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THE FOLLOWING SPEAKERS SCHEDULED FOR OUR OCT DATE WILL HOPEFULLY BE ABLE TO ATTEND OUR 2021 EVENT – WE WILL UPDATE THIS PAGE OVER THE COMING MONTHS…
 
MARCIN SIENKO – CONFIRMED
UK Property Lead – Health and Safety, Tesco
 
“Managing Safety through Training”
In 2018, Tesco Property and Maintenance Team underwent a programme of significant ladder training. Marcin discusses the key drivers for this and how the investment has benefited the staff and the business.
SIMON AYERS – CONFIRMED
CEO, TrustMark
 
“Raising the profile of the trades sector”
As the UK moves towards a net zero emissions economy, Simon will discuss TrustMark’s scheme to provide certification for energy installers – and how they are working with the Ladder Association to share guidance to the domestic market.
MAARTEN DE VRIES – CONFIRMED
Head of Operations, Systems & Innovation, The Ladder Association
 
“Drones: Friend or Foe?”
Experienced Drone Pilot and the Ladder Association’s Head of Operations, Systems and Innovation, Maarten will explore the impact of drones (and the upcoming changes to regulation around their use) on the access industry and the use of ladders in particular.
JOHN DARBY – CONFIRMED
General Manager, Test & Research Centre
 
“Improving height safety through R&D”
Former Head of Technical Support at the Ladder Association, John has now taken over the running of the new independent UK testing centre for access equipment. He’ll give an overview of the facility where ladders – and other access products – can earn their own quality mark.
MIKE KEARNEY – TBC
Head of Business Engagement, Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS)

NEW DATE!

In light of current Government guidance on COVID-19, we have made the decision to postpone our October Ladder Conference.
The Conference is now planned to go ahead on 25 March 2021 – further details will be released in the coming months. Many thanks for your understanding and we very much look forward to seeing you there.
Please note – if you have already registered for what was the original April date or the re-arranged October date, we plan to automatically transfer your registration to the new date in 2021 – there is no need to re-register, thank you. Please watch this space for updates…
Our Ladder Conference is now planned for 25 March 2021 at the Lea Marston Hotel in Sutton Coldfield.
 
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Anyone who uses ladders, is responsible for managing the use of ladders at work, buyers, hirers/dealers, manufacturers, training instructors – in fact, anyone with an interest in the ladder industry will benefit from the insight gained at our Annual Conference.
We actively welcome both Ladder Association Members and Non-Members!
 
WHAT TO EXPECT
Expect a packed agenda, engaging and knowledgeable speakers, industry insights and Association updates. Plus, fantastic networking opportunity at the Chairman’s Dinner the night before Conference.
 
DATES/TIMINGS
Wed 24th March – 1.30pm – 5pm: CPD Event (Members Only)
Thurs 25th March – AMM & Conference
Annual Members Meeting – 9.00am – 9.45am (Members Only)
Main Conference – 10am – 3pm
STAYING OVER?
 
Book your accommodation for Wed 24th March (the evening before Conference) and your room rate will include the Chairman’s Drinks Reception and 3-course Dinner (relaxed/informal) plus breakfast the following morning before Conference.
 
Hotel Room Rates for Wed 24th March:
£160 per room single occupancy or £220 double occupancy

WATCH THE 2019 CONFERENCE VIDEOS

EN131 – NEXT STEPS
Don Aers, Ladder Association Technical Manager, and Alex Farnhill, HSE Inspector and Policy Advisor for Work at Height and Ladders, deliver a presentation detailing our next steps following the transition to EN131.
OPSS – PAS7100
Gordon Maddan, Assistant Director – Office for Product Safety and Standards, gives our members an update on PAS 7100 and discusses how the new code of practice will help consumers with product recalls.
APPG ON WORKING AT HEIGHT
Policymakers, regulators and industry leaders must do more to reduce falls from height. Peter Bennett OBE, Executive Director of the Ladder Association, presents The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Working at Height’s full list of recommendations in its first ever report.
R&D GRANT FUNDING
Did you know there are thousands of pounds of grants available for R&D? Oliver Ivey of Leyton UK gives valuable insight into R&D tax relief and innovation funding grants.
BRITISH MARINE – WORK AT HEIGHT CHALLENGES
James Scott-Anderson, Environment, Health and Safety Executive at British Marine, invites the Ladder Association and its members to work with British Marine to combat work at height challenges faced in its marinas. British Marine is the trade association for the UK leisure, super yacht and small commercial marine industry.
‘GET A GRIP’ NATIONAL LADDER SAFETY CAMPAIGN
Lorraine Brown of the Ladder Association gives delegates an update on the Ladder Association’s national safety campaign.
RoSPA PARTNERSHIP
Dr Karen McDonnell, Occupational Health & Safety Policy Advisor at RoSPA, delivers a presentation about their partnership with the Ladder Association.
‘GET A GRIP’ ON LADDER TRAINING
Abbi Taylor, Proud2bSafe, speaks openly about her family’s personal struggle and the life-changing effects her Dad’s accident had on her and her family.