FIS Conference: Embracing change in the finishes and interiors sector

We have decided to go virtual for our annual conference this year, but rather than ask you to carve out a day, we want to make September a month focussed on understanding the drivers, embracing change and seizing your future in this amazing sector.

29 September: Quality and innovation in the finishes and interiors sector

Date: 29 September

Time: 12:00 – 13:30

If people genuinely don’t believe construction is innovating they are deluded!  New products and processes are constantly reshaping the art of the possible in terms of building technology and a focus on productivity is bringing new site practices to the fore.  As we better understand the impact of materials and how sound, light and air quality and new technology can create a dynamic link with the building user, the spaces we are creating are becoming ever more advanced

In this session we take a peek into the future and look at the technology that is shaping our future.

  • Digital transformation, the fourth Industrial Revolution is here
  • How offsite and modern methods of construction are shaping the future the Finishes and Interiors Sector
  • How will construction sites have changed by the end of the decade
  • Innovation in the fit-out world – building a modern fit-out business

Our keynote speakers will be joined by familiar faces from the sector to look at the key trends that are driving change and how the finishes and interiors sector is and will need to react.

  Guest speakers

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.

George Mokhtar – Director, technology, Turner and 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.

Kell Jones – Research Fellow, Bartlett School of Sustainable 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.

Jeanette MacIntyre – Managing Director at Indeglås

Jeanette is a a committed collaborator, innovator and people focused business leader.

Designing comes naturally to me. I have a deep appreciation for the natural world which I believe is the most intelligent design resource. It informs the material choices, shapes, forms and methodology I advocate. I am convinced that human connectivity with natural light is essential for good health and enhanced productivity and should be core criteria of every project brief.

At Indeglas we continue to perfect our design methodology, supporting and innovating with our design and construction partners to create high performance interior spaces which enhance human interaction with the places they live, work, learn, heal and play in

  Other sessions in the programme

1 September - Building Trends


In our first session we are looking at some of the social and economic drivers of change, how society is adapting and the impact this will have on what we will be building over the next five years.

8 September - A Path to Net Zero


The CLC Roadmap to Recovery has laid out proposals to secure the future of construction, while setting the industry on a sustainable path towards recovery.  But what does this mean to projects in our sector.

15 September - People and Skills


With immigration and labour shortages hitting the headlines, we look at where we are at, how our workforce is evolving and how responsible businesses are reacting to the challenge.

22 September - Contracts and Risk


Is the contractual and procurement process now completely at odds with effective risk management, delivering quality in construction and ultimately making us uninsurable.