Speakers
Precast Week 2021

15 – 19 November

Decarbonisation Webinar | 15 Nov 2021
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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.

Aidan Fogarty, Quality Manager
Ecocem Ireland Ltd

Joined the Ecocem team in 2014. Completed my MSc in Advanced Concrete Technology in the University of Leeds in 2019. Aidan has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry, working in different laboratories; testing concrete, mortars and aggregates. Site work has played a big role in my development; working and interacting with all parties who influence the delivery and placement of concrete.

Dr. Sid Pourfalah
Concrete 4 Change

Dr. Sid Pourfalah is a chartered principal engineer with 20 years of experience, a concrete industry expert and innovation manager. He has built two successful start-ups managing multidisciplinary, large-scale projects (+£100M). Sid is an expert in developing and commercialising of new sustainable products.

Dr. Michael Wise
Concrete 4 Change

Dr. Michael Wise is a Chemical Engineer who started his career in Oil industry having worked with Baker Hughes, Total, Chevron… before moving onto cleantech with 10 years experienced process technology including technical lead in 3 start-ups (£18 million), specializing in scale-up.

James Morgan, Head of Marketing and Innovation
Forterra plc

James has been involved in product development and innovation for the last 20 years. After spending 17 years in the bathroom sector, he moved to Forterra to head up the innovation function and is passionate about leading change. James’ main focus today is creating sustainable customer led solutions.

Adaptation to Climate Change Webinar | 16 Nov 2021
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Chris Griffiths, Head of Product Sustainability
Marshalls Plc

Chris has been involved in the sustainability sector for over 15 years, having qualified as a Code for Sustainable Homes assessor (remember them?!) prior to joining Marshalls 10 years ago. His role in Marshalls is now to promote and shape the excellent work Marshalls does in the sustainability arena, and also to research new products and systems which will help our customers adapt their urban spaces to respond to the changing climate.

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.

Precast Concrete in the Future Webinar | 17 Nov 2021
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Lefteris Siamopoulos
Facades + Materials Design Consultants Ltd

Lefteris joined FMDC in 2020 as a Senior Façade Consultant, after 5 years of working as an Architect and Façade Engineer for UK based practices. Lefteris is leading the façade design and engineering, from concept design through to construction, on residential and commercial projects located mainly in London. In FMDC he had the opportunity to focus on sustainability research relating to façades, and especially on the upfront embodied carbon of various systems and materials, and ways to reduce it.

Mark Pniewski, Engineering Director
Thorp Precast

Mark Pniewski is a Chartered Engineer with 15 years’ experience consulting on building structures and facades in the UK and abroad. Mark joined the board of Thorp Precast on the 1st of September 2021 as Engineering Director with a passion to develop safe, sustainable and beautiful architectural precast concrete. Previously, Mark was Divisional Director for Ramboll UK’s Building Specialists where he led teams across a range of disciplines including facades, fire, sustainability, acoustics, façade access, computational design and advanced analysis, as well the internal digital start-up www.site-solve.co.uk.

Achieving Green Building with Precast Webinar | 18 Nov 2021
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Glen Rust
Laing O'Rourke

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.

Chris Harrop OBE, Group Sustainability Director
Marshalls Plc

An accomplished marketing and sustainability professional and Fellow of the IOD and IEMA with a proven global track record, Chris’ persistent contribution has ensured that Marshalls not only leads its sector but is also a world-class sustainable business being recently recognised as a European Climate Leader by the FT.

Regional Circular Economy Webinar | 19 Nov 2021
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Katherine Adams, PhD Researcher - Applying Circular Economy in Buildings
REusefully Ltd & Loughborough University

Katherine has over 20 years’ experience in resource efficiency, Circular Economy and waste management within the construction sector. Her presentation will cover the work she did with Defra and the Green Construction Board (GCB) in developing a definition and interpretation of “Zero avoidable waste” within the construction sector and an industry roadmap on how to get there.

Gilli Hobbs, Sustainability and Circular Economy Advisor
REusefully Ltd

Gilli has well over 30 years of experience in sustainable construction and resource efficiency. A Sustainability and Circular Economy Advisor to a number of resource efficiency initiatives and high profile collaborative projects in the UK, EU and internationally. Gilli was involved in the development of a wide range of sustainability tools and standards such as Smartwaste and BREEAM. She is currently involved in a number of initiatives related to the European “Building As Material Banks (BAMB2020” initiative and the development of new European Standards addressing Circular Economy in construction.

Julia Stegemann, Professor of Environmental Engineering
The Circular Economy Lab at University College London

Professor Julia Stegemann is Director of the Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centre for Mineral-based Construction Material, a government supported research programme involving six universities and over 40 industry partners across the construction sector. The centre will explore how a wide range of mineral-based products and structures’ design and manufacturing solutions can help the construction industry to improve resource utilisation, reduce waste and lower costs.

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.