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8 May 2017

BSRIA Briefing 2017: two more speakers added

BSRIA has announced two more speakers for its annual Briefing and lunch: Kath Fontana, managing director of ISS Technical Services and Chris Twinn, principal, TwinnSustainabilityInnovation.

BSRIA has announced two more speakers for its annual Briefing and lunch: Kath Fontana, managing director of ISS Technical Services and Chris Twinn, principal, TwinnSustainabilityInnovation.

The event will look at the issue of tomorrow’s challenges in today’s buildings and will be held at the Brewery, in London, on Friday 17th November 2017.

Kath Fontana is a chartered surveyor with more than 25 years’ experience of delivering Facilities and Asset Management solutions working for blue chip companies such as Serco, Aspire Defence Services, Interserve and BAM Construct UK. She is currently MD of ISS Technical Services.

She has extensive experience of managing complex programmes and service delivery at senior level across a range of sectors. She is passionate about diversity, property technology and cross discipline collaboration in the built environment.

She is active in the development of professional standards being a Non-Executive Director on the RICS Global Management Board, Chair of the RICS Professional Group Board for Facilities Management and a member of the BSI Advisory and Technical Committees for FM. Kath is a regular speaker at industry events and a guest lecturer at Middlesex University. 

Chris Twinn’s background is building design, planning and implementation as an independent consultant after 28 years with Arup as director and Arup Fellow.

His projects span the world, with many firsts, including zero carbon and extra-low resource use prototypes, as well Eco-city master planning. Chris was a lead designer for the BedZED project; on Portcullis House in Westminster; Kings Cross Central; Stratford City; and the Kingspan Lighthouse.

The premise behind much of his current work is that “using fewer natural resources should mean sustainability costs less than business-as-usual”.

Chris is a chartered engineer, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers, an Energy Institute corporate member, UK Green Building Council Ambassador, EDGE Committee member, Historic England Urban panellist and has been a Design Council:CABE design review panellist since 2003. In 2014 he founded the consultant practice of Twinn Sustainability Innovation.

BSRIA chief executive Julia Evans (pictured) said: “We are delighted that both Kath and Chris have agreed to speak at this prestigious event. We know that they are excellent speakers – with lots to say and a wealth of industry expert experience. With this exciting line-up of speakers – BSRIA’s members and audience will be in for a real treat with this stimulating spectrum of speeches. All addressing the range of issues connected to tomorrow’s challenges in today’s buildings.

To book a place at the event email: tracey.tilbry@bsria.co.uk or call 01344 465 512.

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