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Constructing Excellence 2016 Annual Conference – ‘On your marks, set, build’

23 November, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm UTC+0

Constructing Excellence

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The 2016 Constructing Excellence Annual Conference is organised by G4C with Burges Salmon confirmed as headline sponsor. This year’s conference, dubbed ‘On your marks, set, build’, will explore the synergies that construction has with sport, the surprising parallels our industries share, and the importance of construction within sport.

Data, leadership, diversity, outcomes and productivity are crucial drivers in both industries.  So what can we learn from one another, how can we challenge ourselves to think outside the box, and how do we best grasp these opportunities?

Join us for what is sure to be an engaging and energising event, as we aim to showcase the best sporting ingenuity and innovative thinking, as well as how it could be applied within your organisation.

Together we can take another step closer to excellence within the built environment and another step closer to becoming the industry of choice.

Click here for further information on sponsorship opportunities

Event programme

Registration & Networking
Introduction, Julia Lydall and Robin Lapish, co-Chairs, G4C
Welcome, Murray Rowden, Chair, Constructing Excellence
Leadership & Resilience

Dr David Fletcher & Prof Jacqueline Glass, Loughborough University

The importance of culture in implementing change

Shaun McCarthy, OBE

Networking Break
Embracing data for a competitive edge

Chris Gage, Digital Lead – Industrial Products, Global Business Services IBM

Networking Lunch

Marcus Harling, Burges Salmon

Networking Break

Dr Peter Bonfield OBE, BRE Group

Closing remarks, Julia Lydall and Robin Lapish, co-Chairs, G4C

Speaker Information:

Leadership & Resilience

Dr. David Fletcher – a Senior Lecturer in Performance Psychology and Management at Loughborough University

Professor Jacqueline Glass MCIOB is Associate Dean for Enterprise in the School of Civil and Building Engineering

Sports performance expert Dr David Fletcher from Loughborough University believes that sport offers a powerful metaphor for us to learn more about our leadership and resilience, and will offer some fascinating insights from his outstanding research experience. David will be joined by his colleague Prof Jacqui Glass, who will reflect on what this might mean for our industry today and in the future

The importance of culture in implementing change

Shaun McCarthy OBE – Chair supply chain sustainability school, previouslythe Chair for the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 and was awarded an OBE for services to sustainability and the London Olympics

Shaun McCarthy will share his experience from London 2012 and work with organisations such as FIFA, the IOC and Adidas will discuss the cultural change required to embed a different way of thinking and a different way of doing things, and how sporting organisations are embracing sustainability

Embracing data for a competitive edge

Chris Gage – IBM – Digital Lead – Industrial Products, Global Business Services

At IBM Watson IoT, data analytics are helping sporting organisations better understand their performance, understand their weaknesses, and build not only marginal gains but creating a competitive edge driving excellence in what they do.

Chris will show us the benefits sport is finding through understanding their data, and utilising their data challenging our industry to do more with ours.


Marcus Harling – Partner Burges Salmon + sporting individual

Marcus will discuss what we can learn from mentalities in sporting teams and how this can be adopted in construction alliances

Keynote speaker

Dr Peter Bonfield, OBE FREng, Chief Executive of the BRE Group.

Dr Peter Bonfield joined BRE as a research scientist in 1992. He progressed through the organisation to become Chief Executive Officer of the BRE Group of companies in January 2012.

Peter is passionate about the role that building science can play in finding solutions to the challenges that the built environment faces in delivering buildings, homes and communities that work for people, the environment and the economy.

From 2006 until 2012 he was on part-time secondment to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), where he co-created the sustainable development strategy and took the lead on the sustainable procurement of construction products.

In 2013 former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson asked him to chair Grown in Britain, an initiative aimed at creating a sustainable future for UK woodlands and forests. In 2014 Paterson appointed him to lead a government-wide drive to improve public procurement of food. Bonfield’s recommendations to Government were published in July 2014.

In August 2015, the Secretaries of State for the Department of Energy & Climate Change (now BEIS) and Department for Communities and Local Government appointed Peter to lead a Review of Consumer Protection, Advice, Standards and Enforcement for UK Housing Energy Efficiency. The report will be published soon.

Peter was appointed as a Non-Executive member of the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs board in December 2015.


This year we are offering an opportunity to position your brand alongside that of Constructing Excellence through sponsorship of the annual conference.  There are a variety of sponsorship packages available here.  For further details on these opportunities please contact [email protected].

Social Media

To engage with the event on social media both during the build-up and on the day itself, please use the hashtag #CE2016.

Book now

Places at this event will be limited – to ensure you are notified when bookings open for the conference, please:
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The following free or discounted places are available (subject to availability). For your discount code please email [email protected]

  • Full price – £195
  • Constructing Excellence National members – 2 free places then 50% off further tickets
  • Constructing Excellence Regions  – 1 free place then 50% off further tickets
  • Constructing Excellence Clubs – 1 free place then 50% off further tickets
  • G4C committee members – free places
  • G4C members – 50% off


23 November, 2016
10:00 am - 4:00 pm UTC+0


Lord’s Cricket Ground
Lord's Cricket Ground Saint John's Wood Road
London, NW8 8QN United Kingdom
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