The top boss at the new Building Safety Regulator (BSR), which is part of key fire safety reforms following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, is recruiting for a deputy.
The deputy chief inspector’s main role will be to deliver the BSR’s more stringent regulations for high-rise residential building (HRB) in England. They will also oversee the building control profession.
The job ad asks for an “exceptional candidate” and “high calibre individual” who will also play a senior role in the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), helping progress the executive’s wider strategic priorities.
The deputy will recruit, build, and lead a multi-disciplinary 70-strong team mainly in England. They will also work with external organisations. This will take place in a “fast-paced challenging environment that is subject to considerable political scrutiny”.
The HSE took on the BSR role following the Royal Assent of the Building Safety Act in April this year. The chief inspector of buildings Peter Baker warned last year the new building safety regulatory regime would bring many changes to the industry. And there have been concerns from some quarters that the HSE may find it challenging to resource and fund the BSR.