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FT Future of Construction Summit 2019

Building a more efficient, profitable and sustainable industry

London |
Speakers include:
Rosie Toogood

Rosie Toogood

Legal and General Modular Homes

Burt Chen

Burt Chen

BSBCore Broad Group

Andrew Stephenson

Andrew Stephenson

UK Government


The construction sector is crucial to the world economy, contributing 9% to EU GDP alone. But despite significant investment and the development of new technologies, globally, the sector still remains inefficient and unproductive.  At a time where demand for infrastructure is rising, and wider geopolitical and economic uncertainty is creating new challenges for the sector, The FT Future of Construction Summit returns to explore how key stakeholders can better collaborate to create a more profitable and sustainable industry. 

The 2020 Summit will be our fourth year, and it is set to be our biggest and best yet.  Visit the 2020 website to find out more and register today.

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Full Overview

The rising global need for infrastructure, changing client demands and regulatory pressure is compelling the construction sector to operate more efficiently. But with risk and complexity embedded at all levels, industry-wide transformation remains challenging.

While new technologies have demonstrated opportunities to improve efficiency, the industry remains fragmented with static productivity rates compared to other sectors. What new funding models, procurement practices and regulations will accelerate transformation? Looking beyond efficiency, how can the industry align to harness the wider social, economic and environmental benefits of a new roadmap for construction?

Building on the success of the two previous editions, the FT Future of Construction summit will unite Governments, developers, planners, architects, engineers, contractors, investors, material and solution providers and industry ‘disruptors’, to explore a new approach to building. Expert insight, together with high-level networking, will consider how better industry collaboration can accelerate lasting change.


Agenda - 23rd May

  • 8:00am
    Registration and Welcome Refreshments
  • 8:55am
    Chair's Opening Remarks

    Daniel Thomas, Executive News Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:00am
    KEYNOTE FIRESIDE CHAT: The View from the Board and fostering a culture of leadership at all levels in the organisation

    Gregor Craig, President and CEO, Skanska UK

  • 9:20am
    Update on the UK Sector Deal and Post Brexit Opportunities for the Industry

    Framer: Andrew Stephenson MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, UK Government 

    The UK Government’s £420 million investment in a new industry-government framework for the construction industry demonstrates a clear commitment to improving productivity levels. But with ambitious targets, including a 33% reduction in whole life costs, what has the Sector Deal achieved so far and what is still to be done? How will wider macroeconomic and geopolitical uncertainty continue to influence construction pipelines? What opportunities are there for the sector in a post-Brexit market? Insight from

    David Hancock, Head of Construction, Cabinet Office 

    Andy Mitchell, CEO, Thames Tideway Tunnel

    Jennifer Whyte, Professor,  Imperial College London

    Moderated by: James Blitz, Whitehall Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:55am
    PANEL: From Competition to Collaboration

    To achieve sustainable, long-term change, greater collaboration between stakeholders is essential. But competitive tendering models and aggregated supply chains systematically strip value at each tier of the eco-system. How can a better-integrated supply chain reduce time wastage, increase capital and minimise risk?

    • From a macroeconomic level what measures are needed to support new alliancing models?
    • How can more transparent supply chains improve outcomes and inform client expectations?
    • What impact do initiatives such as Project 13 have in generating new metrics for asset value?
    • How can the industry leverage new technologies to support a more financially healthy supply-chain?
    • Analysing the pros and cons of Smart Contracts, Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and Lump-Sum Turnkey (LSTK)

    Nick Baveystock, Director General, Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

    Paul Cossell, CEO, ISG

    Mark Enzer, Chief Technical Officer, Mott MacDonald 

    Helen Martin, Managing Director, Skanska Development

    David Savage, Head of Construction and Infrastructure, Charles Russell Speechlys

    Moderator: Daniel Thomas, Executive News Editor, Financial Times  

  • 10:40am
    Keynote: Cracking The Code of Digital Transformation In Construction

    Today, most engineering and construction companies are talking about digital transformation. But although many have a clear vision in place, examples of successful transformation at scale are still few and far-between. Too often, companies undertake pilots or trials that don’t go further than individual projects. What makes digital transformation so hard in construction, and what can we learn from organisations who have successfully digitised?

     David Rockhill, Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company 

  • 11:00am
    Networking and Refreshment Break
  • 11:25am
    PANEL: Bringing the building site to the factory

    Standardised, modularised and prefabricated components are transforming efficiency in the industry and providing new opportunities for contractors to better meet the rising demand for infrastructure. What can organisations learn from the digitisation of the manufacturing sector and how can this inform a new roadmap for building?

    • How will (semi) automation and new technology transform operations?
    • Reconciling the tension between architectural individualism and the need for standardisation for economies of scale
    • How are new non-traditional construction organisations disrupting supply- chains and challenging traditional building companies?

    Nick Bertram, Associate Partner, McKinsey and Company

    Shaun Tate, Director High Rise Solutions, Mace

    Rosie Toogood, CEO, L&G Modular Homes

    Phil Wilbraham, Expansion Programme Director, Heathrow Airport

    Moderator: Peter Caplehorn, CEO (interim), Construction Products Association (CPA)

  • 12:05pm
    Keynote: New Era of Construction Productivity

    By 2023, it is expected that 13,000 buildings will be delivered every day – a 30 percent increase from today. Currently, the construction industry has some of the lowest productivity rates. With a retiring workforce, and difficulties attracting new talent, the industry must change to thrive and address this demand. How can we fundamentally change the way construction gets done?

    Jim Lynch, Vice President & General Manager, Autodesk Construction Solutions

  • 12:25pm
    PANEL: Bytes and Mortar and Construction 4.0: The Digital Future

    While BIM and additive manufacturing are more commonly used in the sector, a host of emerging technologies remain relatively unexplored. From IoT to Automation, and AI to Robotics, there are countless opportunities to generate new efficiencies. How can the construction sector overcome cultural, financial and technical challenges to harness the full potential of new technologies? How can new data-driven insights from the field inform board-level strategy?

    • Harnessing interoperable, cloud-based working for a more open approach to information sharing across industry, clients, academia and government
    • Construction Co-bots- Can robots and humans exist harmoniously in the sector?
    • The Internet of Construction- How will connected devices continue to unlock new communication opportunities?
    • Exploring the potential of AI and the future of intelligent construction

    Chloé Clair, Chief Technical Officer, Vinci

    Darren James, Chief Operation Officer, Costain 

    Jim Lynch, Vice President & General Manager, Autodesk Construction Solutions

    Moderated by: Sylvia Pfeifer, Acting Industry Editor, Financial Times

  • 1:05pm
    Networking Lunch and Speed Networking

    An optional speed networking session will run from 1.30pm - 2.00pm. There will be an opportunity to sign up for this in advance.

  • 2:05pm
    Spotlight Session and View from Japan: Tackling the Productivity Puzzle

    Faced with an aging population and an acute skills shortage, Japanese contractor Shimizu are increasingly implementing new technologies, namely robotics, to maintain productivity on key projects including the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games facilities and Changi Airport Terminal 3, Singapore. From space-hotels to deep-ocean cities, what’s next for the corporation and how does this reflect the changing role of the contractor?

    Masahiro Indo, Managing Executive Officer and Chief of the Construction Technology Division, Shimizu Corporation

  • 2:25pm
    PANEL: Redesigning the Built Environment

    The way we live, work and interact with the world is changing and the built environment must reflect this. How are creativity, aesthetics, practicality and sustainability aligning to inform new design trends?

    • Addressing the ‘wellness’ movement in buildings and exploring the implications for productivity and health
    • How can cities function as hives of biodiversity?
    • Exploring the role of Smart Materials in design
    • Embedding sustainability into the heart of planning
    • Using innovative office spaces as a testing ground for new ways of living
    • Employing IoT and other emerging technologies to build digitally ready buildings

    John Cerone, Associate Principal, SHoP Architects

    Graeme Forbes, Managing Director, Clearbox

    Hanif Kara, Co-Founder and Design Director, AKT II

    Sadie Morgan, Founding Director, dRMM

    Moderator: Edwin Heathcote, Architecture and Design Critic, Financial Times

  • 3:05pm
    PANEL: Banking on Sustainability

    The built environment accounts for 25-40% of the world’s total carbon emissions. Sustainability is a cross-cutting industry concern and with the Net Zero 2030 deadline looming, what steps are required to make lasting change? What can be done to prepare for the lasting implications of climate change?

    • Encouraging a holistic ‘life-approach’ to assets and assessing the impact of the EU Waste Framework Directive and Circular Economy package
    • Reducing construction phase emissions from embodied carbon and materials
    • Tackling the performance gap; is EPC a scandal waiting to happen?
    • Evaluating innovative options for powering buildings and integrating active energy components
    • Beyond the environmental implications: exploring the financial case for green buildings from an investor point of view
    • Preparing for the worst- what can be done to futureproof the built environment against climate ‘catastrophe’?

    Ron Bakker, Founding Partner, PLP Architecture 

    Dr. Eva Gkenakou, Sustainability Director, Multiplex Construction Europe

    Jorge Mendonça, Executive Director, Grosvenor Developments

    Moderated by: Sylvia Pfeifer, Acting Industry Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:45pm
  • 4:05pm
    INTERVIEW: The Developers Perspective

    This spotlight session will share insight from a leading developer on tackling the housing crisis and finding new opportunities for growth admits continued political volatility and economic uncertainty.

    • Looking at ambitious plans to build 50,000 or multi-tenure homes to meet a multifaceted housing crisis
    • What are the wider social implications of building projects and how can new developments have a better impact on lives and communities?
    • How can organisations ensure that the safety and security of occupants remains at the heart of all development?

    Clare Miller, CEO, Clarion Housing Group

    Interviewed by Judith Evans, Property Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:25pm
    PANEL: Building the workforce of the future

    It is no secret that the construction industry struggles to recruit and retain the workforce it needs and with Brexit in motion, this concern is only amplified. Before change can occur, the industry must address the underutilisation of resources, high dissatisfaction rates and poor diversity levels. How can cultural transformation be achieved to build diverse, inclusive and ultimately more productive teams?

    - Overcoming the skills gap and attracting digital natives through more effective education, partnerships and recruitment
    - Tackling deeply ingrained representational bias to encourage sector diversity
    - Addressing alarming concerns for employee wellbeing on sites and creating safer working environments
    - How can industry initiatives such as the ‘Stronger Together Agreement’ help protect vulnerable communities?

    Elsie Owusu OBE, Director, ArchQuestra

    Steve Radley, Director of Strategy and Policy, CITB

    Diane Thornhill, HR Director, UKIMEA Arup

    Matt Tyler, Managing Director, Dribuild

    Moderated by: Daniel Thomas, Executive News Editor, Financial Times  

  • 5:05pm
    CLOSING KEYNOTE: The Global Perspective

     While industry-wide transformation will inevitably be governed by contextual and regional specificities, global examples provide a new perspective on what is possible. This session will feature insight from Broad Group China, the company who notoriously built a 57 storey skyscraper in 19 days, on how prefabrication can generate efficiency gains in the sector and support a more sustainable industry.

    • Embedding circular economy principals into the heart of design to achieve tangible reductions in carbon emissions
    • How are international corporations responding to changing demographics and urbanisation to meet new requirements for densely populated areas?
    • To what extent will the global labour shortage inhibit innovation and how can automation and robotics support the industry progress? 

    Burt Chen, Chief Architect and VP Marketing, BSB Core (Broad Group)

  • 5:25pm
    Chair's Closing Remarks

    Daniel Thomas, Executive News Editor, Financial Times  

  • 5:30pm
    Networking and Drinks Reception

Speakers (33)

Rosie Toogood

Rosie Toogood

Legal and General Modular Homes

Based at our factory in Leeds, Rosie Toogood is CEO of the Legal and General Modular Homes business leading the team in developing the product portfolio, creating engineering and production capability and establishing our market position. Rosie joined Legal and General in June 2017 from Rolls-Royce where she held senior roles across customer-facing business areas, new product introduction and in setting up global supply chains to deliver complex engineering products.

Prior to joining Rolls-Royce, Rosie trained with Ernst and Young as a Chartered Accountant, holds an MBA in Strategy and Procurement, and a degree in Chemistry and materials. She also served for eight years as a non-executive board member of Derwent Housing Association.

Burt Chen

Burt Chen

Chief Architect and VP Marketing
BSBCore Broad Group

Burt Chen is the Chief Architect and VP of Marketing at BSBcore, the company who notoriously built a 57-storey skyscraper in 19 days. Burt leads the company’s marketing department in its initiatives to promote its latest technological invention ‘Bcore slabs’ for the integration of an all stainless-steel structural building material for architectural and other applications. Burt received his Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University and Master of Real Estate from New York University. His personal interest in social and environmental sustainability led him to join BSBcore, where he and the company founder Daniel Zhang worked together to promote a new paradigm for the future of human habitation, offering the world a lightweight-prefabricated building system that is industrially automated, sustainable and environmentally friendly. With sustainability as BSBcore’s long-term mission, BSBcore believes this material will provide a critical solution
to the challenges of human urbanisation.

Andrew Stephenson

Andrew Stephenson

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Africa, Minister for Business and Industry
UK Government

Andrew Stephenson MP was appointed Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development on 25 July 2019. He was first elected as Conservative MP for Pendle in May 2010.

Andrew was previously a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from 4 April 2019 to 25 July 2019. He was also a Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury, from January 2018 to April 2019, and served as an Assistant Government Whip from June 2017 to January 2018.

Gregor Craig

Gregor Craig

President and CEO
Skanska UK

Gregor Craig joined Skanska UK in 2003 and worked at a senior level in its building business, before heading up its civil engineering and, subsequently, its infrastructure services operations. He became a member of the company’s executive management team in 2015, with responsibility, first for the company’s infrastructure business and, latterly, its building operations. Gregor was appointed President and CEO of Skanska UK in May 2017.
During his career, Gregor has had the benefit of a broad range of experiences, in both the building and infrastructure sectors. He has also developed a keen interest in and become a strong advocate for some key topics in the construction industry. In particular, improving and de-stigmatising mental health and wellbeing is a key focus area for Gregor, as is the need to fostera learning environment, where both success and failure can be channelled into a process of continuous improvement.

Paul Cossell

Paul Cossell


Paul Cossell is the CEO of ISG and has been with the construction services firm for over 20 years.

A surveyor by background, Paul has over 25 years’ experience in the industry across corporate real estate, new build, refurbishment and fit out projects. Joining ISG as a senior financial manager in 1996, in 2010 he was appointed group managing director responsible for ISG’s highly successful commercial office fit out and engineering services business, and in 2016 Paul was announced as ISG’s CEO. He has an industry-leading reputation for creating an unbeatable experience for customers, building long-term relationships with blue-chip organisations, including RBS, ExxonMobil, ICL, BT and KPMG.

Paul led the transformation of ISG’s office fit out business to become the market leader in London. He was also the driving force behind ISG’s entry into the international datacentre construction market, where ISG has delivered over £1bn of projects over the past five years. Building upon this expertise in highly engineered environments, Paul has grown the business to become one of the most respected technology, science and health sector specialists in the UK and continental Europe. In 2015, Paul’s business was recognised by the Chartered Management Institute as one of the UK’s Top 50-rated companies for productivity.

Corporately, Paul has been instrumental in improving the commercial and physical performance of ISG’s supply chain and driving innovation into the business to ensure that ISG maintains its market-leading position across its core sectors and geographies. In his role as CEO, Paul is focused on a group-wide strategic improvement programme to blend ISG’s unparalleled track record, sound processes and proven delivery methods with a technology-led, fast-paced and agile culture, ensuring projects and programmes are delivering thriving places that are as agile and resilient as their occupants.

Masahiro  Indo

Masahiro Indo

Managing Executive Officer and Chief of the Construction Technology Division
Shimizu Corporation

Masahiro Indo 印藤正裕 is a born construction engineer and manager. He has over 30 years’ experience in construction structural engineering, site planning, schedule, quality and safety, as well as quantity and process control using BIM. After working on the Changi Terminal 3 Project as Project Director, he moved to the Technology Division, leading the Fukushima Reactor #1, and started development of autonomous construction robot system from 2016. He is a specialist in industrialisation and pre-fabrication, and was a Panel Member of Singapore IPE (International Panel of Experts) in 2012. He is a promising innovator bringing new concepts to the construction industry.

Ron Bakker

Ron Bakker

Founding Partner
PLP Architecture

Ron Bakker has contributed award-winning buildings and urban design projects to major world cities and his work – which includes The Edge in Amsterdam – is widely recognized for its civic and environmental responsiveness. Ron is passionate about people, the architectural quality of their cities and the role of new technologies in the built environment.

Nick Baveystock

Nick Baveystock

Director General
Institution of Civil Engineers

Nick Baveystock took up the post of Director General of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2011.  Nick is a member of the Construction Industry Council, a non-executive director of Engineering UK, a member of both the Education for Engineering and Engineering the Future boards, and non-executive Vice Chairman of Thomas Telford Ltd.

From an engineering family, after schooling in England and France, Nick joined the British Army in 1985.  His early career was spent in Germany, Northern Ireland and the Balkans.  He worked for the Director of Military Operations, was personal staff officer to the Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Operations), and then the Commander of NATO forces in Kosovo.  He commanded Royal Engineer units at all ranks up to Brigadier; deploying on operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Kosovo, and Iraq where he commanded a Regiment, was Chief of Staff of coalition forces and Chief Engineer in Southern Iraq.  Nick attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in 2007 before command of the Royal School of Military Engineering, leading the £3.2 Bn RSME Public Private Partnership. 

He has, for the last 10 years, been increasingly involved in international post conflict reconstruction and development: roads and power stations in the Balkans; and the repair and management of regional utility infrastructure including water supply, irrigation, oil and gas, sewerage and transport in Iraq.  His RCDS thesis, subsequently published, dealt with the challenges of post conflict reconstruction.  

Nick  Bertram

Nick Bertram

Associate Partner

Nick brings deep experience in supporting public-sector and infrastructure clients across the UK, on topics spanning strategy, organisation design, performance transformation, and productivity improvement. He co-authored the McKinsey report Reinventing construction: a route to higher productivity report which identified the productivity challenge which the construction industry faces and levers which could close the productivity gap with the rest of the economy. He has particular expertise on how this applies to the UK and the best practice examples in UK industry.

Examples of Nick’s work include supporting UK construction research and advisory body in developing the sector deal for the construction industry, supporting a government infrastructure project reassess its operating model and the make vs buy decisions that it made across industry, and conducting a diagnostic on an arms-lengths body to understand how to improve performance.

Prior to McKinsey, Nick worked as a structural engineer for Arup based in London, Montpellier and Singapore.

Peter Caplehorn

Peter Caplehorn

CEO (interim)
Construction Products Association (CPA)

Peter Caplehorn is the Deputy Chief Executive and Policy Director of the Construction Products Association, where he leads the work around the UK and EU policy and regulatory framework – particularly for technical and sustainability issues. Peter is a Chartered Architect, chair of CB- (the British Standards Institution’s strategic committee for construction), and was asked by Dame Judith Hackitt to chair the Regulations working group for her independent review, as well as to sit on both the Products and the Golden Thread working groups.  In addition, in 2018 Peter was asked by the UK Housing Minister to join a government working group on modern methods of construction in the housing sector.

John  Cerone

John Cerone

Associate Principal
SHoP Architects

John Cerone is an Associate Principal who leads SHoP’s Virtual Design and Construction teams, including all technology visioning initiatives and the development of bespoke technology tools. John received a Master of Architecture from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Miami University. John is recognised internationally as a leader in exploring the future uses of technology in design and construction. He currently represents SHoP at the Design Futures Council, as well as leading our work with Dassault Systèmes as part of a transdisciplinary group that includes Boeing and Tesla. His work at SHoP includes a lead role in developing the technologies behind the success of the Barclays Center, the VDC-driven delivery of the Botswana Innovation Hub, and ongoing technology and exhibitions project at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York. Prior to joining SHoP, John contributed to the design of the Sand Gallery in New York, a Guggenheim exhibition in Vienna, the Akron Art Museum in Ohio, and the Peoria Performing Arts Center in Arizona.  

Chloé  Clair

Chloé Clair

Chief Technical Officer
VINCI Construction

Chloé is VINCI Construction Chief Technical Officer (a new role in the company), with the strong will to integrate innovation and digital transformation into design and construction.

Chloé coordinates innovation within VINCI Construction through the lens of 3 main topics:

- Addressing demographic and environmental issues
- Creating tomorrow’s products and uses, focusing on customers’ needs
- And enhancing project performance at all levels, from design to construction and operation

Chloé believes that existing construction data from VINCI Construction is the best weapon against possible intermediation of her industry. She is a strong advocate of digital acceleration inside her company and launched a global program of digital ambassadors to deploy innovation and tech to all business units within the Group.

Throughout the years, Chloé has also been a champion of diversity in the workplace, believing women should have a stronger sense of belonging in the construction and in the tech industry by believing in themselves and having a louder voice.

Chloé has worked in a range of construction roles across the world from Poland to San Francisco, Cyprus, Miami, or Trinidad and Tobago. She recently spent six years in Bangkok and has headed the design for many projects around the world such as airports, six star hotels or super-tall buildings.

Chloé is both educated as a civil engineer and an architect. She successively held an Engineer Diploma from Ecole Polytechnique, a Masters degree in Environmental and Structural Engineering from UC Berkeley California, a Master degree from École National des Ponts et Chaussées (top-French construction institution) and a degree of Architecture as a French Architecte DPLG.

Mark Enzer

Mark Enzer

Chief Technical Officer
Mott MacDonald

Mark is a keen champion of innovation in the context of collaborative delivery models and he is particularly interested in transformational change in the infrastructure industry (including: digital transformation, connected digital twins, Smart Infrastructure, low-carbon sustainable solutions, platform-based delivery and design for manufacture and assembly).

As Mott MacDonald’s Chief Technical Officer, Mark is accountable to the Executive Board for technical excellence across the Group. As the Chair of Centre for Digital Built Britain’s Digital Framework Task Group, Mark is leading the National Digital Twin Programme.

Mark is the Digital Transformation workstream lead on “Project 13” for the Infrastructure Client Group, which represents the UK’s major infrastructure client organisations and he was the Lead Author of the Infrastructure Carbon Review, published by HM Treasury.

Graeme Forbes

Graeme Forbes

Managing Director

Graeme Forbes is a Civil Engineer by background. He has delivered many design and build projects in Pharma and other Hi-tech industries, where he ran a specialist business for many years. He focused on applying technology solutions to the delivery of projects since the early 2000s and it is this background that led him to venture out and focus entirely on developing specialist technology for the AEC space.

The result is Clearbox, a solutions provider which is driven to achieve ROI for customers by enabling the efficient and effective management of their projects through a collaborative environment that gathers, analyses and delivers context sensitive information wherever they are and whenever they need it.

Eva Gkenakou

Eva Gkenakou

Sustainability Director
Multiplex Construction Europe

As Sustainability Director at Multiplex Construction Europe, Eva Gkenakou leads the environmental sustainability strategy on matters such the transition to a low energy and water economy, responsible and resource efficient sourcing, on tackling modern slavery and improving wellbeing and sustainability in building design. She is currently leading engagement and learning programmes aimed at raising awareness and driving performance through behavioural change, both internally and externally. Eva contributes to policies and standards across the industry through a number of fora, such as the project sponsors committee for anti-slavery alliance Stronger Together and the Members Advisory Committee for the UK Green Buildings Council.

Eva completed her first degree in Chemistry at the University of Athens and went on to complete a Masters in Environmental Engineering at the University of Manchester and then a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Southampton. She is a Chartered Environmentalist, Chartered Waste Manager and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Through her work at Multiplex, Eva is empowering businesses and people to achieve change towards a more sustainable future.

Dr David  Hancock

Dr David Hancock

Construction Director
Infrastructure and Projects Authority, Cabinet Office

Dr. David Hancock leads the Government Construction Team and chairs the Government Construction Board for the Cabinet Office and the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA). He is a high-risk project reviewer and sits on the advisory boards for Buckingham Palace refurbishment, British Virgin Islands Redevelopment and the British Antarctic Survey.

Darren  James

Darren James

Chief Operating Officer

Darren James was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in May 2019. He previously held the position of Managing Director of the Infrastructure division since 2008. He initially joined as an industrial placement student during his undergraduate studies at the University of Surrey, where he obtained a degree in civil engineering. He has held a number of positions in the Group. In his current role, Darren has profit and loss responsibility for the transportation and natural resources divisions. Additionally, he has Group-wide responsibility for Health, Safety and Environment. He is also a non-executive director of the Port of London Authority and a director of the Rail Industry Association.

Hanif  Kara

Hanif Kara

Co-founder and Design Director

Professor Hanif Kara is co-founder and Design Director of AKT II, a design-led structural and civil engineering firm based in London, UK. Hanif has gained international standing in the field of the built environment, through practice, pioneering research and education in interdisciplinary design. His work is widely published and currently he is Professor in Practice of Architectural Technology at Harvard GSD. He was also Professor of Architectural Technology at KTH Stockholm 2008 to 2012.

 Hanif has led the practice in being associated with the most innovative construction projects winning over 350 design awards over the last two decades , including the Stirling Prize on three occasions, the latest being in 2018 for the Bloomberg headquarters as UK’s Best New Building, a project also  accredited as the most sustainable office building in the world. His globally recognised projects include Masdar Institute (Abu Dhabi), the Francis Crick Institute (London), numerous projects at the Kings Cross developments and the Olympic Park (London), Heydar Aliyev Centre (Baku) and a number of residential towers including One Park Drive in London’s iconic Canary Wharf.

Hanif was the first structural engineer to be appointed Commissioner for CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment), first engineer also to be appointed on the steering committee for the highly regarded international AKAA (Aga Khan Award for Architecture) since 2015 as well being appointed as the international engineering ambassador for ACE (Association of Consulting Engineers) in 2011. He currently sits on the UK National Infrastructure Commission's Design Task Force and Expert Advisory Group and is a member of the HS2 design review panel; raising the profile of ‘design’ in both the construction industry and wider community.

 Hanif’s particular ‘design-led’ approach and interest in innovative forms, historical structures and material uses, prefabrication, sustainable construction and complex analysis methods, have allowed him to work at the forefront of the many challenges faced by built environment and is widely recognised in the industry. He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a fellow of Institution of Civil and Structural Engineers and an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of Architects.

Jim Lynch

Jim Lynch

Vice President and General Manager
Autodesk Construction Solutions

As Vice President and General Manager of Autodesk Construction Solutions, Jim Lynch leads Autodesk’s efforts to create and deliver products and services that accelerate the construction industry’s transformation from analog-based processes to digital workflows.

Jim manages all aspects of business operations within Autodesk Construction Solutions, including product design and development, marketing, sales, and customer success. Jim and his team are focused on delivering innovative, cloud-based solutions to help the global construction industry reduce risk and increase margins using Autodesk construction products.

Previously, Jim served as the company’s Vice President of the Construction Product Group. In his 20+ year tenure at Autodesk, Jim has held a number of key leadership roles in AEC product development, product management, and marketing efforts. He was a key contributor in scaling Revit into one of Autodesk’s flagship products and establishing BIM as an industry standard.

As a 30-year veteran of the CAD industry, Jim has served in a variety of senior management roles in the AEC, manufacturing, and electronic design automation industries. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Fitchburg State College.

Jorge  Mendonca

Jorge Mendonca

Executive Director
Grosvenor Developments

Jorge Mendonça is the Executive Director for Grosvenor Developments, with responsibility for all the company’s development activity outside of London, including its Strategic Land business. He also chairs the company’s Sustainability Steering Group, which seeks to hold the leadership to account for integrating sustainability into all business plans.

Jorge joined Grosvenor Britain & Ireland in April 2013 and led the London estate business for over 3 years. Prior to this, he was Network Rail's Crossrail Programme Director. Before joining Network Rail in 2008, Jorge had a career in the British Army where he held a variety of leadership and managerial roles.

Helen Martin

Helen Martin

Managing Director
Skanska Development

Helen Martin is the Managing Director of Skanska’s development business in the UK, which invests in and brings to market commercial development projects. She is also a member of the UK’s senior management team and has previously held senior positions within Skanska’s Infrastructure Development global business and as Skanska UK’s lead on risk management.

A chartered civil engineer, with 20 years in the development and construction sector, Helen’s initial experience was in building design, primarily social infrastructure, as well as major civil engineering infrastructure projects. She has also worked as an advisor to local and central government, looking at issues around delivery of health, education, transport and housing solutions.

Clare Miller

Clare Miller

Clarion Housing Group

In October 2018 Clare Miller was appointed Chief Executive of Clarion Housing Group  - the UK’s largest social landlord. Over ten years Clarion will invest £13bn in its development programme and it plans to build 50,000 homes, two thirds of which will be affordable. Prior to this, she was Affinity Sutton’s Group Director of Governance and Compliance and Executive Director at the Tenant Service Authority (TSA), with responsibility for housing association regulation. Clare also worked for the Housing Corporation, where she led on the financial regulation of associations in special measures. She is a chartered accountant, qualifying with Coopers & Lybrand.

Andy Mitchell

Andy Mitchell

Thames Tideway Tunnel

Andy Mitchell has been Chief Executive Officer of Thames Tideway Tunnel, full time since summer 2014.  He was previously Programme Director and board member at Crossrail. Andy has managed a number of high profile projects both in the United Kingdom and overseas.  After 12 years working in the United Arab Emirates, France and South Africa and on major developments such as Hong Kong Airport and the Hong Kong West Rail, he joined Network Rail in 2001. He was Project Director for Network Rail’s Southern Power Upgrade project, and was also the Major Programme Director of the Thameslink Programme.  Andy is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, former Chair of the Infrastructure Industry Innovation Platform (i3P), and the Infrastructure Client Group (ICG) and more recently became Co-chair of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC). He was awarded the CBE for his services to Civil Engineering.

Sadie Morgan

Sadie Morgan

Founding Director

Sadie Morgan is a founding director of Stirling Prize winning architecture practice dRMM. She lectures internationally on the work of dRMM and the importance of infrastructure which connects back to people and place. She became the youngest president of the Architectural Association in 2013, and in 2016, was appointed Professor at the University of Westminster and awarded an honorary doctorate from London South Bank University.

Sadie was named New Londoner of the Year at the New London Awards 2017 for her work championing the importance of design at the highest political level.

Steve Radley

Steve Radley

Director of Policy

Steve Radley is responsible for working with the industry and with government to create the right environment and support for employers to invest in the skills that they need. His responsibilities include overseeing CITB’s
research work to create the evidence base that underpins the organisation’s funding approach, working closely with training providers and with National governments across Britain and at a local level. His team also works closely with employers and Federations to ensure that funding support meets their needs and is
simple to access. He is also responsible for CITB’s relations with the media.

Steve joined CITB from his role as Director of Policy and External Affairs at the Manufacturers organisation, EEF.  Previously he was Chief Economist at the Henley Centre and the Policy Adviser – Education and Training at the Confederation of British Industry.

David Rockhill

David Rockhill

Associate Partner
McKinsey & Company

David Rockhill is the Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company. David works with owners and contractors across transportation, real estate, and basic materials to increase productivity during construction and operation. He brings 15 years of experience as a designer, project manager, and advisor in the construction industry and is a Chartered Civil Engineer.

Elsie  Owusu OBE

Elsie Owusu OBE


Elsie Owusu OBE is the director of ArchQuestra, leading the design collective for architecture, diversity and innovation in emerging economies. An architect and urban designer, Elsie was runner-up for RIBA presidency in 2018. She is principal of Elsie Owusu Architects, with projects in UK, Nigeria and Ghana and is also a Director of JustGhana, a UK company dedicated to investment in the people and culture of Ghana.

As a partner at Feilden+Mawson, was co-lead architect for the UK Supreme Court and London’s Green Park Station. With an extensive portfolio of international projects in architecture and urban design, Elsie is designing a new city hall for Kumasi, Ghana- and eco-homes in Sussex. She is a trustee of UK Supreme Court Arts Trust, a RIBA National Council member, and a London Mayor’s Design Advocate.

David  Savage

David Savage

Partner and Head of Construction & Infrastructure
Charles Russell Speechlys

David leads the Construction & Infrastructure sector at Charles Russell Speechlys. He is a dual-qualified barrister and solicitor, advising employers, contractors, and consultants on a wide range of construction and infrastructure projects, both domestically and internationally. He also advises the firm’s private clients on high-value residential construction projects in the UK and internationally. David has a wide experience of working on the various forms of standard conditions such as JCT, ICE, NEC, MF/1, IChemE and FIDIC, as well as bespoke forms of construction contract. He advises on the full scope of construction issues ranging from procurement/contract strategies through to dispute avoidance and resolution.

In his international work, David is particularly focussed on the Middle East region. He has delivered training on FIDIC and the IChemE international contracts in both the UK and throughout the Middle East region, including in Bahrain, Dubai, Qatar, Oman and Syria. David has had articles and commentary published in Building and Construction News, and is an editor of 'Partnering and Collaborative Working' (published by Informa Professional). He has a strong interest in how technology is impacting the construction and real estate sectors, and the legal issues that such disruption gives rise to. He was a co-author of the firm’s report on smart buildings entitled “The New Real”.

David is ranked as a Band 1 partner in Chambers 2020 for Construction.

Twitter: @DavidSavage_Law

Shaun Tate

Shaun Tate

Director of High Rise Solutions

With over 25 years’ experience in the industry and an appetite for innovation, Shaun Tate leads Mace’s work on high rise solutions; working with new technology to change the way the industry builds at height. Shaun is overseeing the delivery of East Village’s N08 project, delivering two residential towers destined for the private rented sector, and previously led the South Bank Tower project, building 11 new storeys on top of an existing 30 storey tower in the heart of the City of London. Shaun is driven by his belief that for a project to succeed it is essential that the vision is shared and challenged, such that it develops into something that Mace’s delivery teams can embrace and take collective ownership of. He continues to push the boundaries of construction, delivering some of London’s most high-profile projects with a vision to drive faster and safer delivery, consistent quality and optimum value.

Diane  Thornhill

Diane Thornhill

HR Director, UKIMEA

Diane Thornhill is the HR Director for UKIMEA in Arup. With over 30 years of experience in Human Resources, she has worked in a number of senior roles across four different industries during the course of her career, including financial services, retail, manufacturing and professional services. She has worked at Arup for the past 16 years. During that time, she has made the journey from Senior Business Partner, to HR Sector Leader and Region Director with a firm belief that partnering with the business can deliver real organisation value. Diane became a member of the UKIMEA Board in April 2018, and a member of the Arup People Council which is a sub group reporting to the Group Board focussing on putting people at the heart of what we do.

Matt Tyler

Matt Tyler

Managing Director

Matt Tyler has over 25 years’ experience in housing, maintenance and construction. Originally qualifying as a quantity surveyor, he now heads up Dribuild Group as Group Managing Director. A strong and inspirational leader delivering measurable results with integrity and clear vision. He has a proven track record of delivering great customer service and value for money.  Known for driving growth, Matt passionately believes in developing people and building strong and diverse teams.

Phil Wilbraham

Phil Wilbraham

Expansion Programme Director
Heathrow Airport

Phil Whilbraham joined Heathrow in 2003 and became Expansion Programme Director in 2017 accountable for delivering Heathrow’s third runway along with the infrastructure to support it. Previously as Development Director, Phil was accountable for all the Capital works at Heathrow. As Eastern Campus Programme Director, Phil, was accountable for the delivery of the airport’s new Terminal2. This £2.5bn programme has provided passengers with a new, ‘state of the art’, terminal. Before Terminal 2, Phil led the completion of the £4.3bn construction of Terminal 5 and prior to that he led the £350 million Terminal 5 Landside Development Project which included the successful completion of the Twin Rivers Diversion and M25 Spur ahead of programme and under budget.

Phil is also Chairman of the Trustees of the BAA Pension Fund at Heathrow. Phil was previously Director of Civil Engineering with TPS Consult, where he was involved in private and public sector schemes from feasibility stage through to design, construction and completion. This included working for BAA on Terminal 5 and many other projects at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, as well as with many other clients. Phil has also worked both overseas and in the UK as a civil engineer for DHV and Mott MacDonald.

Jennifer Whyte

Jennifer Whyte

Imperial College London

Jennifer Whyte is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London. Her research is on systems integration, digital engineering and production systems linked to the construction and built environment sectors. She is Director of the Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation and is the Laing O’Rourke/Royal Academy of Engineering Professor of Systems Integration. In the 20 years since her PhD at Loughborough University, Jennifer has held many research grants, published high-impact research papers, authored a book, and led multidisciplinary research teams. She was Shimizu Visiting Professor at Stanford in 2015.

Jennifer is a member of the Transforming Construction Advisory Group and also a co-investigator on the Transforming Construction Network Plus. She also leads research on data-driven design in the Alan Turing Institute /Lloyds Register Foundation Data Centric Engineering Programme; and co-curates the World Economic Forum Engineering and Construction Transformation Map. She is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and a member of the EPSRC Engineering Strategic Advisory Team (SAT), and the Digital Framework Task Group (DFTG). Until recently, she was a member of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Industry Safety Steering Group.


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James Blitz

James Blitz

Whitehall Editor
Financial Times

James Blitz is the FT’s Whitehall Editor and the main writer of the FT’s daily Brexit Briefing. In a wide-ranging career on the paper, he has been Political Editor, Defence and Diplomatic Editor, Rome Bureau Chief and Leader Writer. After graduating from St Andrews and Oxford universities, he started in journalism as a BBC News Trainee and was Moscow correspondent of the Sunday Times in the final Gorbachev years. In 2004, he was awarded the David Watt Prize for a profile he wrote of Tony Blair in the very first edition of the FT magazine. He occasionally comments on British politics for French radio and Italy’s RAI 3 channel.

 Judith  Evans

Judith Evans

Property Correspondent
Financial Times

Judith Evans covers commercial and residential property for the Financial Times in London. She has previously covered investments at the FT and worked in Hong Kong, London and the Maldives for the newswires Agence France-Presse and Reuters.

Edwin Heathcote

Edwin Heathcote

Architecture and Design Critic
Financial Times

Edwin Heathcote is the FT's Architecture and Design Critic.  He is an architect and designer and the author of around a dozen books including, most recently, The Meaning of Home.  He writes a monthly column for GQ Magazine and is a regular contributor for magazines including Icon, Apollo and l'Architecture d'Aujord Hui.  He is currently establishing an online archive of design writing.  

Sylvia Pfeifer

Sylvia Pfeifer

Acting Industry Editor
Financial Times

Sylvia Pfeifer is the FT's Acting Industry Editor based in London. She was previously part of the FT's Energy team and Energy Editor from 2010 to 2012. She joined the paper in 2008 to cover the defence industry. She was Deputy Business Editor of the Sunday Telegraph prior to that and City Editor of The Business newspaper, previously Sunday Business, where she was part of the launch team in 1998 and covered the energy industry as well as industrials. She graduated from Oxford University. 

Dan Thomas

Dan Thomas

Executive News Editor
Financial Times

Dan Thomas has been the Financial Times’ Executive News Editor since August 2018. Dan was previously the FT’s deputy companies editor and telecoms editor.

Prior to that, he worked as the FT’s property correspondent. He has also reported for FT Money and FT Weekend’s personal finance supplement. Prior to joining the FT in March 2007, he was an assistant editor for Property Week.

Dan holds a postgraduate degree in journalism from City University and a BA in English and Philosophy from Manchester University. He was named Business Journalist of the Year at the LSL Property Awards and awarded IBP News Reporter of the Year – both in 2010.


Why Attend

  1. - Benefit from the insight of an international speaker’s faculty, and panel of editorial experts at the forefront of construction innovation
  2. - Explore how the strategic implementation of the latest technologies from data analytics to robotics is enabling significant productivity gains
  3. - Discover how the convergence of the manufacturing and construction sectors will redefine the global buildings industry 
  4. - Engage in high-level networking to grow existing relationships and forge new game-changing partnerships 
  5. - Consider the implications of key contextual factors including the UK-Sector deal and Brexit, alongside the industry leaders driving change

Who Attends

Now its third year, The FT Future of Construction Summit will unite government developers/planners, architects, engineers, contractors, investors, solution providers, and clients to evaluate the opportunities to advance productivity in the sector. 

Expert insight together with high-level networking opportunities will facilitate new industry dialogues and partnerships to support lasting change in the sector.



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Construction professionals around the world use Autodesk Software to evaluate and improve the constructability of designs and the project delivery process. With Autodesk field management and virtual construction software, users are able to deliver more effective planning, coordination, and control through greater design insight and project predictability from preconstruction through execution. Autodesk Construction Solutions help contractors and subcontractors leverage the cloud to reduce waste, increase profit margins, produce results faster, and finish projects on budget.

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McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm committed to helping organisations create Change that Matters.

In more than 130 cities and 65 countries, our teams help clients across the private, public and social sectors shape bold strategies and transform the way they work, embed technology where it unlocks value, and build capabilities to sustain the change. Not just any change, but Change that Matters – for their organisations, their people, and in turn society at large.

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Clearbox provides leading-edge software and support services to enable digital infrastructure and construction project delivery. We enable you to control all of your project information in one, integrated Common Data Environment that structures data, documents and visualisations in one connected space, so that you can manage and enhance it from the beginning of your project, through to handover.

We provide a secure, cloud-hosted, enterprise-grade backbone via the web, or on your mobile device, that enables all stakeholders to access trusted digital information and to make informed decisions. 

Import your models and their associated data so you can schedule and plan your projects, keep costs tracked and under control, carry out design reviews wherever your team are located, run 4D simulations and clash detection to save time on site, raise forms, TQs and ITPs, and then when you’re ready to handover all of that information to the client, our software enables you to export it in an open format at the click of a button.

CITB is the Industrial Training Board (ITB) for the construction industry in Great Britain (Scotland, England and Wales). CITB uses its research and labour market intelligence to understand the sector’s skills needs, and works with industry and government to make sure construction has the right skills, now and for the future.

CITB is modernising its funding approach to invest in areas that will deliver the best returns for industry, and enable the sector to attract and train talented people to build a better Britain.

Legal Partner (1)

Charles Russell Speechlys is an international law firm with offices in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Hong Kong. We have an unusually broad range of skills and experience across the full spectrum of business and personal needs. This gives us a wider perspective, clear insight and a strongly commercial long-term view. We use this approach to secure the growth of our clients as they move confidently into the future.

Our forty person Construction, Engineering & Projects group provides the full range of contentious and non-contentious services for large scale construction and engineering projects, in the UK and internationally. We mainly act for commercial clients across a wide range of business sectors, but with a particular emphasis on real estate developers, property investment companies, contractors, and major engineering consultancies. We also advise high net worth individuals when undertaking high value residential construction projects.

Core non-contentious construction legal services include advising on all forms of construction and engineering contracts and associated documentation, insurance arrangements, and related financial security (such as bonds, guarantees and letters of credit). We also advise on obtaining suitable warranties and use of third party rights in sale and purchase agreements.

Our construction dispute resolution experience is extensive. It covers mediation, adjudication, arbitration (domestic and international), expert determination, as well as bringing and defending claims brought in the Technology and Construction Court. We focus our dispute resolution strategy on maximising the net recovery for our clients when bringing claims, and minimising or extinguishing their exposure when defending them.

Our construction specialists are based across our UK offices and internationally within our three Middle East offices. The team includes dual qualified barristers and solicitors, engineers, and accredited mediators and adjudicators. Our full-service approach ensures that our client’s priorities are identified, and an appropriate strategy adopted to achieve them. Our aim is to provide a personable and highly responsive specialist service to long standing clients in our chosen sectors.

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Excitech provide technology solutions and services for the construction sector, supporting the complete project life cycle from the manufacture of building products through to design and construction, building handover and maintenance. Our services include the provision of software, consultancy, training and support, and we offer a comprehensive range of IT, Document Management and Facilities Management solutions.

We pride ourselves on building close working partnerships with our customers based on mutual trust, going the extra mile and extensive sector knowledge. Our purpose is to enable our customers to take advantage of the role that technology can play in achieving their own business goals.

Established in 1985, we are the largest Autodesk Platinum Partner in the UK specialising in the construction sector, and have accreditations with leading technology vendors such as Microsoft, Dell, and HP. 

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World Construction Today is an information-centric B2B website covering all the major happenings, news and press releases of the construction industry. This information is read and reviewed by the key decision makers in the construction industry. Our aim is to provide the best marketing and communication services for our clients and to provide the most updated credible information for our subscribers.  For more details please feel free to email: or +91 6303569123

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