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Professor Jennifer Whyte
Director of the Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
Jennifer Whyte is Laing O'Rourke / Royal Academy of Engineering Professor of Systems Integration. Her research focus is on systems integration in civil infrastructure. This research supports the transformation to an advanced manufacturing industry with digital engineering capabilities, with decision‐support tools for engineers and managers working on complex engineering projects. This involves research with major infrastructure clients and projects to visualize and understand complex product systems; identify risk and build in resilience and support collaborative working.
Her research interests are in systems integration and innovation in built infrastructure. The vision is of radically improving the delivery of complex infrastructure projects. The ambition for the next five years is to identify risk in and build resilience into engineered systems by developing new ways to visualize and understand relationships between parts and the systemic consequences of changes in complex product systems using digital technologies. Achieving the vision will need a team that brings mathematicians and computer scientists together with scholars of engineering to develop the basis for a new generation of tools and techniques for managing change through the life of complex product systems. She anticipates this bringing learning and innovation from other industries into construction; and exploring fundamentally new approaches that will utilise a range of machine learning, graph theory, systems dynamics and scenario planning techniques.
Jennifer is a member of Construction Leadership Council, which draws together business leaders from across the sector, working closely with government, to drive industry improvement. She is a member of the Digital Framework Task Group, and of the advisory board for the Transforming Construction programme. She is a coinvestigator on the Transforming Construction Network Plus. She co-curates the World Economic Forum Engineering and Construction transformation map. She is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Dr Andreas B. Eisingerich
Professor of Marketing
Dr Andreas B. Eisingerich is Professor of Marketing at Imperial College Business School, Vice-Head of the Management Group and Programme Director of the Full-Time MBA. He obtained a two-year scholarship to attend Li Po Chun United World College in Hong Kong, holds a BSc degree from the London School of Economics, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School, where he also earned his master degree. Prior to joining Imperial College Business School, Dr Eisingerich managed the Center for Global Innovation at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business in Los Angeles.
Dr Eisingerich is best known for his work on brand attachment, consumer engagement, service innovation, and digital marketing strategies. Recently Dr Eisingerich published a book together with Professor C. Whan Park and Deborah J. MacInnis called Brand Admiration: Building a Business People Love (Wiley; 2016), exploring how brand love, trust, and respect can be built, strengthened, and leveraged over time. Current research projects are on the effective use of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and gamification in the context of mobile health (mHealth) solutions, the design of digital applications for enhanced user well-being, consumer attachment to digital offerings, reducing the demand for illegal wildlife products, psychological ownership in the sharing economy, and consumer relationships with brands in different business and industry contexts.
Dr Eisingerich's research work has been accepted for publication at the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of Service Research, Harvard Business Review, Journal of Medical Internet Research, European Journal of Marketing, MIT Sloan Management Review, Research Policy, California Management Review, Journal of Services Marketing, and the Wall Street Journal, among others. He served on the editorial board of Ernst & Young's Performance magazine. Dr Eisingerich co-developed a novel index of innovative firms published by the USC Marshall Center for Global Innovation and manages a Bill & Melinda Gates foundation sponsored global pre-marketing research project together with the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, and the World Wildlife Fund. His work was translated into several languages worldwide, including Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Polish, and Japanese. Professor Eisingerich acts as a reviewer for the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of Service Research, Research Policy, Journal of Medical Internet Research, and Journal of Services Marketing, among others. He taught as visiting professor at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich.
Dr Chris Millard
Technical Director, Manufacturing, Assets and Procurement
Chris considers it a privilege to lead the development of Laing O’Rourke’s highly innovative industrialised construction and Design for Manufacture and Assembly 70:60:30 (DfMA 70:60:30) capability through the company’s four factories, integrated logistics operations and product development. Chris has executive and business leadership experience across automotive, airports and construction sectors and focuses this to continue to ensure that Laing O’Rourke is a recognised leader for innovation and excellence in the construction sector.
Following a degree in mechanical engineering from Imperial College, London, Chris joined the automotive industry as an apprentice with Jaguar. His career developed quickly, undertaking a number of senior business and technical roles for Rover, Land Rover and BMW, including both leadership of new vehicle development programmes and running automotive manufacturing operations. He was project director on the Land Rover Freelander, and Platform Director for the Rover 75. Chris gained a masters and doctorate from Warwick University.
In 2004, Chris joined BAA PLC as Head of Engineering for the £4.3bn Terminal 5 programme, at Heathrow Airport. A key member of the programme leadership team, he was responsible for engineering and IT systems throughout the complete terminal development. Following T5, he was appointed as Solutions Director for BAA’s £5bn Capital programme covering their seven UK airports – the client lead for design, engineering and process.
Chris joined Balfour Beatty PLC in 2011 as a member of the executive leadership team responsible for more than £3bn of transport and power construction, civil engineering and engineering services contracts. Chris led the completion of the Aquatics Centre for the London Olympics, a number of other critical project engagements and was Regional MD for the South West. He led Balfour’s BIM implementation and Innovation agenda.
Chris joined Laing O’Rourke in January 2016, as Technical Director and Head of Engineering Excellence Group, leading the re-purposing of the 60 strong architectural and engineering team to develop and drive Laing O’Rourke’s operating model through early engagement with clients.
Chris leads the development of Laing O’Rourke’s product solutions and process for off-site construction and MMC, including the development of advanced manufactured product solutions.
Chris is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Founding Director & CEO
Mark has 30 years’ experience in construction and real estate and is a recognised international commentator on a variety of industry and policy related issues. Mark is a member of the Mayor of London’s Construction Skills Advisory Group, a board member for the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, a co-chair of Constructing Excellence, a vice chair of the ULI UK Residential Council, a trustee of the MOBIE educational charity and is an honorary professor at The University of Salford’s School of Built Environment.
Mark authored the Farmer Review, an influential 2016 independent government review of the UK’s construction labour model entitled ‘Modernise or Die’. He is a member of the Construction Innovation Hub Industry Board and chairs the MHCLG joint industry working group tasked with enabling greater use of Modern Methods of Construction in the residential sector.
Chief Technical Officer
Mark is Mott MacDonald’s Chief Technical Officer, accountable to the Executive Board for technical excellence across the Group. In this role, he is responsible for Mott MacDonald’s internal professional networks. Mark is a keen champion of innovation in the context of collaborative delivery models and he is particularly interested in transformational change in infrastructure engineering, including the application of digital transformation, Smart Infrastructure, low-carbon sustainable solutions, platform-based delivery and design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA).
Mark is the chair of the Digital Framework Task Group, part of the Centre for Digital Built Britain, and is the Digital Director of the Construction Innovation Hub. Mark was the leader of the Digital Transformation workstream as part of “Project 13” for the Infrastructure Client Group, which represents the UK’s major infrastructure client organisations and he was the Lead Author of the Infrastructure Carbon Review, published by HM Treasury
Peter is an experienced Mechanical and Electrical Project Leader with an Engineering Doctorate in Lean Construction. He has over 40 years’ experience in the Construction Industry for major UK based Mechanical and Electrical Contractors delivering a wide portfolio of large, complex, multi-discipline projects across various sectors in the UK and overseas.
Owner of TAKT Consultancy Limited, a Lean Construction advisory organisation which specialises in improving Mechanical and Electrical onsite assembly processes and associated upstream activities on complex construction projects and within businesses.
Peter’s passion is to share and apply the knowledge he’s gained and contribute to lean principles and methodologies to drive efficiencies in cost, labour and productivity and to improve on health and safety performance, thus transforming the way we construct. He also enjoys self-development, keeping fit and socialising.
Creative Technologies, Board Director, ARB
Phil leads the ‘Creative Technologies' team’ at Bryden Wood which brings together different strands of BIM and computational design including algorithmic design + simulation, connected tech, mixed reality environments, big data analytics and robotics + digital manufacture. This group is focused on developing innovative new approaches to digital technology that can be used by the design and delivery teams as well as clients and end-users.
Partner, Sustainable Futures
HTA Design LLP
Rory Bergin set up HTA’s Sustainable Futures team in 2007 to improve the sustainability of our work. Areas of expertise include building physics, daylight and sunlight, energy, microclimate, prefabrication and the BREEAM sustainability standards.
Rory led the sustainability aspects of many of HTA’s award-winning projects including Hanham Hall, Apex House, the Aylesbury Estate and the Merton estates.
Rory presents HTA’s work in the UK and abroad, and contributes to the press on sustainability matters from energy policy to the ethics of development.
He leads the practices involvement in offsite R&D and represents HTA on the Construction Leadership Council, the advisory Board of Active House and The Housing Forum.
Digital Advancement Academies
Ross Dentten is based in London as an Academy Director of the Bentley Institute of Digital Advancement Academies. He has over 30 years in the transport industry experience, most recently as a lead on asset information for the £ 15 Billion Crossrail Project. Asset Information Management Standard, Information Management System, Asset Breakdown Structure, Classification and Definition documents, Asset Information Provision Procedure, Asset Information Management System, Asset Information Management System, Asset Information Governance Group, and Crossrail / Bentley Information Academy 'Go-Live'.
Ross has been involved with the development of BS1192-4 and Uniclass 2015, an industry supervisor through the University of Cambridge, and a member of the Institute of Asset Management.
In his Academies role, Ross is responsible for sourcing infrastructure industry thought leadership content. He works with local industry to define industry standards and advises on best practice approaches to going digital, through the adoption of strategic information management frameworks.
Dr Isolda Agusti Juan
The Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management
University College London
Dr Isolda Agustí Juan studied Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (2005-2011) and she specialised in Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Building Construction at Jaume I University (2011-2012). During her specialisation Master, she received a fellowship to work with the INGRES research group on the study of sustainable certification systems in construction. Her work experience also includes collaborations with architectural firms such as Van Schagen Architekten and Venster Architekten (2012-2013). In 2014, she joined ETH Zürich and the Swiss NCCR Digital Fabrication as PhD researcher and Sustainability lead. Her work focused on the environmental and productivity assessment of emerging construction technologies (e.g. BIM, robotics and 3D printing) and the development of guidelines for their sustainable implementation in the construction industry. As a result, she is author of several publications in the field of digital fabrication and automation in construction. Finally, in 2018, she received an InnovateUK grant from the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) to develop a performance evaluation framework for automation in construction at The Bartlett School of Construction and Project, UCL.