Simon co-founded OFR Consultants (formerly Olson Fire & Risk) in the UK in 2016 to offer clients - incuding Google, The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Urban Splash, the Rugby Football Union, and a range of domestic and global contractors - independent, expert advice.

Previously Simon was with AECOM (from January 2012) as their Director of Fire Engineering, and prior, Simon led the growth and development of the Fire Engineering team for WSP for 10 years. His considerable energy, technical expertise and strategic business development has been fundamental to establishing teams as credible providers of fire engineering services on a global scale.

Simon is an experienced, professional engineer with a grounding in the practicalities of on-site delivery coupled with 20 years of experience in the delivering of specialist design consultancy services. Very much more than a fire engineering consultant,…

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Regional Representative, Manchester (2017 – Present)

Working Group: Fire Performance of Façades (2017 – Present)

CTBUH Fellow (2015)

Annual Conference, Presenter (New York 2005; Chicago 2006; Dubai 2008; Mumbai 2010; Shanghai 2014; China 2016; Australia 2017; Middle East 2018)

Annual Conference, Session Chair (Kuala Lumpur 2003)


26 July 2017


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CTBUH Expands UK Presence with Debate on Urban Housing in Manchester

On July 26. 2017 the CTBUH held its first Manchester event in coordination with the CTBUH UK Chapter, marking the occasion with a debate on...


30 October 2017


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Connecting the City: People, Density & Infrastructure

CTBUH 2017 Conference Speakers

The future of humanity on this planet relies on the collective benefits of urban density; reducing both land consumption and the energy needed to construct...


17 October 2016


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Remodel, Recycle or Rebuild? - Addressing the Fire Safety Challenges of Repurposing Skyscrapers

Simon Lay, Olsson Fire & Risk

Some of our established world cities are already facing the challenge of older tall building stock that is no longer relevant to the most commercially...