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CROSS shares lessons learned from safety reports

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CROSS has been expanded and strengthened following a recommendation by Dame Judith Hackitt in her report “Building a Safer Future”. CROSS publishes fire safety and structural safety information to help professionals make structures safer, and ultimately to save lives and reduce injuries. We are seeking your support to help embed CROSS as part of your organisation’s continuous learning and development, to help you keep up to date with best practice and learn about emerging safety issues.

For anyone who works in the built environment with an interest in fire or structural safety.

CROSS (Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures) helps professionals to make structures safer. They do this by publishing safety information based on the reports they receive and information in the public domain. This presentation will describe the development of CROSS, what we do, how confidential reporting works and how it fits in to the building safety picture.

Neil’s career commenced as an operational firefighter in the late 1970’s, initially serving as a firefighter in Derbyshire he progressed through the ranks to become Deputy Chief Fire Officer of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, following the successful merger of the two services.


Neil was lead officer for fire protection within the UK Chief Fire Officers Association (now NFCC) from 2007 to 2013, chairing the group that managed the implementation of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order. Since moving on from the fire and rescue service Neil has been President and CEO of the Institution of Fire Engineers.


He was chair of a national working group set up to improve product safety recalls, appointed by the then BEIS  Minister Margot James. The working group’s report lead directly to the creation of the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS). He supported the post Grenfell industry led work, as a member of the Competency Steering Group and secretary of the fire engineers group. He is now lead fire safety consultant helping with the expansion of CROSS to incorporate fire safety.


Neil has been awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal and is a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers.

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