Next event - Thursday 5 October 2017
Kent Event Centre, Maidstone - 8:30 am to 4:30pm

Keynote speakers..


Wates’ inclusive procurement model 

Su Pickerill | Head of Group Community Investment, Wates | @WatesGroup


The session would demonstrate how inclusive procurement can be a catalyst for driving change within the built environment and the opportunities of promoting a diverse and inclusive sector by engaging with social enterprises. Wates will be used as a case study. Through our engagement with social enterprises over the past 5 years we have demonstrated the impact on local economic growth and supporting those facing barriers to employment. Recent research undertaken by New Economics Foundation, has in addition demonstrated that social enterprises are more likely to led by women & BAMEs than in commercial businesses. For example social enterprises in Wates supply chain - 38% are led by women and 85% by BAMES. We have also demonstrated that for every pound invested in Wates social enterprises, £1.77 of additional social value is created. This provides another lens to view how organisations in the sector can promote the diversity of our sector. 


About Su

Su is sustainability professional with a passion for facilitating business to be a force for good. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Responsibility and Sustainability and has worked in FM, Construction and the charity sector, where her work focused on young people’s personal development and employability education. Su is currently Head of Group Community Investment at Wates Group. Promoting engagement and trade with social enterprises is a key part of her role.



Sustainability in the built environment - lessons learnt and looking forward

Greg Chant-Hall | Global Head of Sustainability, Skanska – Infrastructure Development | @gregchanthall


A brief summary of Skanska’s sustainability journey, and examples of the good and the bad.  What’s been learnt and where are the risks and opportunities over the next few years.


What you will learn

  • What sustainability means for us in the construction sector
  • Key suggestions of how do good and look good
  • What’s coming next?


About Greg

Greg is a chartered sustainability professional, FIEMA, FRSA and MCIOB, experienced working with blue-chip multinationals, government, research bodies and SMEs.  Currently Greg works in project finance at Skanska.

Key areas of interest are how to use life-cycle thinking to influence business strategy, and achieve top-line and triple-bottom-line improvements.  Technically I have a keen interest in how the built environment impacts our health & wellbeing, and on how we can engage supply chains to better manage risk.

reg loves working with different people and influencing sustainable business and construction projects.



How to achieve the benefits of BIM - lessons learned so far...

Robert Umphray | Head of BIM for Deeo Design and Engineering | @BIM_wm


A session aimed to help clients, contractors, supply chain organisations understand how to achieve and deliver the benefits of BIM  


What you will learn

  • How to define what BIM is for your project
  • How to minimise risks in capital / construction phases
  • How to unlock the whole life savings that BIM promises


About Robert

Rob Umphray is the Head of BIM for Deeo Design and Engineering.  Deeo is the prime delivery partner for the award winning BIMwm Framework. BIMwm was created by The Black Country, Greater Birmingham & Solihull and Coventry & Warwickshire LEP Growth Hubs who recognised that successful BIM (Building Information Modelling) adoption is key to the region's future success. 

Deeo is already supporting the following organisations:

West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) - Helping the combined authority align and implement BIM methodologies across capital, operational and asset management processes to help minimise costs and risks and deliver optimised whole life asset outcomes

LM JV - Equipping the region's supply chain with the advanced construction, technology and BIM skills that are needed to win and deliver work successfully for HS2's West Midlands Route 

Carillion - Equipping and supporting Carillion's supply chain develop the BIM skills that are needed to ensure successful delivery of the £430 million, Midland Metropolitan Hospital




A digital future for the infrastructure industry

Victor Snook | BIM Manager, Balfour Beatty Construction Services | @balfourbeatty


A look at the construction site of the future


What you will learn

  • What is the future of construction
  • How will technology effect construction
  • What are the benefits of this technology for construction?


About Victor

An experienced BIM Implementation Specialist, I have been instrumental in delivering BIM to multi-million £ civil engineering projects all over the UK, working on the ground with project teams during all stages - contract tender, writing implementation plans, setting up hardware and software, designing and delivering training on or off-site, contributing to standards and procedures.  I focus on getting the best from the BIM tools for each individual project, by dealing with site teams to understand the construction process, thereby minimising various types of risk.





Exploiting digitalisation in the construction industry

Philip Collard | CEO, myConsole Ltd | @myConsoleLtd


Every firm in the construction industry must take advantage of the tremendous opportunities available now by embracing digitalization, not only transform their business, but also dramatically increase both productivity and profitability. Philip will share insights on how firms can leverage digital to dramatically improve your work winning efficiencies and win rates.
Global research shows that the construction industry is second to last in the race to digitize, and we have a long way to come to realise the true benefits of a more digital working environment.

All businesses must take advantage of the tremendous opportunities available now by embracing digitalization, not only will it transform their business, but will dramatically increase both productivity and profitability.

The marathon has started, the construction industry is experiencing profound efficiencies and cost savings following the advent of digitalization in the last few years, but are we all benefiting from it?

Philip will point to ways in which we can all make best use of digital technology, by making simple uncomplicated changes.

He will speak through his specific work on how work winning teams can benefit from the alignment that digitalisation brings, and why it is so important that teams are equipped with the tools that allow them to be more productive.

His research with Reading University showed that bidding costs the supply side of the construction industry 2-3% of turnover, with an average 73% of this cost being wasted.

This means that from a Pre-Construction perspective, such a shift will lead to a significant increase in win rates and profit margins, with further knock on effects also along the project cycle 


What you will learn

  • How to get ahead using digitalisation of background processes as your competitive advantage
  • How digitalisation will save time and resources before even getting to site
  • Tangible impact of digitalisation on profit margins and turnover


About Philip

Philip has spent over 25 years helping all sizes of contractors and consultants improve their work winning behaviours and processes. 

Using the experience and knowledge that this has given him, he now works with a global team to offer an industry specific tool to increase productivity in work winning, using data analytics and cognitive workflows to drive successful outcomes. 




An optimist’s guide to the future of construction 

Jim Mcclelland | Sustainable Futurist, SustMeme: McClelland Media @SustMeme


How to survive Trump, Brexit & the death of hope


What you will learn

  • Why ‘clear is the new clever’
  • Why ‘people are the new things’
  • Why ‘culture eats strategy for breakfast’

About Jim

Jim edits and writes regularly for The Times and Sunday Times.

Freelance work includes guest articles authored specifically for such as blue-chip corporates and global brands, international magazines and public bodies

He has also sat as a judge for the Environment Agency Water Efficiency Awards, the IPA Magazine Design Awards, Interbuild New Product Awards, 100%Design Awards, plus City of London Corporation ‘Sustainable City Awards’ and Chaired both the sustain’ Magazine and OSC Awards.

Highly active and engaged across social media, Jim is ranked in the Top 30 Sustainability bloggers on Twitter worldwide, amongst the Top 10 CSR Pros and the global Top 46 Resource & Optimization Influencers.

He has the honour of being included in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Editions of Debrett’s ‘People of Today’, the annual publication described as celebrating those individuals who are positively influencing Britain and inspiring others through their achievements and leadership.



Construction prospects and opportunities

Allan Wilén | Economics Director, Glenigan | @Glenigan


Glenigan’s forecasts for the current market conditions across the construction industry. The drivers for construction growth over the next two years and to identify the sectors and parts of the UK that are set to outperform the market.


What you will learn

  • Which construction markets will see the fastest growth over the next two years
  • Identify market risks to your current order books
  • Where and who should you target to grow your business


About Allan

Allan has thirty years of experience analysing and forecasting the UK construction industry. Allan heads Glenigan’s market intelligence service, providing clients with regularly updated on-line comment and analysis on the construction industry, including sector and regional market conditions and prospects. The strategic research draws upon detailed analysis of Glenigan’s database of planned and active construction projects as well as other economic and market data sources.

The team also undertakes bespoke quantitative and qualitative analysis for clients, including market size, analysis & forecasts, product demand and customer surveys.

Allan also regularly provides comment and analysis to a wide range of organisations and publications including the Home Builders Federation, BuildUK, Construction News, Architects Journal and the Grocer. 

Allan was previously Economics Director at the Construction Products Association with responsibility for all economic aspects of the Association’s activities. 



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