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ICE/Costain Health & Safety Prestige Lecture 2020, online

  • Webinar
  • Online
  • 24 November 2020
  • 09:00 - 10:30
ICE/Costain Health & Safety Prestige Lecture 2020, online

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This digitally delivered event forms the annual ICE/Costain Health & Safety Prestige Lecture for 2020.

As part of Costain’s continuing drive to champion the industry to eliminate harm, the 12th Annual Joint ICE-Costain Health & Safety Prestige Lecture is entitled “Leading, Adapting and Thriving in our New World of Work”

We have all taken great strides to reduce the harm caused to our people, property and environment in the development, delivery, and operation of infrastructure.

2020 has been the year where we have had to deal with a very different risk, a risk that has fundamentally changed the way we work, which has had both positive and negative impacts on our people, business and wider industry.

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has meant that all sectors of industry have had to quickly react and innovate their organisational working practices. But have we really fully understood, adapted and addressed the health and safety aspects of our New World of Work, where more of us are working remotely and where we need to have a greater focus on mental health and wellbeing in order for us all to thrive.

For this year’s lecture we have brought together two World Class Speakers who will address the two key ingredients of Wellbeing and Leadership.

Dr John Briffa BSc MB BS (Lond)

Practising doctor, prize-winning graduate of University College London School of Medicine (1990), and author of 9 books, including the A Great Day at the Office.

John will focus on the “What” – What we need to do as individuals and organisations to ensure that we all thrive in our new world of work, what we need to do to achieve healthy high performance and what we need to do to create a Sustainable Wellbeing Culture.

L. David Marquet

Former nuclear submarine Commander and named one of the Top 100 Leadership Speakers by Inc. Magazine. David is the Author of the Amazon #1 Best Seller: Turn the Ship Around!

David will focus on the “How” – How do we create a workplace where everyone engages and contributes, where they are healthier and happier because they have more control over their work, where everyone is a leader and how do we make a Sustainable Wellbeing Culture a reality.


Dr John Briffa

Dr John Briffa

Doctor, author and International speaker

Dr John Briffa BSc MB BS (Lond) is a practising doctor, author, facilitator and keynote speaker. He is a prize-winning graduate of University College London School of Medicine (1990), and also holds a BSc degree in Biomedical Sciences (1987).

Dr Briffa specialises in the optimisation of wellbeing, performance and sustainability through lifestyle and thinking strategies. Dr Briffa works with a wide range of blue-chip businesses and organisations to support individual and organisational wellbeing and sustainability.

Clients include Deloitte, Credit Suisse, HSBC, First Direct, RBC, Barclays, Lloyds Banking Group, Bank of Ireland, Mourant Ozannes, Boston Consulting Group, Linklaters, Gowling WLG, Fieldfisher, PwC, Deloitte, EY, Allen and Overy, Philips, FTI Consulting, Freshfields, British Gas, Wincanton, RWE, Bridgepoint, Endless LLP, Baker and McKenzie, Menzies Aviation, Thames Water, Anglian Water, Cushman and Wakefield, the ICAEW, and Schroders.

Dr Briffa takes a science-based approach to wide-ranging topics including nutrition, sleep, physical activity, breathing and psychology. He distils this theory into practical strategies and tools that have been tried-and-tested with thousands of individuals to optimise wellbeing, performance and sustainability.

Dr Briffa has contributed more than 700 columns and articles to the mainstream press, and is the author of 9 books, including the A Great Day at the Office – 10 Simple Steps to Maximising Your Energy and Getting the Best Out of Yourself and Your Day (Fourth Estate - 2015).

David Marquet

David Marquet

Captain U.S. Navy (Retired), and International Keynote Speaker

Student of leadership and organizational design, former nuclear submarine Commander, and named one of the Top 100 Leadership Speakers by Inc. Magazine. David is the Author of the Amazon #1 Best Seller: Turn the Ship Around!, and The Turn the Ship Around Workbook. David’s recently released book, Leadership is Language, is a Wall Street Journal Bestseller.

David Marquet imagines a work-place where everyone engages and contributes their full intellectual capacity, a place where people are healthier and happier because they have more control over their work–a place where everyone is a leader.

A 1981 U.S. Naval Academy graduate, Captain Marquet served in the U.S. submarine force for 28 years. After being assigned to command the nuclear-powered submarine USS Santa Fe – then ranked last in retention and operational standing – he realized the traditional leadership approach of “take control, give orders,” wouldn’t work. He “turned the ship around” by treating the crew as leaders, not followers, and giving control, not taking control. This approach took the Santa Fe from “worst to first,” achieving the highest retention and operational standings in the navy.

After Captain Marquet’s departure, the Santa Fe continued to win awards and promoted a disproportionate number of officers and enlisted men to leadership positions, including ten subsequent submarine captains. Stephen R. Covey said it was the most empowering organization he’d ever seen and wrote about Captain Marquet’s leadership practices in his book, The 8th Habit.

Captain Marquet is the author of Turn the Ship Around! A True Story of Turning Followers Into Leaders. Fortune magazine named it the #1 must-read business book of the year, and USA Today listed it as one of the top 12 business books of all time. He is also the author of The Turn the Ship Around Workbook, which is a companion workbook for implementing Intent-Based Leadership.

David’s new book, Leadership is Language, is the new playbook for leaders. “It’s time to ditch the Industrial Age playbook of leadership.” This book provides a structure as well as the specific language for dramatically improving decision-making and execution for teams. In addition to being a Wall Street Journal and Washington Post bestseller, Leadership is Language has been named the Business Book of the Month by The Financial Times of London.

Captain Marquet retired from the Navy in 2009, and now speaks to audiences live on-line, recorded and in-person around the globe who want to create empowering work environments that release the passion, initiative, and intellect of each person. This bold and highly effective framework is summarized as “give control, create leaders.”

Rachel Skinner

Rachel Skinner

President, ICE  / Executive Director, WSP

Rachel Skinner is an Executive Director of WSP, leading a team of over 600 people. She was recently invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and is both a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Transport Planner. She has worked at WSP (and in prior businesses now acquired by WSP) for 21 years.

Rachel was named in The Telegraph’s inaugural Top 50 Influential Women in Engineering in 2016, then in 2017 she won both “Most Distinguished Winner” and “Best Woman in Civil Engineering” at the European Women in Construction and Engineering Awards.

In 2019 she was confirmed by the Financial Times as one of the UK’s Top 100 Women in Engineering. She has authored and co-authored influential publications on future mobility and place-making, digital potential, industry innovation and collaboration. She remains involved with strategic projects for clients across the public and private sectors, including leadership of a fast-growing portfolio of future mobility projects in the UK and overseas.

Rachel is the President, a Trustee and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and will become President from 3 November 2020. She is also a Commissioner for the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland and a Patron of Women in Transport, having been one of its founding board members.

Sue Kershaw

Sue Kershaw

Managing Director for Transportation

Sue Kershaw joined Costain this year as managing director of its transportation division where she will be responsible for the highways, rail and aviation sectors.

Sue has a strong track record for driving complex, high profile transport and construction programmes to delivery. She is currently president of the Association for Project Management, a member of the Mayor of London’s Infrastructure Advisory Panel and a Royal Academy of Engineering visiting professor at the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, University College London.

Before joining Costain, Sue was managing director, Infrastructure Advisory Group at KPMG. Prior to that she was UK infrastructure head of programme management for KPMG Major Projects Advisory. Previous positions include director of rail, Europe at CH2M and deputy director of transport for the Olympic Delivery Authority. Sue is a civil engineer and started her career with Taylor Woodrow.

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