The Standing Committee on Structural Safety (Scoss) has appointed Bill Hewlett as chairman.
Scoss is an independent body supported by the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Health and Safety Executive to maintain a continuing review of issues affecting structural safety.
Hewlett is currently technical director of the Costain Group, and has served on the Scoss Committee since 2011. He also served as vice president of the Institution of Civil Engineers from 2009 to 2013.
Hewlett’s new role will see him involved in the Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety scheme.
“As chair I shall be looking to build on the work done by my predecessors to improve and expand the operation so that the safety and reliability of structures and infrastructure are enhanced. A part of this will be to expand the scope so that there is greater engagement at all levels within the industry through education and encouragement; in particular I shall be seeking a greater engagement with the contracting side of the industry, and especially SMEs,” said Hewlett.