Speaker bios

Keynote: Julie Morrissy

Consultant, Clyde & Co. LLP

Julie Morrissy

Julie is ranked in Chambers and is a high-performing Construction and Engineering lawyer with many years’ experience handling a broad range of client projects across a wide range of sectors including real estate, education, energy, rail and infrastructure.

Julie advises on negotiating and drafting building and engineering contracts under different forms of procurement including traditional, alliancing, design and build, and construction management, together with all ancillary documents. She has experience in advising on EPC contracts, development manager agreements  and EPC contracts, working with both bespoke contract forms as well as industry standard documents such as NEC, JCT and FIDIC.

Julie also advises clients on contentious matters and has particular expertise in adjudications and developing bespoke forms of dispute resolution procedures where the parties have long term commercial and partnering arrangements.

Julie started her career as an academic before becoming a lawyer and worked for many years at DLA Piper where she headed up the Yorkshire Construction and Engineering team. She has continued her life-long interest in learning and as well as delivering training to clients, she teaches on the IStructE Engineering post-graduate course and is a LexisNexis Construction panel expert. She currently sits on the Board of Governors of a UK University.

Julie has always been involved in external initiatives and was instrumental in setting up the hugely successful Prince’s Trust “Get Into Construction programme”, working alongside the Chief Executives of a number of major international construction and infrastructure businesses to bring businesses together to create opportunities for disadvantaged young people within the industry.

Keynote: Tina Holland

Programme Manager, Local Government Association

Tina Holland
Tina is the Programme Manager for the procurement and commissioning programmes within the LGA. She has a degree in Law and holds Chartered status of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. Tina’s current work includes:

-       LGA lead on the development and implementation of the National Procurement Strategy for local government
-       leading on NPS workstreams including strategic supplier management, innovation, skills and national category strategies in Construction, Energy, ICT, Adult Services
-       working with the Grenfell Tower Industry Response Group to advise on issues related to procurement

Prior to joining the LGA, Tina’s extensive prior experience included management of a number of national improvement programmes; management of Phase 2 of the National Programme for Third Sector Commissioning; managing over 100 peer and bespoke reviews relating to procurement, efficiency, asset management and e-procurement; setting up and running framework contracts for consultancy support for Children’s services, Research, Adult services; supply chain management including engineering supply chains in the USA and Europe.

Keynote: Peter Yates

(Grenfell) Industry Response Group

Peter Yates
Peter is a Registered Architect and for the past fourteen years has led the multi-billion pound BCP and Constructing West Midlands (CWM) construction frameworks, successfully creating and sustaining collaborative working partnerships throughout the wider industry supply chain.

Latterly he has been engaged with local and central government at national level to promote industry best-practice, providing professional and technical advice as Member of Government’s (Grenfell) Industry Response Group; the Hackitt Independent Review of Building Regulations & Fire Safety Procurement and Supply Group; as Deputy Chair of the IRG Steering Group on Competences for Building a Safer Future, and has sat on both the British Standards Institution BS 8414-1 (cladding) Review panel and Construction Leadership Council Procure for Better Value Panel.

Keith Gilson

Director, Tassibee | Business Manager, Ashcourt Construction Ltd.

Keith Gilson
Keith is an experienced construction professional and Charted Quantity Surveyor working within a contractor organisation. Familiar with all standard forms of contract and methods of procurement he has developed a practical awareness of the benefits of collaborative working within the structure of Construction Frameworks.

He has held senior positions within the industry during which he undertook the role of framework manager within public sector frameworks, including YORbuild2.

A former member of YORhub’s 4 Good Fund awarding panel, Keith is now Director with Tassibee, one of the recipient charities. He can relate first-hand the impact of these grants, from the viewpoint of both the Framework Contractor and the good cause, for whom the grant made things possible.

Fergus Harradence

Deputy Director for Construction, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Fergus Harradence
Fergus Harradence leads for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on sponsorship of the construction sector. Since joining the Civil Service in 2000, he has worked in a number of departments in a range of economic policy roles, including trade policy, export promotion, innovation and corporate tax.

His current responsibilities include BEIS’ policies to help improve the performance of the construction sector, the Department’s contribution to the Government’s house-building ambitions, and its relationship with the Construction Leadership Council.

Keith Heard

Chair of the National Association of Construction Frameworks

Keith Heard
Keith is a Chartered Civil Engineer with experience in all aspects of the procurement, design, delivery and commissioning of building and civil engineering projects, gained through a career working for contractors, project managers and client bodies. Keith is a Project Manager experienced in, and passionately supportive of, the integrated team approach to working, which was developed over 12 years with BAA.

During the last twelve years with Hampshire County Council, Keith has led on regional procurement and joint working initiatives. These arrangements have delivered around £500m building projects each year since 2006 for over 60 public authorities in the SE, and have delivered over £100m in efficiency savings.

Keith is Chair of the National Association of Construction Frameworks, a new Public Sector collaboration sponsored by the LGA.

Duncan Reed

thinkBIM Chair

Duncan Reed
Duncan comes from a main contracting and design management background and has been a strong advocate for BIM processes and procedures for many years.
In his role as Digital Construction Process Manager with Trimble Solutions (UK) Ltd, Duncan focuses on ensuring customers get the best out of their existing BIM tools, advising on the adoption of new tools to improve business efficiency as well as developing work flows to maximise interoperability and collaboration between organisations.
He is also the chair of thinkBIM, the knowledge exchange network at Leeds Beckett University; one of the UK BIM Regions and part of the UK BIM Alliance. thinkBIM has been running digital themed events for over 7 years covering all aspects of the digital design, construction and operation of an asset.

Adam Holmes

Interim Building Design Group Manager, East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Adam Holmes
Adam leads the Building Design Group at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, which delivers the building portion of the Councils’ Capital programme. He is a Chartered Surveyor with over 25 years construction industry experience having worked across the spectrum for professional practice, construction contractors and public sector organisations.

Adam has led a number of high profile schemes, including the RICS, LABC and Constructing Excellence regional award-winning £25m redevelopment of East Riding Leisure, Bridlington.

Adam is a strong advocate of industry change and digital adoption. He is a member of the YORhub BIMSIG group and a guest lecturer in BIM.

Steve Baker

YORhub Joint Chair of Operations

Steve Baker
Steve is a civil engineer with over 30 years of experience in the construction industry and a focus on construction procurement since 2000. He is the lead procurement officer and a Joint Chair of Operations for the YORhub frameworks, Vice Chair of the Local Government Association (LGA) National Procurement Construction Strategy Steering Group and a member of the National Association of Construction Frameworks Steering Group. Steve is the author of the LGA Effective Construction Frameworks report published January 2016 and has previously been a member of various BSI Steering groups including PAS 91 Construction prequalification questionnaires.

Mark Ives

YORcivil2 Framework Programme Manager

Mark Ives
Mark is an incorporated engineer with over thirty years of construction experience working for local authorities in the East Yorkshire region. He has been involved in establishing major framework agreements for both consultants and contractors relating to civil engineering works since their inception in the East Riding in 2000 and been a key member in the development of the current frameworks included on YORhub. Mark played a key role in the introduction of the NEC form of contract to the East Riding Civil Engineering Services. Mark is currently the framework programme manager for the YORcivil2 framework.

Fergus Aitken

YORbuild2 Framework Programme Manager

Fergus Aitken
Fergus is a Chartered Surveyor with thirty years’ experience in the construction sector. He has predominantly worked within the building sector but spent 10 years with Anglian Water on civil engineering, utility and business change projects.

Fergus has experience of a wide range of construction contracts and was one of the first regular users of NEC in the mid 1990s. Fergus has been closely involved with all YORhub frameworks from the outset and is currently the YORbuild2 framework programme manager for the North and East areas.

Chris Jackson

YORconsult2 Framework Programme Manager

Chris Jackson

Chris is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with 40 years’ experience in the construction industry across both building and civil engineering. He has worked in the private and public sector, has broad experience of working on a range of JCT and NEC contracts, and currently works for Sheffield City Council in the role of Principal Quantity Surveyor and Framework Manager. He is also an External Examiner at Sheffield Hallam University covering the Built Environment Ungraduated and Post Graduate courses.

Chris has been a member of the regional YORhub team for the last 6 years representing Sheffield City Council as a Lead Authority and is the Programme Manager for the YORconsult2 Framework, and Framework Manager for the South and West area of the YORcivil2 Framework.

Chris Bourne

YORbuild2 Framework Manager (North)

Chris Bourne is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Project Manager with 22 years post qualification experience in both building and civil engineering.

Initially starting his career in private practice, Chris is now the Corporate Projects Manager for Scarborough Borough Council responsible for delivery of their ambitious construction, coast protection and development agenda.

Within YORhub Chris is the YORbuild2 Framework Manager for the Northern Area working with Clients and Contractors within North Yorkshire to deliver projects across the region.