Industry Steering Group - Members Biographies


Chris Slezakowski, SIG, Chair

Ian Brixey, Skanska

Bill Healy, CIRIA

Andrew Eastwell, BSRIA

Tim Embley, Costain

Andy Ford, Mott MacDonald ltd

Michael Kohn, Sliderstudio

Paul Phillips, Morgan Ashurst

Faith Wainwright, Arup

Chris White, EPSRC

Peter Sellars, Department of Health

Graham Kingston, Carillion plc

Peter Whittington, DBIS

David Richardson, BRE

Ian Meikle, Technology Strategy Board

Gill Kelleher, BASF


Chris Slezakowski - Strategic Sales Director, SIG
After studying Physics at University, Chris worked in the industrial sector, directing teams that supplied products for the aerospace, automotive, white goods manufacturing and heavy engineering markets. In 1998 he joined Hepworth Building Products as Sales Director for concrete products, and subsequently joined Burdens as Group Sales Director. He has worked in the UK and Ireland construction markets for over 15 years as a manufacturer and as a distributor of construction materials.
Chris is National Accounts Director for SIG plc, a major supplier of specialist building products, who he joined in 2006.  His role involves engaging with major UK construction contractors and co-ordinating the activity of SIG Group companies with major projects such as the Olympics, Building Schools for the Future programme and Healthcare PFI/PPP schemes.
He contributes to trade associations and industry bodies such as Constructing Excellence, The Modern Built Environment Knowledge Transfer Network and the Construction Products Association. In 2000 he chaired the committee responsible for publishing ground-breaking research into the environmental impact of drainage systems in the UK, one of the first studies drawing attention to concerns about sustainability.

He was involved in reflecting the views of UK manufacturers to the EC committees that drew up legislation regarding vibration white finger and machine safety standards for portable tools.
Chris was involved in the production of technical guides for compressed air products and, more recently, drainage materials, and has had articles published in trade journals, magazines and newspapers covering issues including added value distribution, Life-cycle costing, compliance with legislation and reverse e-auctions.
He developed an interest early in his career for the use of information technology. Analysing sales activity at first, he was instrumental in developing reports to summarise and compare business performance across multi-site operations.
A keen collector of electronic keyboards Chris has a growing collection 1980s synthesizers.


Dr Peter Bonfield, - BRE
Dr Peter Bonfield joined world leading built environment research body BRE in 1992 and was appointed Chief Executive of BRE in 2007.
A materials engineer with a PhD in wind energy and the design of turbine blades, Peters focus as BRE's Chief Executive is to drive and inspire innovation and sustainability across the built environment which provides the infrastructure for almost everything that we do, and is responsible for about 50% of our carbon output.
He believes that research has a key role to play in this, providing the crucial evidence base that underpins successful delivery.
Peter has led major built environment initiatives:

  • The award winning BRE Innovation Park, designed to give a glimpse of how the future delivery of sustainable buildings and communities can be achieved, was Peter's brainchild. It has had a significant impact on the UK and the global sustainability arena since its inception in 2005 and is now planned for rollout in the US, Canada, Brazil and Bulgaria.  

  • Since 2006 Peter has also worked for the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) where he has helped create the sustainable development strategy for the 2012 London Olympics and support its delivery.  Since November 2006 he has led for ODA on construction products, playing a key role in ensuring that the significant quantities of materials required to construct the games are sustainably procured and delivered and perform as required. 

To enhance the delivery of a world class research resource for the built environment Peter has been instrumental in establishing University Partnerships across the UK. He is a Visiting Professor at Bath University.
Peter's passion is sport - he is a former National Cycling Champion and acted as Trainer for the Women's Triathlon Team in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

Dr Rennie Chadwick, BEng Civil Engineering; PhD Concrete Technology; CEng; MICE - VINCI Construction
Rennie has over 20 years experience in construction and is currently Managing Director of the VINCI Construction UK Technology division.  He is also a Board Director with responsibility for Quality, Environment, Sustainability and Innovation across the whole business and serves on a number of national and international research committees.
Throughout his career, Rennie has been responsible for the strategic management of value adding solutions to the benefit of both the business, the client and the end user.
VINCI Construction UK's Technology Centre comprises a team of engineers, consultants and scientists dedicated to providing innovative solutions for the construction industry. VINCI Construction UK forms part of VINCI, the world leader in concessions and construction. VINCI has a turnover of 31.9 billion Eur and employs 190,000 people in 100 countries around the world.

Bill Healy - Chief Executive, CIRIA
CIRIA the UK construction industry research and information association was formed in 1960 as a member based, not for profit, association to champion performance improvement in construction and the environment. Bill is a chartered engineer with over twenty-five years experience in the design and construction industry with a broad knowledge of commercial, technical and management issues. Prior to joining CIRIA Bill was a Director of Atkins and has an extensive record of working at senior client level in a range of market sectors and in the business management of an international multi-discipline construction and services company.

Andrew Eastwell, BTech CEng CPhys MInstP FCIBSE, EUR ING - Chief Executive, BSRIA
BSRIA, the independent, consultancy, test and research organisation. Andrew has a keen interest and commitment to all aspects of low carbon and energy saving technologies which stretches back many years and which helps in setting the strategic direction of BSRIA. During his time at BSRIA he has worked across all areas of the organisation in management roles ensuring that he has a wide understanding of the issues impacting the industry.

Tim Embley - Group Innovation and Knowledge Manager, Costain
This role plays a very important part in the development of Costain's business.  To meet the Costain Vision; to be 'Number one' in all that we do, the Group Innovation and Knowledge Manager is responsible for providing the overarching strategy for innovation and knowledge management that will deliver Costain's Strategic Business objective to; Ensure we achieve improved customer satisfaction scores by providing excellent and innovative project and framework solutions.  Tim is responsible for developing the Innovation and Knowledge flow process to ensure we deliver the right solutions to our customers every time.  To keep Costain at the forefront of Innovation and Knowledge in each sector, Tim is developing stronger relationships with the UK knowledge base and working with the supply chain to improve Costain's service delivery to all our customers.
Tim joined Costain in September 2008, after working for a major change and improvement initiative for the UK Construction Sector, called Constructing Excellence, where he was the Infrastructure Forum Director with responsibilities for delivering a clear Sector Strategy to influence Government's long term investment plan for the sector.  The approach aimed to provide continuity and certainty to investments; and a structured approach to supply chain development that would ultimately delivered a better built environment for the UK to prosper.  In 2004 he was invited to join the East Midlands Centre for the Built Environment, based at Loughborough University.  He still remains actively involved with the Centre and through this role is a Member of the Construction Industry Council in the East Midlands and currently chairs a two-year research project at Loughborough University on Modern Methods of Construction. 
In his role, Tim led and ran a public grant-funded programme operating a £500,000 / year turnover with a team of support staff.  Key to Tim's position was the commissioning, oversight and undertaking of leading-edge action-research into professional development needs of those in the industry, setting of industrial standards and exploration of efficiency improvements.
Prior to this he was part of a small team in the DTI's sponsored Rethinking Construction, Respect for People Task Group, where he co-developed a suite of industry-wide improvement toolkits and cross-mapped these into a variety of UK-wide improvement initiatives.  This document is now published by Constructing Excellence under the titles the 'Respect for people toolkits', and 'Reaching the standard'.

Andy Ford, BSc CEng FCIBSE - Director Research to Reality, Fulcrum First Consulting
Andy founded the award winning en
gineering practice Fulcrum in 1984. He is responsible for the design of a number of ground breaking UK buildings. His with early work on low energy buildings on the UEA campus includes student housing constructed in 1988 to equivalent of 2006 building regulations and performance monitored by the BRE, 'The Elizabeth Fry Building', notably still the lowest energy non domestic building in the UK and more recently, Brighton Library, acclaimed by 'Building' magazine as the first truly sustainable PFI project shortlisted for the Stirling Prize and won the 'Prime Ministers Best Building' award.
Andy's speciality lies within sustainable low energy design solutions for the built environment. He has extensive expertise in the design of buildings to achieve this and how to develop complimentary, people responsive, simple active building services. He is vice president of CIBSE and a board member of this institution.
As a CABE Enabler, Andy speaks on low energy and sustainable building design to industry bodies, is a member of a number of steering committees, participates regularly in working seminars on sustainable design and has been on the judging panel of a number of Building/Architectural competitions. He is a member of the UK government's DCSF Zero Carbon Taskforce.
Fulcrum Consulting are founding members the UK Green Building Council and Andy chairs the Technical Committee. Fulcrum consulting is an innovative company. Actively involved in the design of buildings and their building services they also advise the industry and government at the strategic level on the development of a sustainable built environment. He has served on many industry research steering groups both in a management role and as expert. He is responsible for Fulcrum Asia and our expansion into China with the emphasis on knowledge transfer.
His role in the company is now defined in his title 'Director Research to Reality' - the focus of which is the challenge of the changing climate  and the integration of the construction industry to achieve this.

Michael Kohn, Slidestudio

Michael is a chartered architect, founding director of Slider Studio and co-founder of its internet software spin off, StickyWorld ( Michael's expertise lies in the realm between architecture, software and the social web. With a thirst for new ideas, an entrepreneurial instinct and innovation management expertise, Michael has led numerous collaborative R and D and knowledge exchange projects on behalf of Slider Studio, tackling challenges ranging from improving stakeholder dialogue and informing design choice, to simulating and facilitating UK self-build housing at volume scale. Current projects include the YouCaretaker project that develops a user-centred communications tool for energy efficient occupancy of buildings. Over the last six years, Michael has led Slider Studio upon a strong innovation culture deploying an ambitious R and D strategy which has resulted in development and commercialisation of a range of ideas and softwares, including the most popular tool StickyWorld. StickyWorld is a website application which helps organsiations or project leaders improve dialogue and decision making across a range of sectors including design, property, education and research. Michael has also taught part time at the University of East London since 2006.


Zara Lamont ,OBE - Performance Improvement Director, Carillion and Chairman MBE KTN Industry Steering Group

Zara Lamont, the Chairman of the MBE KTN Industry Steering Group, is a natural innovator and change leader who has hands-on knowledge and experience of working in both the public and private sectors at senior level.
As the Performance Improvement Director of Carillion Building, she has been charged with developing a strategy and process to achieve step change in operational delivery across their portfolio of projects and incorporating robust risk management.
From 2002- 2005, Zara was Framework Director of "Procure 21", Carillion Health, and during this time she secured their position on the framework, developed the business model, process, and systems to deliver schemes.
In 2001 she was the Chief Executive of the Confederation of Construction
Clients, developing policy and positioning for Construction Clients, giving them a prominent voice regionally and nationally, whilst establishing knowledge transfer routes.
Awards she has won include an OBE for Services to the Construction Industry in 2001, and the CIOB Presidents Medal in 2002, whilst also being voted that year as one of the Industry's top 5 strategic thinkers. 


Paul Phillips, Dip Arch RIBA - Head of Innovation and Director of National Frameworks, Morgan Ashurst
Paul qualified as a chartered Architect and practised as such in his earlier career work before joining a major construction company as a design manager. His experience in Design and client liaison lead him to become involved in frameworks for central government and local authorities. Within Morgan Ashurst he is also Head of Innovation, with particular focus upon Lean construction, Off site manufacturing and the creation of a learning organisation across a wide and diverse business.

Industry Research Themes

  • Lean Design and Construction

  • Continuous Improvement

  • Modern Methods of Construction

Industry Networks

  • Constructing Excellence - occasional guest Lecturer on Lean Construction and with the BRE

  • Buildoffsite - Morgan Sindall representative member

Research Networks
Sponsoring an in house trial of Lean tools and techniques across internal business units to define quantitative and qualitative assessment of benefits prior to a wider roll out.

Faith Wainwright MBE FREng FICE FISTructE - Arup
Faith is Dean of Arup University, and leads Arup's strategy for technical skills development and sharing of best practice, delivered through more than 50 Global Skills Networks.  Faith joined Arup in 1983 after receiving her BA in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford. In over 25 years at Arup Faith has led the structural design for a number of distinguished projects with leading architects, including the American Air Museum at Duxford, Tate Modern, and HSBC at Canary Wharf. 

Faith is a Fellow, Royal Academy of Engineering; Fellow, Institution of Structural Engineers; Fellow, Institution of Civil Engineers; Fellow, Royal Society of Arts; and a Member of the Institute of Directors. RAEng Council Member 2010 - 2013; British Library Advisory Council, 2004-2010; Honorary Visiting Professor of Imperial College since 2007; Joint Board of Moderators Deputy Chair since 2007; Council member of I StructE 2003-6 and Standing Committee on Structural Safety  (SCOSS) 2001-2007.

Dr Chris White - Portfolio Manager, Built Environment, EPSRC

Chris is Portfolio Manager for the Built Environment within the Engineering theme at the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC). EPSRC currently manages an academic research portfolio of over £150m associated with the  construction industry and £350m related to broader challenges within infrastructure. Prior to this he spent nearly 10 years as a synthetic chemistry researcher completing a PhD at UCL and then working as a medicinal chemist focusing on the design of therapeutic candidates for neuroscience disorders and pain states at both GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer.

Peter Sellars, - Director - NHS Estates and Facilities Policy Division, Department of Health

Pete has over 30 years experience of managing and delivering professional healthcare estate & facilities services. He has held senior management roles, at national, strategic, and operational levels, within the Department of Health and the NHS.

Pete is Director of the NHS Estates & Facilities Policy Division at the Department Health, where his role is also to ensure the delivery of Ministerial priorities for efficient and effective NHS estates and facilities, particularly around supporting patient safety and care with a focus on the NHS Constitutions commitment to patients staff and the wider public.  He is also the National Head of Procure 21 Construction Framework and leads the OGC Health Gateway Hub.

Pete is a Chartered Engineer, who is also professionally qualified in Healthcare Facilities Management, Project Leadership and is an accredited NHS and OGC Central Government High Risk Gateway Reviewer.

Ian Meikle, - Head of LIB Platform, TSB

Ian is responsible for the £50m Low Impact Buildings portfolio, with a further  £40m of investment planned over the next three years.  He works with government departments and industry groups to roadmap the journey to 2050, and helps UK organisations innovate and invest in the opportunities presented by the need for a more sustainable society.

Programmes include: Retrofit for the Future - retrofitting 115 homes for 80% carbon reductions; AIMC4 - affordable mass market Code Level 4 solutions without renewables; Design for Future Climate - climate change adaptation strategies; Building Performance Evaluation - addressing the gap between designed and actual performance; Invest in Innovative Refurb - the development of low-energy products, with high roll-out potential for the Green Deal; and Rethinking the Build Process - step-change productivity improvements to reduce cost and improve quality of low impact buildings.

Prior to Technology Strategy Board Ian was: Principal Consultant at Inbuilt, a sustainability consultancy; Commercial manager at BRE; Operations Director at Freeform Arts Trust, a 40-person urban regeneration and recycling charity; and Vice President Programme and Supplier Management at Morgan Stanley.    Ian has an MSc in Renewable Energy from the University of Reading.

Gill Kelleher - Sustainable Construction Advocate, BASF

Gill's  speciality lies within sustainable and energy efficient construction. As a sustainable construction advocate within BASF's European Construction Competence Centre Gill has been working in collaboration with industry, government and academia to support the development of energy efficiency solutions for buildings and sustainability frameworks.  Key projects have included the BASF House at Nottingham University's Creative Homes site. The BRE Victorian Terrace Project,  Watford and The Sustainable Building Envelope Centre, Deeside. Through the Construction Products Association Gill  has worked as a Green Deal secondee for DECC supporting  the development of its new Green Deal Energy efficiency framework and is also an active member of the  National Refurbishment Centre (NRC) of which BASF was one of the founding members.   Gill also plays an integral role within the Green Construction Board's Promotions working group.  

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