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2022 Programme

09:20 - 10:10

REGISTRATION AND REFRESHMENTS

10:10 - 10:20

WELCOME ADDRESS FROM FWC

10:20 - 10:30

CHAIR’S OPENING REMARKS

Catherine Buckley, SMP Alliance

10:30 - 11:00

KICK-OFF KEYNOTE ADDRESS AND LIVE Q&A:

BUILDING BACK BETTER AND EQUAL

As the largest infrastructure project in Europe, HS2 is a once in a generation opportunity to set new standards and leave a lasting legacy on future major programmes. HS2 is more than a railway; it’s an investment in Britain’s future, redefining our economic geography and making a significant contribution to decarbonising our transport system. How we build the railway is as important as the infrastructure we leave behind: Mark’s keynote ‘building back better and equal’ will cover some of the industry leading innovation that’s taking place across the Project, including the work on EDI, education and skills, building and designing sustainably and facing the largest community engagement challenge currently in the UK.


Mark Thurston, Chief Executive Officer, HS2 Ltd

11:00 -11:40

PANEL DISCUSSION: 

FUTURE OF WORK IN CONSTRUCTION: WHAT DO WE WANT CONSTRUCTION TO LOOK LIKE IN 5, 10, 15 YEARS. HOW ARE WE GOING TO GET THERE?
 

  • Current state of play on what the companies are doing in attracting and retaining talent to the construction sector. How main contractors, consultants and clients can collaborate to raise the bar across the sector and promote better outcomes

  • Being the sector of choice for the wider talent pool

  • Is the industry doing enough to diversify their workforce? What more can be done? Practical examples of how diversity is adding value to organisations and unlocking business potential

  • Understanding the role of true apprenticeship, mentorship, flexible working and helping returners

Moderator: Jenny Hinde, Director, The Clear Company
Katy Dowding,
Executive VP, Skanska
Stuart Graham
, Employment & Skills Manager, Balfour Beatty
Mark Harrison, Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Transformation, CIOB
Kate Myers, Director and Expert Adviser, Capacity Building, Crossrail International

11:40 - 12:00

MORNING BREAK

12:00 - 12:40

WINNING COMPANY CULTURE DEBATE: 
SHAPING AND CREATING A WELL-BEING CULTURE IN YOUR ORGANISATION

 

  • How can you create policies to improve mental health, promote psychological safety, and ensure sufficient workplace adjustments to maximise the potential of individuals with mental health conditions?

  • Do we understand the signs of exhaustion and deteriorating staff welfare? Ways to help yourself and your team

  • How are organisations supporting staff from all ages and different backgrounds?

  • The role of neurodiversity at the workplace

Moderator: Mark Cameron, Chief Executive Officer, The 5% Club
Amanda Fisher, Chief Executive Officer, Amey UK
Steve Kerslake, Founder, Construction Sport
Helen Samuels, Managing Director, EKFB
Mike Turlin, Chief Executive Officer, Construction Buddies

12:40 - 13:00

PRESENTATION: ACHIEVING AN INCLUSIVE CULTURE THROUGH AUTHENTIC CHANGE

Making authentic and impactful change to create a truly diverse organisation and inclusive culture is only possible when ED&I becomes central to all aspects of organisational practice.  Jenny Hinde and Anna Makinen will explore the tools and skills needed to; address ED&I challenges, set clear standards and make sector wide progress sharing examples of best practice in the sector

 

Jenny Hinde, Director, The Clear Company

Anna Mäkinen, Head of Clear Assured, The Clear Company

13:00 - 13:35

LUNCH

13:35 - 13:50

FIRESIDE CHAT:

HOW TO STAY PROFITABLE WITH LOW MARGINS?

  • As margins are being squeezed what are businesses doing to mitigate the impact? How can organisations utilise enterprise working to reduce man marking and duplication – to mitigate against the squeeze on profit margins

  • How are main contractors and supply partners collaborating with one another to mitigate the impact of this and what kinds of contract models can organisations employ?

  • How risks differ between SME and larger organisations and what can we do as a sector to help manage and minimise those risks as well as remove the barriers to entry for SMEs

  • Future outlook on the economy of the sector. How can we use technology and digital innovation to ensure organisations thrive and sustain themselves financially in the sector?

Catherine Buckley, SMP Alliance  in conversation with Nick Pollard, Chair, Construction and International, Interserve Group 

13:50 - 14:30

PANEL:

UNLOCKING POTENTIAL OF YOUR BUSINESS AND WORKFORCE WITH INNOVATION 

  • How can future technology enhance the attraction of diverse talent for future roles?

  • What are the targets in the industry for disruption and innovation?

  • Are there new roles coming out of emerging technologies?

  • Platforms to make the industry more inclusive.

  • Use of data and data analytics- how is it changing with technology?

  • What opportunities do robotics and automation offer?

Moderator: Paul Bamforth, Head of Global Strategic Accounts, Buildots
Matt Warren, Head of Digital Engineering & Integrated Solutions, Lendlease Europe
Yewande Akinola, Engineering Designer, Innovator; Ambassador for Clean Growth and Infrastructure, Innovate UK 

14:30 - 14:50

AFTERNOON BREAK 

14:50 - 15:40

PANEL DISCUSSION:

THE FUTURE OF CONSTRUCTION AND GETTING TO NET ZERO 

The Future of Construction will be all about low carbon net zero. We need to innovate and change to get to net zero – we need diverse talent to help us understand how we do this!

  • How Tier 1 companies mitigate climate risk and building net-zero glide path.

  • What commitments construction firms (large and small) are adapting to be greener and more inclusive.

  • How to integrate ESG in the risk management framework of your business strategy. What are the key areas that companies are focusing short and long terms?

Moderator: Lara Young, Group Climate Change Director, Costain
Tim Bowen,
Managing Director, Keltbray Group
Graeme Fox,
Head of Technical, BESA Group
Kirstin McCarthy, Sustainability Director, Aggregate Industries UK
Tzach Ram-On,
CEO and Co-Founder, INTSITE 

15:40 - 16:20

CAREER IN THE SPOTLIGHT:

ROLE MODELS AND BUILDING YOUR FUTURE CAREER IN CONSTRUCTION

  • Mapping your road to success – what it takes to climb the ladder in construction regardless of your gender, religion or ethnicity?

  • How to be seen and make your voice heard 

  • What practical advice can you give to people looking to change their career? How do you know that when it is time to leave?

  • How employers can support their workforce and help them to advance their skills and growth within the organisation

  • What future roles we are seeing emerging and how to prepare yourself for the next step

Moderator: Teik Tan, Procurement & Supply Chain Manager, Costain
Sally Cleaver, Group Diversity Manager,  Willmott Dixon
Katie Kelleher, 
Crane Operator/ Appointed Person, Select Plant Hire
Siu Mun Li, 
Head of Temporary Works Engineering, Multiplex
Alison Pacifico France, Director, 
Evosis

16:20 - 17:00

DRINKS RECEPTION AND NETWORKING

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