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Day Two Programme

Date: 22nd November 2018

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

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

Session 1: Does BREEAM embrace innovation or is it another set of risks to be managed?

Mary has over thirty years of experience in the energy industry having started her career in the UK oil and gas industry.  She has been working in the field of sustainable and renewable energy since joining ETSU in 1989.  As a Senior Consultant with LEX Energy Consulting she was instrumental in developing the renewables and carbon trading business.  She has extensive experience in the regulatory, policy and commercial aspects of the power generation industry. She was a Director of TV Energy where she was responsible for developing in-house commercial expertise and for establishing the consulting section of the business.   

In 2008 she set up Blewburton with Ian Bacon to provide consultancy services to businesses in the front line of emerging climate change and sustainability policies. She is an experienced, licensed BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes and On Construction Domestic Energy (SAP) assessor.  For the last 10 years she has primarily been working on BREEAM assessments.

Tim Bevan

Tim is the director of operations for BREEAM at BRE, encompassing Home Quality Mark and CEEQUAL. A construction manager by training, Tim has spent an 18-year career developing and operating environmental-based assessment and certification schemes in the UK and Internationally, including a version for the assessing the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Simon Ebbatson

Simon Ebbatson is a Principal of Elementa Consulting a 70-strong team of building services engineers and sustainability consultants with offices in London and Oxford who share a commitment to changing the face of MEP engineering and Environmental design.


Simon acts as both the Quality Management and Technical Development lead for Elementa. With over 20 years building services engineering industry experience he is now responsible for the Education and Higher Education sectors. His team is delivering schemes across all scales of projects with specific emphasis on the design of low environmental impact buildings including some net zero schemes.  

Session 2: Designing to a budget or budgeting for a design.
Craig Akhurst 
AMR Consult

Craig Akhurst is a director at AMR Consult and provides project management and technical advisory services to both public and private sector clients.  Craig is primarily focused on the education sector and supports both the commissioning and delivery side of the industry. 


The range of projects he is involved in provides Craig with a broad insight into the education sector and he has applied various procurement and contracting models for the delivery of school projects.

David Tucker
Rivington Street Studio

David Tucker is a director at education specialist architect Rivington Street Studio. David has over 20 years’ experience within the school, college and higher education sectors and has been responsible for delivering a portfolio of new build, remodelling and extension projects where there has had to be careful management over brief, cost, design and a complex or rapid implementation.


He is currently working on both primary and secondary school basic needs and expansion programmes, a new SEN school and a new DfE academy. These are a mixture of projects which have been either designed to a budget or budgeted for a design.

10:30 - 11:15
Coffee Break
11:15 - 11:45
Session 3: Does BIM minimise risk & drive innovation?
Ana Matic 
Penoyre & Prasad

Ana joined Penoyre & Prasad in 2002, becoming an Associate in 2010 and an Associate Partner in 2017. She has worked on a wide range of the practice’s healthcare, education and housing projects. She is a talented leader and has extensive experience with the coordination of client and contractor teams.


Ana is also a skilled coordinator of complex stakeholder groups, balancing the needs of a variety of individuals while maintaining project goals and design vision. Ana is the partner in charge of BIM and is an energetic advocate of the technology. She works to produce and coordinate associated policymaking, documentation and networking within the office. A regular presenter at industry BIM in Practice events, she is an active member of the international Women in BIM organisation.

Gary Allen 
11:45 - 12:30
Session 4: Digital Innovation - Is this where the future lies for design & construction?
Oliver Lowrie 
Ackroyd Lowrie

Oliver is an award winning architect with over 10 years experience in the industry. Oliver co-founded Ackroyd Lowrie alongside Jon Ackroyd in a post-recession environment with the aim of radically improving the way buildings are designed and delivered. Oliver and Jon used their unique experience undertaking Post-Occupancy evaluations of finished buildings to identify the problems affecting the quality of buildings delivered by the UK industry, and then set up a process that uses technology at every stage to remedy these problems.


From online briefing tools for developers to help them target their market more effectively, to Virtual Reality Sign off and Factory produced housing, Ackroyd Lowrie are at there forefront of delivering the cities of the future. 

Shane Cryer
12:30 - 13:15
Lunch Break
13.15 - 14:00
14:00 - 14:45
Session 5: Modern methods of construction
Simon Bayliss

Simon was a founding Partner of HTA Design LLP in 2013.  He is an active member of the RIBA Housing Group, is an Academician of the AoU and a regular contributor to both trade and national press on housing matters.

Simon has continued the practice’s reputation for innovation in design and construction through delivery of some of the UK’s most important modular housing projects of recent years. A collection of four projects in Wembley have delivered a mix of affordable and private rented homes, student housing, a hotel and associated commercial and leisure amenities, including the 28 storey Apex House delivered in just 12 months.


Andrew Shepherd
Mid Group

Andrew has several years of experience in funding and delivering construction projects, having worked for an international contractor, FTSE 100 developer and “Big 4” accountancy firm. In 2014 he set up the Mid Group, which in less than 4 years has grown to become a top 50 construction business in the UK, according to independent Glenigan’s data, based on securing turnover of over £175m in the last 12 months.


Mid Group is a main contractor, who focuses on deploying offsite solutions to a range of project types. This specialism has seen Mid Group being named “Contractor of the Year” in the 2018 Offsite Awards.  The Mid Group approach is to purchase offsite products from a range of manufacturers, identifying the best product for each individual project.  


Andrew has been a guest lecturer at Cambridge University on its Construction Engineering Masters programme since 2011. Andrew worked closely with HM Government in writing its Industrial Strategy for Construction, “Construction 2025”.  He has also worked directly with Governments in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, working on innovative delivery strategies for infrastructure.


Session 6: How big is the risk in selecting a design team with no sector experience?
Caroline Cole
Colander Associates

Caroline read architecture at New Hall, Cambridge and during her professional life has worked both as a design consultant and as a client commissioning design professionals. She works with architects, landscape architects, designers and consulting engineers, helping them develop and run effective creative businesses.  She also works with clients to identify the best design teams for their projects. In addition she leads Colander’s architectural competitions service, working with a wide range of both private and public sector clients.  

Before setting up Colander, Caroline was Head of the Clients’ Advisory Service and Competitions Office at the Royal Institute of British Architects, where she established Client Forums across a number of different sectors, to create a unique opportunity for clients to explore and develop an understanding of the real value of great architecture.

She was a member of the Steering Group responsible for the Government publication ‘Architectural Competitions, a Handbook for Promoters’, and was on the Development Board for the CIC’s Design Quality Indicators.

Kathy Bagster

Kathy Bagster is a construction professional with a background in mechanical engineering with over 20 years' industry experience. She has spent the last 20 years managing projects, writing and assessing bids, tenders, PQQ’s and expressions of interest for clients, design consultancies and main contractors.

These include single stage and two stage tenders for both new build and refurbishment projects through to major investment related projects and national frameworks.
In the past two years she has procured and assessed small and large projects including a £450m and £170m development partner tender. 

In addition to bid management, project management and procurement, she has an in depth knowledge of business development and marketing strategy having worked for Morgan Sindall London and playing a major role in growing their turnover from £6m per annum to £80m in 3 years.

She has worked in a number of sectors including education, commercial and healthcare, and has a clear understanding of client and stakeholder drivers to ensure a tailored solution is both adopted and delivered. Kathy was also voted as chairperson for London Constructing Excellence Club in 2014 having served on the committee for 3 years.

14:45 - 15:30
Tea Break
15:30 - 16:00
16:00 - 16:45
Session 7: Is there enough joined up thinking to meet our housing, healthcare and education requirements?
Rachel Shaw

Rachel Shaw is a Director at ArchitecturePLB where she has led a wide range of educational and mixed use projects ranging from early years settings, schools of all shapes and sizes, Higher Education buildings and residential projects.


Rachel enjoys building relationships with client teams through a collaborative design process and relishes the challenge of large scale and complex projects.


Nicola Forster

Nicola has a broad range of experience in providing planning advice on all land and property matters in the public and private sector in Central London and the South West. She has experience across a range of sectors, primarily in hotels, residential development, education, urban mixed-use, and sports and leisure projects – often involving listed buildings.

Nicola joined Porta Planning (now part of Savills) in April 2014, from BNP Paribas Real Estate; and she continues to work with several long-standing clients, to delivering successful developments through the planning applications process. Her key clients include: Accenture, Aviva, BNP Paribas Real Estate, De Beers, EDF Energy, Endurance Land, News UK, Whitbread and York Buildings Ltd.


Ann Lakshmanan
Shepheard Epstein Hunter

Ann is a Director of Shepheard Epstein Hunter and has extensive experience of working with schools and projects requiring careful stakeholder engagement. Since joining SEH, Ann has been responsible for many complex school transformation projects on occupied sites for Enfield, Lambeth, Hackney, Newham and the Girl’s Day School Trust; university projects at City University London, and large housing projects for Stonebridge and Camden.

Ann has experience of working equally well on the client side with traditional contracts and as Technical Advisor; working directly with contractors; and on contracts which combine both relationships, where we are novated at tender stage.


16:45- 17:30
Session 8: Where are the next innovators and risk managers going to come from?
Toby Banfield
Rider Levett Bucknall

Toby Banfield is a partner within the Health Planning Team, Toby is an experienced health services consultant, having worked for many years as a health planner and manager within the UK Health Service at many levels before moving into Consultancy. Toby is also a DQI Assessor for the CIC – Construction Industry Council.


Jo Hart
Scott Brownrigg

Jo joined the Cardiff Studio of award-winning international design practice Scott Brownrigg in February 2017.  She has recently completed her Part 3 and is awaiting registration with the ARB.   Jo achieved a first Class Honours for her Masters from the Welsh School of Architecture in June 2016; her final project was featured in the Architects’ Journal.

Since joining Scot Brownrigg Jo has primarily been working on education projects across the UK including most recently London Design and Engineering UTC. She also has experience in the residential, commercial, masterplanning and mixed-use sectors.

Sebastian Woodhams
Sustainable Acoustics

Sebastian Woodhams BSc(Hons) MIOA is a member of the institute of acousticsand graduated from Solent University in 2013. He has been working in consultancy since, and joined Sustainable Acoustics in 2017 as a consultant. In his previous role at a multidisciplinary consultancy he gained extensive knowledge of building acoustics, including building services and sound insulation. In addition he gained experience in the environmental and education sectors.


At Sustainable Acoustics he has been involved in a wide range of projects, including planning applications for residential and commercial developments and school refurbishments. He is also experienced in specialist areas such as noise at work, vibration and noise nuisance, and has worked on several projects in his home town of Romsey.

Jessica Dower
Price & Myers

Jo grew up in Bromley, studied at University of Cambridge and then went on to join Price & Myers as a graduate engineer and has been there now for six years, having more recently become Chartered with the IStructE.

She has worked on a fantastic range of projects during her time there. A few highlights include: Morley House, £50m façade retention on Regent Street for The Crown Estate; BAFTA, extensive refurbishment of Grade II listed BAFTA headquarters on Piccadilly; Chobham Farm, 150-unit commercial & residential development in Stratford; Imagine Nation, new purpose-built theatre on Olympic Way, Wembley. 

16:45 - 17:30
17:30 - 17:40
17:40 - 21:30
Drinks Reception
Mary Miller 

Gary has over 15 years’ experience delivering a wide variety of projects including new build, extensions, remodelling and refurbishment projects through a variety of procurement routes utilising various building contract forms. Having qualified as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Gary has considerable pre and post contract project experience in both Project and Cost Management roles.


Gary is part of the BIM4Health working group, representing the RICS. The aim of the group is to provide guidance to the health sector on the roles and requirements of BIM.

Shane Cryer manages the education sector in the UK and Ireland for Swedish acoustic experts, Ecophon. After a career in the construction industry, having studied building and property surveying, he now concentrates on building acoustics.


Working closely with organisations such as The Institute of Acoustics (IOA) and the RIBA, Shane has been promoting BB93: Acoustic Design of Schools standard via CPD seminars, conferences and articles in the trade press. Shane also manages several acoustic research projects around the UK and is involved in the Australian ILETC research programme for school environments.

Mary Miller
Tim Bevan
Simon Ebbatson
Craig Akhurst
David Tucker
Ana Matic
Gary Allen
Oliver Lowrie
Shane Cryer
Simon Bayliss
Andrew Shepherd
Caroline Cole
Kathy Bagster
Rachel Shaw
Nicola Forster
Ann Lakshmanan
Toby Banfield
Jo Hart
Sebastian Woodhams
Jessic Dower
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