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.

Andy Scott – C-Tec
Andy Scott is projects director for C-Tec, a UK manufacturer of commercial and residential fire alarm equipment.
Andy is active in British and European fire alarm standards committees and is chair of the BSI’s FSH/12/5 fire alarm devices working group.
He is also a member of the panel that produced the 2019 revision of BS 5839-6 Code of practice for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and fire alarm systems in domestic premises.

Liam Wheatley - BIM Manager / Offsite Construction, NU Living
Working as lead for the BIM implementation team in a major housing association / developer, focusing on aligning key stakeholders with the establishment of a holistic data flow and interoperability between asset data systems. In recent years, my involvement in offsite production has furthered the importance of Open BIM from concept to completion, to improve the design, procurement and build process.

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.

Jim Creak
Jim Creak, 30 year involvement in Manufacturing and Technical Application of Safety Signs and Signing. BSI Technical Committee Chair for application of escape route signs and signing Technical committee Chair for the application of Safety Signs and Signing. Technical contributor to the Photoluminescent safety Products Association for low level escape route illumination and Technical contributor to development of luminance performance Standards for safety wayguidance systems.

Martin Milner – Milner Associates
A Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer at Milner Associates; a firm with a breath of experience in the low-rise building sector. Expertise in offsite modular solutions, expert investigations, product design and fire risk reviews for timber structures. Martin is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at Edinburgh Napier University, a member of the BSI Code Committees and technical advisor for the Structural Timber Association.

Dave Emery - architectural technologist and BIM consultant
He helped deliver the first 5D projects in the UK and for more than a decade has been a public speaker at seminars, workshops, and training events. For the past year or so he has been working with the Supply Chain Sustainability School as a consultant project manager on a CITB-funded project entitled 'Improving Skills in Offsite Construction.

Karen Jones – Kingspan Insulation
Karen is the Residential Development Manager for Kingspan Insulation, focusing on long term strategy for developing products and services into the residential market. She has been in the construction industry for over 20 years, involved as a Contractor, Manufacturer and Distributor. Much of her work has been to understand the links between the different supply chain members and how best to collaborate in order to achieve the most suitable outcome for the build.

Alex Small - BIM & Digital Platforms manager Tata Steel Europe.
This role involves the delivery of product information for Tata Steel’s European businesses as well as the digital reach and interlock of the business through its data. Although starting with product-specific data, Alex’s role is now looking at ways in which a wide-ranging array of data might be linked to physical products (through Tag & Track and Digital Twins) to add value for product traceability, circular economy and digital construction as a whole.

Alex is involved in work for the UK BIM Alliance and is part of their Product Data Working Group, he also represents worldsteel and UK steel in BIM standards committees. He is an active member of Constructing Excellence - chairing their manufacturing, technology and offsite theme group and sits of Construction Product Europe’s Digital Task Group. Alex is a keen advocate for structured data, IoT, DfMA, offsite construction and an integrated, digital, built environment.

Fabio Roberti - Head of BIM at WilkinsonEyre
He leads the technology and processes for BIM according to the ISO 19650 series.
He is responsible for developing and coordinating a more integrated project delivery between the structural, environmental and architectural teams through BIM and the deliverable packages utilising cross platform workflows and parametric optimisations.

Will Perkins - Group Managing Director of SE Controls
Will has worked in the smoke control industry for over 35 years and is a long standing member of FSH/025. He has actively participated in the drafting of many British and European standards and he is the Convenor of CEN TC191/WG7, responsible for the production of EN12101 parts 9 and 10 which cover control panels and power supplies for smoke control systems. He was also the Convenor of BS7346 part 8 which covers the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of smoke control systems. Will was instrumental in the development and introduction of the UK Smoke Control Association’s third party competence accreditation scheme.

He has joined the group as he is keen to share his product and regulatory knowledge to promote digital technology in improving occupant safety through real-time compliance.

Richard Appleton
I have worked in software and product data for the electrical and HVAC sectors for over 30 years and for many years managed Luckins, the sectors’ leading product and price data resource.  I also worked in software product management for a range of contractor applications including estimating and procurement and for a few years managed NES (National Engineering Specification). Following Luckins’ acquisition by Amtech and Trimble I worked on projects to create product data for e-commerce, design and BIM applications working closely with leading manufacturers and software providers. I am currently employed by the Electrical Distributors Association managing their initiatives to help digitalise the sector and am a board member of ETIM UK, a joint venture with the Builders Merchants Federation to manage the ETIM data standard in UK.

Nick Haughton - Head of Global Marketing at Sapphire Balconies
Nick originally joined The Sapphire Balconies in 2006 at the London office as an estimator. After relocating to the Reading office when it was established, Nick managed both the purchasing and marketing teams and progressed into managing the Reading Balustrade factory and the Winchester balcony factory. Following the significant growth in volume, Nick now focuses on where his passion and qualification lies and heads up both Sapphire's UK and Global Marketing teams, at the forefront of educating the market in best practise through the delivery of technical CPD presentations, early stage design meetings, events, and industry thought leadership.

Yusuf Muhammad - Plumis
Yusuf Muhammad is a co-inventor of Automist and Chief Design Officer at Plumis, an innovative British engineering company whose Automist fire suppression misting technology has saved lives in homes across the UK. He has won numerous design awards for a host of innovations across a number of industries including the James Dyson Award, the Toyota IQ Design Challenge & Transport Design of the Year by the Design Museum. He also starred in the BBC 2 Show 'The Big Life Fix'.

Omar Elhoucine – BSS Group
I am a qualified BRE BIM level 2 (building information modelling) digital construction professional. I have held diverse roles on some of the most well-known projects, with the foremost companies in the UK construction industry. As a result, I have experience in all aspects of construction project delivery. My purpose is to create transformative change, using excellent communication skills to influence those around me to develop effective innovative processes using data and technology. Over the years I have worked with Construction product manufacturers, clients, designers, and contractors throughout the UK, to grow their digital capability by delivering effective, results-led strategies, using creativity, and leadership.