9 - 10 June Olympia London
New speakers will be announced every week. Watch this space!
Dr. Barnali Ghosh
Technical Director @ Mott MacDonald
Strategic Partnerships Director @ CITB
Challenge Director - Transforming Construction @ UKRI
Rena L. Scott
Of Counsel @ Orrick
Managing Director & Founder @ Constructing Equality & The Duck Project
Associate Director @ Turner & Townsend
Digital Manager @ Multiplex
Dr. Jenni Barrett
Director @ CoLab
Sophie Lydia Perkins
Chartered Building Surveyor @ Atkins
Project Director @ Costain Group
CEO and Co-founder @ Qualis Flow
Leila du Toit
Sustainability Manager @ Canary Wharf Contractors
Quantity Surveyor @ Avi Contracts
Client Solutions Director @ Mid Group Ltd
Development Director @ Major Projects Assocation
Project Engineer @ Stantec
Dr. Barnali Ghosh is a chartered civil engineer who brings highly specialised technical skills to the challenging projects located in diverse locations of the world. She combines strong academic background (PhD in Earthquake Engineering from Cambridge University) with practical experience in delivering value to clients and mitigating natural hazards in their projects. She is leading the seismic team at Mott MacDonald and is driven by the passion to reduce the impact of devastating consequences in terms of loss of human life due to earthquakes.
Barnali provides mentoring for the young members within her team and provides on job training and travel extensively to develop the Geo seismic skills within the company. I facilitate Seismic Skills Discussion Group within the company.
Barnali has been a STEM ambassador for many years and has regularly contributed to their event. She is also a committee member for the Equality Diversity and Inclusion ADVANCE network within Mott MacDonald and propagates diversity and inclusion within the company.
Sarah is responsible for supporting construction employers in localities to be able to access the people and training that their businesses need. Leading on collective action working with employers, Local Government, Local Enterprise Partnerships, training providers, educators and other stakeholders to provide collaborative skills solutions to meet employer needs.
Previously Sarah was also responsible for leading the CITB GB strategy and collaborative work on supporting the Construction Industry to address Image and Recruitment. Sarah set up and led on bringing employers, educators, Government agencies and other parties together to co-design, co-invest and co-deliver the
Go Construct Careers initiative.
Sarah has also worked as an Apprenticeships Manager covering the NE and Y&H regions where her team worked with over 3,000 apprentices at any one time. She has also worked as a Company Development Adviser for construction companies operating in the West Yorkshire Area.
Sam Stacey is Challenge Director – Transforming Construction at UKRI. He is leading the Transforming Construction Challenge, a £170 million research and innovation investment, matched by £250 million from industry, to create high-performing, cost-effective buildings for the UK and beyond. Linked to the Construction Sector Deal, the programme includes the Active Building Centre supporting the wide-scale roll-out of energy-positive buildings, the Construction Innovation Hub to propagate standardised building products and processes, plus a Construction Network and funding for piloting of new construction solutions.
Before joining UKRI, Sam was Director of Innovation, Industrialisation and Business Improvement at Skanska UK, a Trustee of the Building Research Establishment, and Chairman of the National Platform for Construction. Sam has also worked for Wates Construction and Buro Happold Engineering. He is a Chartered Structural Engineer with an MBA from Henley Business School and degrees in Civil Engineering, Architecture and Philosophy from Imperial College and Cambridge University.
Sam is married with two children and lives in London and Suffolk.
Regularly credited for her responsiveness, diligence, and reliability, Rena L. Scott has been assisting clients primarily in the area of international arbitration and dispute resolution, with a particular focus on complex, high-value disputes involving major construction projects (commercial, retail, residential, high rise, low rise, infrastructure) and consortia and joint venture agreements for more than 12 years. Rena also provides delivery assistance and construction project dispute avoidance assistance to construction development and delivery teams. Rena is regularly invited to speak on issues in the construction sector.
Over the last 10 years Chrissi has steered the business delivering consultancy, training and research to organisations inside and outside the construction sector. Bringing the terminology Fairness, Inclusion and Respect to the construction sector, Creating the Change Tack Programme for career progression, winning and delivering significant high level contracts with CITB, launching Constructing Equality Ltd.’s Engage programmes and also gaining further industry and government recognition through representation on strategic boards including the image group for 2025 Construction and Industry Leadership Group for Fairness, Inclusion and Respect. Chrissi started her career as a Setting-Out Engineer then as a site manager, while playing an integral role in the delivery of numerous projects, including Peckham Library, Manchester Interchange, a range of BSF Schemes, and a school in Uganda for charity.
IJ is a Programme Controls Expert and Business Leader, currently leading the Strategic Programmes Controls team at Heathrow Airport to make accurate data driven decisions on large-scale complex construction programme performance.
As an ambassador for building inclusive high performing teams, she is the founder of ‘Speak-Up’ - a Public speaking & Leadership forum for employees at all levels of public speaking abilities. She also founded ‘T&T Mentoring Circles’ - a platform to change the narrative for gender balance in construction and empower technical professionals keen to transition into leadership positions.
She is married with two children and serves on a primary school Governor's Board, contributing her leadership skills to provide strategic direction to the school.
Digital Construction across a number of major projects in the UK. In her current role as Digital Manager at Multiplex Construction she works on pre-construction and digital skills development across the organisation. She believes that, so long as you find the right learning method, BIM and Digital Construction can be accessible for everyone. Vicki has presented on the practical application of BIM across the UK, Europe and Canada, and is a huge advocate of international collaboration. A core member of Women in BIM, Vicki works hard to support, retain, and provide opportunities for women in the digital construction environment and believes strongly that the industry must diversify in order to successfully digitalise. She works hard to encourage women of all ages and experience to consider construction as a viable and rewarding career option.
Dr. Jenni Barrett is Director of coLAB, a consultancy specialising in training and research for the construction industry. She is also Senior Lecturer and researcher at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Her industry experience and research relating to the social psychology of digital and traditional collaboration in construction teams, underpins coLAB’s evidence-based training programmes, which support organisations in embedding the skills needed to create inclusive, digital project teams and workplaces. Jenni is member of the Institute for Research into Organisations, Work, and Employment (iROWE) at UCLan and core team member of the Women In BIM network.
Sophie Lydia Perkins is a multi-award-winning Chartered Building Surveyor and Chartered Building Engineer at Atkins with over 11 years’ experience in the construction industry. Sophie has also developed a safety shoe collection for women with Amblers Safety named ‘The Sophie Collection’ though years of being frustrated with ill-fitting PPE. Her career is wide spanning; Sophie started as an apprentice in Local Authority and she now works for a global consultancy, Atkins within the Infrastructure business, dedicating her time to leading client projects and leading and working with a multi-disciplinary team.
Isabel is a chartered civil engineer, who’s career has been largely spent delivery railway infrastructure and leading complex major projects. She has 22 years experience in the industry. Starting out as a Site Engineer on the A1/M1 Link Road in Leeds she is has lead major projects for over 10 years and is currently Project Director for Skanska Costain Strabag (SCS) JV heading up an international team on HS2 Main Works Construction Contracts S1/S2. Isabel is Fellow of the ICE and is a Board Director for High Speed Rail Industry Leaders (HSRIL)
Isabel is passionate about improving our industry’s diversity and using her influence to support the advancement and success of women in their careers.
Brittany is a Civil Engineer turned Entrepreneur. After years working in construction and engineering, she and her co-founder Jade Cohen decided turn their talents to tackling global challenges by driving change in construction. In April 2018 they founded Qflow, a SaaS platform that enables construction teams to get real value from their environmental data, and achieve a stress free environmentally compliant project.
Brittany has built a team of amazing developers, designers and industry experts to help realise her vision for a more sustainable future and has lead the company to launch Qflow on major construction projects across England; taking her experience and frustrations as a Civil Engineer and turning it into a high impact business.
Leila is a chartered environmentalist who has worked within the construction industry for over ten years as an environmental sustainability professional. Having previously worked in the rail sector, she now works at Canary Wharf Contractors, on a project providing mixed residential, commercial, retail and community use. The development will broaden and extend the Canary Wharf Estate, however during construction, Leila supports and works with the design and construction teams in achieving the vision as set out in the Sustainability Report, to ‘Make Sustainability Real’. It is an exciting time to be working in this sector, as through BREEAM and other sustainability rating systems, Leila co-ordinates the different project teams to meet the high targets and to promote best sustainability practice, whilst on the journey to making Canary Wharf a circular city.
Anjali is a proud advocate of Diversity and Inclusion, producing research on the modern perception of construction to aid her raising the profile on diversity, inclusion and the skills shortage. Anjali has noted that the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME’s) millennials are underrepresented, making it her personal goal to be the voice for change.
Anjali is a recipient of the Constructor’s Prize from The Worshipful Company of Constructors, and a Yeoman for this Livery. Driven to bring positive change breaking stereotypes, she has presented with the CIOB, BIM Region London, Newable, Willmott Dixon and school Employability Days. Anjali is among a selected number chosen to be a Role Model for the 2018 UK Construction Week, Inclusion Role Model for Willmott Dixon and Women in Construction Ambassador for the London Build Expo 2018.
Emily is a construction professional. She works at Mid Group, a contractor specialising in Modern Methods of Construction, as the Client Solutions Director. She is recognised in the industry as a specialist in offsite construction with a focus on Education.
With a Masters’ degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Emily has previously held roles for leading construction consultants; 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.
Alongside sustainable construction, Emily is passionate about promoting diversity in our industry.
Manon is the Development Director of the Major Projects Association ensuring the day to day delivery of the Association. She has specific responsibility for the Gender Balance initiative which aims to support members to improve the gender balance within their major projects. In this capacity she Chairs the Infrastructure Client Group Equality, Diversity and Inclusion group.
As a competitive drug-free power-lifter Manon is used to being in male-dominated environments such as infrastructure. In the 14 years that she has been competing she has won 13 World Championships, 9 European Championships and held 6 World Records and a host of British titles and records.
She is a keen writer and a practiced speaker and Chair. She has written on topics close to her heart in a number of online publications including “Infrastructure Intelligence”, “The Guardian” and in online publications as well as via her own blog “Passionate about Powerlifting” and she has contributed to a number of events as speaker and Chair including the Women in Construction Summit 2018; the 2018 Oxford Literary Festival; All Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure panel on The Feminist City (July 2018).
She is also Co-Leader of the Oxfordshire Women’s Equality Party.
Fritha Bevin-McCrimmon, Project Engineer at Stantec, listed as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Engineering in 2019 and the WISE Award Rising Star Award Winner in 2018. In her final year of university in New Zealand the earthquake struck Christchurch. As a graduate she then worked as a project engineer on the Earthquake Rebuild Team helping to manage large wastewater, stormwater, fresh water, road construction and structural projects. In 2015 she then moved to the North East of England where she now designs water and wastewater infrastructure on the Northumbrian Water Framework.
Fritha holds several other roles including the Newcastle Community Leader Representative for Stantec organizing school and community engagement, the ICE Education Panel Member, the North of England Representative and Newsletter Editor for Engineers New Zealand and part of an ICE Fairness Inclusion and Respect Focus Group.
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