Speakers
Precast Week 2020

2 – 6 November

Water Webinar | 2 Nov 2020
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Steve Wilson, Technical Director
The Environmental Protection Group

Steve is a Chartered Civil Engineer with 30 years experience of drainage and geotechnical engineering. He is the Technical Director of the Environmental Protection Group, a company that specialises in the design of SuDS. Steve has a wealth of experience designing a wide range of SuDS projects and has a particular interest in combining hard and soft SuDS. He believes that SuDS can be applied to any site. Steve authored numerous specification documents and technical papers on SuDS. He is also one of the co-authors of CIRIA’s SuDS Manual. Steve has contributed to much of the design guidance on concrete permeable pavements. He regularly presents training courses for CIRIA and helped present DEFRA workshops to local authorities on the new National SuDS Standards.

Bob Bray, Founding Director
Robert Bray Associates

Bob Bray is a landscape architect and Director of Robert Bray Associates with a passion for how rainfall can contribute to the wellbeing of people, wildlife and the environment. Much of his working life has been dedicated to Sustainable Drainage (SuDS). Since 1996, and the introduction of what became known as SuDS, Robert Bray Associates have developed an integrated approach to managing rainfall that delivers cost effective drainage solutions to exploit the potential for attractive landscape spaces with water at their heart. The practice has adopted the idea of sub-catchment design, linked with careful flow control management to exploit the whole development as a sequence of: collection, conveyance, treatment and storage of rainwater – applied to schemes ranging from the smallest urban retrofit to major new developments.

Dale Lyon, Director
Concrete Scotland

Dale started his career back in the 80’s working for RMC Readymix and Tarmac, Dale then spent over 10 years running an independent concrete manufacturing company. Dale is a past Chairman of The Concrete Society’s Scotland Region and is currently a Director of ConStructEd Scotland training facility delivering presentations and lectures. He returned to RMC Readymix at the end of the 90’s before joining Cordek where he was involved in the delivery of The Dream and The Olympic Diving Boards. Dale set up his own consultancy business, Concrete Scotland where he has been working on several concrete art installations and providing lectures across European Universities. In 2014 Dale started delivery of his highly acclaimed Concrete in the Classroom, introducing pupils to a career within the concrete industry.

Andrew Tagg, Technical Director, Flood Management
HR Wallingford

A Chartered Civil Engineer with 36 years’ experience with HR Wallingford and Thames Water. He has worked on most aspects of the water environment, including catchment water resources, flooding, water quality and river restoration. Current technical interests include protection of buildings to improve their flood resilience, and the development of tools to improve emergency management during flood events. He sits on several national technical committees and bodies, including the Defra Property Resilience Roundtable, the Incident Management and Modelling advisory group for the Environment Agency, and is the Chairman of the BSI committee on ‘Flood Risk and watercourses’. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at Brunel University, helping to co-deliver parts of the Flood & Coastal Engineering degree programme.

Sustainable Homes Webinar | 3 Nov 2020
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Geoff Mann, Industry Training Manager
NHBC

A Chartered Builder, Teacher, Verifier & Assessor who works predominantly with the Construction Industry.
Geoff has a goal to improve the reputation and skills of the construction workforce through offering, providing, and delivering quality programmes to improve and enhance standards within construction. Geoff incorporates all types of learning and skills necessary in today’s evolving industry. This ranges from an Award Winning Bricklaying Apprenticeship, Site Supervision & Management, Teaching, Training, General Sub-Contracting, Directorship and much more. With the NHBC, Geoff leads a team of assessors and specialist trainers delivering NVQs, Technical and Health & Safety qualifications alongside specialist bespoke courses across the UK.

Brett Amphlett, Head of Policy & Public Affairs
Builders Merchants Federation

Brett Amphlett is the Head of Policy & Public Affairs at the Builders Merchants’ Federation. For 112 years, the BMF has represented merchants and manufacturers who today have total sales over £38 billion and employ more than 180,000 people.
Brett has over 30 years’ experience in two major supply chains - farming, food & drink and building materials’ distribution. He strives to turn sustainable development into reality to normalise it into mainstream thinking & business. He is a published writer and regularly seen on the Westminster & Whitehall circuit.
He is helping BMF members in the post-Covid and post-Brexit recovery so they can help to build more housing and improve existing property - notably to decarbonise heating & electrify homes.

Steff Wright, Chairman
Gusto Group Ltd

Having started my first company as a mobile DJ at the age of 17, I have always had an enthusiasm for developing businesses and innovating in different sectors. I have a passion re-investing profits back into start-up companies and social enterprises, especially those focused on innovative ways of tackling the climate crisis. I have both started and supported several social enterprises focussed on environmental sustainability and spoken on this subject and entrepreneurship at many conferences over the years. As the global response to COVID-19 escalates behaviour change, it creates new digital and physical opportunities. Gusto Group are investing in our people, our communities and the resources needed to ensure we remain relevant in this new world.

Michael Scott, Sales Manager
Peikko UK Ltd

Michael has been in the construction industry for over 30 years starting out as a concrete technician with Steetley. After a brief spell working on ready mixed batching plants again with Steetley. Moving to brick & stone cladding sales for Redland, Marshalls and Ibstock and from there to precast concrete with RMC/CEMEX. Michael has experience across all sectors but mainly working with architects and engineers to provide the support and solutions they require to deliver their structures. Joined Peikko over 13 years ago as DELTABEAM® Sales Manager.

Anastasia Tornesaki, Sales Engineer
Peikko UK Ltd

Anastasia graduated from Bradford University with a MSc in Structural Engineering and from there joined Peikko UK in the Spring of 2014 as the UK’s Structural Engineer. Over time and through a steep learning curve she has gained considerable experience in designing DELTABEAMS® for numerous projects. As well as her work on DELTABEAM® she also provides design support for our concrete connection solutions. She now has the role of Sales Engineer to help promote and grow the sales of DELTABEAM® as well as other Peikko products.

Mike Munro, International Sales Manager
Besser Company

Mike has more than 40 years of experience in the industry, the majority of which was spent manufacturing a wide range of concrete products. He has worked for Besser Company for the last 14 years, spending the last 8 years focusing his talents on international sales. In his sales role he’s travelled extensively around the globe which has given him a broader appreciation of the benefits and applications for concrete. Mike’s presentation centers on how the creative use of concrete is the solution to many of the challenges currently facing our industry.

Carbon Webinar | 4 Nov 2020
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Elaine Toogood, Head of Architecture
MPA The Concrete Centre

Elaine is an architect with expertise in concrete and sustainability and is joint editor of Concrete Quarterly magazine. She is also Chair of RIBA SE London. Elaine provides technical advice for architects and designers regarding specification and use of concrete in construction and is holds particular expertise in visual concrete, flood resilience and sustainable design. Elaine also runs in house CPD's, workshops, and is an avid events speaker.

Chris Leese, Director
MPA UK Concrete

A Chartered Mineral Surveyor Chris first came into the industry as a result of his interest in the environment and geology. Chris has carried his care for the environment throughout his career; this might seem strange for someone who’s made a living from digging holes and manufacturing concrete. Chris's career has spanned, a year with a small practice largely working underground surveying in private coal mines, two years in local government minerals planning, four years at Wardell Armstrong a minerals surveying practice, and a 30 year career working for CEMEX where he was a member of the UK board for over 11 years. For 9 years he was Vice President responsible for CEMEX’ concrete operations. Since retiring in 2019 Chris has established himself as a consultant/contractor and taken a role as Director of MPA UK Concrete.

Iain Walpole, Environmental Sustainability Manager
Hanson Cement

Iain is Environmental Sustainability Manager at Hanson UK, a Chartered Chemical Engineer and Chartered Environmentalist with over 30 years’ experience in the cement industry. Iain’s current position covers the environmental sustainability performance of all business lines within Hanson UK, Cement, Concrete, Aggregates and Asphalt. With a strong focus on cement, Iain continues to looking for opportunities to improve and optimise the cement making process from a sustainability perspective. He is the Hanson UK policy leads on Environmental sustainability areas such as circular economy, climate change and carbon reduction, and collaboration with, trade associations, government and acedemia.

Claude Lorea, Cement Director
Global Cement and Concrete Association - GCCA

Ms Loréa leads all aspects of GCCA’s work related to cement. She drives the association’s work to continuously improve the sustainability performance of the industry through innovation, as well as developing and sharing good practices and global guidelines. Ms Loréa also leads GCCA’s innovation workstream and managed the establishment of Innovandi, the Global Cement and Concrete Research Network. She has developed a special interest and expertise in CCUS and international climate policy, as well as regulatory requirements and trends.
Over her career, Ms Loréa has built a detailed knowledge of the cement industry, including the sector’s sustainability agenda where, among other achievements, she has led the development of the European Cement Industry Low Carbon Economy Roadmap and the Best Available Techniques Reference document for cement production.

Fire Webinar | 5 Nov 2020
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Tony Jones, Principal Structural Engineer
MPA The Concrete Centre

Tony is a Structural Engineer with over 25 years of experience in design, research and investigation of Concrete Structures. His role is to understand the impact of the Grenfell tower fire, and associated studies, on the concrete industry. In his previous role he provided advice to project teams on the design of structures for fire. He chaired the advisory group for the BRE report “Concrete Structures in Fire performance design and analysis”. He has also been involved in the assessment of fire damaged buildings. Tony is the UK Head of Delegation on the European design committee which is responsible for Eurocode 2, Design of Concrete Structures, including the fire part.

Richard Briers, Technical Sales Manager
Adfil Construction Fibres

30 years in Construction, not a straight road but an interesting one. Cement Replacement at Ash Resources & Rugby Cement, Lightweight Concrete / Aggregate at Lytag, Fibre reinforced concrete at Adfil Construction Fibres. Worked on Iconic projects such as, Cardiff Millennium Stadium, Wimbledon centre court, The Shard London, Currently HS2. My work Philosophy is… If the customer wants to know something, tell them the facts and truth. And if it works – Great! And if it doesn’t – tell them! And you will retain their trust, and retain their business. CPD presentations are available from Adfil highlighting new construction solutions with fibres with our innovative fibre product developments.

Tim Cansiz, Head of Standards Testing
The Fire Protection Association

Tim has worked for the FPA as a part of the Technical team for over 4 years, having started off working for the Special Projects side of the Laboratory business, designing, developing and carrying out bespoke fire testing for a variety of clients from a range of industries including construction and defence. He recently moved over to the role of Head of Standards Testing, currently managing the FPA’s Façade Testing, Sprinkler Head Testing Services and Watermist System Testing.

Jeff Dyson, Sales Manager
CSM UK

Jeff Dyson has been a long term protagonist of architectural precast and concrete off-site solutions. During his time with organisations such as Explore Manufacturing, The Concrete Centre and Trent Concrete, Jeff delivered numerous CPD seminars and talks informing architects, specifiers and clients about the benefits of precast concrete cladding and other forms of architectural concrete. Jeff’s presentation will address how precast concrete sandwich panel solutions have adapted to recent changes to Building Regulations, offering a secure and fire-resistant façade solution.

Innovation Webinar | 6 Nov 2020
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Richard Buswell, Professor of Building Systems Engineering
Loughborough University

Richard Buswell is a Professor of Building Systems Engineering at the School of Architecture Building and Civil Engineering at Loughborough University and is a recognised pioneer of 3D Concrete printing. He led the development of the first off-site, large-scale additive manufacturing process that used concrete. The Loughborough team has produced a number of world first demonstrators and the seminal material science in the field in addition to a start-up initiative to bring the technology into the sector.

Ismail Makda, Business Manager for Contractor & Precast Division
Trimble Solutions UK

Ismail has over 20 years experience in the construction industry dealing with aggregates, cement, ready-mix and related stakeholders. The past 7 years with Trimble, Ismail advises and supports Precasters, Contractors and the wider AEC industry on how best to transform their efficiency through the application of BIM technologies. Ismail's main focus is on effective information transfer & 'cutting to the chase' on what the benefits of true BIM collaboration are.

Sally Stracey, Specification Engineer
Invisible Connections

Sally has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry and is a field support professional, having learned the trade with various major suppliers including Schöck and Ancon. With a blend of engineering, design and project management skills, Sally is well placed to understand the challenges to be met at every stage of a project – whether by architects, engineers or contractors. Sally likes to engage with the project design team at an early stage, to provide the most efficient solution and to ensure that any potential buildability issues are resolved before the construction phase.

John Danvers, European Innovation Director
Ixion Holdings

John Danvers is innovation grant funding specialist with a long experience in supporting new technology and innovation development. He has been involved in securing funding for a wide range of businesses over the last three decades, securing well over €50m of innovation funding. His presentation will cover precast concrete and the most relevant areas of innovation and technology currently being supported by Europe and HM Government through grant funding initiatives.

Mehrdad Torabzadegan, Senior Application Engineer
Yara UK Ltd

Mehrdad Torabzadegan is a Senior Application Engineer at Yara International ASA and is based in Yara Technology Centre in Porsgrunn, Norway. Mehrdad is a Senior Construction Engineer with experience in sustainable solutions in construction technology, energy, and environmental technology. His main focus is on technical development, research projects and global market support for Yara’s industrial grade products for a wide range of applications, including concrete admixtures, oil and gas drilling technology, wastewater treatment, and biogas production enhancement. He is main author or contributing author in over 20 academic publications.

Paul Tate, VP | Marketing
Strusoft UK

Paul has 15 years’ prior experience setting up precast and prestressed concrete factories around the World. StruSoft is focused on supporting the Precast Concrete Industry across the UK with world-class software and specialist support services. Our software packages have been developed in Sweden over a 30-year period and are used successfully by precast manufacturers and design consultancies around the world. This includes our IMPACT software for 3D Design, Production & Project Planning for all structural precast elements. We are delighted to show you a new 3D Crane Planning module in the IMPACT Project Manager which is a useful tool for Project Managers to plan the crane positioning and lifting capacities based on 3D model data for the precast elements. We will give you a quick showcase of the 3D Erection planner too.

British Precast is affiliated to the Mineral Products Association
Mineral Products Association (MPA) is the trade association for aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, dimension stone, lime, mortar and silica sand industries.