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Alastair Soane (Director, Structural-Safety)

Email: alastair.soane@structural-safety.org


Director of Structural-Safety the combined group encompassing CROSS (Confidential reporting on structural safety) and SCOSS (Standing committee on structural safety) and sponsored by the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Health and Safety Executive. Formerly CEO of Bingham Cotterell consulting engineers with extensive experience on UK and International projects. Former member of Building Regulations Advisory Committee for England and Chair of the Structures Working Party, member of the Advisory Group on Temporary Structures. Lewis Kent award winner from IStructE in 2012, author of numerous publications and visiting professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Liverpool. Past president of the Smeatonian Society of Civil Engineers.

  Alastair Soane


Members of SCOSS

SCOSS Chairman: Bill Hewlett(Technical Director Costain Group)


Bill Hewlett was been appointed Chairman of SCOSS,  the Standing Committee on Structural Safety, in May 2016. He is currently Technical Director of Costain Group. From 2009 - 2013 he served as a Vice President of the Institution of Civil Engineers and in 2011 joined the SCOSS Committee. He takes a close interest in the education and formation of engineers, with a particular focus on hazard awareness and engineering risk management. 




Brian Bell (Director, Bell Johnson Ltd)


Formerly a Director of Robert Benaim Associates, he started Brian Bell Associates in 1999, being joined by Barry Johnson in 2010. With international experience in the design and construction of major projects, he now specialises in contractors' working methods and in soil/structure interaction - particularly for cut-and-cover structures, and acts as an Expert Witness.

 Brian Bell


David Cormie (Arup, Associate Director)

MEng(Hons) CEng CEnv FIStructE FICE M.ASCE

A chartered civil and structural engineer and a Fellow of the IStructE and the ICE. He is an Associate in Arup’s Resilience, Security and Risk practice and has spent his career to date studying the behaviour of buildings and other structures under extreme loads and beyond-design basis events. As the technical lead for Arup’s blast engineering and structural resilience team, David now specialises in the design of buildings and other structures against counter-terrorist explosive threats.

 David Cormie


Tony Jones (Arup, Associate Director)


Leader of the Structural Development and Support Team within Arup. Expertise in all aspects of structural concrete and sits on both BSI and European code committees in the subject. Has investigated a number of failures and provided expert advise on their causes. Contributed to numerous Concrete Society, IStructE and CIRIA publications on the use of concrete, currently member of the IStructE task Group on Robustness.

 Tony Jones


Steve Parncutt    (HM Principal Specialist Inspector (Construction), Health and Safety Executive)

BEng (Hons) CEng MICE

Steve has worked in the construction industry since 1985, in both the public and private sectors.  His experience ranges from Municipal Engineering through to highways, bridges and highway structures.  He joined the HSE in 2008 where he provides support and advice to HSE Inspectors, the Office of Rail Regulation, Local Authorities, police and Crime Prosecution Service on construction related safety matters.  He regularly provides Expert Witness reports and evidence in Criminal courts, Inquests and tribunals.  Steve currently leads the HSE’s team of Specialist Construction Inspectors covering Scotland and Northern England.  

Steve Parncutt


John Rees (Director, Flint & Neill Ltd)


John has been with Flint & Neill since 1990. He specialises in the design and assessment of tall guyed masts, lattice towers and other wind sensitive structures. John is actively involved in the development of the British Standards and Eurocodes that apply to this work.  He is convenor of the evolution working group for EN1993-3-1 and EN1993-3-2 and chairman of the UK mirror committee.  

 John Rees


Richard Snell (Consultant, formerly BP Exploration)


Richard has some 39 years experience of marine and offshore civil and structural engineering. He worked for BP Exploration since 1980 and on retirement at the end of 2007 was the most senior structural engineer in the company responsible for the technical practices applied in projects and operations worldwide. He was a leading contributor to the deepwater systems R&D which has guided most of BP's deep water developments and in the R&D conducted after the Piper Alpha incident. He has authored or co-authored more than 35 papers. He is Chairman of the ISO Offshore Structures Standards Committee, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and is currently a Visiting Professor in the Principles of Civil Engineering Design at Oxford University and practices as an independent consultant.

 Richard Snell

James Pratt (Legal advisor)

James specialises in providing risk management and dispute resolution advice to clients across the construction and engineering industry. His experience includes acting for both employers and contractors on major domestic and international infrastructure projects, principally in the energy and offshore wind sectors, and large scale commercial developments.

 James Pratt


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