The Group

Asif Mirza – Berkeley Group
I work in Quality Assurance for Berkeley Group. I have a background in project and property management going back 20 years. In my current role I have been focussed on improving quality, business processes and standardisation across all projects, and more recently developing a digital technology solution to support improvements, efficiencies, standardisation and collaborative working for high rise, housing and modular construction.

Neil Yeomans – Orbit
Neil is the Head of Property Safety for Orbit. His team is multi-award winning and Neil was awarded the prestigious ‘influencer of the year’ award by RoSPA in 2020. The core of Orbit’s success is their ‘Continuous Improvement’ culture – one where they look beyond bare legal minimum standards and focus on safe systems of work. Ultimately, this has led Orbit to become the first national housing provider to achieve BS9997 accreditation, the International Safety Award for Customer Safety, as well as the RoSPA Gold for customer safety – this third-party recognition of Orbit’s work is critical to providing assurance to customers that Orbit prioritise their safety.

Paul White – Enfield Council
Experienced housing development professional working for housing providers to deliver affordable housing since the mid-1990s. A Chartered Construction Manager (MCIOB), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing (FCIH) and Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) having also worked since the mid-2000s in sustainability and low carbon development and retrofit projects. Currently working since 2016 on large regeneration projects as a Housing Development Manager for Enfield Council.

Dwayne Florant – L&Q Group
Dwayne has a background in BIM Consultancy, driving information quality whilst leading teams to develop their digital capability and capacity. He is passionate about deploying emerging technologies, working with people, and refining processes so we can build better places and responsibly manage our built environment. Recent work includes the collaboration with Asset Owner Operators to better define and understand their requirements for the procurement and maintenance of physical assets and their associated data.

Matthew Taylor – Taylor Design Consultancy
Matthew has 24 years’ experience in the construction industry, the majority being within the dry lining and internals sectors, and has previously held roles as head of a design department for a leading dry lining and internal fit-out specialist contractor, as well as technical management roles in the manufacturing sector, with two of the UK’s leading dry lining system manufacturers.
Matthew’s previous experience has included responsibility for building, assigning, and instructing project design teams, managing risk and strategic delivery, as well as identifying and reporting on construction defects and identifying potential remedial solutions.
In addition to this, Matthew has been involved in the FIS working groups and BSi panels, relating to the review and revision of relevant dry lining standards and industry related concerns. In 2019 Matthew was awarded an industry award by the FIS.

Mike Smith – Bailey Partnership
An Architect, Director and Practice BIM Manager at Bailey Partnership, Mike has a strong technical background and wealth of knowledge in Building Information Modelling. In recent years these capabilities have led him to be involved in many high profile recladding projects, supporting Building Safety Fund Applications and making people feel safe in their homes.

Brett Hibbert – Fire Safety Manager
With over 25 years’ experience within the Fire Protection industry I now currently work for a social housing provider covering the South of England. I have extensive experience in various industries having started my career in the Royal Navy. My fire industry experience started as a fire extinguisher service engineer and with the introduction of the RRFSO in 2005 I decided to retrain so I could offer fire risk assessment services and advice. Having spent several years as a self-employed fire safety consultant I have an understanding of the different demands a fire risk assessor can experience depending on the situation, industry, and role they are undertaking.

Emma Richman
Emma is currently the Exec Director of Operations at Peaks and Plains Housing Trust. She is a qualified Architect and Building Surveyor. She has had many Board roles, including Chair. She has also been an External Examiner at Sheffield Hallam University. Emma is currently a Trustee on the committee of the Pankhurst Centre in Manchester.

Emma has a keen interest in BIM, having applied BIM to and existing tower block last year. Emma would love to see digital recording of Asset information to be mainstream and the norm.

David Poat - Technical and Cost manager at Nottinghill Genesis
My role is to provide support to the front-line Project Managers in our Developments team.  I would like the group to achieve a sharing of knowledge and learning that enables implementation of a simple BIM solution within the Housing sector that business leaders can embrace and front line staff can understand and operate efficiently and effectively.

Johnny Furlong – BIM Strategy Lead at L&Q
Johnny heads BIM Strategy for L&Q one of the UK largest Housing Associations. Johnny focus is on digital strategies that work to provide the Golden Thread of information.

L&Qs strategy is to manage information at the component level, so they can achieve their quality targets, reduce whole life cycle cost and have assurance that they can comply with regulations.

Scott Sanderson – PRP
Scott Sanderson is a partner at leading housing practice, PRP. Passionate about quality, collaboration and digital integration Scott's role focuses on technical design, design management, DfMA and the continuing development of PRP's interdisciplinary BIM capability.

PRP are founding members of BIM4Housing and BSI certified as a Tier 1 Lead Designer under BS EN ISO 19650. Our continuing ambition is to leverage BIM to improve design and information quality, safety, efficiency and collaboration in the housing sector.

Tom Cannon, MCIAT - Group BIM Manager at Hill Group UK.
Acting as both a developer and a contractor at Hill Group UK we are continuing our promise to delivering quality homes across the country. We see BIM as an importance in the industry and are currently implementing a new BIM strategy. It is my role to ensure that this new BIM strategy is implemented, and that efficiencies and quality are shared throughout the Group, as well as its clients, joint venture partners, and end users. We now live in a world of data, and our goal is to offer all relevant parties and the supply chain access to any single integrated source of data for any built asset. Through BIM the housing industry will continue to benefit from increased efficiencies, lower costs, and Improved communication from planning, right through construction to operational life cycle.

Mark Pratten – Airey Miller
I am an associate Director of Airey Miller and I am a project manager delivering residential housing schemes across London and the South. I have been in this industry for 15 years and I specialise in the pre-contract procurement of residential buildings for housing association clients. I would like BIM4Housing to “Plain English” how housing associations go about identifying their AIR’s and EIR’s.

Eduardo Guasque - BIM Manager Haworth Tompkins
Eduardo joined Haworth Tompkins in 2014 as BIM Manager. He is involved in all BIM projects within the studio, a number of them on BIM Level 2. He graduated in Civil Engineer at the Federal University of Paraná - Brazil. He develops Haworth Tompkins’ BIM strategy, implements standards and new technologies, trains and supports our staff and clients. He also has experience working with the Survey Industry and Scan to BIM.

Marc McNulty – Barratt 
I am a Senior Architectural Technician; I manage the Group Technical team at Barratt who are responsible for the creation and management of all standard housing portfolios for use across the business.

What I want BIM4Hosuing to achieve:

To gain a firm understanding of the implementation and management of 3rd party supplier’s content within a standard housing portfolio and how this can benefit other functions outside of technical.

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