Michael O’Flynn, Chief Executive, O’Flynn Group

Michael is the Chairman and CEO of O’Flynn Group. Established in 1978, as a house building company, which has progressed into one of the largest property development companies in Ireland, O’Flynn Group has extensive investment, development, and asset management capability in the core property sectors (especially residential, offices, industrial and retail). The group has an established and strong reputation overseas, particularly in the UK, but also across Europe. It also has expertise in property backed operating businesses such as student accommodation and senior living. Michael is a leading figure in the Irish and UK property sectors, and is widely recognised for his experience and expertise. His insights on the Irish property market and construction sector are often sought by print and broadcast media. Michael is actively involved in representing the policy objectives of the property sector in Ireland. He is a founding member of Property Industry Ireland and is a former Chairman of the Cork branch of the Construction Industry Federation.

John Fleming, Chairman, Tide Construction Ltd and Vision Modular Systems UK Ltd

John Fleming is the Chairman of Tide Construction Ltd and Vision Modular Systems UK. Following a long and prolific career in construction and contracting, John has been instrumental in the growth of modular housing in the UK through his leadership of Tide Construction and Vision Modular Systems. Tide Construction is both a developer and main contractor that utilises traditional and modular construction, through their modular company Vision Modular Systems. Vision manufacture volumetric 3D modules using production line techniques at their Bedford and Merthyr Tydfil factories, which have been installed throughout the UK to create award winning hotels, residential apartment buildings, and student accommodation developments. Through John’s endless research and development, Tide Construction and Vision Modular Systems are regarded as industry leaders in modular construction, with their projects showcasing what is possible with this increasingly popular construction technique. Currently, Tide Construction and Vision Modular Systems are developing the world’s tallest modular buildings at 101 George Street in Croydon, which will be 44 and 38 storeys tall.

Fergus Harradence, Deputy Director for Construction, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Fergus Harradence leads the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on sponsorship of the construction sector. Since joining the Civil Service in 2000, he has worked in a number of departments in a range of economic policy roles, including trade policy, export promotion, innovation and corporate tax. His current responsibilities include BEIS’ policies to help improve the performance of the construction sector, the Department’s contribution to the Government’s house-building ambitions, and its relationship with the Construction Leadership Council.

Karen Brookes, Director of People and Infrastructure, Sir Robert McAlpine

Karen is an Executive Director with over 30 years’ experience in Human Resources in both the public and private sectors, supporting businesses in the consultancy, construction, retail and sales and marketing industries.

She has led and successfully implemented major business change programmes focused on creating long term sustainable value through engagement and empowerment of employees and teams. Deploying teams in some unusual, diverse and hazardous locations across the globe, she has gained invaluable experience in ensuring their safety and security in such locations as Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia and Nigeria, whilst ensuring project delivery for the client. Karen is currently working as a Board Director with the construction company Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd, responsible for People and Infrastructure, including People, Property & Facilities and Marketing & Communications.

Richie Oakley, Editor & Chief Content Officer, The Sunday Business Post

Richie Oakley is the newly appointed editor and chief content officer of The Sunday Business Post. A journalist with over 20 years experience in the Irish media industry, he was formerly the founding editor of the Ireland edition of The Times and has previously worked for The Sunday Times and The Sunday Tribune. 

James Wilmore, Journalist and past Deputy Editor, Construction News.

James Wilmore is an award-winning business journalist with 16 years experience covering a variety of sectors, including construction and housing. As deputy editor of Construction News, James covered Carillion’s collapse, the Grenfell Tower fire and Brexit. As a freelancer, he is a regular contributor to Inside Housing and has written extensively on offsite manufacturing. James’ byline has also appeared in The Guardian, Property Week and the Architects’ Journal among others. Prior to covering the built environment, James was news editor at Retail Week where he led a team of reporters analysing the ups and downs of Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Sir Philip Green and Mike Ashley. As well as hosting events and public speaking, he is an experienced media performer having regularly appeared on the BBC, Sky News and radio.

Steve Bowcott, Chief Executive, John Sisk & Son Ltd

Stephen Bowcott is Chief Executive Office of John Sisk & Son Ltd. He joined Sisk in September 2015, and has over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry.

Stephen brings a strong track record of success in the senior leadership of major construction organisations including: Kier, Amec and John Mowlem & Co. He spent 19 years with John Mowlem & Co and progressed from Regional Director to Chairman of the Construction business before spending ten years at Kier where he progressed to Chief Operating Office

Eoin Leonard, CEO, i3PT Certification

Eoin Leonard is the CEO of i3PT Certification, a company which was founded to provide independent technical oversight in the construction industry. The company’s software division has also made great strides in technological innovation by developing their own unique project collaboration platform, CertCentral®. Eoin holds a number of technical qualifications in design and project management, as well as an MBA from University College Cork. He is hugely passionate about improving the culture of quality and compliance in construction and in 2018, i3PT were recognised with the Deloitte Industry Impact award. In 2018, Eoin was also announced as a finalist in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Programme. Today, the company works with some of the largest companies in the world delivering landmark buildings and facilities to the highest possible standards. Eoin was also a co-founder of the MBA Charitable Trust and works as a mentor for many high potentials start-ups.

Sam Stacey, Challenge Director, Innovate UK

Sam Stacey is Challenge Director – Transforming Construction at Innovate UK. He is leading the Transforming Construction challenge, a £170 million research and innovation investment, matched by £250 million from industry, to create new construction processes and techniques for building manufacture in the UK. Before joining Innovate UK, Sam was Director of Innovation, Industrialisation and Business Improvement at Skanska UK.

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

John Hunt, Senior Advisor & Global Lead, Enterprise Ireland, London

John is the construction sector Global Lead at Enterprise Ireland, overseeing trade in construction products, services and technologies across 35 overseas offices. Over the past decade, he has placed greatest emphasis on improving sector productivity and client outcomes through digital, offsite manufacturing and low carbon solutions across verticals as diverse as build to rent, high tech manufacturing and hyper-scale data-centres. Ireland’s construction sector recorded international trade growth of 22% between 2017-2018 and exported to over 90 countries. A graduate in Economics and awarded an MBA in 2000, John has 25 years’ experience in the Industry and is a founding member of the National BIM Council.

Jacqueline O’Donovan, Managing Director, O’Donovan Waste

As MD of O’Donovan Waste Disposal, Jacqueline is one of the waste and construction sectors’ most passionate pioneers of employee training, industry best practice and road safety. Under her steer, the award-winning family-run business has gone from strength to strength with 165 employees, 95 HGVs and a turnover of £21m. Jacqueline is recognised as an innovator and a leading force in the industry and is a keen advocate of diversity and inclusion. She has received numerous accolades for her work and holds a number of respected fellowships and affiliations with professional organisations and bodies in the sector. Her most recent awards include PwC Private Business Woman of the Year and the Building Award for Female Leadership as well as the Women’s Economic Forum naming her as their Woman of the Decade in Enterprise and Leadership. She has also been honoured by Irish President Michael D Higgins with a Presidential Distinguished Service Award for her continuous support of the Irish community in the UK.

Simon Rawlinson, Partner and Head of Strategic Research and Insight team, Arcadis

Simon is a Partner and head of Strategic Research and Insight team at Arcadis.  Arcadis is a leading design and consultancy business employing 28,000 people in 70 countries.  Simon leads internal and external research and thought leadership initiatives across the Arcadis network.

Simon is a member of the Construction Leadership Council responsible for strategy, communication and thought leadership.  He is also a member of the CIC Executive and the Strategic Forum for Construction.

Simon has 20 years’ experience in construction and built environment research and innovation.  He is a well-known commentator in the construction industry, having worked with leading industry publications in the UK and overseas for many years.  Simon’s research interests include market forecasting, construction productivity and procurement.  Prior to specialising, Simon practiced as a Quantity Surveyor with BDP and Davis Langdon.

Simon has worked extensively in the property and infrastructure sectors and has advised clients in the UK and overseas.  Research projects delivered by Simon have supported the development of construction industry strategy in the UK, Middle east and Asia.

As part of his innovation remit, Simon has a long track record of working on industry change initiatives.  He has been a member of the UK Government BIM Task Group since 2010, has been involved in the development and implementation of the UK National BIM strategy, and continues to contribute to the development of the Digital Built Britain Strategy.

Simon supports a number of industry engagement initiatives including the Construction Youth Trust for whom he has supported the Duke of Gloucester’s Young Achievers Awards since 2011.

Tom Parlon, Director General, Construction Industry Federation

Before joining the CIF, Tom served as a TD for Laois – Offaly and as Minister for State at the Department of Finance from 2002 until 2007. As Minister he was responsible for the Office for Public Works (OPW). From 1997 to 2001, Tom was President of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA), having previously held several other positions with the association.

Brian Berry, Chief Executive, Federation of Master Builders

Brian Berry is Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders. Prior to his current position Brian was Director of External Affairs at the FMB with responsibility for UK and EU policy, public affairs and media relations. Before the FMB, he worked at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), where he was Head of UK Public Policy. Brian regularly provides commentary on construction issues for TV, Radio, national and trade press.

Michelle Hannah, Director, Cast Consultancy

Michelle has 16 years’ experience working in the residential sector. Michelle began her career as a specialist consultant supporting Housing Associations & Local Authorities with Strategic Needs Assessments as well as with their business and financial planning. In 2016 Michelle supported Mark Farmer in the preparation of his 2016 Independent Review ‘Modernise or Die’. Following the launch of this review Michelle has actively been promoting the use of Modern Methods of Construction to delivery housing and the creation of alternative delivery models moving away from the traditional forms of procurement and transactional relationships. Michelle often speaks at events on the integration (both opportunities and barriers) of Modern Methods of Construction into the residential secto

Bill Hill, Chief Executive, Lighthouse Construction Industry charity

Bill gained over 20 years’ experience holding senior positions in blue chip giants Hewlett-Packard and Sage PLC. He has a passion for customer service and has a wealth of experience across the major business disciplines of marketing, sales, operations and finance. Bill trained as an accountant and holds diplomas from INSEAD, Cranfield University as well as CIMA qualifications. Most recently Bill qualified as a Mental Health First Aid instructor.

He joined the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity in 2013 and since then has played a major role in significantly growing the profile and significance of its charitable work within the construction community. The charity now operates a 24/7 Industry Helpline, it has also developed a construction focused Health and wellbeing APP and plays a central role in Building Mental Health, the construction industry’s key mental health awareness and support programme.


“There is a big difference between doing things right and doing right things. Developing a strategy to support positive mental health in our industry is the right thing to do! If you look after your people … your people will look after your business.”

Vicki Holmes, Digital Manager. MULTIPLEX

Vicki has worked closely with stakeholders of every level of seniority and experience to deliver BIM and Digital Construction across a number of major projects in the UK. In her current role as Digital Manager at Multiplex Construction she works on the pre-construction digital strategy 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 digital best practice, and the practical application of BIM across the UK, Canada and Germany, 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 regularly presents at schools, colleges and universities to promote STEM and Construction to girls in education. Vicki believes strongly that the industry must diversify in order to successfully digitalise, and works hard to encourage women of all ages and experience to consider construction as a viable and rewarding career option.

Martin Coyd, Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Mace

Martin is a leading Health & Safety Professional in the construction industry and is Head of Health, Safety & Wellbeing at Mace Construction. Prior to this role, Martin was Head of EHS for Lendlease (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and, prior to that, a H&S Leader at Skanska

Martin has a wealth of experience in Health & Safety and has a huge passion for Health and Wellbeing. He was appointed as Chair of the Build UK (formerly UKCG) Health Group and chaired the Public Health Responsibility Deal (PHRD) Construction Group. Martin sits on the Health in Construction Leadership Group, The CONIAC Health Group and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Health & Safety Committee.

Martin is one of the leaders of Building Mental Health (BMH) Martin spent 18 years in the Royal Engineers, serving in many and varied operational theatres and finished his time at the Royal School of Military Engineering. Martin was instrumental in establishing the sport of Rugby League in the Army and is still playing Masters RL at 53, as well as coaching Medway Dragons First Grade. He spent four years as a member of The Rugby League Council. He is Chair of Wheelchair Rugby League in England and Manager of the England Wheelchair Rugby League Team, European Champions in 2015 and World Cup Finalists 2013 and 2017 Martin is a proud Stonewall Champion and was named in the Financial Times OUTstanding Global Top 30 LGBT Executive Allies list in 2015.

Martin was named in the SHP List of the 15 Most Influential in Health and Safety in both 2017 and 2018 Martin was awarded the OBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List

James Pargeter, Senior Director, Projects, Greystar Europe Holdings Ltd

James is a Senior Director in the UK and Ireland Development team at Greystar, the global leader in rental housing. He is focused on the delivery of new Build to Rent (BTR) communities and purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA), and on communicating how changes in rental culture can help to address the UK’s housing crisis. James leads Greystar’s involvement with central, regional and local government at a time when BTR policy is emerging strongly, as well as engagement with key local stakeholders on each of our developments. He also provides up-front consultancy advice to Greystar’s 3rd-party management clients. With over 20 years’ experience of delivering homes across the whole tenure spectrum, James brings a broad understanding of the priorities for residents, local communities and policymakers in delivering successful long-term rental developments that are purpose-designed, purpose-managed and have placemaking at their heart. James currently sits on the MHCLG BTR Joint Committee, the British Property Federation’s (BPF) BTR Committee and the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) UK Residential Council. James is a regular speaker and commentator, and contributed to the ULI’s ‘Build to Rent: Best Practice Guide’. James is a Chartered Structural Engineer and, prior to joining Greystar in 2016, led the Residential Projects team at Deloitte Real Estate in London for 12 years, during which time he also undertook ancillary roles at the Homes and Communities Agency and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He chaired the BPF’s Residential Conference in 2014.

Brendan Morahan, Principal, Invennt Ltd

Brendan is a senior construction executive with over 30 years’ experience at Taylor Woodrow and VINCI. His board level experience with operations, business development, supply chain and commercial responsibility. His goal is to ensure the businesses, the people in the businesses and society at large succeeds. As MD of Taylor Woodrow/Vinci Infrastructure, he led teams turning over £400m a year. As Executive Board Director, Brendan led a focus on value rather than volume consequently leading to more successful tendering performance. He integrated a number of acquisitions and led the successful pursuit of BAA’s 10-year £6.9bn capital framework. He is committed to collaboration and long-term business relationships because he knows what can make, or break, a successful business. Brendan has worked with a number of “blue chip” companies and SMEs. The size of the business does not matter to him; what matters is the capability and enthusiasm of the people in the businesses.

Brendan is a Fellow of the CIOB, an occasional lecturer at King’s College London and a Foundation Governor of Salvatorian College. Involvement with these organisations ensures that Brendan’s business interests align with society.

Vince Corrigan, Group Director, Keltbray

Vince has had a career in the construction industry spanning almost 40 years, predominantly with Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd, occupying senior executive positions including sitting as a main Board Director for 9 years. In January 2015 he joined the Keltbray Group, a multi-disciplined specialist contracting organization, founded on a self-delivery model and with a Group annual turnover now in excess of £500m. The Group’s diverse specialist contracting services range from design, asbestos management, demolition, civil engineering, piling, concrete structures and soils remediation through to design and installation of overhead electrification in Rail and over-ground power distribution and transmission installations for the major DCOs . The Group operates in most sectors. Over the years, Vince has had personal involvement in the establishment and delivery a number of the UK’s largest developments in both public and private sectors. Highlights include The Jubilee Line Extension, New Colchester Garrison, Arsenal Emirates Stadium, London 2012 Olympic Stadium, ExCel Docklands, The London O2 Arena, and major city centre (retail-lead) regeneration schemes such as the New Bullring Birmingham, Cabot’s Circus Bristol, Bath Southgate and New Shires Leicester. His role in Keltbray is being part of the senior team, with more specific focus on strategic issues. Vince is married with a daughter and son (both grown up); loves life and hates death. Sufferingly, he is also a Newcastle United fan.

Adrian Hill, Director of Operations, Scape Procure

As Director of Operations, Adrian leads the operational and strategic activity for Scape Procure. Adrian manages the framework management, client relationship management and performance and social value teams, applying strategic leadership of change and innovation to ensure that the framework services provide excellent value for money to the public sector. Prior to Scape, Adrian worked as Group Leisure Sector Lead for Willmott Dixon, and for Sport England where he led investment policy for the development and management of sports facilities within England. He holds an MBA in Construction and Real Estate.

Jaimie Johnston, Board Director, Head of Global Systems

Having joined Bryden Wood shortly after the practice’s formation in 1995, Jaimie leads the adoption of a manufacturing-like approach to creating high performing assets on projects in the UK, Europe and Asia with clients including GlaxoSmithKline, Heathrow Airport and several government departments. As Head of Global Systems Jaimie is one of the UK’s leading thinkers on the future of industrialised construction. He was an original member of the UK Government BIM Task Group and was the co-author of the ‘Design for Manufacture + Assembly’ overlay to the RIBA Plan of Works. Jaimie was the author of the strategy documents ‘Delivery Platforms for Government Assets: Creating a Marketplace for Manufactured Spaces’, ‘Platforms: Bridging the gap between construction + manufacturing’ and ‘Data Driven Infrastructure: From digital tools to manufactured components’. These have been adopted as a key articulation of the UK Government’s aspiration to adopt a more manufacturing-led approach to construction. This work was reflected in the Infrastructure and Project Authority’s call for evidence relating to the ‘proposed adoption of a Platform approach to Design for Manufacture and Assembly’ issued in 2018. Jaimie is the Design Lead for the Construction Innovation Hub, which in 2018 was awarded £72 million to drive innovation and technological advances in the UK construction and infrastructure sectors.

Alison Coutinho, Head of Construction, Brick by Brick 

Alison is Head of Construction at Brick by Brick. She leads on schemes from planning to completion, including the +400 unit Fairfield Homes development in Croydon. She has extensive experience in design having practised architecture for more than ten years and held a part-time lecturer’s post at Leicester School of Architecture. Prior to joining Brick by Brick, Alison held a senior position at Berkeley Group plc gaining experience in masterplan delivery. In addition to her role at Brick by Brick, Alison sits on the RIBA Education Validation Panel and has reviewed 13 schools of architecture worldwide in this capacity.

Nick James, Partnerships Director (London and South), Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)

Nick joined CITB in 2015 as Partnerships Director. Nick is responsible for leading CITB’s work with partner organisations and employers across London and the South of England, including the South West and East Anglia.

Nick leads a Partnership Team of 28 CITB colleagues which help construction employers get the skilled workforce they need. Nick’s team provide advice and support to thousands of employers and work with key partners to help raise the profile of construction as a career of choice. The team also work with major contractors and clients to support projects such as Crossrail, Tideway and Hinkley Point C. Nick also leads CITB’s Skills Academy programme across the UK. Before joining CITB, Nick’s most recent role was for a Local Authority Partnership in the South of England. Prior to this, Nick has worked on regeneration, inward investment and training programmes in the private and public sector. He is a qualified Town Planner. Speaking about his role at CITB Nick said: “This is a challenging time for the

construction sector. Skills gaps need to be addressed, the industry needs to modernise. But these challenges present huge opportunities, too. It’s great to be part of an organisation which is striving to build a skilled workforce equipped for the rapidly changing construction sector.” Nick is married to Angie and they live in North Dorset with various farm animals. He is surrounded by beautiful countryside and can often be seen cycling or running around the local fields and lanes, slightly behind the rest of the group.

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

Paul Hogan is the Principal Adviser – Planning (Acting) at the Department of Housing Planning and Local Government in Ireland, where he has worked since 2015.  He was the Project Manager for the National Planning Framework, was tasked with establishing the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund and is currently responsible for the implementation of national, regional and urban planning policy as part of Project Ireland 2040. Paul has 27 years professional experience, including 18 years in local Government, and 5 years in the private sector in Ireland and the UK. During the 10 years as Senior Planner at South Dublin County Council, he led teams that delivered a range of plans, projects and initiatives, as well as development management, including the planning and early development of the Adamstown Strategic Development Zone (SDZ). Paul graduated from University College Dublin with a Master of Regional and Urban Planning degree in 1992.

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

Sarah Neary is Principal Adviser (Built Environment Advisory Section) in the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. Her responsibilities include managing a multi-disciplinary team of Architects, Engineers and Quantity Surveyors to

  • assess and advise on capital works projects in accordance with procurement requirements, sustainable communities polices, quality building and value for money,  largely in the context of social housing at present,
  • provide a strong and evolving building code and regulatory framework, through implementation and development of Building Control Acts, Building Control Regulations, Building Regulations and accompanying Technical Guidance Documents
  • implement and ensure compliance with the EU requirements of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, Construction Products Regulations etc. 

She is a Chartered Engineer, holds a Civil Engineering Degree from NUI Galway and an MBA from UCD. Prior to joining the Department, Sarah worked as a Structural Design Engineer with Ryan Hanley consulting engineers in Galway.

Rosanna Lawn, Acquisitions and Development Manager, YOO

Rosanna brings diverse insight and experience from her role as acquisitions and development manager at YOO. Previously an agent on the restaurant and leisure team at Cushman and Wakefield, Rosanna now leads the small asset prime central London investment and development business, YOO Living. Rosanna is also involved in special projects within the company, YOO is focussed on launching a new branded BTR and Co-Living concept, focussed on the same lifestyle, community and design ethos that YOO is globally renowned for. As one of few millennials based out of the development teams in London, Rosanna assists on specific expectations and needs focussed on new age living and the importance of proper integration of tech into these spaces. Residential development is undergoing a much-needed shift, changing the way people perceive and approach rental and flexible living. BTR and Co-Living are just the beginning of a much bigger picture, we are reimagining urban living and as a direct consumer and target market, Rosanna is excited to help shape this movement.

Brendan Geraghty, Director, Geraghty Taylor

Brendan Geraghty is one of the founding members of Geraghty Taylor. He brings a broad range of senior level experience drawn from projects in the UK and around the world and is a residential council member of the Urban Land Institute. Brendan’s works across architecture, interiors and branding and he brings a diverse range of experience and insights from projects in the UK and internationally. Geraghty Taylor’s ongoing and creative activity in the Build to Rent is lead by Brendan. This includes integrating Brand, Interior Design and Architecture into compelling Customer Experience solutions for a range of BTR clients. Brendan leads Geraghty Taylor R&D which has delivered a number of innovative new housing concepts and products. This includes the design of a bespoke volumetric off-site solution for the BTR sector. Other housing innovations include LivinHome, designed for inter- generational living and completed in April 2015.Brendan enjoys proposing dynamic, often lateral solutions communicated in a clear and effective manner whilst fostering a strong team ethos. He likes rugby, surfing and having fun.