About Us

Life outside the tick box.

What we do

At the heart of the building and construction industry is the need to design buildings and infrastructure assets such that they can be built, operated, maintained and modified without harming anyone affected by such works. It’s all about success, client delight and pride in a job well done.

SID empowers professionals, specifically those working for clients, designers and principal designers to achieve legal compliance without compromising creativity. CDM2015 training is at the core, but our offering is so much more.

We empower by providing information, training and advice. By high level networking, collaborating and research across the construction sector we stay at the top of our game, so you can trust what we share with you. 

We are big fans of the GIRI Initiative, Project 13 and the Health in Construction Leadership Group.

We also love collaboration and work with, or recommend, selected professional organisations and groups because we love the high quality of what they do. We also signpost you to resources of interest. See our knowledge hub page for information.

Who we are

Our Board of Directors is Richard Voke, Prof Lamine Mahdjoubi and Liz Bennett.

Newest to join the SID team is Tom Carpenter, a man of many talents whose positive energy and drive is an inspiration to those around him. Tom we stand in awe!

Richard Voke

Temple Bright Risk and Regulation Department (Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Department).  Multi-discipline project based offering that is available to tackle criminal and civil issues on an integrated basis.   In recent years this has involved 

  1. Non-contentious: EHS and other regulatory law advice and risk strategies to a number of industries. This has involved providing strategic advice at board level on senior management and shareholder risk and liability management to organisations that include Carey/Seneca, BAA, Siemens TC, Serco, rail companies, and large food companies- I haven spoken on this subject at the IOSH national and local conferences.  EHS support to corporate activities.
  2. Contentious: defending prosecutions against Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Environment Agency, Local Authority (including, H&S, Environmental Health, Trading Standards, Planning) Gangmaster’s Licensing Authority and DEFRA; post-accident legal/investigation advice successfully advising on how to avoid prosecution.

The necessary knowledge and experience for the above role was gained from previous careers as an inspector in the HSE (including prosecuting my own cases) and as a risk management consultant.

Prof Lamine Mahdjoubi

Professor of the Built Environment, UWE, Bristol

Since qualifying in architecture and urban design, Lamine has gained leadership and international recognition in ICT and the design and management of the built environment.  He has led and managed research projects a variety of sources, including research councils (EPSRC), British Academy, EU, charities, Local Authorities, industry, and QNRF Qatar Foundation.    He was the founder of the Virtual Reality Enterprise Centre, which was the first centre of its kind in promoting knowledge exchange in the visualisation and analysis of the built environment.  His key research interests involved the development of innovative methodologies and tools for examining the interaction of people and their built environment.   Some of his work related to planning and designing child healthy outdoor environments received international attention.

 

Lamine serves on several national and international scientific committees, which include the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB), as well as Special interest groups.  He is member of the board of the prestigious Advisory Board International Making Cities Livable, USA.  He is regularly invited to speak at prestigious national and international forums, including conferences and seminars.  His has extensive experience as Chief/External Examiner in the UK and overseas.  

Liz Bennett

Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, health and safety professional (IOSH) and Chair of the Design for Health Task Group

Liz is passionate about empowering others by simplifying the complex and signposting to answers that will help practical delivery of effective health and safety.

In her professional career Liz is most proud of the following:

  • Being the first Group Safety Manager for Atkins through rapid expansion and flotation where she developed safety management systems and training across the businesses and supported acquisition due diligence and project delivery across the Group;
  • Leading on the establishment, with AA, RAC, the Police and the then Highways Agency, of www.survivegroup.co.uk which achieved a change in public behaviour on the fast road network within three years of initiation, making these roads safer and helping to reduce congestion;
  • Establishing with senior colleagues from industry www.safetyindesign.org.uk and taking responsibility for maintenance of the free Design Guides, produced by industry leaders from an HSE led initiative to help small design practices;
  • Being Interim Head of Health and safety for LOCOG, London 2012 organising committee to facilitate building the necessary capability across the Games and Paralympic Games and devising means of training a highly diverse community of staff and volunteers from nations across the globe. Working with Regulators and delivery teams to enable and empower a successful series of high-profile events and associated transport solutions across the country;
  • Leading the Design for Health Task Group. A current pan industry group working on effective interventions by clients and designers to improve health outcomes for all affected by construction work for the lifetime of any asset;
  • Co-Chairing Constructing Excellence Somerset with Hannah Ranby of Bridgwater and Taunton College;
  • Development and delivery of a range of training courses in the UK and overseas on CDM 2015 for IStructE, ICE, APS, Synergie Training and for Safety in Design;
  • Conducting or supporting various pieces of research for HSE, EPSRC, B&CE Trust

Tom Carpenter

Tom is new to SID and is excited to be part of the team. Pre Covid-19 Tom worked as a full time singer travelling the country performing at Weddings & other Events but with the industry taking a significant hit took up a role as Membership Manager for CE South West in which Liz Bennett Heads up the Somerset Club as well as running their prestigious annual Awards. Looking to extend his knowledge and experience within the construction industry, he is delighted to have been asked to come on board and can’t wait to get started following in his fathers footsteps who has been in the industry for over 40 years.