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Clients, contractors and supply chain flock to two-day Construction News Summit

Quintain chief executive Angus Dodd, Make Architects founder Ken Shuttleworth, Hochtief’s UK construction MD Sally Cox and Mike Lyons, phase one programme director for HS2 are the latest big names to join the two-day CN Summit.

Transport minister John Hayes has also confirmed he will give a keynote address at this year’s CN Summit in October.

Mr Hayes’ minsterial responsibilities include Highways England; the built environment and transport skills and innovation.

The Summit features the best speaker lineup of any construction conference and the launch of the 2016 government-backed Construction KPIs.

This year’s Summit has more than 40 clients, and more than 60 speakers confirmed, with Mr Hayes the latest to join the lineup for October’s two-day event.

Great Portland Estates chief executive Toby Courtauld, RAC chairman Rob Templeman and Mace CEO Mark Reynolds are also among the latest confirmed CN Summit speakers.

The Crown Estate’s head of development, Matt Giles will speak on a panel on the future of office development, with Mr Courtauld; Simon Hesketh, director of regeneration at U+I; and Derwent director Paul Williams.

London deputy mayor for transport Val Shawcross and HUB development director Steve Sanham have also joined the prestigious programme.

How to attend

The Construction News Summit takes place on 11 & 12 October at the Hilton Bankside in London.

Contact Ilja Ryndin on 020 3033 2609 or by email at to secure a discounted delegate rate.

Visit for further information.

Click here for further details, including the draft programme.

Ms Shawcross was appointed as deputy mayor for transport
under Sadiq Khan in May. She has been a London Assembly member for 16 years and has served as chair or deputy chair of the London Assembly transport committee for eight of those.

Mr Sanham will be joining CN’s PRS panel alongside: Mark Allnutt, managing director, investments, Greystar Europe; Jon Clark, director- client relations and business development, Touchstone; Alex Greaves, head of residential investment, M&G Real Estate.

The CN Summit takes place over 11 & 12 October and now has more than 60 of the industry’s client, contractor and supply chain leaders confirmed to speak.

Transport for London programme director for construction Miles Ashley and Network Rail managing director for property David Biggs will also speak. 

Mark Reynolds CN Summit 2014

Mark Reynolds CN Summit 

The main contractor panel will feature Bam Nuttall’s Steve Fox, ISG’s Paul Cossell, Mace’s Mark Reynolds and Ferrovial’s UK & Ireland MD Mario Mostoles.

Keynotes on day one will include Gala Coral Group and RAC chairman Rob Templeman speaking about how construction can draw lessons from other industries. Mr Templeman has been the chief executive of some of the UK’s largest firms including Debenhams, Homebase and Halfords.

The Times columnist and founder of ConservativeHome, Tim Montgomerie, will address what Brexit will mean for UK politics, the economy and construction.

Irvine Sellar 1

Irvine Sellar

Source: Alastair Levy

The man behind the Shard, Irvine Sellar, founder and chairman of Sellar Property Group, will also deliver a keynote speech.

The CN Summit will be the venue for the launch of the 2016 Construction KPIs report, produced by Glenigan and BRE, at a drinks reception on the evening of day one.

The subcontractor panel will feature Keller UK MD Jim De Waele, Keltbray CEO Brendan Kerr and FK Group MD Francis Keenan.

Speed dating with clients

On the second day, VIP delegates will have the chance to network over breakfast with client leaders including Cliff Jones, head of the construction procurement team at the Department of Health; Phil Sullivan, construction director at Argent; and Deborah McLaughlin, executive director North-west at the Homes and Communities Agency.

On day two, Sadie Morgan, co-founding director of dRMM and commissioner on the National Infrastructure Commission, will speak about the vision for national infrastructure in the UK.

Former government chief construction adviser Paul Morrell will chair a session on disruptive innovation. The panel will feature Tideway CEO Andy Mitchell, Laing O’Rourke managing director for engineering enterprise Paul Sheffield, and CPA deputy chief executive and policy director Peter Caplehorn.

The event’s new Skills Hackathon, in partnership with Build UK, will work collaboratively on day one to generate real-life solutions to the skills challenges that hold businesses back, which will be presented to the whole audience on day two with a commitment to take them forward.

A 24-hour tech sprint will also take place, to be judged by a panel including HS2 head of innovation Iain Roche (see judges, below).

Plenary sessions will once again be chaired by BBC journalist and Daily Politics host Andrew Neil. 

Build UK chief executive Suzannah Nichol will also present lessons from the Skills Hack on day one and how delegates should apply them to their businesses

CN Summit 2016 floorplan

CN Summit 2016 floorplan

Speakers also include:

  • Mark Allnutt, managing director, investments, Greystar Europe
  • Miles Ashley, programme director, construction, Transport for London
  • Ian Ballentine, executive procurement director, Heathrow
  • David Biggs, managing director, property, Network Rail
  • Justin Black, development director, Land Securities
  • Simon Blanchflower, major programme director - Thameslink, Network Rail
  • David Brown, chief executive, Transport for the North
  • Jon Clark, director- client relations and business development, Touchstone
  • David Climie, project director - Forth Replacement Crossing, Transport Scotland
  • Karen Cook, founding partner, PLP Architecture
  • Carl Devlin, programme director, Horizon Nuclear Power
  • Michèle Dix, managing director, Crossrail 2
  • Kevin Dunning, director of network services, London Underground, Transport for London
  • Ged Fitzgerald, chief executive, Liverpool City Council
  • Alex Greaves, head of residential investment, M&G Real Estate
  • Mike Grice, construction director, Battersea Power Station Development Company
  • Annie Hampson, chief planning officer, City of London
  • Clare Hatcher, partner, Clyde & Co
  • Peter Henry, development director, Harworth
  • Simon Hesketh, director of regeneration, U+I
  • Anisa Hussein, associate director - project management, JLL
  • Arran Linton-Smith, senior consultant, Interserve
  • Simon Marshall, director, Scarborough Group
  • Ray Melee, development director, Gatwick
  • Andy Mitchell, chief executive officer, Tideway
  • Suzannah Nichol, chief executive, Build UK
  • Jim O’Sullivan, chief executive, Highways England
  • Jeroen Pat, innovator, TBI
  • Basil Scarsella, chief executive officer, UK Power Networks
  • Alan Shepherd, divisional director, Highways England
  • Laura Shoaf, managing director, Transport for West Midlands
  • Chris Taylor, director for complex infrastructure, Highways England
  • Gavin Taylor, operations director, BCEGI
  • Joanne Wilkins, product development director, Carillion
  • Paul Williams, director, Derwent
  • Trevor Williams, professor, University of Derby and former chief economist at Lloyds Bank
  • Chris Williamson, director, Weston Williamson

Tech Sprint Judges

  • Kuldeep Gharatya, head of technical strategy, systems performance and innovation, London Underground
  • Rick Robinson, IT director for smart data and technology, Amey
  • Iain Roche, head of innovation, HS2
  • Malcolm Taylor, head of technical information, Crossrail

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