South East Construction Expo Speakers 2021 

Studio One - Speaker Discussion Sessions 

Richard Maybury  Chairman and host of South East Construction Expo 
Managing Consultant, Attitude Solutions


9:30 am 

Leading the new different

The route map to future prosperity through the SELEP Economic Recovery and Renewal Strategy. 
Responding to the challenges and exploiting the opportunities post C19 for 
East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock.
What is the New Different and what does it mean to the housing and construction sectors?
How the SELEP Housing and Development Group (HDG) are working collaboratively with MHCLG/Homes England with Essex Developers Group, Kent Housing and Development Group (KHDG) and Developers East Sussex (DES) to plot a route through the C19 emergency?


Adam Bryan

Chief Executive Officer, South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP)


Brian Horton
Founding Director, Horton Strategic



Liz Gibney
Partner / Master Planner / Urban Designer, Lee Evans Architects 



Richard Fitzgerald
Economic Data Analyst, SELEP 



10:30 am 

The importance of sustainability in planning

Jonathan Buckwell
Director, DHA Planning

Which local authorities have declared a Climate Emergency and how is this affecting planning decisions in those areas?

Jonathan is a Chartered Town Planner (MRTPI) with over 20 years experience. 

He works with a wide range of developers, business owners and individuals to advise on the development potential of land and to secure planning permission as well as acting for local authorities on planning policy matters and public inquiries.



Heidi Copland
Partner & Group Head Planning, DMH Stallard LLP

An overview of Government Policy in relation to sustainable development including an update on the proposed planning reforms and the White Paper – Planning for the Future.

Heidi heads up the firm’s planning and environment group which is made up of both planners and solicitors. The team is highly regarded and has an enviable track record of success in delivering complex major development and regeneration projects both for public and private sector clients.



Richard Hawkes
Director, Hawkes Architecture Ltd

RIBA chartered architect specialising in the design of ‘paragraph 80’ (formerly paragraph 79) houses of exceptional quality in the countryside. Passive House resident, EV owner, Grand Designs veteran. ‘I enjoy speaking about our experiences designing and building some of the most advanced low energy homes in the country.’



11:30 am 

Too good to waste – find a new way of doing things


Duncan Baker Brown 
Founder, BakerBrown 
Senior Lecturer, University of Brighton

Founder of BakerBrown, Climate Literacy Champion (Principal Lecturer) at the School of Architecture Technology & Engineering University of Brighton, Member of RIBA Council, Architects Climate Action Network (ACAN), Architects Declare Steering Committee, Member of Brighton & Hove City Circular Economy Oversight Board, Member of South Downs National Park Design Review Panel.

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Dr David Greenfield

The concept of the ‘Circular Economy’ (CE) is not new, but in recent years it has gained momentum. CE mainly concerns structuring the economy in a sustainable way with the priority being to use resources and materials efficiently and reduce and, ultimately, eliminate waste.   

Circular Economy is a practical solution to the planet’s emerging resource crunch. It highlights reserves of key resources, such as rare earth metals and minerals, which are rapidly diminishing, whilst exploration and material extraction costs are rising.

Chartered Waste Manager, Fellow of the CIWM, Fellow of the RSA, Associate Member of the ICE and Chartered Environmentalist with over 15 years of leadership experience in public and private sector roles focused on strategy, planning and delivering efficiencies in the environmental space.

Cathy Myatt
Head of Environmental Policy and Improvement, Willmott Dixon

Cathy leads on the monitoring and improvement of environmental performance to embed improvements within the construction processes. Focussing on carbon and waste and with increasing involvement in water and biodiversity performance.

Cathy Myatt Willmott Dixon

12:30 pm 

What the construction industry has to gain by adopting new digital technology

Malcolm Clarke
Managing Director, Baxall Construction

SME disruptor?

Is the current crisis an opportunity for positive change?

Malcolm has been instrumental in developing a Collaborative culture across the business and its operations, including offsite MMC, digital integration, health & welfare, Net Zero and a whole life approach to delivery #doingitdifferently.



Katie King 
Author, Keynote Speaker and Marketing Consultant (specialising in digital and AI)

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning tools are increasingly being deployed in construction, automating tasks and increasing insights which can lead to improved productivity and sales.

Katie has many years of experience in the built environment, which she will share , focusing on how the sector can apply AI, ethically, for competitive advantage; who key vendors are, and how to get started.

Katie specialises in business transformation. She has advised many of the world's leading brands and business leaders, including Richard Branson, o2, Orange, Accenture, Arsenal Football Club and Harrods. 

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Dr Poorang Piroozfar 
MArch, PhD, PGCert HE, FHEA, MIRCEO, FCIAT, Reader in Architectural Technology and Digital Construction

Architectural Technologists (ATs) have a vital and rapidly developing role within the built environment sector as it rises to the challenges of the 21st Century. ATs at the forefront of technological change in all areas of the industry including design, technical development and digital management.

Dr Poorang Piroozfar will discuss AR/VR and its applications to the built environment sector at all levels. 

He is a member of an all Architectural Technologist based research group known as MAVRiC (Mixed Augmented and Virtual Reality inter-Connected) operating in the South East, whose streams of activity provide Research, Enterprise and Charitable opportunities to AEC industries nationwide.

Dr Poorang Piroozfar FICAT    MAVRiC logi    CIAT logo


1:30 p

Experts view on the economy and the outlook and opportunities for Construction

Florence Hubert

Florence will discuss recent developments in the UK economy and the Monetary Policy Committee’s forecasts for economic growth and inflation. She’ll explain what that is expected to mean for interest rates, and answer questions on that or other economic topics.

Florence represents the Bank of England in Central Southern England explaining the Bank’s policy decisions.  



Neil Edwards
Chief Executive, Builders Conference

Neil will give an up to date transparent review of new construction contracts in the South East Region, as well as nationally so far in 2021.

Builders Conference gives up to date market intelligence, statistical data dealing with over 11,000 project and contract opportunities worth in excess of £80 billion.

Chief Executive of Builders’ Conference a champion to deliver pure and factual information and data to the construction industry in the new digital era.



Tim Hague 
Director of Property and Infrastructure, Shoreham Port

Two very different routes to a more diverse and resilient port.  Continuing investment into versatile commercial property units and striving to lead the way in renewable energy generation as part of Hydrogen Sussex.

As Director of Property and Infrastructure, Tim is responsible for the commercial property portfolio of a Trust Port, stretching along 3.5 miles of our Sussex coastline.


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2:30 pm

Successes and Failures and Everything in between

With Michele Augousti - Chair, Institute of Directors (Sussex)

'In conversation with’ 

Louisa Finlay MD,  Kier Construction, Paul Hetherington former CEO, Marshall Tufflex Ltd, Michael O'Hagan MD, Built Environment Keltbray Group and Josie Thornewill Head of Sustainability, Thakeham Group.

A discussion with leaders connected to the Contsruction sector, sharing their experiences;  their successes, failures, and everything in between.   They will share how they and their organisations dealt with these challenges, as well as any tips they've learned along the way in their leadership roles.


Michele Augousti
Chair, Institute of Directors (Sussex) 


'In conversation with'

Louisa Finlay
Managing Director, Kier Construction

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Paul Hetherington
Former CEO, Marshall Tufflex Ltd

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Michael O'Hagan
Managing Director, Built Environment - Keltbray Group

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Josie Thornewill
Head of Sustainability, Thakeham Group






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