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.
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.
Dr Kwadwo Oti-Sarpong
Dr Kwadwo Oti-Sarpong is a Research Associate at the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge. He is part of a team investigating the non-technical inhibitors to an industry-wide uptake of digital technologies in the construction industry. This is part of the Centre for Digital Built Britain’s (CDBB) work within the Construction Innovation Hub which brings together world-class expertise from the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), BRE and CDBB to transform the UK construction sector. His research seeks to understand why digital approaches have not yet become mainstream despite their widely acknowledged benefits, and to make suggestions as to how industry-wide changes can be made. Additionally, the research explores how emerging digital technologies can be integrated with off-site manufacturing (OSM) to increase the potential for widespread uptake in the UK construction industry. Prior to joining the University of Cambridge, he worked as a Researcher in the Department of Real Estate & Construction at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) where he obtained his PhD in Construction Technology and Project Management. Areas of research that are of interest to him include the shaping and evolution of technology in project settings and across contexts, and the implications new technologies hold for institutional, inter- and intra- organisational and project level developments.
Dan Macplerson – Henry Riley
Dan has 13 years’ experience working as a chartered Quantity Surveyor, Project Manager and Development Manager (and fulfilling the roles of CA/EA) on new build and refurbishment projects across residential, commercial, leisure/hospitality and recreational sectors. He is Head of Henry Riley’s National MMC Team, Head of Retirement and also Head of APC.
He has experience of Traditional, Design & Build and Construction Management procurement routes, a variety of contracts (including PPC2000 and the JCT suite), and numerous tender routes. Dan has worked on projects that have adopted various forms of MMC including LGSF volumetric modular, LGS panelised modular, CLT as well as traditional/MMC hybrid projects. He played a key role in establishing a retirement housing roll-out programme, adopting modular construction methods and is now working with both public and private sector clients to establish and implement their MMC and sustainability strategies.