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CESW Construction Summit

Click on the links for speaker presentations from the day.

Ian Nicholson’s presentation HERE and the resource library link HERE

Louise Lado-Byrnes’s presentation HERE

Allan Wilen’s presentation HERE

RIchard Kochanski’s presentation HERE

See Mary Bennell’s presentation HERE

See Imogen Snell’s presentation HERE


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This summit is for all construction, housing & infrastructure professionals from across the south west who have an interest in ‘best practice’ and how collaborative working, integrated supply chains and lean processes can positively affect our productivity.

  • 9.00am Registration
  • 9.30am Welcome & Introduction Andrew Carpenter, Chief  Executive CESW
  • 9.40am Bristol Airport post pandemic recovery and infrastructure update – Andrew Goodenough
  • 10.00am Value Toolkit Ian Nicholson, Construction Innovation Hub
  • 10.20am Turning the Construction Playbook into oven-ready reality – IPInitiatives – Louise Lado-Byrnes
  • 10.40am Construction Prospects & Opportunities – Allan Wilen and Rhys Gadsby of Glenigan
  • 11.00am Tea/coffee & networking
  • 11.30am Climate Crisis Theme Group update – Imogen Snell
  • 11.50am Building Safety Theme Group update – Richard KochanskiThe enlightened client’s guide to project quality and compliance’
  • 12.10pm Smart Construction Theme Group update – Mary Bennell ‘Smart Construction as a means of addressing the climate and economic crisis- featuring initiatives from across the southwest’
  • 12.30pm Future Skills Theme Group update – Natalie King
  • 12.50pm Conclusions & Thanks Andrew Carpenter, Chief  Executive CESW



Ian Nicholson

Ian joined the Hub in December 2020. For Ian, the Value Toolkit provides an ideal opportunity for industry to really embed sustainability into early-stage decision making. He believes the delivery of sustainable infrastructure requires us to consider two key things: high sustainability performance in the projects we deliver; and ensuring we solve the root cause problems and deliver solutions that make our lives more sustainable. The project teams use schemes such as BREEAM and CEEQUAL to guide their decision making and address root causes.  Sustainability presents a greater challenge, specifically identification of the real strategic drivers that they need to deliver and use them to shape the project solution. The Value Toolkit plugs this gap by helping clients and their teams identify their drivers, and then prioritise them to enable comparison of different options, thus finding the optimal solution.

Originally trained as a civil engineer, Ian has worked in the construction industry for over 35 years, the  first ten of which in frontline project roles.  Ian has extensive experience in environmental and sustainability issues within the construction industry as a consultant on topics such as environmental management systems; life cycle assessment techniques; responsible and ethical sourcing of construction products; and learning and development of sustainability skills.

Before joining BRE in 2017 to lead the integration of CEEQUAL into the wider BREEAM family of sustainability schemes, Ian acted as Technical Director for CEEQUAL. Until the end of 2020 Ian also sat on the BSi Technical Committee for Sustainability in Construction (B/558); and was the UK Expert to both the ISO and CEN Working Groups on Sustainability Indicators for Civil Engineering (ISO/TC17/SC59/WG5 and CEN TC350/WG6).

Louise Lado-Byrnes

Louise is a Director and owner of IPInitiatives who developed the IPI Model. She has a background in main contracting in her earlier career, from a degree in construction management and design, and latterly Collaborative Consultancy.

Louise is a trained facilitator, trainer and is a practitioner of using numerous psychometric tools. She has a key interest in people, behaviours and practical implementation of processes. Louise ran some of the first behavioural workshop as part of the procurement and selection process for major frameworks in the early 2000s. Louise is a Director of IPInitiatives responsible for Behavioural Analysis and Facilitation on projects.

IPInitiatives own the IPI Model and Alliance Contract, using Insurance Backed Alliancing (IBA). It is named in the Government Construction Strategy as a new model of construction. IBA is a positive disruptor in the industry for procurement, and delivery. The aims of the model are being exhibited daily with real changes in behaviour and a true no blame collaboration liberated by getting rid of contractual and insurance barriers. In terms of the effect on how businesses work in the digital age, it removes the contractual and insurance barriers and negates the need for PII. She has witnessed the freedom and innovation this permits in design and delivery over three trial projects where federated models and shared platforms, digital twin etc are used and shared from day one.

The first trial project delivered 6.5% below the client’s investment target. The third was below target cost giving the alliance members a gain and was £130/m2 below DfE Benchmarks. IBA responds to many recently released industry papers– but the model existed before most were written!

Louise is passionate about changes required in the industry and wants the race to the bottom , poor overheads and ‘design and dump’ to end!

She believes that our industry is ripe for change but struggles to find those truly brave enough!

Allan Wilen

See Allan’s presentation here

Allan has thirty years of experience analysing and forecasting the UK construction industry.

Allan heads Glenigan’s market intelligence service. Glenigan is the trusted provider of UK and the Republic of Ireland of construction project sales leads, market analysis, forecasting, and company intelligence.

Its market intelligence service provides clients with regular on-line comment and analysis on the construction industry, including sector and regional forecasts The research draws upon detailed analysis of Glenigan’s database of planned and active construction projects as well as other economic and market data sources. In addition Allan undertakes custom research and analysis for customers, including leading contractors, product manufacturers and government.

Imogen Snell

Imogen entered the sustainability field with a technical physics background complimented with a deep personal interest in the role of the built environment in creating a sustainable future.

Her involvement in a broad range of building projects, in many sectors and contexts, over the last seven years, has given her a wealth of experience to inform efficient building design through numerous methods and technologies.

Imogen has specific experience in detailed thermal and energy analysis alongside technical knowledge of decarbonisation and the routes to delivering net zero carbon buildings and pathways. Outside of work, Imogen enjoys running and cycling and is a keen board game enthusiast.

Richard Kochanski

I am a retired Chartered Civil Engineer having spent my whole working life working for Tier 1 contractors, (Bouygues UK, Carillion, Mowlem and Alfred McAlpine). I am passionate about the construction industry and working with like minded people in improving it. This is why I have been actively involved with Constructing Excellence for many years. I am very proud to have led the team in producing this guide.

Mary Bennell – Director of the South West Procurement Alliance, the South West regional arm of LHC

Mary has worked in social housing for most of her career, delivering  major refurbishment and regeneration projects. She champions sustainability and net zero projects , providing  procurement solutions to  public sector clients. These will improve and  enhance the energy efficiency of existing  and new buildings, and reduce the costs to the end user  She is currently  the chair of Constructing Excellence South West Smart Construction Theme Group  that focuses on best practice in construction using digital and off site solutions to deliver low carbon buildings.

Natalie King

Natalie has used her legal skills as a qualified Barrister in her construction career to date. Having built a new development region in South Wales in less than two years for Kier Living, with a GDV of £250m, she has expertise in land acquisition, joint ventures, affordable housing and construction.

Natalie is an advocate for women in construction, especially at Board and Senior Management level, and was the Chair of Women in Property South Wales in 2019.

Event Details

  • Date: 8th November
  • Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
  • Cost: £25.00 – £75.00
  • Event Category: Regional
  • Venue: Lulsgate House, Bristol Airport
  • Map Link: + Google Map


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