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February Overview – Nikita Badesha

Welcome to the CE Midlands’ February 2022 newsletter. We’re only a month into the year but, as Chair of the G4C Midlands, I’m already so excited for the next 11 months of in-person events and growing our committee!

The G4C Midlands group is a young professionals networking group with the following aims:

  • Enhancing collaboration between young professionals within the construction industry
  • Creating an open forum to share knowledge, experience and opinions
  • Providing a platform for young professionals to present their suggestions for the betterment of the industry to leaders and decision makers

In our event pipeline for the rest of the year, we are really looking forward to getting our CPD events started and hosting social events in Birmingham’s most impressive architectural locations. Over the past few months, we have been blown away by the enthusiasm for our monthly breakfast networking events which allow attendees to learn about key topics and get involved in group activities to deepen this understanding. The events have been so popular that we have decided to make them a regular staple moving forwards. To get an idea of the quality of discussions, you can read the bios of our past and upcoming guest speakers below:

Mike Brooman is CEO of Vanti, an award-winning creative technology company and Master Systems Integrator that designs and engineers intelligent technological solutions, transforming buildings into spaces that support, enable, and empower people. Mike has worked across every RIBA stage (concept to in-use) on major design and integration projects for a variety of clients including British Land, Informa plc, Tottenham Hotspur, and Canary Wharf, using cutting-edge technologies and a holistic methodology to help those organisations achieve their business goals. By championing an approach that puts the user at the core of building technology design, Mike focuses on creating extraordinary user experiences within the built environment.

Mike’s LinkedIn

Dan Bridgewater is a Partner at Baily Garner. His main role is Group Head of the Birmingham office, where he leads the multi-disciplinary consultancy team. Dan is a Chartered Architect and has completed projects in the residential, education and blue light sectors. Dan joined us to share Baily Garner’s toolkit publication on the Future Homes Standard, which advises on how new build homes can meet and exceed emerging regulations.

Dan’s LinkedIn

Lisa Saunders is responsible for YTKO’s construction related projects across the South West of England. With nearly 10 years’ experience within the construction sector, Lisa has gained a plethora of knowledge within all levels of the supply chain. She has a strong passion for diversifying and supporting innovation at every opportunity within the construction industry. In her role, Lisa supports the built environment and local authorities to create a real step change in the approach and acceleration of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) to address many of the challenges faced by the sector. She strongly believes that whilst MMC offers solutions to tackle the UK’s housing crisis, newer and immerging technologies also offer a real long-term solution to driving sustainability in the sector, both financially and environmentally. 

Lisa’s LinkedIn


Ele George will be joining us to highlight how radical and innovative solutions can address the need to move urgently towards a sustainable built environment. Examples will include how digital and offsite solutions are already being adopted, and how good design and resource efficiency must be synonymous

Ele’s LinkedIn


Nora Taylor’s passion is in delivering successful business change by combining strategic and implementation skills to realise business critical end goals for clients. Her session will include widening our understanding of the process of business change as well as taking us through activities to help us identify challenges in implementing change and how to overcome them.

Nora’s LinkedIn

The G4C Midlands is actively recruiting for new committee members. If you’re under 35, work in the construction industry and would like to be involved – or know someone who fits this criteria – get in touch!

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