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LABSS Annual General Meeting and Conference 17th May 2019


On behalf of Scottish Borders Council and Local Authority Building Standards Scotland (LABSS) we are delighted to be hosting the

LABSS Annual General Meeting & Conference 17th May 2019


Peebles Hydro.

We have various industry guests joining us on the day as well as LABSS members from various Local Authorities.

10:15am for a 10:45 am start

Arrival Tea/Coffee and Bacon Roll

LABSS Business

  • Chairs Welcome and Remarks

  • Apologies and Intimations

  • Minutes of previous meeting

  • Financial Report

  • 2019-2020 Nominations

  • Proposed Amendments to LABSS Constitution

Comfort Break

Annual Conference

12:00 -12:45 Scottish Type Approval Scheme (STAS) - The Applicant, the Administrator, the Local Authority perspectives including Q & A

  • CALA Homes - The STAS process from the Applicants perspective

  • Bob Renton - The STAS process from the STAS Administration perspective.

  • Craig Ogg - Falkirk Council - The STAS process from the Local Authority perspective.

12:45 - 13:00 - Alan MacAuley - Consortia Technical Working Group (CTWG) - Publications Awareness

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 15:00 Dr Paul Stollard including Q & A

Dr Paul Stollard

Dr Paul Stollard is an architect and fire engineer, who was the civil servant responsible for the review which led to the 2003 Building (Scotland) Act and then became the Chief Executive of the Scottish Building Standards Agency on its creation. In 2008 he moved to become the Regional Director of the Health and Safety Executive for Scotland and Northern England. On leaving HSE he wrote the fourth edition of his textbook "Fire from First Principles" and following the Grenfell Fire was asked by Scottish Government to chair the Review Panel on building standards for fire safety.


Topic for discussion: The wider area of Dr Paul Stollard's career touching on his role within the recent ministerial working group.

LABSS Awards Ceremony

Introduction to LABSS Awards - James Whiteford

Presentation of award by Dr Paul Stollard Speaker on the day


The James Delury Award for Individual Service Commitment

This award recognises an individual’s performance and their commitment to the service. How they have impressed and made a difference in their area over the past twelve months. What makes them outstanding is their willingness to go well beyond their normal job requirements to deliver ‘outstanding’ service to the public. The individual will demonstrate:

Excellent levels of performance

Display a positive impression - ‘can do’ attitude

Positive attributes of an exemplary role model


The Customer Focus Award

This award recognises teams which have taken steps to improve customer focus and the standard of customer service. Your nomination should provide an insight into the needs of your customers and to see evidence of the impact you have made, including measures of customer satisfaction. The team which wins this award will have shown that they are:

Focused on the needs of the customer

Prepared to change the way they do things

Committed to achieving high standards of customer service

Presentation to Executive.

Retiral Presentation


BSD Awards

Introduction to BSD Awards - Stephen Garvin


The BSD awards are made on the following performance indicators (year period):

1st report within 20 days

Time taken to issue a BW within 10 days

Customer survey rating

Timely KPO Data reporting


Categories of Awards

Small Verifier

up to 1,000 applications

Medium Verifier

1,001 - 2,000 applications

Large Verifier

2,001 and greater

Building Standards Department that has contributed to building safety in their local community.

The aim of this award is to celebrate Building Standards contribution to building safety.

Judging criteria: Verification work but may also be work with other LA colleagues’ agencies (SFRS, HSE, etc) to contribute to better community safety through safer buildings.  This could include campaigns or advice to local communities, etc.


Closing Remarks

Outgoing Chair - James Whiteford - Time to Reflect

Incoming Chair - Scott Mackenzie- Looking to the Future



This year LABSS Executive and Management Team have decided that the outgoing Chair was to choose a Charity. A collection will be made on the day and a raffle of various prizes kindly donated by various people. LABSS would be grateful if you could donate to this very worth while cause on the day to ensure us as members of LABSS make a difference to this very worth while cause.

Current Chair has chosen  - The Difference - Margaret Kerr Unit

The Difference is NHS Borders official charity.  It supports patients in the Borders by providing 'added extras' that are over and above that which is provided by the NHS.

Their Mission

The difference exists to enhance patient care in the Scottish Borders. We work in close partnership with healthcare professionals across the full spectrum of hospital and community activity to identify projects that will help local doctors, nurses and other clinicians enhance the care which they provide. 

‘the difference’ is the official known as name for ‘Borders Health Board Endowment Funds’.  There is a fund for each of the wards, hospitals, services and many departments across NHS Borders.  They are registered with OSCR under the registered charity number SC008225.

Here are some of the ways that your donations will make the difference for patients in the Borders.

  • Specialist equipment for the Special Care Baby Unit
  • Toys, games and DVDs for the Children's Ward
  • Music therapy equipment - we were able to apply for a grant to provide new equipment for our music therapist
  • Exercise equipment for dialysis patients
  •  Tea, coffee and hot chocolate for patients and relatives in the Margaret Kerr Unit and Macmillan Cancer Centre
  • Playlist for Life - donations have purchased iPods for people with dementia in Melburn Lodge
  • Specialist equipment for the Maternity Unit


LABSS Executive and Management look forward to meeting you all on the day. Should you have any questions please contact LABSS Administartion Convener direct on