applicants.

Who we’re looking for

The ideal BAC steering group member will be able to demonstrate:

Technical requirements:

  • Expertise within the specific areas of:
    • Net Zero – in particular, experience as a practitioner leading on the design and/or build of leading net zero projects
    • Accessibility issues/inclusive design within the built environment
  • That you are impartial and authoritative individuals with primary status in areas relevant to BSR’s remit
  • The ability to influence behaviours in accordance with BSR’s aims and policies and use your networks to increase BSR’s reach across the built environment sector

Behavioural criteria:

  • An ability to take ownership of problems and devise solutions, together with an ability to drive performance improvements and deliver culture change
  • The ability to provide clear, impartial, and evidence-based advice, and communicate this effectively to senior stakeholders, the built environment sector, and BSR
  • An openness and a willingness to consider all relevant courses of action, with the ability to stand ground and provide leadership where needed

Join the Building Advisory Committee

To tell us you’re interested in joining the Building Advisory Committee Steering Group, you need to apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 15 October.

What you need to do

You will be required to submit a CV and two statements of suitability. The statements of suitability should clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria detailed in the section ‘Who we’re looking for’ above. When combined should be no longer than 400 words for each statement. The lead statement should concentrate on the technical requirements above, with the supporting statement demonstrating how you meet the behavioural criteria. Please ensure that you include sufficient information to evidence the claims that you are making to support your application.

As part of your application, we also ask you to declare any conflicts of interest you may have. This may be financial or other personal interest that may, or may be perceived to, influence your performance on the Building Advisory Committee.

We also ask you to provide a brief statement (no more than 250 words) on how you intend to manage these conflicts of interest if appointed to the steering group.

Apply online

Applications should be submitted to no later than 11:55 pm on Sunday 15 October 2023.

If you are unable to apply online

If you are unable to apply online, you can submit your application to:

BSR Building Advisory Committee
Redgrave Court
Merton Road

L20 7HS

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What happens next

A sift to consider who meets the criteria for the roles will take place by 27 October 2023. We will inform you of the outcome as soon as we can after this date.

An initial sift will be conducted on the basis of the lead statement, with those meeting the requirements proceeding onto the full sift. Candidates passing the full sift will then be required to undertake an interview to assess in more depth their suitability against the criteria that we are looking for. For these candidates, further information will be provided in advance of the interviews taking place.

Interviews will take place remotely via MS Teams. Interviews are expected to take place during week commencing 6 November 2023 and last approximately 45 minutes. These dates may be subject to change dependent on number of applications received and panel availability.

Successful applicants can expect to be appointed in advance of the December meeting of BAC which is currently scheduled to be held on Wednesday 13 December 2023.


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