Who are the authors of the golden thread?

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The golden thread definition and principles have been drafted by the Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) golden thread working group.

To ensure independence and avoid any commercial conflicts, those on the working group have done so confidentially. Membership of the working group slowly began to emerge after the embargo was lifted to allow the group’s golden thread definition and principles to be shared with industry two months ago.

As part of the BRAC working group’s new report on the golden thread, the membership is revealed.

For the record, here is the list of who’s who.


Dr Hywel Davies – technical director, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE); chair, Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC); and chair, British Standards Institution (BSI) Committee B/555, Construction design, modelling and data exchange.


Aman Sharma – MD, Totus Digital; deputy chair, BRAC; chair, BSI FSB/1/1/-/1, Development of BS 8644 – Digital management of fire safety information.

Dr Anne Kemp – technical director, Atkins; chair, UK BIM Alliance; convenor, BS EN ISO 19650 series.

Anthony Burd – associate director, head of built environment, BSI; board member, BRAC.

Anthony Taylor – proprietor, Resolve Risk; chair, Working Group 8 (BSM); interim chair, Building Safety Alliance; member of BSI committee CPB/1 Competence in the Built Environment, Member Steering Group PAS 8673 (BSM).

Dr Barry Blackwell – policy lead for building information modelling, Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy.

Carl Collins – head of digital engineering, CIBSE; member of BSI B/555 and FSB/1/1/-/1 Committees.

Casey Rutland – director, digitalgreen; vice chair, UK BIM Alliance; chair, buildingSMART UK & Ireland.

Chris Lees – technical director, OSCRE; chief executive, Data Clan; chair, Housing Asset Data Group.

Gavin Pierson – director of building safety, Guinness Partnership.

Jack Ostrofsky – head of quality and design, Southern Housing Group; chair, BIM4 Housing Associations.

James Banner – head of contracts, Orbit Housing.

Jacqui Bateson – MD, Housing Associations Charitable Trust (HACT).

John Brett – director of health and safety compliance, Estates and Management.

Johnny Furlong – BIM strategy lead, L&Q Group.

Jon Vanstone – chair, Interim Industry Competence Committee (IICC); chair, Competent Persons Forum; board member, BRAC; director, Tech Influence.

Julia Evans – CEO, BSRIA; deputy chair, BRAC.

Michael McLaughlin – digital lead, Housing Associations Charitable Trust.

Neil Yeomans – head of customer safety, Orbit Housing.

Nick Nisbet – director, AEC3; vice chair, buildingSMART UK & Ireland.

Paul Nash – past president, Chartered Institute of Building; member, Industry Safety Steering Group (ISSG).

Peter Caplehorn – chief executive, Construction Productions Association.

Richard Clark – building safety programme, National Fire Chiefs Council.

Rob Wray – executive director for research, Dataclan.

Simon Lewis – partner, Womble Bond Dickinson.

Susan Johnson – non-executive director, Health & Safety Executive.

Terry Stocks – information management consultant, Centre for Digital Built Britain; director, F+G.

Vicki Reynolds – chief technology officer, i3PT and CertCentral SaaS; global vice chair, Women in BIM.

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