Developing unique collaborative opportunities for the UK and Ireland’s construction leaders…

 

8:00

Registration and coffee

8:45

Welcome from the morning Chair

James Wilmore

James Wilmore

Journalist and past Deputy Editor, Construction News

8:50

OPENING AMBASSADORIAL ADDRESS: 

Adrian O'Neill

Adrian O'Neill

Irish Ambassador to the United Kingdom

POLICY, INVESTMENT AND THE BIG PICTURE

9:10

MORNING KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Fireside chat with Michael O’Flynn

Michael O’Flynn will outline his views on the current challenges facing the Irish construction industry

Michael O’Flynn

Michael O’Flynn

Chief Executive, O’Flynn Group

9:30

PANEL DISCUSSION: Mutually beneficial partnering and collaboration opportunities for the UK and Ireland

John Hunt

John Hunt

Senior Advisor & Global Lead, Enterprise Ireland, United Kingdom

Tom Parlon

Tom Parlon

Director General, Construction Industry Federation (CIF) of Ireland

Brian Berry

Brian Berry

Chief Executive, Federation of Masters Builders, United Kingdom

10:05

PANEL DISCUSSION: Financing for construction – making the case for investment

  • Financing options  
  • Competition for capital
  • Debt finance
  • Infrastructure in the UK after Brexit  
Chris Davies

Chris Davies

Managing Director, DRS Bond Management Limited

Jim Power

Jim Power

Economist

Brendan Morahan

Brendan Morahan

Principal, Invennt Ltd

10:40

Morning Break

11:10

PANEL DISCUSSION: How the construction supply chain can add value to the industry

 

  •  Adding value to customers by improving supply chain management performance
  • What’s driving your client – predictability or flexibility?
  •  Putting collaboration at the heart of an agile customer supply chain
  •  Finding balance between efficiency and elements that can be standardised or automated

 

Jacqueline O’Donovan

Jacqueline O’Donovan

Managing Director, O’Donovan Waste Disposal

Vince Corrigan

Vince Corrigan

Group Director, Keltbray

Paul Kavanagh

Paul Kavanagh

CEO, Imtech

Paul Mulvihill

Paul Mulvihill

Purchasing Director, Brooks Group

PRODUCTIVITY, MANPOWER AND INNOVATION

11:40

PANEL DISCUSSION: Building the workforce of the future

It is no secret that the construction industry struggles to recruit and retain the workforce it needs and with Brexit in motion, this concern is only amplified. Before change can occur, the industry must address the underutilisation of resources, high dissatisfaction rates and poor diversity levels. How can cultural transformation be achieved to build diverse, inclusive and ultimately more productive teams? 

  • Overcoming the skills gap and attracting digital natives through more effective education, partnerships and recruitment.
  • Tackling deeply ingrained representational bias to encourage sector diversity.
  • Improving mental health in the industry.
  • What can be done to tackle the skills shortage?
  • Transferable qualifications for both markets.
Alison Coutinho

Alison Coutinho

Head of Construction, Brick by Brick

Martin Coyd

Martin Coyd

Health and Safety Wellbeing Director, Mace

Bill Hill

Bill Hill

Chief Executive, Lighthouse Construction Industry charity

Nick James

Nick James

Partnership Director, CITB

12:15

Diversity and inclusion in the workforce – who’s leading the way and what does it look like?

Karen Brookes

Karen Brookes

Director of People and Infrastructure, Sir Robert McAlpine

12:30

New developments in advanced manufacturing and offsite building

Michelle Hannah

Michelle Hannah

Director, Cast Consultancy

1:00

Lunch and Exhibition Viewing

2:00

Welcome back from afternoon Chair

Richard Oakley

Richard Oakley

Editor & Chief Content Officer, The Sunday Business Post

2:05

AFTERNOON KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Modular Building

John Fleming

John Fleming

Chairman, Tide Construction and Vision Modular Systems

UNLOCKING THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT’S DIGITAL FUTURE

2:25

PANEL DISCUSSION: Technology – The industry’s key enabler

 

  • How does the industry in Ireland and the UK compare to the rest of the world in terms of digital advances and technical innovations?  
  • How technology is advancing in terms of building modular  
  • How can policies help improve the performance of the construction sector?
  •   How will connected devices continue to unlock new communication opportunities?
  • Can robots and humans exist harmoniously in the sector?
  •  How is the digital agenda is driving new opportunities for skills and training?
  • Off-site Manufacturing – what does this means for the sector in both markets?
  • What needs to happen to take BIM to the next level in the UK?
  • How can we improve efficiency across the sector through digitisation?
  • Is big data really the new currency for the industry?
     
Eoin Leonard

Eoin Leonard

CEO, i3PT Certification

Chair

Fergus Harradence

Fergus Harradence

Deputy Director of Construction, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Vicki Holmes

Vicki Holmes

Digital Manager, Multiplex

Jaimie Johnston

Jaimie Johnston

Director and Head of Global Systems, Bryden Wood

Sam Stacey

Sam Stacey

Challenge Director – Transforming Construction, Innovate UK

THE IMPORTANCE OF COLLABORATION IN STIMULATING DELIVERY

3:10

 IRELAND 2040: What Ireland needs to deliver its housing requirements

Paul Hogan

Paul Hogan

Principal Adviser (Planning) Department of Housing Planning and Local Government, Ireland

Sarah Neary

Sarah Neary

Principal Adviser, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, Ireland

3:30

PANEL DISCUSSION: Regional Opportunities in the United Kingdom. Where can Irish companies get involved?

Robert Slater

Robert Slater

Supply Chain Manager, HS2 ltd

Simon Rawlinson

Simon Rawlinson

Partner and Head of Strategic Research and Insight team, Arcadis

Adrian Hill

Adrian Hill

Director of Operations, Scape Procure

4:05

PANEL DISCUSSION: Unlocking the potential of build to rent housing – The key to solving housing crises on both sides of the pond

Rosanna Lawn

Rosanna Lawn

Acquisitions and Development Manager, YOO

Brendan Geraghty

Brendan Geraghty

Director, Geraghty Taylor

James Pargeter

James Pargeter

Senior Director, Greystar

4:35

PANEL DISCUSSION: Forward thinking – the future of construction for Ireland and the UK. A leadership view on the evolution of the construction market.

Concluding this year’s summit will be an exhilarating debate from three influential veterans in construction and development. Speakers will share their perspectives on how construction in Ireland and the UK has changed over recent times and what needs to happen in terms of planning and investment to ensure both countries maximise all opportunities for commercial and residential development… 

  • Post Brexit opportunities for the industry
Ronan Murphy

Ronan Murphy

Group CEO, Durkan

Steve Bowcott

Steve Bowcott

Chief Executive, John Sisk & Son

5:30

Conference Close:

Networking & Drinks Reception until late in The Sky Bar at the Leonardo Royal Hotel