Building Safety Bill

11 Dec
Friday 11th December 2020



Richard Cymler:

Having worked in the building control sector for more than 35 years, Richard uses his extensive
experience of complex projects to help expand Ball & Berry’s Birmingham office and portfolio.
Supporting clients through the challenges of building control, inspections and regulations, Richard works
to ensure his team deliver the highest level of support to clients. His specialisms include building control services, offices, industrial, sports stadium and education.

Richard is an established industry figurehead, regularly delivering seminars for the CIOB and as a qualified business coach and ACAS accredited mediator.

Richard worked on landmark projects including the iconic Fort Dunlop conversion of a six-storey industrial building into offices, the 60,000m2 Body in White building at JLR Castle Bromwich, the relocation of Birmingham City University, the National College for High Speed Rail, and led on the Building Schools for the Future programme in Birmingham. He graduated from Birmingham City University with a BSc in Building Surveying, before embarking on a 20-year role as a principal consultant with Birmingham City Council. Richard left in April 2012, joining Acivico as a principal consultant before progressing through the ranks to head of building consultancy.

Julie Bell Barker:

Julie has over 30 year's experience in the construction project delivery service, working initially in a consultancy (Architect/PM) and then later moving into a number of client side project commissioning roles. I am currently Head of Capital Projects and Compliance & Maintenance at the City of Wolverhampton Council. I also sit on the Quality & Compliance Forum that is delivered through CE Midlands together with sitting on the CE Midland Board. My experience at being exposed to a cross diversity of construction project challenges has led me to focus and embed quality mechanisms into the project life cycle stages, extending through into the building life cycle period. Understanding the challenges in construction projects together with the project opportunities is important in managing the risks that impact on quality, particular once the building moves into occupation.

Nicola Markall:

Head of Technical Compliance for Sir Robert McAlpine. Nicola has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry working for principle contractors. She started her career as an engineer and progresses to her current position that involves leading the response to the Building Safety Bill and ensuring early adoption. Nicola has worked on numerous construction schemes in sectors such as Education, Healthcare, Residential, Commercial, Industrial and Military. She is currently Vice Chair for the Birmingham CIOB Hub and is keen on promoting diversity and mentoring young people in the Construction Industry