About Us

The Building a Safer Future Charter is being managed and developed by the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) who were appointed as the Charter’s Administrative Partner by the Early Adopters.

The CCS has established by Building a Safer Future Ltd, a not-for-profit company and wholly owned subsidiary of Construction Umbrella Bodies (Holdings) Limited (CUB(H)) owned by the Construction Industry Council (CIC) and Construction Products Association (CPA). The Building a Safer Future Charter has separate and independent governance.

Our skills-based Board of Non-Executive Directors comprises:

STEPHEN ELLIOTT – CHAIR OF BSF Ltd

Chief Executive – Chemical Industry Association (CIA)

Steve Elliott joined the Chemical Industries Association in 1997, spending four and half years as Head, International Trade with additional responsibility for Sustainable Development. In April 2002, he was promoted to the position of Director, Trade & Competitiveness and subsequently Director, Business Environment. Steve was appointed Chief Executive of the CIA in February 2006.

Steve possesses a first class BA (Hons) degree from Nottingham Trent University, and is an Associate Fellow of the IChemE. Prior to his career with CIA, he spent fifteen years working with the DTI, a South African trade advisory body and Crown Agents as an international trade policy and promotion specialist, as well as in general consulting with the BPI Group.

Steve is currently a member of the COMAH (Control of Major Accident Hazards) Strategic Forum and a member of the Process Safety Management Competence Board. He also sits on the Board of the Involvement and Participation Association (an employee relations think-tank), is a Trustee of the chemical industry’s training body, CogentSkills, and chair of the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) Communications Network. Former roles include Chair of the UK’s Energy Intensive Users Group and President of the European Chemical Employers Group.

JOHN BRETT

Director of Resident Safety – London Borough of Camden

As Director of Resident Safety at London Borough of Camden, John has built a robust reputation as a key national influencer of building safety reform, adding to his proven career record of leading safety, risk, assurance and wellbeing across numerous public and private sector organisations.

With a passion for enabling behavioural change, John has successfully delivered strategic safety leadership for over 25 years – complementing his extensive NHS, Housing and Local Government background with a number of senior roles with multinational and global organisations including British Airways, Balfour Beatty and Amazon.

More recently, John has worked closely with the Government in helping to shape the new Fire and Building Safety Bills – being the first Local Authority Early Adopter with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and actively participating in their Policy Design Trials through to in-depth discussions with the Home Office regarding various aspects of Fire Safety reform – including updating Regulation 38 and practical implementation of the new legislation.

John holds an MBA with Distinction, an MSc in Safety, Health and Environmental Management and a BSc(Hons) in Design Engineering and Business. He is a Chartered Member of IOSH, Specialist Member of IIRSM and Technical Member of the Institute of Fire Engineers.

PAULA HEATLEY

Assistant Director New Homes & Quality - Peabody

Paula has worked in a range of roles in social housing for registered providers both large and small. Her experiences vary from contract management, customer service and most recently development, but her passion has always been ensuring that residents are at the heart of what she does.

Her current role is Assistant Director of New Homes and Quality at Peabody, one of London’s oldest and largest housing associations. She leads a multidisciplinary team of construction professionals to deliver the highest quality and service. Her main responsibilities are for housing delivery, construction quality and customer service across Peabody’s ambitious development programme and she is committed to tackling London’s housing crisis whilst maintaining the highest standard of build and experience.

Paula has been heavily involved in improving building safety legislation, culture, and competence in the built environment industries in recent years. She plays an active role in MHCLG’s Early Adopter Programme; is a member of the National Federation of Housing National Building Safety Group; and is working with BSI as a member of their Build Environment Competence Standards Strategy Group. She is also a member of the Charter Institute of Building (CIOB).

Paula is thrilled to join the board of Building A Safety Future, she is keen to bring her range of skills in construction, housing and customer service to help ensure the Charter’s offer and governance remains focused on those who will be living in the homes that will be built and managed by our members.

JOHN MONKS

Director of Safety and Security - British Airways

A qualified commercial pilot, John has over 28 years’ experience in commercial aviation flying various types of commercial aircraft. His career has included leadership roles various areas and he has extensive experience in recruitment, training and safety and security. His current role is as Director of Safety and Security at British Airways.

He has worked extensively with aviation regulators to support the development of aviation regulation on several subjects to facilitate the continuous improvement in the safety and operational performance of the industry. Other roles currently include acting as a specialist advisor to the Safety Review Committee of NATS Plc the UK’s leading provider of air traffic services and as Vice Chair on the Industry’s Safety, Flight and Ground Operations Advisory Council.

DIANA MONTGOMERY

Chief Operating Officer - Construction Products Association (CPA)

Dr Diana Montgomery was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Construction Products Association (CPA) in May 2019, having successfully led the CPA as Chief Executive since 2012. She is a director of the Considerate Constrictors Scheme, the Building a Safer Future Charter and chairs the advisory group for the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

Before joining the Construction Products Association, Diana was Deputy Chief Executive of the Chemical Industries Association where she raised the profile of chemical manufacturing in the UK, led the Responsible Care Programme and established its pivotal role in the delivery of the UK government’s sustainability targets.

In October 2014, Diana was appointed by HM Treasury to chair Infrastructure UK’s Supply Chain Capacity and Skills Group. She chaired the board of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment until 2019 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. Diana has degrees from Oxford University and Imperial College in Chemistry and Environmental Management.

Teresa Ocansey

Board Member and Resident of Wandle Housing


Teresa has 10 years experience in local government. Working for the LGA: a national membership body for local authorities who work on behalf of member councils to support, promote and improve local government.

Teresa has a BA (Hons) degree in Media studies and English literature from De Montfort university.

Teresa’s most recent role consisted of supporting projects within the financial sector.

Teresa is currently on the Board of Wandle Housing and serves on both the Audit & People & Governance committee. Teresa has been an involved resident since 2008 and served on Wandle’s Scrutiny Panel from 2010-13 as a member and then as the Chair. She was appointed to their Board in 2013 and actively promotes the customer perspective and takes every opportunity to add to her knowledge of the housing association sector. Teresa joined the Board to support the organisation on their journey in making a positive difference to their residents.

A key aspect of all the roles undertaken is having exceptional communication skills which she has been able to develop by working with many colleagues across various sectors.

She considers herself to be a positive force in the workplace and uses her influence and cheerful attitude to encourage others to work hard and succeed. 

LUCY ROWSELL

Head of Information Management at Effiage, Kier, Ferrovial, Bam (EKFB)

Lucy has worked within the construction sector for 19 years, having commenced her career in Architectural practice before joining main contractor Wates, where she specialised in Design Management, delivering a wide range of commercial refurbishment projects from the initial design concept phase through to construction and delivery stage.

In 2012, Lucy transitioned into Building Information Management (BIM) leading the development and implementation of a digital change management programme, to build the standards, procedures and organisational capability across the Wates business and the wider supply chain.

Over an 8-year period in her role as Group BIM Director, Lucy was responsible for the leadership and implementation of BIM across the organisation, driving the delivery of digital construction methods across residential, education, custodial, retail and commercial office sectors.

In her current role as Head of Information Management, Lucy leads a multidisciplinary team specialising in Geographic Information System (GIS,) Digital Engineering and Information Control for the joint venture partnership EKFB, who are appointed to the High-Speed Rail 2 (HS2) project.

Lucy is a passionate advocate of digital transformation within the built environment, and understands the importance of evolving the culture and capability of the construction industry, in order that robust information management and digital construction processes are universally adopted to deliver transparent, robust information; which will serve to mitigate risks in the design, construction and management of assets.

JEREMY STIBBE

Director – Jeremy Stibbe Associates

Jeremy brings 35 years development & property experience to the BSF Board. He has been responsible for leading development, regeneration and asset management programmes within large Housing Associations.

Jeremy is passionate about building safety, was responsible for establishing building safety plans at Notting Hill Genesis HA, created the G15 Asset Group with a focus on building safety best practice and has been advising on the creation of a building safety academy that will focus on building safety skills development.

GRAHAM WATTS

Chief Executive – Construction Industry Council (CIC)

Graham has been involved with CIC since 1989: initially, as a member of the Council and its Executive Board, then as a Director. He was appointed Chief Executive and Secretary in October 1991.

Graham is responsible for the general policy and direction of the Council, for maintaining effective communication with Government, other external agencies and with members and for establishing and maintaining the CIC Secretariat and office.

He is an Honorary Fellow of RIBA, CIBSE, CABE, ICWCI, BIID, CICES and the Faculty of Building and an Honorary Member of the RICS and CIAT. He was awarded the President’s Medal of the CIOB in 2000 and the Peter Stone Award of the Association of Building Engineers in 1996. He was appointed OBE in 2008 for services to construction.

He is currently a Board member of CICAIR Ltd, Constructionarium, CUB (Holdings) Ltd, the Considerate Constructors Scheme and Building a Safer Future Ltd; and was formerly a trustee of the Happold Trust and the Sir Ian Dixon Trust. He is a Council member of the NHBC. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Northumbria for twelve years from 2000. He has been Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment since 2010. He is also Chair of Trustees for the Spanish Theatre Trust and the Cervantes Theatre.

Graham had a long involvement in the sport of fencing and his competitive career culminated with a Commonwealth Medal in 1990. In 1992, he captained the British Sabre team at the Barcelona Olympic Games. He was the Manager of the British Fencing Team from 1996 and the Performance Director of the British Olympic Fencing Team for 10 years from 2000 to 2010, and Team Leader at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games.

Outside of CIC, he is an established international dance writer and critic. He is a member of The Critics’ Circle, the UNESCO Dance Council, One Dance UK and the Society of Dance Research. He has been Chairman of the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle and of the National Dance Awards since 2010. He is the published author of three books about dance.

The Charter Team

AMANDA LONG

Chief Executive, Considerate Constructors Scheme and Building a Safer Future Charter

Amanda joined the Considerate Constructors Scheme in September 2019 as Chief Executive and became the founding Chief Executive of the Building a Safer Future Charter in February 2020. She has over 25 years of experience working in senior executive roles for a range of national and international organisations.

Amanda has a wealth of expertise driving ethical business practice and developing ground-breaking Corporate Social Responsibility frameworks to improve standards; and helping organisations in behavioural and culture change programmes focusing on public engagement, sustainability, workforce welfare and consumer protection.

GARY TOWNSEND VILA

BSF Charter Strategic Lead

Gary has over 25 years experience of working as a senior executive in the public, central and local government and not-for-profit sectors in a range of strategy, communications, corporate affairs and organisational development roles. He was formerly Deputy Chief Executive at Creative Skillset the Sector Skills Council for the Creative Industries.
He joined Building a Safer Future Charter at the outset and worked with Chief Executive Amanda Long to develop the detailed proposals to Early Adopters and MHCLG to become administrative partner of the Building a Safer Future Charter. Gary has been leading the work to develop the Charter’s benchmarking and independent verification framework and Charter Champion Company Status.

KATE SCOTT

Charter Coordinator

Kate is a highly experienced Office Manager and Executive Assistant with a strong background in managing and delivering international multi-stakeholder projects and events effectively. Working for both commercial and not for profit organisations, such as Consumers International, Centaur Communications and Forte Hotels.