Hot Topic - Cladding (Q200220)

4:00pm Thursday, 20 February 2020
6:00pm Thursday, 20 February 2020
The Capital Building
155 Queen Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4000

Since the events of London's Grenfell Tower where 72 people died, cladding has become an important topic in Australia. With hundreds of buildings being identified of having non-compliant cladding, it's important to know what's happened, the outlook for 2020 and how to identify and mitigate risk. 

Presenters will explore:

  • The safer building program - a collaborative audit to identify cladding fire risk
  • Rebuilding market and consumer confidence 
  • Cladding material - the difference between a compliant and 'non' compliant product
  • An overview of the legislation

Presenters will then lead the room through a Q&A


  • Ted Simmonds - Director NCBP & Safer Building - Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC)
  • Ceri McDonald - Special Counsel - Hall & Wilcox
  • Bethan Lewis - Senior Building Consultant - CBRE 
  • Bevan Richardson - Director Government QA - Acumentis
Read more about our Speakers

Ted Simmonds
Director NCBP & Safer Building
Queensland Building and Construction Commissions (QBCC)

Ted is a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) and Chartered Engineer in the field of Fire Engineering.  His fire safety experience spans design for major transport and mining infrastructure projects while in the private sector and building approvals and regulatory policy development for Class 2 – 9 structures while with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES). During his time with the QFES, Ted was seconded for 12 months as QFES Liaison Officer and fire engineering technical specialist to the Queensland Government Non-Conforming Building Products Audit Taskforce (NCBPAT).

Ted now leads the Safer Buildings Queensland and Non-conforming Building Products (NCBP) teams at the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) who administer and regulate Queensland law regarding combustible cladding and non-conforming building products.  He also has a Bachelor of Materials Engineering from the University of Queensland, a Master of Fire Safety Engineering from the University of Western Sydney, and is currently in his final year of study towards a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the Queensland University of Technology.

Bethan Lewis
Senior Building Consultant

Bethan is a Chartered Building Surveyor (RICS), with over ten years’ experience in the construction industry. Starting her career in the UK, inspecting and reporting on defective properties, compiling expenditure reports and managing hazardous material remediation and fit out projects.

For the last five years Bethan has been working in Australia and her experience includes inspecting, reporting and delivering cost forecasting, make good schedules and technical due diligence reports. Acting as Superintendent’s Representative, Bethan tenders and administers a variety of projects, including cladding remediation works.

Ceri McDonald
Special Counsel 
Hall & Wilcox 

Ceri is a financial lines and construction professional indemnity lawyer with over 25 years’ experience defending and resolving claims on behalf of solicitors, accountants, engineers from many disciplines, town planners, valuers, financial advisers, insurance brokers, directors, officers and trustees. She also handles employment practices and management liability claims, provides drafting and coverage advice on all types of insurance policies and has successfully negotiated and litigated policy disputes.

Ceri is a past president of the Australian Professional Indemnity Group’s Queensland Chapter and listed lawyer in Best Lawyers for Litigation, ADR, Insurance, Professional Malpractice Litigation and Legal Malpractice Litigation, including as Queensland Professional Malpractice Litigation lawyer of the year for 2019.



3:40pmRegistration Opens
4:00pmEvent begins
6.00pm Q&A closes 
6.00pmNetworking drinks & snacks 
7:00pm Close 

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