Sam stacey

TitleTransforming a nation’s construction sector

Sam will present the insights gained from leading a four-year programme to transform the UK’s construction sector. The talk will focus on the need for a systems approach to achieving change, where cultural shift is as important as technical breakthroughs. The programme relied on vital contributions from academia, government and the private sector. From the outset, the programme was driven by a conviction that in the UK, and indeed throughout the world, construction as a system is not really working for anyone, but that with the right leadership it could be radically improved. It now seems that that vision is on the way to being realised

Bio: Sam Stacey is a British construction industry leader and writer on construction innovation. Since 2018 he has been Challenge Director for Construction at UKRI, implementing the Sector Deal for Construction as part of the UK’s 2017 Industrial Strategy. He has an MBA from Henley Business School and degrees in Civil Engineering, Architecture and Philosophy from Imperial College and Cambridge University.

Sam chartered as a structural engineer while working at Buro Happold on the Faisaliyah Center in Riyadh. As Director of Innovation at Skanska UK he was known for promoting Flying Factories. In 2018 Sam joined UK Research and Innovation to oversee construction R&D as Challenge Director for Construction. The Transforming Construction Challenge is an integral part of the Construction Sector Deal, aiming to accelerate the shift in construction towards manufacturing and digital processes and a value outcome approach. With a budget of £170 million, matched by £250 million from industry, the Transforming Construction Challenge brings together contractors, supply chain, innovators, government, clients and the research community. Until taking up his role at UKRI, Sam was a trustee of the BRE (Building Research Establishment).