Birmingham | Nov 10, 2016

Birmingham Seminar: Carbon in Infrastructure Construction

On 10 November 2016 the Construction Climate Challenge in partnership with the Green Construction Board brought together business leaders from major infrastructure projects, contractors and research bodies, as well as government agencies for a high level Seminar in Birmingham, UK, on Reducing Carbon in Infrastructure Construction.



Bill Law

Senior VP Corporate Communications, Volvo CE

Dr Paul Toyne

Dr Paul Toyne is an expert on environment issues and sustainable development. First working on climate change impacts in 1997 with WWF. In the last decade, Paul has worked in the built environment holding senior posts as director of Sustainability for Bovis Lend Lease, WSP Global and Balfour Beatty.  Paul was chair of the Strategic Forum for Construction’s carbon working group. He is currently a member of the Infrastructure working group of the UK government’s Green Construction Board, was a technical committee member on the development of PAS 2080; and he is Chair of Constructing Excellence’s sustainability forum.

Since 2010, Paul has been a London Sustainable Development Commissioner for London, appointed by the Mayor of London, chairing its Quality of Life work, and working on the circular economy route map for London. He was also a Policy Commissioner for Birmingham University’s Urban Futures Commission (2012-13). Paul is currently advising business who are placing sustainable development at the centre of their purpose helping them to create triple bottom line benefits.

Mike Putnam

Chair Green Construction Board, President & CEO Skanska UK

Mike Putnam, Chair Green Construction Board, President & CEO Skanska UK, is a chartered civil engineer who has worked in the construction industry for over 30 years, with the majority of his time spent leading businesses. Mike is Chairman of the Green Construction Board and also a member of the Construction Leadership Council, overseeing the Industrial Strategy for Construction 2025.

Chris Newsome

Chair Green Construction Board Infrastructure Working Group

Chris Newsome, Chair Green Construction Board Infrastructure Working Group,  is Director of Asset Management at Anglian Water and was appointed in September 2004. A civil engineer by profession Chris has spent the vast majority of his career within the water industry, planning for, designing and delivering capital programmes of work and managing the asset base.

He is Chairman of @one Alliance, Chairman of UK Water Industry Research Ltd and a Director of the Institute of Asset Management. He is also a member of the Government’s Green Construction Board and is Chairman of the Infrastructure Group. Chris is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and of the Institute of Asset Management and a member of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management.

Tim Chapman

Director in Arup’s London office

Tim Chapman is a director in Arup’s London office, running a large group that designs major infrastructure of all types.  He is notable for his efforts to make UK infrastructure much lower in terms of its carbon emissions and for his thoughts on the future of the civil engineering design professions in an increasingly data-centric world.  His technical achievements have led to a number of awards, including Fellowship of the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering.

Jannik Giesekam

Research Fellow in Energy, Materials and Climate Policy at the University of Leeds

Jannik Giesekam is a Research Fellow in Energy, Materials and Climate Policy at the University of Leeds.

His research focuses on the adoption of material efficiency strategies as a means of reducing industrial energy use and carbon emissions. He is currently working at the RCUK funded Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products (CIEMAP) on a number of collaborative interdisciplinary projects using techniques from engineering, economics and the social sciences.

Jannik has published numerous articles on carbon reduction in the construction industry; including co-authoring the recent Green Construction Board Low Carbon Routemap progress update. Prior to his current position, Jannik completed a PhD on the potential contribution to UK climate mitigation targets from reducing embodied carbon in the construction industry.

Maria Mandiaki


Maria Mandiaki is a Chartered Engineer with 13 years of professional experience in water infrastructure with specialisation in investment planning and carbon management, including low carbon technologies, strategic studies, low carbon asset management as well as carbon management policy and standards development. Maria has worked with water utilities, other infrastructure owners and various players in the infrastructure value chain, including contractors, regulators, private investors and project developers to deliver infrastructure projects and advise on sustainability and carbon management opportunities. She has been in the authoring team of the Infrastructure Carbon Review, lead author of the Infrastructure Carbon Review Technical Report and led the PAS 2080 Technical Author team: Carbon Management in Infrastructure.

Guy Hammersley

Executive Director of BRE

Guy Hammersley is an Executive Director of BRE with a lifetime of practical experience in the construction industry, a thirst for innovation and a passion to deliver BRE’s mission of “Building a Better World Together.”

From 2016 Guy has taken on the new role of BRE Group Director for BIM, where he is accountable for BRE’s business activities supporting the successful adoption of BIM across the construction industry and ensuring that BRE is a centre of excellence at the cutting edge of future developments.

Guy came to BRE in 1998 as Managing Director of Construction Division and joined the BRE Board as an Executive Director in 1999 and becoming Chief Operating Officer of BRE in 2003.

In 2013 Guy’s role expanded and as BRE Group Director for Research & Innovation he was responsible for fostering and directing research and innovation across BRE, which included acting as an “internal incubator” nurturing new major business initiatives.

Chris Broadbent

Director of BREEAM Infrastructure and Managing Director of CEEQUAL Ltd

Chris Broadbent is Director of BREEAM Infrastructure and Managing Director of CEEQUAL Ltd. A Chartered Civil Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, Chris has extensive experience in the provision and management of engineering and building services and training.

As Director for BREEAM Infrastructure and Managing Director of CEEQUAL Ltd he leads BRE’s sustainability rating schemes for civil engineering and seeks to extend BRE’s overall reach into the civil engineering sector. In BREEAM he led the development and launch of an extension to the scope of the BREEAM standard to include infrastructure and civil engineering projects. He led the process of CEEQUAL Ltd joining BRE Group in November 2015. He currently leads the delivery of BREEAM and CEEQUAL infrastructure projects and the development of the next version of the scheme that will bring the two together.

Mike de Silva

Bechtel Ltd

Mike de Silva is employed by Bechtel Ltd and has over 25 years of environmental and sustainability design and construction experience much of which has been gained in the rail industry. He has worked on the two largest rail projects in the United Kingdom, Crossrail and High Speed 1.  Mike has been working as Sustainability Manager on Crossrail since August 2009 and is responsible for its sustainability strategy and reporting as well as leading on CEEQUAL and BREEAM project management and the project’s carbon and material resource management.  He is involved in innovation on Crossrail and had been responsible for assessing a number of initiatives on the project relating to the circular economy.

Mark Fenton

Climate Change Specialist at High Speed Two Ltd

Mark Fenton is a Climate Change Specialist at High Speed Two Ltd. He joined HS2 in March 2013 and works in the Technical Directorate leading on the development of the technical specifications, standards and processes to minimise the carbon footprint of HS2. Before HS2 Mark worked at CH2M as a Sustainability Consultant in their Sustainable Buildings team. In this role he worked with asset owners, developers, designers and contractors to develop and deliver sustainability objectives across a variety of residential, non-domestic and mixed-use developments. Mark graduated from the University of Liverpool with a Masters degree in Environment and Climate Change.

Keith Waller

Senior Adviser to Infrastructure and Projects Authority in HM Treasury

Keith Waller is a Senior Adviser to Infrastructure and Projects Authority in HM Treasury.  A civil engineer by profession, Keith has been involved in energy and infrastructure projects for 30 years, starting on the design of Sizewell B in the 1980’s and working on a number of major projects in both the UK and overseas.

Keith also works across government and industry to improve UK skills and capability and creating the right conditions for private sector investment in infrastructure.  He sits on the Infrastructure Client Group, the Infrastructure Working Group of the Green Construction Board and the Government Construction Board. He is a member of the Government’s BIM Steering Group and the Offshore Wind Programme Board and authored the recent National Infrastructure Plan for Skills.

Katherine Ibbotson

Environment Agency’s ncpms

Katherine Ibbotson  is the key contact for carbon within the Environment Agency’s ncpms department, as part of her portfolio she leads on the implementation, monitoring and ongoing promotion and reporting of the Carbon Planning Tool.  Katherine is a Commercial Services Manager currently assigned to move forward and embed both the Carbon Planning Tool within the FCRM capital programme, working with both Environment Agency staff, framework suppliers and Other Risk Management Authorities.

Katherine successfully lead the project that delivered the new Carbon Planning Tool, it is a new way of working that will open up new opportunities to optimise the Environment Agency’s approach to carbon reduction and will complement the plan for implementing BIM and Asset Management systems. She currently leads on the promotion of the tool, as part of her current portfolio of work, through the implementation and shaping of training requirements, communications and the process of collecting and utilising the data received

Andy Spencer

Director – Sustainability, Security & Energy, CEMEX UK

Andy Spencer, Director – Sustainability, Security & Energy, CEMEX UK, is responsible for driving the company’s sustainability and energy strategy forward to reduce its impact on society and the environment, while remaining competitive in today’s marketplace across all UK operations. This includes legal compliance, permitting, environmental profiling and certification, emissions trading; carbon, waste and water management, nature conservation and biodiversity management, regulatory liaison, energy procurement, energy efficiency initiatives along with generation of management information and training with associated communication and leadership.

Andrew has a BEng (Hons) in Civil & Environmental Engineering, is a Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying, and is a Practitioner member of the Institute of Environmental Managers and Assessors. He is also Chairman of the UK Sustainable Concrete Forum

Magnus Hammick

Director – Advance Conversion Technology

Mark Hughes

Managing Director of Polypipe Civils

Mark Hughes has been with the Polypipe business for nearly 12 years.  He spent 9 years in the role of Sales Director for Building Products division before more recently assuming the role of Managing Director of Polypipe Civils.

Prior to Polypipe, Mark worked for Expamet, Saint Gobain and Wavin.

Jenny Elsberg

Director Emerging Technologies, Volvo Construction Equipment

Jenny Elsberg, Director Emerging Technologies, Volvo Construction Equipment, has an M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering  and has been closely involved in engine development at Volvo CE, firstly for trucks and later for construction equipment.

As Director Emerging Technologies she leads a global team of research engineers whose main responsibility is to define the future for Volvo CE and its customers from a technology perspective.

The team explores customer needs and promising new technologies and with that understanding they create experimental prototypes and customer solutions.

Andrew McCann

Business Development Manager, Topcon

David Crick

Sales Director, Ecogreen Plant Hire

Dr Andy Robinson

Alumni of Warwick University

Dr Andy Robinson is an Alumni of Warwick University and a Chartered Engineer, he started his career in 1985 at Land Rover / BMW before joining Siemens in 1998. Here he held a number international senior posts, latterly as Managing Director of Siemens Building Technologies and a member of the Siemens plc Executive team. In 2016 he joined the Future Cities Catapult as the Chief Operating Officer. Andrew has run major international business divisions and nurtured young organizations through growth and change, led product/service innovation and complex technology projects across the built environment in construction, rail, highways, logistics and aviation in the UK, Europe, Middle East, the Americas and Asia.

Andy Mitchell / Thames Tideway Tunnel

Chair Infrastructure Clients Group / CEO

Andy Mitchell CBE FREng, Chief Executive Officer, Thames Tideway Tunnel ,was appointed to the role as CEO full time in early summer 2014. He was previously Programme Director and board member at Crossrail. Andy has managed a number of high profile projects both in the United Kingdom and overseas. After 12 years working in the United Arab Emirates, France and South Africa and on major developments such as Hong Kong Airport and the Hong Kong West Rail, he joined Network Rail in 2001. He was Project Director for Network Rail’s Southern Power Upgrade project, and was also the Major Programme Director of the Thameslink Programme. Andy is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Chairman of the Infrastructure Client Group and a visiting professor at Leeds University.