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Construction Leaders' Summit 2020: The Digital Future

The construction industry is constantly evolving and the need to adapt and embrace digital technologies is vital for survival. This two-day event is for anyone involved in the design, supply and construction of the built environment, looking to learn about and discuss the future of construction and the changes that lie ahead.


At NBS we're committed to providing the construction industry the tools and resources that they need to deliver connected construction information. As part of this commitment, we are delighted to announce our first-ever online conference, The Construction Leaders’ Summit: The Digital Future. 

Taking place on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 October, 9.00 am to 1.00 pm (BST), the event will focus on the digital transformation of the construction industry, which has been exponential this year due to COVID-19, playing a crucial role in keeping the industry operating.We believe that the industry needs to keep pushing on its digital journey, so we're putting the event on at no cost to attendees.

This event is for everyone involved in the construction process, including; architects, engineers, designers, contractors and product manufacturers. The first half of day one will focus on the drivers for change, before moving into sessions looking at how this change will happen. Day two will split into two streams, one for manufacturers and the other for specifiers, and they will both look at the future of the industry.  We have an excellent line up of government and industry experts, who will discuss the digital future of the construction industry, including:

Keynote speakers:


Dame Judith Hackitt

We’re delighted to welcome back Dame Judith Hackitt who will cover the Draft Building Safety Bill, the upcoming regulatory changes, and discuss the impact they’ll have on the industry. 

Dame Hackitt has spent decades at the forefront of the construction industry; she was appointed Chair of the Health and Safety Commission in 2007 and became Chair of the Health and Safety Executive in 2009.

Currently the chair of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, Dame Hackitt was given her DBE for services to engineering and health and safety in 2016. In 2016, she was listed as one of the Top 50 Women in UK Engineering by The Telegraph.


Nadhim Zahawi MP

Nadhim Zahawi, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Industry, will talk about construction and political change, and how it will influence future policy. 

As the Construction Minister, Nadhim has been responsible for helping the industry to navigate the obstacles created by COVID-19 and will provide a unique insight into how government policy will affect construction moving forward. 

Nadhim has been the Member of Parliament for Stratford-on-Avon since 2010 and is the co-chair of the Construction Leadership Council; an organisation focused on leading transformation across the construction industry.


Richard Waterhouse
Chief Strategy Officer, NBS

Richard is a Chartered Architect and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He is past President of the International Construction Information Society, past Chair of the British Standards B555 Committee on Building Information Modelling (BIM) and previously the Convenor of the European Standards WG1 on BIM Strategy. 

Paul Morrell
Former Government Chief Construction Advisor

Paul  is a chartered quantity surveyor and was formerly senior partner of Davis Langdon (now part of Aecom). He was subsequently appointed as the Government's first Chief Construction Adviser with a brief to champion a more coordinated approach to affordable, sustainable construction, and it was in that role that he announced the Government’s BIM mandate in 2010. He now practises as an independent consultant.

Phil Bernstein
Associate Dean and Professor Adjunct, Yale University School of Architecture

Phil is an architect, technologist and educator. He was the former Vice President at Autodesk where he was responsible for setting the company’s future vision and strategy for BIM technology.

Dr Stephen Hamil
Innovation Director, NBS

Stephen has worked on NBS products since 1999 and has played a big part in the developments of products such as NBS Building, NBS Chorus and National BIM Library. He was the project lead for the development of the BIM Toolkit on behalf of the UK Government’s BIM Task Group. His first degree was in Structural Engineering followed by a PhD in the digital modelling of building structures. 

Mithun Patel
M&A Director, BDO LLP

Mithun has over 12 years of experience providing M&A services in the Building Products & Services sector, working extensively with Corporates, Private Shareholders and Private Equity clients.  Previously he was Corporate Development Director at Spirax Sarco Engineering plc, a FTSE 100 listed business.  Mithun qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG.

John Stephan
M&A Partner, BDO, LLP

John has 25 years of M&A experience and is a specialist in M&A advisory for Building Products & Services. John was appointed BDO’s Head of Global M&A in 2018, having joined BDO in UK in 2007. He was previously with EY for ten years and led their national plc advisory team and prior to that was head of corporate finance for Capital Industries plc. He qualified as an ACA with Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC).

Peter Caplehorn
Chief Executive, Construction Products Association

Peter's work focuses on engaging with policy makers and industry leaders to raise the profile of the products sector and members’ businesses, grow the market and reduce regulatory risk. He is also a Chartered architect with over 35 years’ experience. 

Lee Jones
Head of Manufacturer Solutions, NBS

Lee has over 20 years’ experience in the manufacturing sector. Before NBS, Lee was the Digital Construction Manager at ‘Ideal Standard’, where he was responsible for the digitalisation of the groups products, seeing them become leaders in the field of BIM and structured product data. Lee is also a qualified Mechanical Engineer and Architectural Technologist, holding a Masters’ Degree in Sustainable Architecture and Healthy Buildings.

David Rockhill, 
Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

David works with clients in real estate, infrastructure and other capital-intensive industries on setting strategy and improving operational performance. Most recently focusing on digital transformation and business-building for infrastructure owners and construction companies.

Mark Farmer
Founding Director & CEO, Cast

Mark has 30 years’ experience in construction and is a recognised international commentator on industry and policy related issues. Mark authored the Farmer Review, an independent government review of the UK’s construction labour model entitled ‘Modernise or Die’. In 2019 he was appointed as the government’s Champion for Modern Methods of Construction in Housebuilding.

Anne Kemp OBE
Fellow and Technical Director, Atkins

Technical Director and Fellow at Atkins, Anne is an experienced Chair in the civil engineering industry and specialises in leadership, standards development and technical depth focused around digital transformation and specifically Information management, BIM, Geospatial and Environmental Assessment. 

Tim Carey
National Product Director, Willmott Dixon

Chief Product Director at Willmott Dixon, Tim has overall responsibility for a portfolio that covers product improvement, off-site manufacturing, design, innovation, digital construction, planning and quality.

Jade Lewis
Chief Executive, Sustainable Energy Association

Jade is Chief Executive if the Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) and she also acts as 'Sherpa' for the Innovation in Buildings Workstream of the CLC, supporting Saint Gobain and collaborating with others to increase the uptake of Smart Construction in the housing sector.

Gill Kelleher
Impact Director, Construction Innovate Hub

Gill has a proven track record leading industry and business strategy, policy, industrial engagements for global organisations and partnerships across the fields of innovation, construction and energy. Gill has previously worked at the Active Building Centre, a partner in the UKRI Transforming Construction Challenge. She is a member of Building Mission Taskforce, Construction Leadership Council, the BSI CB-3 Construction Products Committee and Chair of SAPIF Heat Storage Group.

Robin Cordy
Marketing Director, NBS

Robin is helping transform a technical information provider into a Global SaaS platform for the construction industry. Prior to joining NBS Robin spent 10 years in the digital agency sector and has worked with organisations, including Audi, Blackberry, the BBC, Formica and Virgin Money. 

Paul Swaddle
Head of Technical Solutions, NBS

A chartered Architect by background, Paul combines his technical knowledge with the ability to communicate complex subjects in familiar ways. Understanding future industry trends and the needs of global companies, Paul is a trusted speaker and has provided over a decade of consultancy on digital construction and specification. He is the co-author of “BIM for Dummies.

Adam Turk
Chair of the Construction Products Association's Marketing Integrity Group

Adam is Chair at the CPA and is responsible for leading the design of a code of practice for the provision of product information. Adam 25 years’ marketing and sales experience in construction products. 

Ezra Greenberg
Expert Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

Ezra leads McKinsey’s work on trends and global forces within the Strategy & Corporate Finance Practice. He serves strategic organizations and investors in the shipping, ports, and building-products sectors. He is also a leader of the firm’s institutional-investor work, focusing on investment strategy, portfolio construction, and due diligence. Ezra helps clients identify and align their strategies with critical macrotrends that are shaping the economy.