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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.
Professor David Gann CBE CEng FICE FCGI
Professor of Innovation and Technology Management
Imperial College Business School
David Gann is a university and business leader with extensive international experience in innovation strategy and technology management. He is Professor of Innovation and Technology Management at Imperial College Business School and was Vice-President (Innovation) at Imperial College from 2013 until March 2019. He has a PhD in Industrial Economics, is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art and Fellow of the City & Guilds Institute.
David has written or edited eight books exploring why and how innovation happens, the ways it continually transforms the world we live in, and how it can be managed.
He is Chairman, UK Atomic Energy Authority, non-executive board member, Directa Plus plc the world’s largest producer of pristine graphene and member of the Department of Health & Social Care Tech Advisory Board. David mentors start-ups and advises boards on innovation and technology management, including Citigroup, Gammon, IBM, Huawei, HS2, McLaren and Tata Group. David was Chairman of the Smart London Board (2012-2017), responsible for London’s digital strategy, reporting to Boris Johnson and later, Sadiq Khan. He developed Crossrail’s Innovation Strategy, and was Group Innovation Executive, Laing O’Rourke plc (2007-2011).
David was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to engineering, and received the 2014 Tjalling C. Koopmans Asset Award for extraordinary contributions to the economic sciences.
David publishes on technology management and innovation strategy in journals such as Harvard Business Review, California Management Review and Sloan Management Review, and on systems engineering in Ingenia, ICE Proceedings and Project Management Journal. He writes a blog with Mark Dodgson for the World Economic Forum (https://www.globalshapers.org/agenda/authors/david-gann/) and is author and co-author of eight books, published in seven languages including Chinese, Malay, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese and Arabic. Most recently:
- The Playful Entrepreneur, with Mark Dodgson, Yale University Press, 2018
- Innovation: a very short introduction, 2nd edition, with Mark Dodgson, OUP, 2018
- The Oxford Handbook of Innovation Management, with Mark Dodgson and Nelson Phillips, OUP, 2014
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
Director of Project Management
The Grosvenor Estate
Michael is a chartered project professional and chartered civil and structural engineer, with 28 years’ experience in the construction industry. He has previously fulfilled project roles as a consultant, contractor and client on major projects in the UK, with recent experience being on delivery of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games programme over 6 years, including the Main Media Centre and legacy conversion of the Olympic Stadium. He subsequently led the Estates Projects division at Imperial College London for 4 years, before joined the Grosvenor Estate in January 2018, as Director of Project Management, where he is currently leading the delivery of two major mixed-use developments in London.
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.
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.
Vice President of Infrastructure Advisory Services
Michael A. Salvatois a global engineering, management and development consultancy.
Mr. Salvato is recognized as a pioneer in the application of digital technologies to asset management, urban infrastructure, and smart cities. As a thought leader in the emerging field of Urban Systems and Informatics, he identifies needs, translates them into solutions, and drives them into execution plans that improve business, public, and regional outcomes. He has championed enterprise safety, asset management, and IT system improvement program for a public infrastructure authority with over $1 trillion in physical assets to drive triple bottom line impacts.
He recently retired as the Director and Program Executive for Enterprise Information and Asset Management at the MTA. The was the founding Chairman and Country Vice President of the Institute of Asset Management in the United States and was a member of the US delegation that produced the ISO 55000 standard for asset management. Currently a member of the Board for Smart City New York, a research professor of urban infrastructure systems at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and am conducting research on smart infrastructure with Steven Institute of Technology. A leader in the emerging field of Urban Systems and Informatics. He helped set up the Center for Urban Science Progress at New York University.
He has over 35 years of experience in architecture, engineering and construction; geography, economics, urban planning, and public policy; capital programming, finance and management; asset management and information systems.