The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has confirmed Philip White’s appointment as director of building safety (DoBS) on a permanent basis.
White has been leading the work of the Building Safety Regulator (BSR) since April, when he took over from Peter Baker following his retirement after two years in post.
As HSE’s DoBS, White will continue to carry out the duties of the chief inspector of buildings. He will work closely with BSR’s statutory industry and resident committees to ensure both industry and residents’ feedback is reflected in the new regime.
The BSR will become fully operational next year.
White’s responsibilities include keeping the building safety programme on course to deliver against agreed timelines and milestones. He will also champion the need for culture change in the industry and for collective responsibility to improve building safety.
White joined HSE as a trainee inspector in 1985 and has experience in regulating a broad range of industries. As director of regulations in HSE, he has played a leading policy role in setting up the BSR over the past three years.