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Skanska and Aecom CEOs, Urban Splash and Native Land join CN Summit

Skanska and Aecom’s UK chief executives, Urban Splash founder Tom Bloxham and Native Land’s development director are among the latest speakers to join November’s two-day CN Summit.

Greg Craig, who took over as Skanska’s UK chief executive from Mike Putnam this month, has confirmed he will speak on the CEO panel on day two of the event.

Patrick Flaherty leads Aecom at a time when it is growing its contracting presence in the UK, including its JV with HB Reavis, while continuing to bag roles on the UK’s biggest projects from the Old Oak Common regeneration, £4bn Houses of Parliament restoration to the £4.4bn second priority schools programme.

The Aecom chief executive will join Mr Craig on the CEO panel.

Native Land, Urban Splah, the Education & Skills Funding Agency, Royal Bank of Scotland, LIV group, Sellafield and National Grid are among the latest firms to add their names to the Summit in November.

The clients are the latest to join the industry-leading event, which now has 78 senior speakers from across the infrastructure and property sectors confirmed to speak.

Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne will deliver a keynote speech at this year’s two-day event. 

Mr Carne will discuss spending plans and the rail client’s approach to safety and mental health in a speech followed by questions on day one of the Summit on 21 November, with Heathrow, Highways England and Tidal Lagoon Powers’ chief executives also set to speak on the first day.

Deputy London mayor for transport Val Shawcross will also speak, while Transport for the North chief executive David Brown, Connecting with People’s clinical director Dr Alys Cole-King, and U+I development director James Heather have also confirmed their involvement.

Leaders from The Crown Estate, First Base, Grainger, Highways England and Transport for London are also among the clients already signed up to the fifth Construction News Summit, to take place on 21 and 22 November at the Hilton Bankside in London.

Attend the Summit

See below for futher speakers or download the draft programme now. More speakers will be confirmed in the coming weeks. 

To book your place at an early discounted rate, use the code CNSUM10 to get 10 per cent off your delegate place.

To become a partner, sponsor or exhibitor at this year’s event, please contact commercial director Emma Rowland at or on 020 3033 2896.

Call acting editor Tom Fitzpatrick on 020 3033 2748 or associate editor Damon Schunmann on 020 3033 2745 for further informatio

CN Summit speakers include:

  • Andrew Locke, development director, Native Land
  • Paul Neto, managing director for construction, HB Reavis
  • Matt Giles, head of the development and project management, The Crown Estate
  • Phil Wade, operations director, First Base
  • Jim O’Sullivan, chief executive Highways England
  • Janet Young, director of estates, Ministry of Justice
  • Vicky Pryce, economist
  • Helen Gordon, chief executive, Grainger
  • John Lewis, executive director Thamesmead, Peabody
  • Peter Elliot, head of property development, TfL
  • Mark Shorrock, chief executive, Tidal Lagoon Power
  • Simon Allford, founding partner, AHMM
  • Sherin Aminossehe, chief operating officer, Government Property Unit
  • Heather Bryant, health safety environment & sustainability director, Balfour Beatty
  • Jonathan Di-Stefano, chief executive, Telford Homes
  • Mark Farmer, chief executive officer, Cast Consultancy
  • Terry Fuller, executive director, HCA
  • Grainne Gilmore, head of UK residential research, Knight Frank
  • Jonathan Goring, managing director, Lovell
  • John Holland-Kaye, chief executive officer, Heathrow Airport
  • Lucy Homer, head of design and technical, Lendlease
  • Simon Longbottom, head of construction sector, HSE
  • Shelagh McNerney, head of development, Salford City Council
  • John Miu, chief operating officer, ABP
  • Adrian Ringrose, chairman, Prince’s Trust Built Environment Leadership Group
  • Mark Robinson, chief executive officer, Scape Group
  • Laura Shoaf, managing director, Transport for West Midlands
  • Gavin Taylor, regional general manager, Far East Consortium International
  • Neil Thompson, commercial and development director, Network Rail


This year’s Summit will include keynote speeches from Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye, as well as leaders from the Government Property Unit, Network Rail, HS2 and Scape.

The Far East Consortium International, Transport for West Midlands, Salford City Council and Infrastructure and Projects Authority will be among the speakers providing a national and international perspective.

This year’s event will again be chaired by BBC broadcaster Andrew Neil.

Day one will be focused on infrastructure, with break-out sessions on health and wellbeing and skills. A tech sprint will also take place, with the winning team to present their idea on the main stage on day two of the event.

This year’s judges will include Arup’s global transport leader Isabel Dedring, Crossrail 2 head of digital Duncan Evans and Great Portland Estates head of projects James Pellatt.

Participants will also take part in a Future Leaders Forum on day two, alongside the main session which will be focused on housing and property.

Mental health

As part of CN’s Mind Matters mental health campaign, there will be panels at the CN Summit devoted to mental and occupational health.

Ben Thomas, mental health, learning disabilities and dementia care professional officer at the Department of Health, will be joined by Mace associate director Warren Alexander-Pye, Balfour Beatty health safety environment & sustainability director Heather Bryant, and Land Securities group head of health, safety and security Clive Johnson, to discuss mental health.

Steve Halls, director of health, safety and wellbeing at Tideway, Deborah Edmonds, head of occupational health and strategy at HS2 and Simon Longbottom, head of construction sector at the HSE will discuss the challenges on occupational health. 

Earlier this month, research conducted as part of our Mind Matters campaign revealed that one in four construction workers had considered taking their own life

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