Thursday 4th December, Royal Armouries, Leeds LS10 1LT

Conference Chair: Andrew Digby, Head of Technical Standards and Business Improvement, Ministry of Justice 

Andrew Digby is Head of Technical Standards and Business Improvement at the Ministry of Justice Estate Directorate. MoJ ED runs about 100 construction project each year across a very wide range of custodial and courts estate. Andrew is responsible for developing the MoJ Government Soft Landings programme to cover these projects. MoJ ED has a particular interest in how GSL might apply to elements of buildings and equipment as well as projects to deliver whole buildings. It is also interested in aligning GSL with the business case process. Andrew is working in both these areas. He also sits as Chair of the Government Soft Landings Stewardship Group. The Group works to support implementation of GSL across central government departments.


Jon Chown, Operations Director: Skanska's Facilities Services business

Jon is an accomplished director with 20 years' experience across the breadth of sectors and service lines in facilities services.

As an Operations Director at Skanska Jon oversees a number of large multi-site maintenance contracts. During his career with the company he has held full accountability for strategy, business development, customer service, quality and health and safety - while also leading on high profile tender submissions.

Jon's passion is to develop young people and mentor them as they move through their careers. Skanska is one of the leading organisations offering work experience, internship and skills development sessions as prizes under the annual Employability Points Scheme.

A member of the leadership team in Skanska's Facilities Services business, Jon promotes continuous improvement and innovation across all contracts, with a specific focus on quality and customer service.

Reid Cunningham, Strategic Development Director, BAM FM

Reid is Strategic Development Director for BAM FM Ltd.  He is a graduate engineer and holds a master’s degree in facilities management from Strathclyde Graduate Business School’s ‘Centre for Facilities Management’.  Reid is project leader for BAM’s BIM for FM projects and is also responsible for the implementation of energy supply contracts by BAM FM.

Emma Goldring, Director, Bilfinger Europa Facility Management

Emma has worked within Facilities Management for the past 12 years for large international FM organisations.
Focusing primarily on the Public sector incorporating: Further and Higher Education; Healthcare; Government and Arm’s Length Bodies; and Defence, she has been involved in developing business covering all aspects of FM including hard, soft and energy services.

Prior to FM, Emma worked within business to business publishing, specialising in the NHS at every level from primary care through to NHS strategy.

Michael Grace, Director, Project Management, Turner & Townsend
Joanna Harris, Manager - Sustainable Construction Group, BSRIA, Chair of CIBSE Maintenance Task Group, Member of BIM4FM

Jo has an MSc in Facilities Management, a BSc in Electrical /Electronic Engineering and started her career as an maintenance apprentice. Jo now carries out Facilities Management consultancy advising clients on Soft Landings, BIM and building operation and maintenance. Jo was a technical author on PAS 1192-3 and is a member of the BIM4FM group. Jo is also the Chair of the CIBSE Maintenance task group and has just completed the update of Guide M Maintenance engineering and management.

Steve Holton, Partner, Gardiner & Theobald Strategic Asset and FM Consulting

Steve has many years’ experience as a specialist FM consultant working for clients in both the public and private sectors in the UK and EMEA, as well as more than 20 years’ experience in hands-on facilities management. He is a specialist in PFI having assisted HM Treasury with the development of PF2, and has  also been involved in three of the recent Non Profit Distributing (NPD) projects in Scotland and the Education Funding Agency’s current schools PF2 projects. As a result Steve has plenty of experience of the practical challenges that come with following the design and construction process through to FM delivery.

Steve’s knowledge of the opportunities and issues associated with true Soft Landings is enhanced by his expertise in FM procurement consultancy for new and existing facilities, mobilisation of new facilities and whole-life and life cycle cost analysis. He has significant experience, both operational and consultancy, in effective service delivery for major clients including Vodafone, LLDC and City of Glasgow College. He firmly believes that Soft landings should be FM led with a strategic approach and as part of a programme of facilities investment and change management.

Steve has been published in FM World and Finance Monthly and has contributed to the recent House of Commons and FM World round table events on Soft Landings.

Paul Morrell, Independent Consultant, formerly Government Chief Construction Adviser

Paul Morrell was appointed as the Government's first Chief Construction Adviser in November 2009 with a brief to champion a more coordinated approach to affordable, sustainable construction.  He is a chartered quantity surveyor and was formerly senior partner of international construction consultants Davis Langdon (now part of Aecom), where he had worked since graduating from university until retiring in 2007; and Interim President of the Baha Mar Development Company in the Bahamas.

He has extensive experience of major construction projects in both the public and private sectors.

He is a Fellow of the RICS and of the ICE, and an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA and the APM. He served as a Commissioner on CABE from 2000 to 2008, finishing as Deputy Chairman; and was awarded an OBE for services to architecture and the built environment in the 2009 New Year Honours list.

In Government, Paul chaired the Government Construction Board, responsible for the development of a new cross-Government construction strategy (which included a strategy for Building Information Modelling), targeting a reduction of 20% in the cost of public sector construction. He also served on the Board of the Cabinet Office Major Projects Authority; and led the BIS Innovation and Growth Team study into low carbon construction.

He now practises as an independent consultant, and is a Visiting Professor at Nottingham Trent University.

David Philp FRICS, FCIOB, UK BIM Task Group, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

David graduated in the early nineties and straight away joined a global infra-structure provider as a Graduate Engineer; he advanced through the company becoming Director of Technical Services and latterly BIM Programme Director.  David is now Head of BIM at Mace. 

David’s enthusiasm lies in highlighting the potential of new technologies and how we interact with them to bring added value to our customers and unlock new ways of working throughout the entire life-cycle.  David is passionate about our industry and perceives BIM as being a catalyst for reform.

An early adopter of practical change and purposeful collaboration, David is currently seconded to the UK BIM Task Group . He is also chair of the BIM2050  and various BIM4 working groups.

He still lives in Scotland and his hobbies include photography and collecting air miles.  He is a Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University and visiting Professor at Middlesex University.

Natacha Redon, Project Manager, Turner & Townsend
Steve Thompson, Tata Steel and Chair BIM4M2

Steve is an architect by profession, and has worked across a number of sectors including education, rail & infrastructure and housing. Steve joined Tata Steel in 2005 and has since covered a number of roles including product, solution and market development. His current market development role involves developing market knowledge and technology platforms, including those for UK and European housing, and leading the development of sector or technology specific commercial offers including supply chain and process optimization and new procurement routes. He developed Tata Steel’s construction information and BIM strategy for the UK and internationally, and now programme manages its implementation covering a broad range of markets, products and technologies including structural, building envelope and building service products. Outside of Tata Steel Steve is Chair of BIM4M2 - Manufacturers and Manufacturing, developed to support the UK Government's BIM Strategy. He is also a member of the Manufacturers Strategic BIM Forum and the Product Data Templates Steering Group.

Professor Jason Underwood, Programme Director Msc. BIM & Integrated Design, University of Salford and Chair of  BIM Academic Forum

Dr Jason Underwood is currently a senior lecturer in BIM and Construction ICT along with Programme Director of the MSc. in Building Information Modelling and Director of Postgraduate Research Admissions and Training within the School of the Built Environment at the University of Salford. He is also Director of Construct IT For Business, an industry-led non-profit making collaborative membership-based network. Jason’s background is a combination of civil/structural engineering and construction ICT with over eighteen years research experience in the area of concurrent engineering, integrated and collaborative computing in construction, product and building information modelling, and organisational e-readiness towards delivering strategic value from ICT investment through involvement in both UK and EU funded research projects, on which he has published extensively.

At a national level Jason is actively engaged in the Education & Training working group to deliver the UK Government BIM strategy, a member of the Behaviours4Collaboration Group, and the present Chair of the UK BIM
Academic Forum.

He is also engaged at a local level including the Northwest BIM Hub of the UK Government BIM Strategy and the Northwest Construction Hub BIM Special Interest Group. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of 3D Information Modelling (IJ3DIM) specifically focused on BIM along with 3D GIS and their integration.

Paul Worland, Director, Emcor UK

Paul has over 30 years’ experience in industry having worked for some of the largest design and build businesses including: AMEC, Fluor and Costain. Originally from a mechanical engineering design background, Paul moved into project management and international project business development. He has developed and delivered environmental, oil and gas, nuclear, chemical and pharmaceutical projects from design concepts through to fully operational facilities. From this experience, Paul brings an in-depth knowledge of outsourcing and partnering from a wealth of different customer environment.

Paul joined EMCOR UK in 2009. Since then, he has enjoyed success in not only winning new contracts but also growing and retaining others. He is Director of Business Development with responsibility for sales and strategic business development.

Paul’s objective is to develop EMCOR into an industry-leading facilities management services provider by enhancing growth and delivering better margins. This will  be achieved by focusing on key markets and customers, and adding value in everything we do.


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