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Thu 16 May
- 08:00

REGISTRATION & LIGHT BREAKFAST

Thu 16 May
- 11:05

COFFEE BREAK

Thu 16 May
- 13:10

LUNCH

Thu 16 May
- 15:55

COFFEE BREAK

Thu 16 May
- 09:15

Main Plenary - Repainting the Industry

Chairperson Introduction & Opening Remarks

Isabel Coman

Project Director & Board Director @ Skanska Costain Strabag JV & HSRIL

Thu 16 May
- 09:30

Main Plenary - Repainting the Industry

150 Years of Progress - Why Sir Robert McAlpine Won't Stop Now

Edward McAlpine

Chairman @ Sir Robert McAlpine

Alison Cox

Project Director @ Sir Robert McAlpine

While the diversity and inclusion profile increases its visibility, it’s apparent the current inertia our industry can suffer towards the subject. In this session, Sir Robert McAlpine will showcase how to move forward positively, how to strive for complete inclusion and a sense of ‘family’ within the business. They will also call upon their 150 years of experience in the industry and share how learnings of the past are helping them plan for an inclusive future.

 

Thu 16 May
- 10:00

Main Plenary - Repainting the Industry

Can Diversity be the Answer to Business Growth?

Sarah Beale

CEO @ CITB

It’s time to refocus the industry’s vision of diversity and inclusion to understand how diversity is a true growth-driver within businesses. Hear from an inspiring leader showcasing how we can move our industry forward by making diversity and inclusion a core part of how we all operate.

 

Thu 16 May
- 10:30

Main Plenary - Repainting the Industry

How to Repaint Our Industry

Barbara Res

Women are starting to join our industry but many are leaving.  How do we increase their number and decrease the attrition?  I have spent my life as a female engineer working in construction and development. I will talk about the advances and setbacks I am seeing and how my experiences can provide insights into the problems and solutions.

 

Thu 16 May
- 11:00

Main Plenary - Repainting the Industry

Coffee Break Introduction by Telford Homes Plc

Lindsey Arnold

Learning & Development Manager @ Telford Homes

Thu 16 May
- 11:30

Main Plenary - Repainting the Industry

Identifying, Communicating & Challenging Inappropriate Behaviour: How to Give a Duck

Chrissi McCarthy

Managing Director @ Constructing Equality

Although construction has moved forward in many areas, women in the industry still face career barriers due to their gender. Furthermore, there is a lack of knowledge and support when it comes to overcoming these challenges. Chrissi will help navigate businesses and individuals towards a better understanding of the experiences faced by women in today's industry.
Drawing from over twenty years of research and experience in construction, in this session, you will learn how to identify inappropriate behaviour, how to talk about your experiences from a place of strength and discover some solutions to these challenges.

 

Thu 16 May
- 12:05

Main Plenary - Repainting the Industry

The Future is Intersectional

Jean Hewitt

Senior Inclusive Design Consultant @ BuroHappold Engineering

Anjali Pindoria

Project Surveyor @ Avi Contracts

Sarah Crawford

Founder & Director @ Chalkstring

Jo Field

Founder & Managing Director @ JFG Communications

As the quest for equality is still prevalent, it's crucial to widen our understanding of how each diversity strand intersects, combine and react with each other. As our industry is faced with one of its biggest skills shortage, it's time to look at differences as an opportunity. Our panellists will engage in a thought-provoking discussion while sharing their unique perspectives on how we can effectively move towards a more inclusive industry.

 

Thu 16 May
- 14:10

Main Plenary - Repainting the Industry

Negotiation Strategies to Boost Your Career

Sophia Cavalli

President @ Cavalli Solutions and Intuitive Mind Strategies

Without negotiation skills, you might simply give in or give away more than was necessary. Authenticity and knowing your value is crucial in the world of negotiation, which is not limited to boardrooms or million-dollar deals - on any given day we are negotiating all the time. Learn how to build collaborative relationships as you successfully negotiate deals, disputes, new initiatives, and even a raise or promotion

 

Thu 16 May
- 14:45

Main Plenary - Repainting the Industry

Becoming Conscious of our Unconscious - What's the Deal with Implicit Bias

Vicki Holmes

Digital Manager @ Multiplex

The nature of unconscious bias is that it’s, well, unconscious. So what exactly can we do about it? I will explore how we become who we are, how that affects the way that we engage with others, and real-world solutions for creating a more inclusive and positive environment.

 

Thu 16 May
- 15:20

Main Plenary - Repainting the Industry

Systems and Stories

Manon Bradley

Development Director @ Major Projects Association

Manon will talk about her work to understand the key barriers to gender balance in construction and other major project sectors in order to determine who is best placed to remove those barriers. Her work includes systems mapping Gender Imbalance as well as working with a group of client organisations to help change the conversations about diversity with the supply chain.

 

Thu 16 May
- 16:20

Main Plenary - Repainting the Industry

Adopting the Health & Wellbeing Agenda

Dr. Judith Grant

Director of Health & Wellbeing @ Mace

Our output and results have a significant impact on society's wellbeing, from building hospitals, schools, cultural centres and the list goes on. However, why isn't the wellbeing of current professionals positioned at the forefront of our people? In this seminar, learn the first key steps to reduce the high-risk nature for health issues in our industry.

 

Thu 16 May
- 15:50

Main Plenary - Repainting the Industry

Coffee Break Introduction by BMI Group

Emma Clancy

Director - BMI Care @ BMI Group

Thu 16 May
- 16:50

Main Plenary - Repainting the Industry

Large Infrasture Projects: How to Meet Challenges of Energy Security, Innovation & Promotion of Diversity

Susana Neves e Brooks

Lead Project Manager @ National Grid

Daisy McGeeney Murray

Project Engineer @ National Grid

Project NEMO is an example of a multimillion project where a combination of traditional construction principals, new technologies, new construction methods with a diverse group of people and companies as support and contributors, has proved to be a success story. See how the first transmission overhead line to be built in the 21st century and substations with brand new technology were built in record time to enable a key connection to Europe so energy security for the UK was obtained.

 

Thu 16 May
- 17:20

Main Plenary - Repainting the Industry

END OF CONFERENCE & NETWORKING DRINKS

Thu 16 May
- 11:25

Track 1 - Business Committment to Inclusivity

Chairperson Introduction

Denise O’Leary

Founder & Managing Director @ Purpol Marketing

Thu 16 May
- 11:30

Track 1 - Business Committment to Inclusivity

From Engineering via Manufacturing to Construction - Steps to Become a Diversity Champion

Denise O’Leary

Founder & Managing Director @ Purpol Marketing

How can every reincarnation of your career pay dividends in the next? Learn from Denise, founder of her own marketing and bid writing agency on how each role in her career journey has provided learning to build a positive foundation for future stages. Via three male-dominated environments, she will share practical solutions and expertise to ensure that you have a plan of action to drive your career forward, disrupt the status quo and champion greater diversity, equality and inclusion.

 

Thu 16 May
- 12:05

Track 1 - Business Committment to Inclusivity

Creating the Network of Allies

Caroline Cole

Founder & Director @ Equilibrium Network & Colander

Caroline Cole founded the inter-disciplinary Equilibrium Network with two aims: firstly to stem the attrition rate of women working across the built environment and, secondly, to encourage more women onto the boards of organisations in this industry. In this session, she will share her thoughts on the pros and cons of setting up a network and the pleasure that success can bring; you will leave with the foundation to identify, build & maintain your own support network.

 

Thu 16 May
- 12:40

Track 1 - Business Committment to Inclusivity

Construction For All (Not Just Men)

Dr. David Hancock

Construction Director @ Infrastructure and Projects Authority, Cabinet Office

The number of women employed in construction is increasing, but too slowly. Industry and especially men need to get involved to create greater diversity in a traditionally male sector, which is approaching a skills shortage, potentially exacerbated by Brexit. This makes it a commercial not a gender or diversity issue.

 

Thu 16 May
- 14:10 - 14:55

Track 1 - Business Committment to Inclusivity

Fireside Discussion: Creating a Sea of Talent

Kirsti Wells

Business Development Executive @ Construction and Design Centre of Excellence (Cadcoe)

Tony Ellender

Emerging Talent Manger @ Balfour Beatty

"There weren't many women who applied"...this may be a common phrase used in our industry, even if this is the case, we need to take a step back and understand why. In this session, you'll hear Kirsti's perspectives on turning your talent pool into a sea of talent, strategies to reinvent current recruitment methods and small changes you can implement to attract the younger generation.

 

Thu 16 May
- 15:00 - 15:45

Track 1 - Business Committment to Inclusivity

Highlighting the Path to Success

Claire Curtis-Thomas

CEO @ British Board of Agrément

Have you got the right mechanisms to ensure women and diverse professionals not only survive but thrive in your organisations? Getting diverse professionals in the door is the first hurdle, but retaining diverse talent is the biggest hurdle we all face. Join this seminar to advance your development strategies and learn the steps you can take to highlight the path to success clearly.

 

Thu 16 May
- 11:25

Track 2 - Taking Charge of Your Career

Chairperson Introduction

Katie Kelleher

Crane Operator @ Tideway

Thu 16 May
- 11:30

Track 2 - Taking Charge of Your Career

A Day in the life of an Archipreneur

Tara Gbolade

Co-Founder & Director @ Gbolade Design Studio

The session will focus on redefining what success means; looking at our career as a ‘jungle gym’ rather than climbing the greasy ladder. And with our changing societal norms, it’s important we design a career that develops adaptability and resilience, allowing us to live more fulfilled lives.

 

Thu 16 May
- 12:05

Track 2 - Taking Charge of Your Career

Day in the Life of an Engineer

Alison Waterworth

Rail Project Manager @ Mott MacDonald

Are you a solution seeker, in all senses? In this session, Alison will share her perspectives on how to take the leap of faith from Engineering to Project Management. You'll gain a deeper understanding of how to take charge of your career, increase women's visibility and pave the way for the future

 

Thu 16 May
- 12:40

Track 2 - Taking Charge of Your Career

Day in the Life of a Global Leader

Rebecca Gabriel

Director @ Arcadis

The world is rapidly changing. In this fast-paced world, where no business environment is local, hear from Rebecca Gabriel, a Director at Arcadis. Amongst various Local and International roles that she has held, she will talk to you about her day as ‘Director’ that includes interacting with people from all over the world, keeping abreast of globalisation trends fuelled with advances in technology. Her career spans over 16 years in the Infrastructure and construction industry and has encompassed a variety of roles across a range of sectors such as Transportation, Defence, Nuclear, Rail, Highways and IT including that of a Global PMO Director for a key multinational pharmaceutical client, managing teams across the EMEA and the Americas.

 

Thu 16 May
- 14:10

Track 2 - Taking Charge of Your Career

Spotting and Calling out Microaggressions

Veronica Hollingsworth

Business Development Manager UK @ Newforma UK

"She's so bossy", "are you here to take notes?" or being cut off mid-sentence. Do those ring any bells? Some small discriminatory actions & comments make you second guess yourself. However, in this session, you'll gain a deeper understanding of what a microaggression is, how to spot it...and most importantly, how to react.

 

Thu 16 May
- 14:45

Track 2 - Taking Charge of Your Career

I Don't Need to Have All the Answers

Anna Etherington-Smith

Head of Project Management @ Clarkson Alliance

With so many different skill sets required to deliver a successful construction project, being able to rely on your team members is essential. This talk will look at the value of diversity in a project team and the importance of encouraging people to understand and develop their individual strengths. Anna will share the experience and insights she has gained from a varied 15 years in the industry and how she has built up the confidence to be her authentic self when it comes to leadership and managing a project team.

 

Thu 16 May
- 15:20

Track 2 - Taking Charge of Your Career

Championing your Career: Everything is Possible When you Learn to Bang Your Own Drum!

Michelle Hands

Director @ N J Engineering

Join this session to learn how Michelle has championed her own career over 12 years, rising to the top as a freelance site engineer. When you don't have a mentor/advocate, it's up to you to take charge of your future and take the right steps towards success. You'll leave with tips and tricks on how to strategically network, find your own tribe and support system whilst putting your best foot forward.

 

Thu 16 May
- 11:30 - 12:35

Workshop 1 - Reconstructing Your Business

Building inclusivity into your organisation’s DNA

Michael Divers

People Director @ Sir Robert McAlpine

Karen Brookes

Director of People and Infrastructure @ Sir Robert McAlpine

Having a sense of belonging and workplace inclusivity is more than what happens in your contracted hours. In this workshop, engage with hands-on tasks and activities on how you can practically create a sense of unity through flexible working hours, support networks and building value in each and every employee.

 

Thu 16 May
- 12:40

Workshop 1 - Reconstructing Your Business

Wear Your Own Shoes, Walk in Someone Else's

Sarah Lambshead

Education Sector Manager @ Willmott Dixon Construction

Exploring the power that comes from authenticity and compassion. In this interactive seminar, we’ll look at how understanding your own true values and bringing your whole self to work enables us to reach real inclusivity and diversity. Re-shaping the Norm – how this starting point enables us to create new business models and ways of working that benefit us all.

 

Thu 16 May
- 14:10 - 15:15

Workshop 1 - Reconstructing Your Business

How Technology and Digital Mentoring is Helping to Support More Women into Industry

Adam Brown

Senior Business Development Manager @ MyKindaFuture

Emma Ihsan

Head of Client Partnerships @ MyKindaFuture

Molly O’Regan

Apprentice - Cost Consultant @ Arcadis

Maya Thompson

Apprentice - Transport Planner @ Arcadis

Join the session to hear how innovative technology and digital mentoring is being used to help organisations reach, engage, recruit and support more women into industry. Delegates will get the chance to hear a real life case study with Arcadis (who increased the number of female hires by 41%) as well as view some of the technology first hand. The session will provide you with some tangible takeaways that can be used by your own business. We look forward to seeing you

 

Thu 16 May
- 15:20

Workshop 1 - Reconstructing Your Business

Fireside Discussion: Designing the World We Want

Michelle Martin

Project Architect and Co-founder @ Live Site Project

Kathryn Lennon-Johnson

Founder @ BESS Built Environment Skills for Schools

As the lack of housing becomes more of a growing concern for wider society, it's time to look at the role and responsibility our industry has for wider society. Hear from a leading architect on design within construction to redefine our understanding of 'design for social good'.

 

Thu 16 May
- 11:30 - 12:35

Workshop 2 - Taking Control of Your Career 2.0

Becoming THAT Leader

Danna Walker

Founder & Director @ Built By Us

Cristina Lanz Azcarte

London and South East Chair @ NAWIC UK & Ireland

As the world becomes more complex and disruptive each day, the call for leadership varies. The industry often perpetuates an old school, and often, a male-dominated image of leadership and what success in. In this workshop, we'll break down what it means to be a leader in the 21st century, development strategies to become a global leader and recognising your leadership qualities, by defining your own success.

 

Thu 16 May
- 12:40

Workshop 2 - Taking Control of Your Career 2.0

Taking your Seat at the Table

Bryony Martin

Director of Cost Management and Buildings & Places UK&I Aviation Market Sector Leader @ AECOM

Join Bryony Martin, Director at global consultancy firm AECOM, to hear about her journey from graduate to leader in under 10 years: her challenges overcome, projects delivered, and the inspiring people that helped and have driven her to ‘take a seat at the table’.

 

Thu 16 May
- 14:10 - 15:15

Workshop 2 - Taking Control of Your Career 2.0

Wearing Multiple Hats

Roni Savage

Managing Director @ Jomas Associates

Throughout our careers, lives, and even just in our day-to-day, we take on many roles and try our best to kick a** at every one of them. In this interactive workshop, we'll go through strategies for identifying and mastering key soft skills such as checking in to ensure you're continuously learning, raising your business acumen, and finding support to get yourself where you want to be while also balancing your work, family life and personal interests.

 

Thu 16 May
- 15:20

Workshop 2 - Taking Control of Your Career 2.0

Tackling Imposter Syndrome

Becky Cheney

Business Development Manager @ ITC

In a study of successful people by psychologist Gail Matthews, an astounding 70% reported experiencing imposter feelings at some point in their life: that fear that once someone gets to know you, they'll realise you're a complete fraud. In this session, we'll tackle those fraudulent feelings, where they've come from and the right mechanisms for you to be confident as a female construction professional.

 

Thu 16 May
- 11:30 - 12:35

Workshop 3 - TechXConstruction

How to Leverage the Right Technologies

Erica Gasbarro

East Coast & EMEA Consulting Manager @ PlanGrid

There have been vast technological developments specifically to address a variety of issues our industry faces, from health & safety to project management to analysing the data. Engage in this workshop to widen your technical understandings and learn the first steps you can take to take your company to industry 4.0.

Workshop structure:

  • Introduction to Construction Technology and example of local PlanGrid companies and link with Autodesk
  • Speak about pain points that these customers experience and how you can leverage technology to help
  • Drill down to project management/ administrative/ document control workflows within PlanGrid30 min teaser training that reviews PlanGrid from any mobile device (specifically on best practices on how to set up the project for the field)
  • Finish off with some PlanGrid road map features specific to Autodesk integration & document control workflows

 

Thu 16 May
- 12:40

Workshop 3 - TechXConstruction

Secrets of success. What construction can learn from technology, when bidding for large contracts.

Nick Pearce

Co-Founder & Strategy Director @ JPC

It’s no surprise that technology is setting the benchmark when it comes to digital transformation - finding new ways to engage in an ever-changing, complex landscape.

In this vital session, JPC will draw on knowledge, experience and perspectives from inside and outside of the industry to explore what construction can learn from technology, to deliver an industry-leading, compelling - and most importantly - winning bid.

The session will:

  • Disrupt the way you approach bids through an evidence based, proven formula
  • Bring energy, interest and excitement to the session to help raise the standard of UK bids
  • Educate, inspire and challenge anyone involved in the bid process to think and act differently
  • Improve your chances of winning key contracts
  • Examine the implications of digital intelligence for construction companie
  • Offer new creative initiatives to help construction firms achieve differentiation in a slower-moving market

 

Thu 16 May
- 14:10 - 15:15

Workshop 3 - TechXConstruction

Winning in Construction: Tips for Building a Diverse Team from a Construction Tech Unicorn

Rebekah Walker

Implementation Manager @ Procore

Catherine Agonis

Implementation Manager, Enterprise and UK & Ireland Diversity Officer @ Procore

Catherine White

Document Control Manager @ BW: Workplace Experts

Nicole Hales

Construction Manager @ BW: Workplace Experts

Why does the cloud construction software company that is #5 on Forbes 2018 Cloud 100 and #4 on Glassdoor’s 2019 Best Places to Work place so much importance on workplace diversity? And how does it ensure the recruitment of its rapidly growing workforce is inclusive? Join us to learn practical applications and advice for implementing inclusion and diversity strategies. And hear first-hand from Procore customer, Catherine White, Document Control Manager at BW: Workplace Experts, how the construction project management software supports her success.

 

Thu 16 May
- 15:20

Workshop 3 - TechXConstruction

VR/AR & MR Technologies Demonstration: Can You Feel It?

Claire McGarry

Managing Director @ Wireframe Immersive

Have a listen and a chat with Wireframe Immersive’s Director Claire McGarry about the latest immersive technologies being adopted in construction. Wireframe has been keeping up to date with VR, AR and MR technologies in creating realistic and immersive VR environments within architecture, interior design and construction sectors. Wireframe is enabling their client's access to technologies which are streamlining workflow, enabling early interaction with design and increasing collaboration between designer and end user. Not to mention the marketing capabilities of seeing a design come to life before it’s out the ground.