Speaker bios

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

Charity Director | Business Development Manager, Sangwin

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 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.

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 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.