Supporting the gas industry since 1863
Date20th March 2019
Time18:00 - 21:00
VenueThe King's Fund, London
Price Free (Members) £50.00 (Non-Members)
All prices exclude VAT

The King's Fund, 11-13 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0AN

Contact Details:

Linda Mee email tel 01509 678184

Delivered by Dame Judith Hackitt
About The Event
Sir Denis Rooke Memorial Lecture

IGEM is proud to announce that Dame Judith Hackitt will deliver the 2019 Sir Denis Rooke Memorial Lecture, entitled “Taking the blinkers off”, following her critical research in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy.


About Dame Judith Hackitt

Dame Judith is a chemical engineer and graduated from Imperial College in 1975. She worked in the chemicals manufacturing industry for 23 years before joining the Chemical Industries Association (CIA) in 1998. She became Director General of CIA (from 2002 to 2005) and then worked in Brussels for the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC). She was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in July 2010 and currently chairs its External Affairs Committee.

Dame Judith was Chair of the Health and Safety Executive from October 2007 to March 2016. She previously served as a Health and Safety Commissioner between 2002 and 2005. She was made a Dame in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to health and safety and engineering, and in particular for being a role model for young women. She was awarded a CBE in 2006. In April 2016, she was appointed as Chair of EEF, The Manufacturers’ Organisation.
Dame Judith is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and was President of IChemE from May 2013 to May 2014. Dame Judith is also Chair of Semta (the Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance), and a non-executive director of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

The fire in Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017 killed 72 people. The government subsequently commissioned Dame Judith to produce an independent review of building regulations and fire safety. The Hackitt review was published in May 2018 and contained 53 recommendations to government and the industry to improve standards and safety.

Following the review, Dame Judith has been working to promote her 100% Hackitt initiative, which brings together those who want to see a cultural change in the construction sector to promote safety and public trust.

During the lecture, Dame Judith will draw on her extensive experience as an engineer, Chair of HSE and from her recent review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety to challenge all engineers to think and act more collaboratively. 

She wants us all to look beyond our own narrow disciplines, to learn important lessons and embrace the challenges of the future for everyone’s benefit.

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