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Stuart Samuels

Let me introduce myself, my name is Stuart Samuels, and I would like to give you some idea of my area of expertise.

My Qualifications and Accreditations include:

Member of the Association of Building Engineers (Current Chairman of Eastern Region), Diploma in Building Control Studies, Approved Elmhurst SAP and EPC Rating Assessor, Prince II Qualified in Project Management, Member of the Green Register, Member of the Eco-Refurbishers, Licensed Stroma Assessor for Code for Sustainable Construction,  Accredited BREEAM Assessor for Eco-Homes, ONC Building Construction, HNC Building Construction,  City and Guilds in Estate Maintenance.

I have over thirty  years experience in the construction industry.  This includes seven years as a tradesman on site, plus nineteen years in Local Authority Building Control and nearly three years working in an Architectural Practice.

My tradesman years were varied, and included all aspects of Estate Maintenance. This gave me a good understanding of the challenges faced within the construction industry on a day to day basis in a site environment.

During my years within Building Control I was promoted from a Surveyor through to Building Control Manager, and worked on a wide variety of projects large and small, housing and commercial.

From 2000 to 2007, I was responsible for the Management of Building Control at Forest Heath District Council based in Mildenhall, Suffolk.  My role included not only responsibility for building regulations, dangerous structures, street naming and numbering, but also land charges, planning administration and tenancy agreements, the control of industrial units, acquisitions and sales of land holdings .  In 2004 my role widened further to include responsibility for Corporate Property and Construction Projects.  As such I served both in the client role and as a lead consultant to Forest Heath District Council and the related CDM concerns.

I have also been actively involved with LABC Services as Regional Marketing Director for the Eastern Region, and have represented the District Surveyors Association as a Technical Advisor at Local Government and Communities.  During my time in Local Government I acted as a mentor for a number of Building Control Officers who were undertaking studies for membership to the Association of Building Engineers and other professional qualifications, and also gave advice to and followed the progress of students who were attached to my department during work experience.

A new challenge arose in April 2007 when I joined The Johns Architectural Practice based in Newmarket, Suffolk, as a Technical Advisor.  My aim was to assist the Practice with the regulatory control exercised over the construction industry.  I also pursued my interest in what I believe is the way forward by becoming more involved in Green and Sustainable Construction issues, it was at this time I undertook training on Eco-Homes and the Code for Sustainable Construction.  In September 2008, I was promoted to Technical Director of the Practice and became part of the Management Team.