Guest speakers

Liz Barclay

Small Business Commissioner 

Liz was appointed the role of Small Business Commissioner in July 2021 to spearhead the national effort to crackdown on delayed invoices – which cause thousands of small businesses to close every year.

Liz will be the first female Small Business Commissioner, a post which was created in 2016 to help small businesses secure the payments owed to them and to galvanise UK businesses behind a new culture of prompt payment.

Stephen Good

Chief Executive – Consruction Scotland Innovation Centre

Stephen drives CSIC’s vision and strategy as it focuses on helping deliver growth to businesses through their adoption of new innovative solutions. Under Stephen’s leadership, CSIC has ambition to deliver an innovation revolution within the Scottish construction industry, and help position those businesses globally as respected leaders of construction innovation. As a trained Architect Stephen has extensive construction industry experience and his career has spanned the sustainability consultancy, architectural design, offsite manufacturing and construction management sectors.

Vanessa Brady OBE,

Founder – Society of British and International Design

Vanessa is an international multi-award winning Interior Designer, Business Consultant and Founder of the Society of British and International Design.

Vanessa has amassed an award winning portfolio and writes for various trade, national and international publications. She is an inspirational speaker and spokesperson for Interior Design and an awards judge to her peers within the design profession across a variety of disciplines.

Graeme Whitty

National Product Director – Willmott Dixon Construction

Graeme has been with the Willmott Dixon business for 15 years and heads up the National Product Team for Willmott Dixon Construction.

In the knowledge that standardisation is the future for construction, Graeme looks for every opportunity to eliminate errors and make building easier for teams and customers at every stage. Recently, Graeme led the national roll-out of a specific policy regarding fire compliance on all Willmott Dixon projects which is designed to reduce business risks to both customers and our own business.

Tom Hall

Chief Economist – Barbour ABI

Tom is chief economist at Barbour ABI and AMA Research, providing analysis and economic insight for construction and related sectors, assessing the trends and developments that impact the industry.

Adam Strudwick

Principal, Corporate Interiors, London – Perkins&Will

 Adam has built his career in the commercial workplace industry, working at various scales around the world. But most importantly, there is a driving force behind all his designs – creating democratic workplaces that are sustainable for the future.

Rob Frank

Customer Experience Director – BW

Rob joined BW in September 2016 after 17 years with Morgan Sindall Group. Rob leads BW’s Defect Free drive and is responsible for improving the entire customer experience journey, including supply chain engagement. He is determined to change the industry and place BW at the forefront of innovation, efficiency and customer experience.

Anna Baker

Head of Sustainability, Carey Group

Anna is the co-creator and subject matter expert for sustainability across the Carey Group. She leads the development, coordination and monitoring of the sustainability strategy and ensures it is embedded in objectives and goals throughout the company. A key area of work for Anna currently includes the development and execution of the Carey Group’s Net Zero Carbon strategy.

Jon Miller

Partner – Fenwick Elliott

Jon was originally a mechanical apprentice who re-entered full time education to qualify as a solicitor and is now a Partner with Fenwick Elliott LLP, the UK’s largest solicitors practice dealing exclusively with construction issues. Jon is also a practicing adjudicator, mediator and arbitrator.

George Mokhtar

Director, Technology – Turner & Townsend

George is the Strategic Director of Digital Asset Advisory at Turner & Townsend, specialising in major programmes with expertise ranging from collaborative digital asset lifecycle management and BIM analytics to strategic digital transformation and project delivery.

Professor Stuart Green

University of Reading – school of Construction Management and Engineering

Stuart Green BSc MSc PhD CEng MICE FCIOB FRICS is professor of construction management at the University of Reading. He has over 30 years’ of research and consultancy experience relating to the UK construction sector and has published widely on the topic of industry improvement. He has written and co-edited several books, including Making Sense of Construction Improvement (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011). He is especially well known as a longstanding critic of the Egan Report (1998) and its various derivatives. Previous policy roles in the UK include: CIOB Innovation & research panel (2011-2016), CITB Strategic Advisory Committee (England) (2015-2018) and Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 (2007-2013).

Suzannah Nichol MBE

Chief Executive, Build UK

 Inspired by a site visit during a week’s work experience, Suzannah achieved a degree in Construction Management before starting her career as a site engineer. She then qualified as a health and safety professional before taking over the reins at the National Specialist Contractors’ Council. After 13 years leading the specialist sector, Suzannah was the driving force behind the merger to form Build UK, bringing the industry together within one organisation. Under her leadership, Build UK is at the forefront of improving business performance, increasing productivity and recruiting, training and retaining talent across the industry.

Elina Grigoriou FRSA HonRICS

Design & Sustainability Director, Grigoriou Interiors

Elina is an Interior Designer, Sustainability and Wellbeing Expert and Co-Founder of Grigoriou Interiors. Elina is passionate about designing beautiful interiors that ensure the wellbeing of people and the environment, and with over 20 years’ experience in the global commercial interior design sector, Elina works at the heart of the latest industry developments and initiatives regarding sustainability and Circular Design & Economy, partnering with national and global institutions to drive and support collaborative approaches for systemic change.

Lee Jones

Head of Manufacturer Solutions, NBS

 Lee assists Construction Product Manufacturers in their adoption of digital technologies within the Construction Sector. Prior to joining NBS, Lee served over 20 years in the construction product manufacturing sector, working internationally. Lee’s background is in Mechanical Engineering and Architectural design, being qualified in both fields. Lee has specialised in digital adoption for the past decade, including pioneering BIM for manufacturers, working with CEN on the delivery of the digital declaration of performance project and many other highlights. Finally, Lee is a MSc qualified Architectural Technologist with specialism in sustainable architecture. Given that sustainability is arguably the number one priority our industry has to resolve and that in order to achieve many goals, digital delivery is paramount in achieving those. Lee has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share in aiding the sector to meet demands.

Clare Danahay

Be Inspired Interiors

Clare has over 20 years’ experience in Commercial Interior Design and specialises in workplace consultancy, supporting companies achieve the most out of their working environment through detailed evidence based design.   Clare is passionate about research and development in the workplace sector and supports this through membership of the BCO’s regional Northern Committee and National Technical Affairs Committee.

Dr Kell Jones

Research Fellow, Bartlett School of Susutainable Construction (UCL)

Kell’s recent work with the Transforming Construction Network Plus has given him great a perspective on the changes that are taking place in the construction sector, and how they’re going to impact firms and business models across the supply chain. He’s currently looking at the how digital technologies are changing the way we work. Kell has also spent time in the industry, working as an architectural technologist and BIM manager, and brings insights to his work from a former career as a chartered accountant.

Jon Vanstone

Chair of the Interim Industry Competence Committee (IICC)

The IICC advises on establishing the Building Safety Regulator.  Appointed to the post by HSE, Jon Vanstone is a name familiar to many in the construction having worked as served as a CEO Helix Group, GGF Group, QANW and been on the Board of RoofCert Delivery and Trustmark. He remains a non-executive director of the Trade Association Forum, National Home Improvement Council and chair of the Competent Persons Forum.  Jon is also a member of the Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) and the BSI Competence in the Built Environment Committee.