Managing Director, UK Central Solihull Urban Growth Company
Jonathan joined the Urban Growth Company (UGC) in January 2019 as Managing Director. He is a Chartered Development Surveyor, responsible for leading the Executive Team and working with the Board to deliver the ambitious growth plans across The Hub alongside key regional partners including Birmingham Airport, the NEC, Jaguar Land Rover, Birmingham Business Park and Arden Cross.
The plans envisage the creation of a unified place, collectively referred to as The Hub, stitching together a new multi-modal transport interchange at Birmingham International Station, the HS2 Interchange and adjoining Arden Cross mixed-use residential and commercial development, Metro and Sprint extensions from central Birmingham, new developments at the NEC and Birmingham Airport and Jaguar Land Rover’s proposals for its plant at Solihull.
Jonathan has led significant redevelopment programmes both in the UK and overseas for over 30 years including Hereford’s award-winning Old Market and nearby mixed-use Hereford Futures programme, a major urban extension in the Greater Glasgow area, and the newly-formed Teesside Development Corporation.
His career spans both public and private sectors in equal measure, and includes large infrastructure, housing, retail, education, leisure and minerals/ groundworks projects.
12.00 - 12.30
Despite of the increasing number of technologies available to construction companies, still there is a slow adaptation among field workers. One of the reason why the adaptation has been so slow is because the technologies are complex and originally developed for the office managers. Today, construction company leaders either find an app on their own then try to force the field teams to use the app or they don’t bother and let the field teams do as they want. The industry is in need for simple apps that any field worker can pick up and understand what it does, how it works without any training. One of the biggest complaints that field workers have is that they don’t want to take the time to learn a new technology. To have more field workers using digital tools will enable collaborative working, an increase in productivity and transparency on all aspects of the project. The session will appeal to Site Engineers, through to Project Managers, ICT Directors, Site Managers, and even investors, from the delivery side as well as the client side.
This session will cover
What are the issues the industry is facing today which lead to slow digital adaptation?
Why is it important to also focus on convincing field workers to use digital tools instead of always focus on office managers?
Ways in which you can quickly get field workers in your organisation to adapt digital tools.
Khaldon is an Architectural Designer by trade for which he spent 2 years. He made the switch to marketing when he joined technology giants NXP. With knowledge and experience in both the construction and technology industry, it was a perfect fit to join French construction software development company Script&Go.
Script&Go acquired Site Diary app in 2016 as a part of its international expansion plan and brought in Khaldon to lead the development. Khaldon has spent the last 2 years visiting construction sites, conditioning meetings with site workers to understand their requirements and their barriers to digitalisation. With this details, continuously improving the Site Diary app to suit their needs.
13.30 - 14.00
Accessing Supply Chain Opportunites with CompeteFor
Prior to joining BiP Solutions, David held senior leadership positions in operational procurement and supply chain management across a wide range of sectors, including Defence & Aerospace, Healthcare, International Events, Banking, Utilities and Consulting. He has worked closely with public and private sector clients to improve procurement capability and help SMEs compete for public contracts, and has delivered large scale projects with complex supply chain requirements.
14.00 - 14.30
How to make significant cost savings whilst reducing CO2 emissions to help hit Carbon reduction targets early. Solar by Statkraft enables you to make real off-balance sheet savings, without the requirement for upfront investment. Statkraft is a Norwegian state-owned utility founded in 1895 and Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy. Our 3,600 employees in 16 countries are helping to shape the world’s changing energy systems. With an industry leading A- credit rating, we quickly became the UK’s leading provider of Power Purchase Agreements, with 12GW of assets and 66TWh of energy per annum.
An investment professional, entrepreneur and renewables expert, specialising in Solar PV, with over 10+ years of experience in the industry throughout multiple countries and market segments. With deep knowledge of the entire solar value chain, from product creation, project financing, through to implementation and execution. With a successful track record of identifying market constraints and overcoming them by innovating novel business methods
14.30 - 15.00
This session will cover how technology and changing patterns of demand look set to affect the energy infrastructure consenting sector over a two year horizon; considering renewables, intermittent supply, flexible power generation, grid connection and reinforcement.
Simon is a senior infrastructure planner providing town and country planning, consents and environmental advice on major energy and infrastructure related developments. He has helped deliver complex consents for UK renewable energy developments collectively exceeding 8GW of generation capacity for clients including Centrica, SMart Wind, DONG Energy/Orsted and FAB Link.