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    Constructing Excellence Annual Conference

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    On your marks, set, build 

    The following free or discounted places are available (subject to availability). For discount codes please email conferences@bre.co.uk

    • Constructing Excellence National members - 2 free places then 50% off further tickets
    • Constructing Excellence Regions  - 1 free place then 50% off further tickets
    • Constructing Excellence Clubs - 1 free place then 50% off further tickets
    • G4C committee members - free places
    • G4C members - 50% off

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    This year’s conference, dubbed ‘On your marks, set, build’, will explore the synergies that construction has with sport, the surprising parallels our industries share, and the importance of construction within sport.

    Data, leadership, diversity, outcomes and productivity are crucial drivers in both industries.  So what can we learn from one another, how can we challenge ourselves to think outside the box, and how do we best grasp these opportunities?

    Join us for what is sure to be an engaging and energising event, as we aim to showcase the best sporting ingenuity and innovative thinking, as well as how it could be applied within your organisation.

    Together we can take another step closer to excellence within the built environment and another step closer to becoming the industry of choice.

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    Event programme

    09:30 - 15:45

    Registration & Networking

    Introduction, Julia Lydall, Chair, Generation4Change

    Welcome, Murray Rowden, Chair, Constructing Excellence

    Leadership & Resilience

    Dr David Fletcher & Prof Jacqueline Glass, Loughborough University

    The importance of culture in implementing change

    Shaun McCarthy, OBE


    Networking Break

    Embracing data for a competitive edge 

    Chris Gage, Digital Lead - Industrial Products, Global Business Services IBM


    Networking Lunch


    Marcus Harling, Burges Salmon


    Jamie Hooper, Amateur Swimming Association


    Networking Break


    Dr Peter Bonfield OBE, BRE Group

    Closing remarks, Generation4Change


    Speaker Information:

    Leadership & Resilience

    Dr. David Fletcher - a Senior Lecturer in Performance Psychology and Management at Loughborough University

    Professor Jacqueline Glass MCIOB is Associate Dean for Enterprise in the School of Civil and Building Engineering

    Sports performance expert Dr David Fletcher from Loughborough University believes that sport offers a powerful metaphor for us to learn more about our leadership and resilience, and will offer some fascinating insights from his outstanding research experience. David will be joined by his colleague Prof Jacqui Glass, who will reflect on what this might mean for our industry today and in the future

    The importance of culture in implementing change

    Shaun McCarthy OBE – Chair supply chain sustainability school, previouslythe Chair for the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 and was awarded an OBE for services to sustainability and the London Olympics

    Shaun McCarthy will share his experience from London 2012 and work with organisations such as FIFA, the IOC and Adidas will discuss the cultural change required to embed a different way of thinking and a different way of doing things, and how sporting organisations are embracing sustainability

    Embracing data for a competitive edge

    Chris Gage – IBM - Digital Lead - Industrial Products, Global Business Services

    At IBM Watson IoT, data analytics are helping sporting organisations better understand their performance, understand their weaknesses, and build not only marginal gains but creating a competitive edge driving excellence in what they do.

    Chris will show us the benefits sport is finding through understanding their data, and utilising their data challenging our industry to do more with ours.


    Marcus Harling – Partner Burgess Salmon + sporting individual

    Marcus will discuss what we can learn from mentalities in sporting teams and how this can be adopted in construction alliances


    Jamie Hooper - Health & Wellbeing, The Amateur Swimming Association

    The Amateur Swimming Association is the national governing body for swimming, diving, water polo, synchronised swimming and open water swimming.  Jamie Hooper, Health & Wellbeing Manager at the Ameteur Swimming Association will talk about the work that they have done to encourage diversity at all levels of the sport.

    Keynote speaker

    Dr Peter Bonfield, OBE FREng, Chief Executive of the BRE Group.

    Dr Peter Bonfield joined BRE as a research scientist in 1992. He progressed through the organisation to become Chief Executive Officer of the BRE Group of companies in January 2012.

    Peter is passionate about the role that building science can play in finding solutions to the challenges that the built environment faces in delivering buildings, homes and communities that work for people, the environment and the economy.

    From 2006 until 2012 he was on part-time secondment to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), where he co-created the sustainable development strategy and took the lead on the sustainable procurement of construction products.

    In 2013 former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson asked him to chair Grown in Britain, an initiative aimed at creating a sustainable future for UK woodlands and forests. In 2014 Paterson appointed him to lead a government-wide drive to improve public procurement of food. Bonfield’s recommendations to Government were published in July 2014.

    In August 2015, the Secretaries of State for the Department of Energy & Climate Change (now BEIS) and Department for Communities and Local Government appointed Peter to lead a Review of Consumer Protection, Advice, Standards and Enforcement for UK Housing Energy Efficiency. The report will be published soon. 

    Peter was appointed as a Non-Executive member of the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs board in December 2015.  

    Intended audience

    This conference is aimed at everyone who from across the construction supply chain that shares the Constructing Excellence agenda of delivering excellence through collaboration

    For more information:

    Alison Nicholl
    0333 321 88 11

    For more information

    Alison Nicholl
    0333 321 88 11