Guardian Expert Focus

Thursday 4 July 2019

Kettering Park Hotel
Kettering Parkway
NN15 6XT

An event for facilities and property professionals - delivered by experts to keep you at the top of your industry.

Our Expert Speakers:

Linda Fogarty Smith, Talkspace

Simon Thurstans, Guardian

Renato Passaro, General Environmental Services GES

Jess Scott, Oracle Solutions

Who is this event for?
The day will be packed with resources and training in many aspects of property management. The day's content will be relevant for:
- Facilities managers
- Property managers
-Individuals managing business relocations
-Health and safety officers
-Environmental welfare officers.

What can you expect on the day?
In addition to networking with high-level decision-makers, this is a training and professional development seminar. You will have the opportunity to hear from four diverse speakers who will share their knowledge and experience on a wide range of topics relating to property and facilities management. There will be opportunities to ask questions and your participation is actively encouraged.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day, including lunch.


Simon Thurstans is a facilities management and maintenance expert with over 35 years' experience in the HVAC industry. Simon and his team will guide you through four key areas that impact all property managers and facilities professionals. Expect to gain the latest guidance on compliance, tips for managing budgets and expenditure and practical advice on reaching your sustainability targets.

In his talk, Simon will specifically address:
- Maintenance of commercial buildings
- Managing your carbon footprint
- Energy efficiency and associated cost savings and benefit analysis
- Ways to ensure your properties are safe and compliant
- Legionella - how to protect your business from these harmful bacteria.

Renato Passaro of General Environmental Services GES will bring you up to date on everything you need to know to identify, treat and prevent the spread of Legionella bacteria in your water system. If you are responsible for any size or type of premises you have a duty of care to tenants, staff and visitors. Renato is here to help you get up to speed on what you need to do for compliance and best practice. During his talk he will cover:
- What Legionella bacteria is and how it affects different water systems
- Strains and species of Legionella pneumophila and what they mean
- How best to control your water systems, ensuring safety and compliance
- Property Negotiation Skills - seven top tips from an expert.

Linda Fogarty-Smith is a General Practice Chartered Surveyor with over 30 years' experience in the property world. She has worked in both the private and public sectors and in the residential and commercial sectors of the property market. She has a wealth of property experience and as a public speaker.

During her talk Linda will share with you:
- Hints on how to find a commercial property
- The different roles in the property world
- Freehold vs leasehold
- Property market update
- Three 'C's of negotiation
- Asbestos Awareness and Action.

Our final speaker of the day is Jess Scott, an asbestos industry expert with over 25 years of hands-on experience in helping duty holders manage their asbestos. Whether you're new to managing asbestos or a veteran, you will come away with something that will transform the way you think about your asbestos management.

During his talk, Jess will show you:
- How to avoid wasting time, money and effort in dealing with asbestos
- Teach you the mistakes made by others and how to avoid them.

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