HBF Committees & Working Groups
From time to time the Board establishes new working groups, with specific terms of reference, to address new issues of concern to the industry or a significant group of members. HBF encourages members to offer their expertise to these groups and to play a full part in contributing to the debate.
Careers, Skills & Training Committee (CSTC)
The CSTC meets three times a year at HBF's London office. The Committee works with CITB (Construction Skills) and our members, developing strategies to increase the level of apprenticeships in the industry and produce improvements in the sector.
Chairman: Bruce Boughton, Lovell
Health and Safety Committee
The HBF's Health and Safety Committee meets jointly with the Housebuilders' Health and Safety Forum four times a year.
Membership is open to any health and safety professional from a member company, subject to the Chairman's approval. Members of the committee are expected to encourage their companies to sign up to the Health and Safety Charter and to participate in intitiatives to promote it.
The committee elects a chairman and deputy for a year, after which the deputy takes over the chairmanship and a new deputy is elected for the following year.
The committee has seven standing working parties which address the objectives of the Action Plan accompanying the HBF's Health and Safety Charter and the Steering Group meets four times a year to decide on their proposals which then go to the main committee for approval.
Other sub groups are formed to deal with arising issues, notably to comment on consultations such as the proposed amendments to the CDM regulations.
The committee maintains close links with HSE (a representative sits on the committee).
As well as offering advice to members on health and safety issues, the committee also publishes guidance leaflets – available in Published information.
The working parties are made up of volunteers from the main committee who may co-opt their colleagues on occasion to assist.
Chairman: Vince Coyle, Barratt
National Technical Committee (NTC)
The National Technical Committee meets four times a year at HBF's London office to consider technical issues relating to housebuilding.
Its members review and comment on aspects of government policy in relation to changes in technology and construction, particularly regulations which affect building practice and construction and the commercial implications of proposed changes.
They also, where possible, propose a realistic regulatory framework and protection for the housebuilding industry in all matters relating to land development.
They consider the policies of utility companies and negotiate with them and their regulators to promote competition, reduce charges and ensure value for money in the provision of services.
NTC also ensures that housebuilders are represented on external groups and organisations with common interests to ensure adequate liaison with them on key issues.
Chairman: Steve Wielebski, Miller Homes
Vice Chairman: Dale Saunders, Taylor Wimpey
Regional Technical Meetings (RTM)
Regional Technical Meetings are held three times a year within eight regions in England and Wales. At these meetings the agendas are generally based around the discussions that take place at NTC meetings along with regional issues. Regional issues are closely monitored, if there is a likelihood of these becoming national issues they are taken back to the next NTC meeting.
RTMs usually have a guest speaker on a topical issue.
The two-way flow of information between NTC and RTM is an important and vital. As such the structure and format of these groups is very important to HBF.
National Planning Committee
HBF are active on the national stage, on behalf of the industry, in a number of areas related to planning.
The HBF Planning Committee meets three times a year to discuss thse issues and formulate industry responses.
Chairman: Lee Bishop, Taylor Wimpey
Other Working Groups include:
Small Developers Group
Third Age Group
The Third Age Group represents the interests of members working in the retirement housing sector.
It is a new HBF committee set up to replace the Retirement Housing Group that is no longer part of HBF.
To find out more information or to join this group please get in touch with Marian Macdonald.