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Day One Programme

Date: 21st November 2018

Venue: RICS, 12 Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AD

11.15 - 11:45
10:45 - 12:30
9:00 - 9:45
9:45 - 10:00
Marcel Hendricks 
10:00 - 10:30

Session 1: Keynote Innovation & Risk
Julia Barfield MBE
Marks Barfield Architects

Julia, together with husband and partner David Marks (1952-2017), is the founding director of Marks Barfield Architects (MBA), the originators and creative entrepreneurs behind the design and realisation of the London Eye and BA i360, Brighton.

MBA has won over 80 awards for design, innovation and sustainability. Projects range from the Kew Treetop Walkway, the art fund winning Lightbox in Woking and the University of Cambridge Primary School. Current projects include a visitor's centre and HQ in the Seychelles and the UK's first green Mosque in Cambridge. 

As well as chairing the RIBA National Awards Panel, Julia is on the LLDC Quality Review Panel and is an external examiner at Bath University.

Session 2: Risk and Innovation debate
Dr Jenny Thomas 
Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

Dr Jenny Thomas is Head of Built Environment at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. She leads the design team within the department, who recently organised the first Government conference on design quality.  


Previously, Jenny was founder and managing director of Performance Consultancy, specialists in post-occupancy evaluation and evidence-based design. Before that, Jenny worked as Director of Research for Ryder Architecture and Head of Research and Policy for the British Council for School Environments.  Jenny comes from an academic background in psychology and the Built Environment, and completed doctoral research into the impact of workplace environments on satisfaction and productivity.

Crawford Wright
Department for Education

Crawford Wright is head of design at the DfE. He is responsible for setting technical and design standards for all DFE delivered new and refurbished schools. Crawford is a chartered architect and has been involved in school capital delivery for over ten years, working on academies and free schools as well as leading the UTC and Studio schools programme.


He began his career in social housing and estate regeneration before working on policy in a number of local authorities before returning to construction through project management of capital in the public sector and was head of capital projects at Bristol City Council and programme director at Devon County council.


Crawford is committed to ensuring the DfE learns from buildings in use and bringing evidence based practice to bear on future school designs and has launched a major research project involving post occupational evaluation and building performance evaluation of school environments.

Jason Dawson
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Jason has held senior director and leadership roles at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust since 2008.  He has an extensive background in capital delivery, service transformation and operational management.  During his time at The Christie, he led on the Trust’s ambitious capital and service development plans.  As well as being a chartered surveyor (MRICS), Jason is also an experienced operational director, spending 2 years as the Chief Operating Officer at The Christie. 


Jason has just completed the successful construction and delivery of the UK’s first NHS High Energy Proton Beam Therapy Centre worth £135m. Jason is currently leading the £150m development of a new international hub for translational research which will be a purpose built, state-of-the-art, research facility that will integrate research and clinical activities together.  This is a collaboration between The Christie, The University of Manchester and Cancer Research UK. Prior to joining The Christie, Jason spent his career providing consultancy services to the public and private sector including commercial, retail, rail, local government and health organisations.

10:30 - 11:15
Coffee Break
11:15 - 11:45
11:45 - 12:30
Session 3: How do we measure risk & innovation?
Louise Lado-Byrnes

Louise spent her early career within main contracting and for the last 19 years in management consultancy. Following a period in commercial management Louise she progressed into design & project management on major projects, reviewing and implementing company-wide systems and processes to ensure design team and contractor collaboration.

As Director of facilitation for IPInitiatives Ltd, she continues to focus on training and project facilitation that can be applied to businesses in a down-to-earth and practical manner. The IPI Model is one of three names new procurement and delivery model names in the Government construction strategy.

IPInitiatives are now commencing their 3rd trial project. The aims of the model are being exhibited daily with real changes in behaviour and a true no blame collaboration liberated by getting rid of contractual and insurance barriers. The first trial delivered costs at 6.5% below the investment target. Louise is delighted with the way Insurance Backed Alliancing is responding to many industry papers and recommendations.

Peter Inglis
Cullinan Studio

Peter is a Practice Leader at Cullinan Studio. He has expert knowledge and experience of project design and management gained over 20 years working on large scale, complex residential, research and Higher Education projects. He is skilled in the use of BIM to integrate collaborative teamworking.

Peter is particularly adept at taking control of the most complex briefs and driving innovative and considered solutions. He works for design excellence through detailed analysis and understanding but always alongside the ‘big-picture’ goals, driving project teams from the first ideas through construction to handover and occupation. Peter’s wider responsibilities include project processes and standards, and resource planning. He plans work flows with consummate ease and clarity to enable our teams to deliver projects effectively and efficiently for our clients.

His team has recently completed the National Automotive Innovation Centre at the University of Warwick, and is currently working on the largest Integrated Project Insurance building inthe UK so far, for Dudley College.

Session 4: Carrying out effective Risk Management
Edward Moore

Edward is a specialist in embedding collaboration in teams and monitoring the effectiveness of team development. He created the RADAR methodology and toolset which is now utilised on major projects to align team collaboration, behavioural risk and traditional risk management. He also designs and embeds dispute prevention and resolution processes within project teams and commercial agreements.

He coaches senior project leaders when embedding collaboration in new project teams.

As part of his endeavour to drive collaboration through the construction and infrastructure industry he has developed a continuous improvement network for senior executives and has worked with organisations including IPA, Cabinet Office, Highways England, HS2 and Network Rail on delivering knowledge seminars for dissemination of industry best practice.

Nick Coke
Mott MacDonald

Nick Coke is a Project Principal for Mott MacDonald’s Built Environment team.  He is part of the Project Management team delivering a variety of projects across the country and currently is the lead for Mott MacDonald’s delivery of the Capital Works programme at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.

12:30 - 13:15
Lunch Break
13.15 - 14:00
14:00 - 14:45
Session 5: Resilience against conflict and natural disasters
David Barker

David Barker is an Associate Principal at Elementa Consulting and leads their Building Physics group. He oversees a number of consulting services, including environmental design, low-carbon energy management and façade optimisation.


David’s team of architects and engineers provide solutions for sustainable outcomes and improved health and wellbeing, with project experience both locally and across the globe.

Philip Graham
Cullinan Studio

Philip Graham is a partner at Cullinan studio with particular expertise in large-scale residential projects and international master planning. In 2011 he lived in Libya whilst designing visitor strategies as part of the Green Mountain Project and the Shahat masterplan for a zero carbon garden city of 60,000 people. In 2013 he returned twice to post-revolution Tripoli in teaching and institution-building capacities with the RIBA.


Philip leads the office’s research work, looking at the design implications of emerging trends in culture, policy and investment. In 2016, he was awarded an RIBA Research Trust Award to support his housing research work, as well as a “Rising Star Award” by the RIBA Journal for his entrepreneurial and policy-driven approach to the issues of housing and place-making, both in the UK and in North Africa.

Session 6: Designing & constructing around live working environments
Gregg Barton

Gregg Barton is a Partner Programme Director for Arcadis.  He is part of the Project Management team delivering a variety of projects across the UK. He is currently is the programme lead for the strategic framework at Leicester City Council. This framework is a genuine mutual partnership for the delivery of capital projects, including schools, highways and civic buildings, across the city of Leicester. He is also working with other local authorities to develop frameworks for the delivery of projects of all sizes and across project management, quantity surveying and building surveying.


Gregg has recently delivered highly technical projects which involve delivering buildings in live environments, specifically in the education and residential sectors, which are inherently high risk for clients, contractors and consultants alike.


Rafael Marks
Penoyre & Prasad

Rafael joined Penoyre & Prasad in 2004, becoming an Associate in 2008 and Associate Partner in 2017. He has worked on a diverse portfolio of education projects, both in the UK and abroad, and has led a number of award winning school projects. He recently completed the Bobby Moore Academy secondary school, an exemplar high-rise school in the heart of the Olympic Park.  He brings a wealth of experience in designing learning environments as well as expertise in client engagement, project management and sustainability.


He has taught and lectured at a number of different architectural schools including the University of Cape Town, London Metropolitan University, South Bank University and Cambridge University and is a Design Think Tank Leader at the London School of Architecture.  He is also a Trustee of the Dulwich Hamlet Educational Trust which completed a free school in Peckham, south London.


14:45 - 15:30
Tea Break
15:30 - 16:00
16:00 - 16:45
Session 7: Design & Build - Why has this become the default procurement route?
Darren Talbot
d2i Management

Darren has over 20 years of experience in the management and delivery of complex projects from senior positions with global consultancies and Public Sector organisations. He has worked across the business change, construction, delivery, strategy and benefits realisation spectrum. 


His project experience ranges from managing the International War Crimes Tribunal excavations in Kosovo in the late 1990s as an Army Officer, through briefing UK overseas embassy staff on the delivery of PPP/ PFI contracts, to the Institute of Advanced Automotive Propulsion systems and School of Management, both for the University of Bath and being delivered through D2i Management, his own company.

He is a Fellow of the RICS, a Member of the Association for Project Management, a Member of the Institution of Royal Engineers, a PRINCE2 Practitioner and a RICS Education Standards Board member.

Peter Airey
Airey Miller

Peter is the founder and Managing Director of Airey Miller. He has 40 years experience of delivering Project Management services to Housing Associations, Local Authorities and similar organisations. Peter’s particular areas of expertise relate to innovative procurement and producing bespoke Standard Forms of Contract to meet Client objectives. As a Partnering Advisor, Peter has managed several projects with complex issues and tight time frames to successful conclusions. Peter is also a qualified Principal Designer and has been instrumental in producing a QMS dedicated to the delivery of all Principal Designer services within the Practice.

Peter oversees all activity within the organisation with each Team Leader and Partner reporting monthly to identify resources and other issues regarding the delivery of services.

16:00 - 16:45
16:45 - 17:30
16:45 - 17:30
Session 8: What are the risks associated with Frameworks?
Charles McSweeney
Currie & Brown

Charles is a senior director at Currie & Brown who has over 20 years of professional experience in the property and infrastructure industry, providing advice to both the public and private sector. He has overall responsibility for a number of specialist advisory teams in the UK providing disputes, procurement and contract advice, building surveying, property tax, and construction health and safety consultancy services.

Charles has extensive experience working within the public sector, working for clients for such as the Department for Work & Pensions, Department of Education, as well as various London Borough’s and NHS Trusts. He provides continuous improvement advice to get the best from capital or maintenance programme spend. Charles helps clients to identify waste and integrate best practice to achieve real cost savings and performance improvement.

17:30 - 17:40
Julia Barfield
Jenny Thomas
Crawford Wright
Jason Dawson
Louise Lado-Byrnes
Peter Inglis
Edward Moore
Nick Coke
David Barker
Philip Graham
Gregg Barton
Rafael Marks
Darren Talbot
Peter Airey
Charles McSweeney
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