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The Construction Leaders' Summit: Building for the Future

The construction industry is continuously evolving. The need to adapt and embrace new working practices and technologies is crucial in building a better and more sustainable future. At NBS, we're committed to providing the construction industry with the tools and resources needed to help. As part of this commitment, we hosted an online conference called the Construction Leaders' Summit: Building for the Future, on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 April. 

This two-day online event was 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. 

We brought together leading figures from the government and construction industry, who shared insights on digital transformation, regulatory changes,  the economic landscape, and how we build a more sustainable future. Amongst those leading figures were the events keynote speakers The RT Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, the Government Construction Minister, and Simon Rawlinson, Head of Strategic Insight and Research at Arcadis and Construction Playbook Author. The videos from the event are available to watch 'on demand' right now! Simply complete the form, and view them in your own time.

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Government and industry experts discussed how the industry is changing and what the future looks like.

Latest information and advice on sustainability and how businesses can adopt better ways of building.

Insights into leading construction projects.

Updates on the economic landscape, including the impact of COVID-19 and Brexit.

A review of how the industry has changed in the last six months, and insight on how to continue to  drive it forward.

 Discover how the NBS platforms can help specifiers and manufacturers work better together.

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The RT Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP
UK Construction Minister

Anne-Marie Trevelyan was appointed as Minister of State (Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth) at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 8 January 2021. She was appointed as the UK International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26 Presidency on 7 November 2020.

She has previously served as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Defence. As an MP, she has campaigned with colleagues for greater autism awareness and has focused on the Armed Forces Covenant.


Simon Rawlinson
Partner - Head of Strategic Research & Insight, Arcadis, Member of the Government’s Construction Leadership Council, Construction Playbook Author

Simon heads the Arcadis Strategic Research and Insight team. He has over 20 years’ experience in construction and built environment research and innovation and has been closely involved in many government initiatives to improve construction industry performance. He actively participated in developing the UK Government’s digital design strategy and served on the Executive Board of the CIC.

Christian Baker-Smith
Divisional Specification Manager, Access 360

With 15 years’ experience in the construction industry Christian has worked with the majority of major architectural practices and contractors over the years. His experience and technical expertise has enabled him to support specifiers in their design aspirations. Some of the projects he has been involved with include the Shard, Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Ports City Stadium and Bloomberg’s London HQ.

Ann Bentley
Member of the Construction Leadership Council / Global Board Director, Rider Levett Bucknall

Ann has almost 40 years’ experience as an Engineer, Project Manager and Strategic Advisor in the property, infrastructure and construction sectors. She has supported many cross-industry initiatives and is a member of the Government’s Construction Leadership Council (CLC), and authored the CLC’s Procuring for Value Report. Ann has worked closely with the Construction Innovation Hub on developing the Value Toolkit, sitting on the Value Toolkit Board and leading the value definition workstream.

Scott Blance
Policy Advisor, Sustainable Energy Association

Scott works as a Policy Advisor for the SEA undertaking research and contributing to work on the energy efficiency and decarbonisation of heat agendas. He develops member briefings and policy papers specialising in these areas. He regularly attends events and engages with policy makers on behalf of members across the country, and has a particular interest in advocating the SEA’s policy work with the devolved administrations.

Gary Clark
Chair of the Sustainable Futures Group / Principal, HOK

With a 30 year career behind him, Gary currently oversees several high profile research buildings and sustainability projects for the HOK London Studio. He’s a visiting professor of sustainable architecture at Queens University Belfast and frequently advises the UK Government on sustainable policy. He is Chair of the RIBA Sustainable Futures Group and helped shape the organisation’s Declaration of Environment and Climate Emergency, the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge and new sustainability guidance to support the RIBA Plan of Work.

Charmaine Dean
Marketing Manager, Catnic / Committee Member, Chartered Institute of Marketing Construction Industry Group.

Charmaine is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of Catnic's marketing initiatives across several product categories. She has spent the last 14 years working for product manufacturers within the construction industry and sits on the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Construction Industry Group Committee (CIMCIG). CIMCIG assists marketers within the construction industry, working on behalf of members to raise the status of the marketing profession within the construction industry. 

Johnny Furlong
BIM strategy Lead, L&Q

Johnny was one of the early pioneers of BIM in the UK and Ireland with 16 years of previous experience implementing BIM and digital strategies at organisational level and delivering BIM on large scale projects. Johnny is also vice-chair of the Golden Thread Initiative (GTI), which sponsored by the MHCLG is collaboration with over 50 organisations in reviewing the information requirements, process and technology required for a standardised digital Golden Thread of building safety information.

Catherine Fyfe
Divisional Marketing Director, Polypipe / Deputy Chair - The Construction Products Association's Marketing Integrity Group

Catherine is a Divisional Marketing Director at Polypipe and Deputy Chair of CPA’s Marketing Integrity Group (MIG). She has over 10 years of experience leading both product management and marketing communications teams in product manufacturing within the construction industry.

Matt Hallissey
Head of Strategy, TopHat

Matt Hallissey is the head of strategy at TopHat, a Goldman Sachs-backed modular housebuilder who is delivering high-quality sustainable homes across the UK. TopHat are playing a crucial part in delivering large volumes of high quality, sustainable homes in response to the UK’s housing crisis.

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. 

Jaimie Johnson
Board Director and Head of Global Systems, Bryden Wood

Jaimie is a Board Director and Head of Global Systems at Bryden Wood and Design Lead for the UK Construction Innovation Hub. Jaimie has spent over 20 years working across the built environment to maximise value for major clients in government, the private sector and the public sector, in the UK and around the world.

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’, 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.

Taleen Josefsson
Thrive Project Manager, Chetwoods

Taleen is an American-registered architect and Passive House Consultant who applies a holistic approach to tackling the complex environmental and social issues relating the built environment.She works as a Thrive Project Manager at Chetwoods, advising on sustainable and circular practice and implementation both within the firm and for external clients. She is also an active member of the ACAN Circular Economy group

Alistair Kell
Principal and Chief Information Officer, BDP

Alistair champions the application of IT within the design and construction process to support increased efficiency across all areas of BDP, with the aim to provide the best possible products for BDP clients. He’s also BDP’s practice wide BIM champion, regularly speaking at events, with a particular interest in Information Management and BIM. His skills lie in understanding the design process and the most appropriate use of new technologies that benefits all parties.

Dr Judit Kimpian
Chair - Sustainability Group, Architects' Council of Europe (ACE-CAE)

Dr Judit Kimpian was Director of Sustainable Architecture & Research at AHR. With a background in design and virtual information modelling, she lead collaborative research projects including the RIBA|CIBSE platform CarbonBuzz as well as building performance evaluations revealing the scale and causes of the gap between the expected and achieved energy performance of buildings. Judit chairs the Architects Council of Europe's Sustainability Work Group and is a regular speaker at national and international conferences.

Carlos Muriel
Associate Director, Architecture and Workplace, Atkins

As an Associate Director and member of the Senior Leadership Team in Atkins, Carlos leads the Design Culture Network responsible for ensuring high design standards across projects in all sectors. Carlos’ diverse project portfolio spans from commercial, workplace, residential, cultural, bridge design, themed parks and education projects; with one common thread: A strong design narrative and innovative thinking.

Andy Stolworthy
Director of Product and Market Development at SFS Group Fastening Technology Ltd

Andy Stolworthy is Director of Product and Market Development for SFS in the UK, a manufacturer of fasteners, hinges, rainscreen support and fall protection systems primarily for the building envelope. Andy has been with SFS for 4 years and his responsibilities include understanding market changes and delivering SFS's approach to meet these emerging needs. In this and previous roles Andy has been heavily involved in defining product solutions and services that align themselves with the market needs providing tangible value right through the construction process.

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, Construction Products Association's Marketing Integrity Group

Adam has over 25 years’ marketing and sales experience in construction products. Adam was previously chairman of the CPA’s export group. He is also CEO at Siderise Group, acoustic, fire and thermal insulation solutions.

Kirsty Villiers
BIM Workstream Lead, L&Q

Kirsty is a BIM Workstream Lead at L&Q, working on L&Qs BIM Strategy and programme managing the industry’s Golden Thread Initiative. She has a decade of experience in the sector, with a background in quality assurance and Information management. She has been responsible for driving BIM implementation and quality assurance processes across organisations, delivering BIM on large scale projects and providing BIM consultancy services. She is also an active member of industry groups such as BIM4Housing, Women in BIM etc.

Allan Wilén
Economics Director, Glenigan

Allan has thirty years experience analysing and forecasting the UK construction industry and heads Glenigan’s market intelligence service. The market intelligence service provides clients with regular on-line comment and analysis on the construction industry, including sector and regional forecasts. In addition Allan undertakes custom research and analysis for customers, including leading contractors, product manufacturers and government.

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