Speakers 2016

 Paul Nash, CIOB President

In a career spanning over thirty years, Paul has worked for some of the construction industry’s leading contractors and consultants, and has advised property owners, developers and funders in the UK and internationally.
As a Fellow and President of the Chartered Institute of Building, Paul has been actively engaged in raising awareness of key issues affecting the construction sector through reports such as ‘Understanding the Value of Professionals and Professional Bodies’ and ‘Productivity in Construction’ and regularly speaks at industry events.
He was a also a member of the working groups responsible for the ‘Code of Practice for Project Management for Construction and Development’ and the ‘Code of Practice for Programme Management in the Built Environment’.
Paul has an MSc in Project Management from the University of Reading and is an Alumni of Henley Management College.

Professor Jacqueline Glass, Loughborough University

Professor Jacqueline Glass MCIOB is Associate Dean for Enterprise in the School of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University. Jacqui is well-known in industry for her pioneering work on responsible sourcing of construction products – much of which has been delivered under the umbrella of the ‘Action Programme for Responsible Sourcing’ (APRES). She is Director of the Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE), and her research portfolio spans responsible sourcing, sustainability standards, organisational values and resource efficiency. Jacqui is a BRE Fellow and chairs the Supply Chain Sustainability School’s Horizon Group. You can follow her on Twitter: @profjacquiglass

Mike de Silva, Sustainability Manager, Crossrail

Mike has over 25 years of environmental and sustainability design and construction experience much of which has been gained in the rail industry. He has worked on the two largest rail projects in the United Kingdom, Crossrail and High Speed 1.  Mike has been working as Sustainability Manager on Crossrail since August 2009 and is responsible for its sustainability strategy and reporting as well as leading on CEEQUAL and BREEAM project management and the project’s carbon and material resource management.   An important aspect of the latter has been on ensuring the responsible procurement of the project’s construction materials.

Asselya Katenbayeva, PhD student, Loughborough University


Asselya Katenbayeva is a PhD student sponsored by Loughborough University and BRE Trust. She is focusing on traceability in the construction supply chain.  The topic of traceability has been widely investigated in particular sectors, such as food, fashion, pharmaceutics and forestry. Through learning from other sectors, Asselya aims to develop a conceptual framework for traceability specifically for the construction industry to aid implementation.

Dr Shamir Ghumra, Director; Centre for Sustainable Products, BRE

Dr Ghumra is leading on the BRE work relating to Ethical Labour sourcing challenges in the construction sector.
He has an Engineering Doctorate from Loughborough University and is an Associate member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.
Shamir is also a Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying. Dr Ghumra is a unique individual who; has first-hand site experience with heavy plant; years of commercial acumen as a territory sales manager and held a senior management position as Head of Sustainability at Aggregate Industries (turnover in excess of £1bn and part of the Lafarge Holcim Group) from 2010 to 2014.
As Director at BRE Dr Ghumra is well connected to both industry and academia. Dr Ghumra is well respected through many industry associations including the Construction Products Association, Build UK, Mineral Products Association, and Council for Aluminium in Building, Flooring Alliance and the Supply Chain Sustainability School. Dr Ghumra also represents the UK on European Committee standards relating to sustainability in the built environment.

Dr Josephine Arendorf, Sustainability Change Manager, AkzoNobel Decorative Paints UK&I

Dr Josephine Arendorf has been part of the UK & Ireland sustainability team at AkzoNobel Decorative Paints for two years. In which time she has been responsible for AkzoNobel becoming the first paint company globally to achieve certification to BES 6001 for responsible sourcing. She has also helped to ensure that the company has retained the coveted Carbon Trust Triple standard as well as helping to spread the sustainability message through employee engagement sessions. Prior to joining AkzoNobel Josephine worked in sustainability consulting  working for both government and industry, primarily in the fields of raw materials criticality and environmental product labels.
She has a PhD in Physical Organic Chemistry and an MSc in Chemistry both from University College London. She is also a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Erica Russell, Doctoral Practitioner within the Centre for Environmental Strategy (CES), University of Surrey

Erica Russell is a Doctoral Practitioner within the Centre for Environmental Strategy (CES) at the University of Surrey.  Erica is based at Carillion plc, Construction Services who are looking to further develop their existing sustainability programme. Russell will be researching and testing methodologies that can enhance company sustainability through its supply chain. The partnership is for three years, from May 2015- April 2018.
Erica has worked in various roles in industry for 30 years, both in publiccompanies and in other private sector businesses. She has spent the last 9 years working with partners and businesses within the UK and Europe to integrateSustainable Business practices into ‘normal’ business advice. This included a major UK Government programme piloted by the South East Regional Development Agency (2007-2010) in which sustainability was embedded into Business Link and advisors trained, metrics developed and over 20,000 companies were directly engaged on relevant ‘sustainability actions’. Recently she has led or contributed to several EU projects working on the circular economy and SMEs, understanding and communicating sustainability in business, understanding the role of innovation in small companies and the development of an online innovation platform.
Erica completed her Masters in Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey in 2010.

Rory Bergin, Partner Sustainable Futures, HTA

Rory Bergin joined HTA as an architect in 1993 and became an associate in 1999, and a partner in 2013 In 2007 he formed HTA’s Sustainable Futures unit to further his interest in this field and to expand the range of services HTA can offer.
Rory’s role is to develop excellence in sustainable and innovative design, enabling HTA to achieve its objective of leading the field in sustainable placemaking.
He leads a team of specialists in subjects including SAP, EcoHomes, Code for Sustainable Homes, PassivHaus, SBEM, Post Occupancy Evaluation, Life Cycle Assessment and BREEAM Communities. He has an input into most projects, overseeing the practice’s implementation of sustainable design and appropriate sustainability tools.

Don Ward, Chief Executive, Constructing Excellence

Don Ward is Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence, the not-for-profit think tank and best practice organisation now part of the BRE Trust group of companies. He has led CE and a number of its predecessor organisations in the UK for over 20 years. He specialises in industry change, supply chain integration, collaborative working, benchmarking and sustainability, with 30 years’ experience of studying, implementing and learning from best practice and change programmes in the construction and infrastructure industries in the UK and overseas. He is an advisor to the UK government’s Cabinet Office and a Simon Industrial Fellow with Alliance Manchester Business School. His International speaking engagements and advisory roles have included Australasia, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Egypt, Qatar, UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Professor Richard Wilding, Professor of Supply Chain, Cranfield School of Management 

As Chair (Full Professor) in Supply Chain Strategy at the Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Cranfield School of Management UK, Richard works with European and International companies on Logistics and Supply Chain projects in all sectors including pharmaceutical, retail, automotive, high technology, food, drink and professional services to name a few.  He is a highly acclaimed presenter and regularly speaks at Industrial Conferences and has undertaken lecture tours of Europe and Asia at the invitation of local Universities & Confederations of Industry.  He has published widely in the area of Supply Chain Management and is Editorial Advisor to a number of top journals in this area.
Richard was appointed in 2005 as the first ever Full Professor and Chair of “Supply Chain Risk Management” in the World.  This was in recognition of his significant contribution to this subject area.  Supply chain risk is still a key focus of his research within the context of an organisations overall Supply Chain Strategy, thus enabling companies to create sustainable and resilient competitive advantage.

Qunitin Lake, Research Fellow, Ashridge Centre for Business and Sustainability at Hult

Quintin leads Hult’s research into corporate responses to the challenge of modern slavery in global supply chains. He is a research fellow at the Ashridge Centre for Business and Sustainability, and consults with companies in a range of sectors on Sustainability, CSR and ethical trade.

Ian Nicholson, Managing Director, Responsible Solutions

Ian Nicholson is the founder and Managing Director of Responsible Solutions Ltd, an environmental and corporate social responsibility consultancy dedicated to working with businesses that wish to make a real difference to their own business efficiency, whilst improving their environmental and social impact. Originally trained as a civil engineer, Ian retrained with a BSc in Water and Environmental Management and subsequently an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice from the University of Bath. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Chartered Quality Practitioner and Member of the Chartered Quality Institute, an Associate Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment and a Member of the Institute of Directors. His experience prior to establishing Responsible Solutions Ltd includes over 30 years’ within the construction industry, working in a variety of different construction sectors and roles, including contractors, consultants, and latterly with Anglian Water.
In his role at Responsible Solutions Ian has assisted a range of organisations with the development of environmental management systems for a range of companies. He also has experience of life cycle analysis techniques such as Ecological Footprinting, and their utilisation as corporate measurement and performance reporting tools.

Alan Young, Director, Materials Efficiency Research Group 


Since 1990 Alan has worked as a facilitator, mediator, analyst and activist for a wide range of conservation groups, indigenous organizations, companies and governments across Canada and internationally. His focus has been on sustainability and leadership strategies for the extractive sector in North America, Latin America, Europe and Scandinavia. His work includes ethical practices certification programs in the forestry and mining sectors, cross sector collaboration design and facilitation, large-scale conservation strategies, as well as various legislative reform initiatives in the extractive sectors nationally and internationally. Recently he served as the Director of the Secretariat of the multi-sector Boreal Leadership Council in Canada and is Senior Advisor on Corporate Engagement with the International Boreal Conservation Campaign. He is Chair of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, Steering Committee member of the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance, is former Chair of the Forest Stewardship Council of Canada, served on Mining Association of Canada’s Expert Advisory Committee on Tailings Management and is a Director of the Canadian Network of Aquatic Ecosystem Services.