Conference 19 November 2019

Speaker Profiles


Susan Anderton 
The Brand Marquee

For over 25 years, Susan has worked across many industry sectors including construction and property. In the past 15 years, Susan has worked with main contractors, architects, engineers and cost consultants to support them in preparing winning strategies for tender submissions in public sector procurement - including health, regeneration, housing and education.


More recently Susan worked with a major contractor to bid for a significant scheme of works on the P22 framework. She understands the challenges and frustrations we all face as part of public sector procurement, whether client or bidder, and how the process needs to improve to make it a more enjoyable and cost effective experience all round.


A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Susan's unique approach is giving bid advice and interview skills training to multi-disciplinary design and construction teams as part of their bid process for significant tenders and frameworks. She has skills to identify an organisation's competitive advantage and brand proposition to ensure it meets the needs of the client. Whether bidding for a major framework or competing within an existing framework, Susan guides businesses on how to build a strong team and present that winning pitch.




Kathy Bagster
KB Consulting

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.


Philippa Bancroft
Greater London Authority

Philippa is a Chartered Planning and Development Surveyor and has worked in housing and regeneration in London for over fourteen years, she is currently working with a range of partners delivering Mayoral priorities on GLA owned/assembled land.  She has worked  in residential and industrial sectors and has completed procurement exercises through a number of routes to select partners for the Mayor’s development sites.  Her recent experience has included overseeing the implementation of the Mayor’s first CPO in Ealing, assembling land to deliver over 3,500 homes. 


Previously, Philippa was an Area Manager overseeing GLA’s investment in affordable housing programmes for Boroughs and Registered Providers.  She is committed to supporting professional development in the sector and mentors colleagues internally and externally to encourage them to reach their potential and achieve professional qualifications, something that she reflects in her role as Governor for Potential High Achievers at a secondary school in her local area. 

Emma Greenland
Anderson Acoustics
Emma is the Education sector lead for Anderson Acoustics. She is an expert in acoustics for open space planning (classrooms, offices, and multipurpose atria).  Emma provides advice to both Clients and Contractors on acoustic design for education spaces.

Emma’s award winning PhD research, publications and project experience enabled her to advise and contribute to the DfE’s Building bulletin 93 and the accompanying design guide, which updates acoustic performance standards for schools and open plan classrooms. She has recently carried out some new research which explores acoustics for inclusion in mainstream schools. Emma has represented several Institute level committees which influence the acoustics agenda (IoA, ANC). She also advised DfE and Partnerships for Schools on changes to the School Premises Regulations and on the Spaces for Personalised Learning Project (S4PL).


Vicky Hill

Victoria emanates creativity. Her enthusiasm for design and its transformational potential is immediately apparent. Coupled with her excellent communication skills, this energy enthuses clients and fellow consultants. She is a powerful motivator within project teams and a skilled mentor for her colleagues.


Victoria has fantastic public realm experience, gained though the design of numerous residential and commercial projects across the capital. This is complemented by her extensive experience of educational landscapes at primary and secondary stages.


Claire Jackson
Galliford Try

Claire Jackson is education sector strategy lead at Galliford Try, where education work is the biggest single sector across the country within the Building Division. 

Claire is a Chartered Building Surveyor with over 30 years’ experience in construction, working client side, in a consultant role and now for a main contractor.  For the last 12 years Claire has specialised in education, delivering new and refurbished schools through Building Schools for the Future (BSF), Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP) and Free schools programmes.

At Galliford Try, Claire leads the national education team who are responsible for driving innovation and collaboration across the company, ensuring the delivery of high quality education buildings. 

Earlier this year Claire, together with Architect Scott Brownrigg, organised and chaired a private round table to discuss the impact of student accommodation on mental health and wellbeing.  A report summarising the key themes from the discussion was published in June 2019.

Emily King
Mid Group

Emily is a construction and education professional. She recently joined Mid Group as the Client Solutions Director. She is recognised as an education specialist in offsite construction and has worked extensively with the ESFA; including leading all of Portakabin’s work on the Priority School Building Programmes.

With a Masters’ degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Emily has previously held roles for leading construction consultants, including Arup and Mott MacDonald. Earlier in her career she taught physics and was Head of Science and Technology at a secondary school, giving her exceptional practical insight into teaching and learning.

She has expertise in pre-construction management, detailed engineering design, design team management and project management.

Sarah Martin
MELA Social Enterprises

Sarah has a passion for social justice and has worked for over 20 years on a wide range of land use planning, community development and charity projects with the aim of promoting inclusion, diversity, understanding and belonging.  Sarah is a Chartered Town Planner (Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute) and has worked across public, private and third sector organisations to build partnerships, engage diverse communities and promote equality. 


Outside of her day-job, Sarah can be found in the countryside leading women’s running groups, promoting wider participation in sport and creating safe space for women to learn and grow.

Laura O'Leary

Laura joined MZA in January 2015 and was appointed director of MZA’s Dublin office in June 2017.
With over 10 years’ experience in the building services industry within Ireland & the UK, Laura has significant experience of working on Education, Leisure, Residential, Custodial & Office/Commercial projects.

Laura has a strong commitment to the industry and is a Member of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland as well as holding an Associate Membership of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. Laura has a particular interest in renewable technologies and low carbon design strategies and obtained an MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems in 2015.

Throughout her career, Laura has been involved with, and helped deliver, a broad spectrum of projects, ranging from small scale refurbishment programmes to large-scale engineering projects. With her enthusiasm for engineering and project delivery, she leads by example, encouraging team members to strive for technical excellence, continual improvement and personal development.

Dr Riette Oosthuizen

Riëtte is HTA Design LLP’s Partner responsible for Urban Planning, a position held since April 2013. She has been leading HTA’s multi award winning planning team since 2007.


Riëtte’s team of residential and residential led mixed use expert planners deliver bespoke planning advice and solutions to a wide range of clients from the public and private sector. HTA’s planning team have delivered a significant portfolio of successful planning applications for new homes in London and the rest of the UK working collaboratively with HTA design teams and other architectural practices.


Aside from providing clients with planning advice, Riëtte is also closely involved in promoting HTA’s thinking on innovative solutions to solve the housing crisis, including a suburban intensification project - ‘Supurbia’ - and other untapped sources of housing provision in London, such as its rooftops.


Rebecca Lee
Pollard Thomas Edwards

Rebecca is a Senior Architect at Pollard Thomas Edwards with over 10 years’ experience working in London. While at PTE Rebecca has led projects securing planning permission for over 1,500 homes, working with major developers to build future communities and re-stitch fragmented neighbourhoods together. This necessitates liaising closely with the different boroughs, the GLA, private developers, housing associations and other design professionals and provides key insights into how national and local policy, commercial issues and social considerations affect real world design decisions.


London has a rich history of continuous evolution and in the last ten years this has accelerated at an unprecedented pace. It is therefore even more critical that all disciplines can work together and understand the many different forces that are shaping our city. In this talk Rebecca will explore how digital cartography and data can be used to aid cohesive city-wide development across borough boundaries. 

Carol Costello
Cullinan Studio

Carol believes in the power of the collective to find solutions to difficult problems. This vital consensus building underpins the success of Cullinan Studio’s architecture. Over 25 years practicing architecture, she has learned much from her inspiring clients and brings that unique knowledge to every new project. She is one of three Practice Leaders at Cullinan Studio re-defining a common purpose toward care of our planet through responsible design.


Alongside Carol’s professional activities, she is passionate about walkable cities, community food growing and creating career opportunities in architecture for less advantaged young people.


Beth Revell
A Director of Gleeds London Project Management, Beth is also national primary and secondary education sector lead.
With a background in project and programme management in education, health and hospitality construction, Beth has an in depth knowledge of delivering complex projects from feasibility, design, procurement through to construction, fit-out and handover.
Beth has recently been shortlisted as a UK Construction Week 2019 Role Model, not only as a project manager but as a promoter of careers for women in construction and flexible working.
Clodagh Ryan

Clodagh Ryan is an Associate Director with Arup Project and Programme Management and has specialised in delivery of new-build and refurbished complex, highly services projects including laboratories, data centres, hospitals, etc, in the UK and internationally.

​Clodagh is also proficient in the design, specification and commissioning of building services systems for complex facilities and architecturally sensitive developments. She has effectively managed projects and project teams in both design and construction phases.  These projects include the £31million Burlington Danes Imaging Centre and the £600m Francis Crick Institute.

Hilary Satchwell

Hilary is an architect, urban designer and masterplanner who brings strategic leadership to a broad range of housing and mixed-use projects that prioritise placemaking, people and good growth. She is a founder director of Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design, a consultancy set up in 2003 to continue the legacy of Francis Tibbalds’ ‘making people-friendly places’. 

Hilary’s expertise is focused on setting projects up well to deliver good places including assembling and managing multidisciplinary teams to deliver award-winning projects and in engaging and working with local communities. She is a personable, inclusive and persuasive strategic leader driven by the positive impact that effective places and good design can have on our wellbeing. 

Hilary is fascinated by how projects come together and the influences, actions, and behaviours that lead to good project outcomes that work well for those that use them. She is interested in how good decisions are made, and ultimately how we ensure we are making places better through our actions.  Hilary was a member of the RIBA’s procurement reform group; she is on the Southwark and Lewisham design review panels, is a trustee of Design South-East and is one of the Mayor of London’s Design Advocates.


Stephanie Williamson
Great Ormand Street Hospital

Stephanie Williamson is an NHS leader with a clinical background who has worked at a senior level in operations, transformation, programme management and capital projects. She is passionate about evidence based design, the healing environment and – most importantly – the patient experience. She has a Masters in Leadership for Health & Social Care, a postgraduate qualification in Inclusive Environments and is a graduate of the NHS London Next Generation Director Programme.


In 2014 Stephanie became a board member of Architects for Health, aiming to ensure that the organisation gives voice to anyone campaigning for better healthcare environments, regardless of their professional background.


Stephanie is currently deputy director of development at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust leading a substantial programme to completely remodel the site. There she has implemented a co-design process to ensure the vision and requirements of young people, families and staff at the hospital are at the heart of the design brief for future developments.

In her spare time she campaigns on twitter to improve the quality of waiting spaces in healthcare.