Industry panel members
Nassar has a passion for practical systems thinking which he makes every day use of in business, engineering and programme delivery. In his role as a leader and mentor he encourages individuals and teams to use the systems approach to achieve success in dealing with complex challenges. Focused primarily on the rail and transportation domain he has spent his entire career working on major programmes in positions ranging from on-site construction to strategic roles with government and he is currently the Head of Systems Integration for High Speed 2. Nassar is a chartered mechanical engineer, his career began working for Atkins in design engineering from which he moved on to specialise in systems engineering and integration. He later progressed to roles in project and programme management and latterly business leadership where he was until recently a Director and Executive Leadership Team member at WSP.
Andrew recently joined Aczel as a Partner. Aczel is a consultancy specialising in strategic change management and complex project delivery across multiple sectors
His current assignment for Aczel is to act as Design Programme Director for the Systra/Mott MacDonald JV on the Uk high speed rail line HS2
From June 2016 Andrew served as Chief Operating Officer of the Systra Group, a French headquartered company with 7000 staff, globally, specialising in transport engineering and consultancy services. Andrew was previously Director of Engineering and Construction for Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay Plc.
Andrew has over 35 years’ experience of delivering major infrastructure in the UK and overseas. As both a project manager and an executive officer he has been responsible for the delivery of many of the country’s major infrastructure projects over that time
Prior to his appointment at Tidal Lagoon, Andrew was the Chief Executive Officer of Balfour Beatty plc. He held a range of executive positions in his 17 years at Balfour Beatty, including Chief Operating Officer and latterly Chief Executive Officer. From graduation he initially spent 12 years with the Kier Group
Andrew is a Fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Civil engineers. He has served as a Vice President of the Institution of Civil Engineers and was previously named Civil Engineering Manager of the Year by the Institution.
Dr Chris Millard
Chris considers it a privilege to lead research and development for Laing O’Rourke, driving the continued development of LOR’s highly innovative industrialised construction and MMC capabilities. 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 the recognised leader for innovation and excellence in the construction sector.
Following his first degree from Imperial College, London, Chris joined as an apprentice with Jaguar and held a number of senior business and technical roles for Rover, Land Rover and BMW, including project director on the Land Rover Freelander. 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, leading the application of Systems Engineering to the project to underpin technical integrity and performance.
Following both technical and operational leadership roles across Heathrow and BAA, Chris joined Balfour Beatty PLC in 2011 as a member of the executive leadership team for UK Construction. He 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.
Chris joined Laing O’Rourke in January 2016, as Technical Director and Head of Engineering Excellence Group and now leads the business investment in R&D to continue LOR’s leadership of the transformation of the construction industry.
Chris is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.