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Thursday 15 February 2024

Navigating 2024 and beyond
Susan Anderton - The Brand Marquee
Greg Campbell - Campbell Tickell
Craig Akhurst - CJA Consulting

Venue: The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT

Time; 7.45 - 10.15am

We appear to have spent the last four years lurching from one crisis to another.  We thought the focus of the Government for this Parliamentary term would be the UK's first steps following our exit from the European Union.  Instead we have had to deal with a global pandemic, conflicts in Europe and the Middle East, and the political turmoil of three Prime Ministers and five Chancellor of the Exchequers, all of which has impacted on the current state of the economy.

According to Begbies Traynor as highlighted in Building, "the number of companies in critical financial distress has jumped by more than a quarter at the end of 2023, with “serious concerns” over construction and real estate firms".

Julie Palmer, partner at Begbies Traynor stated "After a difficult year for British businesses that was characterised by high interest rates, rampant inflation, weak consumer confidence and rising and unpredictable input costs, we are now seeing this perfect storm impact every corner of the economy”.

So what lies ahead for those of us working in the design and construction sector and how do we position our businesses in preparedness for an economic upturn and/or change in Government. Come and join us as our expert panel discuss:

  • What is happening to the economy and how will this impact the construction sector this year?

  • Will we just paper over the cracks on our crumbling public sector estate until after the election?

  • What is current client expectation with regard to cost, inflation, pipeline and delivery?

  • How do we position our businesses in preparedness for an economic upturn and/or change in Government?


Susan Anderton
The Brand Marquee

Founder of The Brand Marquee, Susan is an expert in brand positioning strategies to navigate leaders and their businesses through change - market growth, maintaining market share during challenging times or exit strategies. Her specialist industry sectors include property and construction, financial and professional services, technology and data centres.


Susan’s experience in brand and business development spans 30+ years. Her business and commercial knowledge is strong. For five years, Susan led a London architecture practice through the Great Recession (2007) and following that was appointed to undertake a merger between two top 50 law firms in 2012. This experience has resulted in Susan acting as CMO for a number of global organisations in the US, Australia and the Middle East as well as Europe, leading large teams through times of change.

Greg Campbell
Campbell Tickell

Greg is a strategic management consultant and Partner at Campbell Tickell. A consultant for over 20 years, he has worked directly with over 450 organisations across the UK and Ireland. He has extensive national networks and is a frequent speaker on the operating environment and corporate strategy. Greg has led governance and major strategy reviews for councils, ALMOs, housing associations, care providers, leisure trusts and charities. He has advised the government housing regulators for England and Ireland on regulation matters.

Greg has led on troubleshooting, service improvement and major procurement assignments for a range of councils, ALMOs, housing associations. He has in addition worked with housebuilders and developers, property investors, contractors and legal firms, advising on market positioning, business growth and tendering.
Craig Akhurst
CJA Consulting
Craig Akhurst is a director at CJA Property Consulting. He provides property consulting, project management and technical advisory services to both public and private sector. 
Craig’s portfolio of work includes a broad range of projects including new educational facilities; advising multi-academy trusts on mixed use residential and educational projects; refurbishment of listed buildings in central London; and a new research and development building for development of electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft in Cranfield.
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