CE Midlands Construction Summit – Birmingham
9.30am Welcome – Andrew Carpenter, Chief Executive, CE Midlands
9.45am Building Safety Charter – Gary Townsend Vila, BSF Charter Strategic Lead
10.10am Value Toolkit – Ian Nicholson, Construction Innovation Hub
10.35am CLC Construct Zero – Robert Lambe, Board Member CLC Construct Zero & MD Melius Homes
11.30am Building Greener + Smarter + Safer
o Greener: Mark Wakeford, Vice Chair CE Midlands & Joint MD Stepnell
o Smarter: George Stevenson, Chair BIM4Housing & Gaynor Tennant, Chair Offsite Alliance
o Safer: Nattasha Freeman, Director, SHEQ, Turner & Townsend Advisory
Gary Townsend Vila
Gary has over 25 years experience of working as a senior executive in the public, central and local government and not-for-profit sectors in a range of strategy, communications, corporate affairs and organisational development roles.
He was formerly Deputy Chief Executive at Creative Skillset the Sector Skills Council for the Creative Industries. He joined Building a Safer Future Charter at the outset and worked with Chief Executive Amanda Long to develop the detailed proposals to Early Adopters and MHCLG to become administrative partner of the Building a Safer Future Charter.
Gary has been leading the work to develop the Charter’s benchmarking and independent verification framework and Charter Champion Company Status.
I trained originally as a civil engineer over 30 years ago and have spent the whole of that working within the construction industry in a variety of roles. 20 years ago I developed an interest in environment and sustainability and retrained firstly with a BSc in Water and Environmental Management and then an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice. Since then I have had the privilege of working with across the industry on many projects to help advance the delivery of more sustainable construction.
Some of my more notable achievements include:
• Part of the team that led the research, development and subsequent operation of the CEEQUAL rating and awards scheme for infrastructure.
• One of the founders of the Supply Chain Sustainability School
• Taking a leading role in the understanding what responsible sourcing of construction products means in practice, including assisting in the development of the BES6001 and parallel EcoReinforcement standard.
• Founder member of the Action Programme for Responsible Sourcing (APRES) network.
• Leading collaborative research projects such as development of the CIRIA Handbook on “Minimising risk of responsible sourcing” and the APRES guide “Ethical sourcing a designers guide”.
With over 25 years’ experience in the industry and a Chartered Civil Engineer, Mark brings a technical construction background to the forefront of Stepnell’s projects, and a clear understanding of risk management.
Mark continues to be involved in a number of advisory committees looking at the industry’s direction, and is passionate about bringing young people into construction
Chair of BIM4Housing and Managing Director of ActivePlan
I am very passionate about Health and Safety which is a career I have driven myself in and excelled at. I have a lot of energy and try and utilise my skills and personality to help others and make a difference. Whatever I do deserves my dedication at a 110%. I pride myself on offering advice on sensible safety and practical solutions. I problem solve with a view to de-risking the work that we do.
Professionally through IOSH and APS connections I endeavour to make a positive difference, contributing fully and helping others achieve good objectives and outcomes..
I use my knowledge and expertise to help others involve myself in committees and organisations who share the same mission and tenets. I am regularly asked to speak at Health and Safety Conferences by both professional and trade organisations.
I have a plethora of knowledge in different environments. I am a CDM Subject Matter Expert at Turner & Townsend with 29 years of health safety and fire experience under my belt to include training. I have been actively involved within IOSH roles in the current and historical versions of the IOSH Strategy and also representing IOSH at the Council of Work and Health promoting the health and wellbeing proposition.
A former member of the Tall Buildings Fire Strategy Group, currently still with the Property Manager’s Risk Forum and with 10 years property management experience am able to appreciate both property manager and tenants positions.