There are 11 members of the Building Regulations Advisory Committee for Wales (BRACW).
The committee members have been appointed for a period of up to 3 years and cover specialist areas.
Architect: Bernadette Kinsella
Bernadette has over 20 years’ experience in architecture and 15 years of those with Powell Dobson Architects predominantly working on residential projects. A Director since 2006 Bernadette has extensive experience in both the affordable housing and private residential sectors ranging from small bespoke projects, through to large master plans for national housebuilders.
Small housebuilder: Matthew Grey
Matthew is currently Construction Director with Welsh Regional Housebuilder Llanmoor Homes and has 20 years’ experience in the house building industry, specialising in Material Procurement, Construction methods, Building Regulations and Health & Safety Compliance. Matthew has previously been on working groups representing the house building industry with Welsh Government for the changes to Part L Building Regulations and the implementation of Fire sprinklers in Homes in Wales.
Approved inspector: Paul Williams
A Chartered Building Engineer and Area Technical Manager for the NHBC. He has extensive knowledge and experience in Building Control and construction which spans both the public and private sectors of the industry.
Sustainability: Steven Harris
A chartered architect with CRSH Architecture and Energy in Abergavenny, and Technical and Policy Director for Energence Ltd. Steven has also been a member of the zero carbon hub, and external advisor to DCLG, HMT and the GLA on zero energy policies.
Large housebuilder: Will Phillips
Will is the Technical Director for the South Wales region of Taylor Wimpey UK, having held this role for several years based in Cardiff, prior to this he held similar roles with two other PLC house builders. Will was also involved in Welsh Government technical working groups for the implementation of fire sprinklers in homes in Wales.
Structural engineering: Matthew Evans
Matthew is an Associate Director in the Buildings Team of ARUP in Cardiff with over 25 years’ experience in the construction industry, 20 as a structural engineer. Matthew has led numerous multi-disciplinary project teams and also had extensive involvement with the Institution of Structural Engineers both locally in Wales as a past Branch Chairman and nationally as an ordinary member of Council.
Accessibility: Dr Robert Gravelle
Dr Gravelle brings a wealth of experience and skills surrounding the issues of Accessibility. Dr Gravelle has previously worked for Cardiff County Council as a private accessibility consultant across a range of fields and is currently the Accessibility and Inclusion Manager with Transport for Wales Rail Services, working with the Metro project to ensure accessibility and inclusion is embedded into all decision making.
Local Authority Building Control: Peter Richards
Peter is an experienced building control practitioner and manager having worked in Local Authority for 37 years and is currently the Manager for Swansea Local Authority Building Control (LABC).
He is a member of the Royal institute of Chartered Surveyors and has held the position of Chairman of LABC Cymru for 6 years. He is also Chairman of the Safety Advisory Group for the Liberty Stadium Swansea and has recently been appointed to the Building Control Alliance.
Consumers/Trading Standards: David Holland
Dave has worked for almost 40 years in local government leading a range of Public Protection and Regulatory services. He has worked closely with both the Welsh Government and the Westminster Government on a number of issues pertaining to building safety, more recently as a member of the Welsh Government’s Building Safety Expert Group. Dave has given evidence to a number of committees on the role of local government in regulation building safety, particularly since the Grenfell disaster.
Dave has written two books on electrical safety and a significant number of articles in trade journals
Fire Engineer: Richard O’Connell
Richard is a highly experienced fire safety professional with over 38 years in the sector. Prior to retiring after 32 years’ service from the Fire and Rescue Service, Richard led on fire safety engineering and Building Regulations for the three Fire and Rescue Services in Wales. As part of that role he was a member of the working group for the implementation of the Welsh sprinkler regulations and since entering the private sector in 2015, he has consulted on a variety of projects including a multi-billion dollar shopping and leisure complex in Qatar.
Mechanical and Electrical Engineering: Steve Burrows
Steven is a chartered engineer with CIBSE and holds a senior engineer role within the Arup team in Cardiff. Having worked in the industry for 16 years, Steven has experience within building services design, working on many multi-disciplinary projects teams across a varied range of business sectors. Having started his career in mechanical engineering, he now specialises in building physics & sustainability with a key focus on delivering carbon and energy savings on projects.