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How to engineer great governance for better outcomes

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Date
25 January 2023
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Overview

As an industry, we are acutely aware of the significant challenges that face us – not least the climate crisis, but also the pressures created by a growing global population with expectations of better living standards. We must now act more effectively, and with greater urgency, to address these challenges and deliver positive solutions not only for those sponsoring and developing projects but also for society and the world. Good governance is critical to enabling such solutions.

This event marks the launch of the ICE’s Infrastructure Governance Code, which has been born out of Project 13 - a community of global infrastructure organisations brought together by the Infrastructure Client Group that are working together to establish new delivery models. (You can join the Project 13 Network and become part of the community here: www.project13.info.) Developed collaboratively by practitioners for practitioners across our industry, the Code has been endorsed by leading industry organisations and government.

This in-person and online event brings together leading professionals from industry, governance, and government to explore different perspectives on governance, its value, and applications. It will explain the principles that are set out in this new industry code and how they can help in delivering better outcomes through good practice and better decision-making.

Through presentations from key speakers, interviews with leading industry figures and views from an organisation adopting the Code, you will gain insight into how to apply good governance principles in your own organisation to enable better project and programme outcomes. A closing Q&A session will allow attendees to pose questions and share their views.

Programme

08:30 - 09:00

Registration and refreshments

[Registrations start at 08:30 GMT for those attending in person. For those joining online, we recommend logging in at 08:45 to test connections]

09:00 - 09:05

Welcome and event overview

09:05 - 09:10

Opening and the ICE perspective from David Porter, ICE Vice President

09:10 - 09:20

Address from Nick Smallwood, CEO, Infrastructure and Projects Authority

09:20 - 09:35

Overview presentation: The Six Themes of Good Governance by Miles Ashley, Director, Wessex Advisory

09:35 - 10:00

Fireside interview: How to apply the Code and how it can address industry concerns and challenges

  • David Archer, Director, Socia
  • Emma-Jane Houghton, recently Cabinet Office and Government Commercial Organisation and NEC Board Member 
  • Sue Kershaw, APM President and Managing Director Transportation, Costain
  • Richard Lennard, Head of Client, Major Projects, Sellafield
  • Annabelle Ransome-Williams, Programme Director, Ministry of Defence
10:00 - 10:10

Adopting Project Presentation – Transpennine Route Upgrade by Neil Holm, Managing Director, Transpennine Route Upgrade, Network Rail

10:10 - 10:25

Q&A Session with members of the Project 13 Governance Group

  • Dr Simon Addyman, Associate Professor of Project Management, University College London
  • David Archer, Director, Socia
  • Huda As’ad, Managing Director, Accenture
  • Miles Ashley, Director, Wessex Advisory
  • Alistair Godbold, Director, The Nichols Group
10:25 - 10:30

Closing remarks

10:30

End of the event for online participants

10:30 - 11:00

Optional refreshments and networking for in-person attendees

11:00

Event closes

Speakers

Alistair Godbold

Alistair Godbold

The Nichols Group

director

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Alistair Godbold

Alistair Godbold is an experienced programme manager with over 30 years’ experience, managing complex programmes and advising companies on the set up, operation and governance of projects and programmes. He has advised on and set up multi-billion-pound programmes and projects and led the transformation of organisations. He has delivered projects ranging from buildings through IT enabled business transformations to high integrity systems. He has also worked on and advised government, rail, nuclear, aviation and mining projects in the UK and abroad. Alistair has also written blogs, books and lectured on project management around the world.

He has also served as a director of the Association for Project Management (APM) and the Major Projects Association. He is a Fellow of the ICCPM, a Fellow of the APM, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Project Professional, in 2011 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the APM for his services to project management. He has a degree in Computing and an MBA in Project Management. Alistair is also a member of the council for the International Project Management Association and Chairs their Advisory Committee.

Annabelle Ransome-Williams

Annabelle Ransome-Williams

Ministry of Defence

programme director

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Annabelle Ransome-Williams

Successful project delivery spans over two decades, themed by adaptive leadership bridging between research and practice, and innovation to deliver ambitious large scale complex projects, programmes and portfolios. Transformation of complex organisations including product and service delivery is the mainstay of my career, acting as catalysing change agent for pace, momentum, and performance improvement. With sustainable results, improved defence outputs across a number of domains for the Armed Services has achieved global impact. This public sector experience is complemented by private and third sector work for some of the top organisations in the UK.

David Archer

David Archer

Socia

Director

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David Archer

David is a Director of Socia, a consultancy practice that for the last 20 years has been working with leaders to build relationships across internal or external organisational boundaries that deliver lasting business results.

His particular expertise is in managing the challenges of large-scale collaboration and using this to help leaders be more effective in complex business environments. He also evaluates public and private sector Boards, facilitates senior teams, builds trust in multi-organisational groups, and designs strategic change initiatives.

His most recent client experiences projects include reviews of the Boards of Ordnance Survey, UK Government Investments, National Highways, and the Trustee Board of the V&A as well as collaborative leadership assignments for LNER, Network Rail, MTR Elizabeth Line and Natural England, and long term organisational projects at London Underground, the Rail Safety and Standards Board and the ORR.

With Alex Cameron he is the author of the book Collaborative Leadership and has delivered programmes based on this at Ashridge, Bristol University and Warwick Business School, as well as delivering bespoke leadership development programmes for specific clients.

David Porter

David Porter

Institution of Civil Engineers

vice president

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David Porter

David Porter is vice president of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and, subject to interim annual election by Council, will become ICE President in November 2025. As vice president he has responsibility for the ICE’s Learning Society activity.

Porter is director of engineering for the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) in its Transport and Road Asset Management core group, which is the roads authority for Northern Ireland. In this position, he is chief highways engineer and head of the civil engineering profession in the Northern Ireland civil service.

Previously, Porter was chief executive of the Rivers Agency, the flood defence and drainage authority for Northern Ireland.

He is a chartered civil engineer and an ICE Fellow. He has served on the ICE Council and on numerous other committees and panels.

Miles Ashley FICE, FRICS, FRSA

Miles Ashley FICE, FRICS, FRSA

Wessex Advisory

director

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Miles Ashley FICE, FRICS, FRSA

Miles is a Civil engineer with over 33 years’ experience in construction and property. Miles is an accredited Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) High Risk Reviewer.

He was the TfL Director responsible for Construction at London Underground, a £5bn programme, which encompassed redevelopments such as Tottenham Court Road, Victoria and Bond Street; and additionally, the line extensions to the Northern and Metropolitan.

During his career he has worked in Contracting for Balfour Beatty and Lovell; Construction Project Management as a Director of Clarson Goff and in property development as the Managing Director of Heritage Property Group.

He recently led “PROJECT 13” the Infrastructure Client Group work on New Delivery Models in Infrastructure.

Miles is also Immediate Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Paviors, a City Livery Company, and a Charity Trustee.

Neil Holm

Neil Holm

Network Rail

Managing Director, Transpennine Route Upgrade

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Neil Holm

Neil Holm has been Network Rail Programme Director for the Transpennine Route Upgrade programme for the last two years. The multi-billion-pound Transpennine Route Upgrade will bring faster, cleaner and more reliable trains along one of the country’s key rail arteries, transforming journeys for millions of passengers across the North.

Before joining the Transpennine Route Upgrade, Neil was programme director for HMS Prince of Wales Aircraft Carrier, where he was responsible for leading the carrier through assembly, commissioning and sea trials to final delivery with the Royal Navy. Prior to this he was head of programme for HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier. Neil spent his early career in Military Aerospace after graduating from the University of Cambridge with a post-graduate degree in Design, Manufacture and Management after obtaining an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Strathclyde University.

Nick Smallwood

Nick Smallwood

Infrastructure and Projects Authority

CEO

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Nick Smallwood

Nick Smallwood is the chief executive officer of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority and head of Government’s Project Delivery Function.

Nick is the former vice president for Projects Engineering and Chief Projects Engineer at Shell.

Nick has 40 years’ experience of managing complex project portfolios and having developed Shell’s Global Project Academy. At Shell, Nick was accountable for managing how projects were delivered and a variety of significant improvement programmes.

Nick was also a trustee of the board of the Association for Project Management (APM) until November 2019, where he contributed to the overall development of the UK’s project management profession.

Richard Lennard

Richard Lennard

Sellafield

Head of Client, Major Projects

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Richard Lennard

Richard oversees Sellafield Ltd’s multi-billion 20-year capital delivery programme, with an annual spend of over £ 600 million. He has a track record of delivering over £ 10 billion of public procurements and is passionate about delivering complex construction projects through collaboration, working with over 186 suppliers, of which 69% are small to medium enterprises

As part of his commitment to infrastructure growth in the north, Richard sits on the Management Board of the Infrastructure Client Group and is their sponsor for digital transformation. He is also on the Institute for Collaborative Working’s Special Interest Group for the application of the Government’s Construction Playbook and on the Executive Board for Project 13 looking at new business models for infrastructure delivery.

He is a key driver of the Programme and Project Partners model which, 3 years in, is transforming major project delivery at Sellafield, having already reduced procurement activity threefold and identified over £ 1 billion in benefits and savings. It is recognised as a leading example of the new collaborative approach to delivery by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority.

Dr Simon Addyman

Dr Simon Addyman

University College London

associate professor of project management

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Dr Simon Addyman

Simon Addyman is an Associate Professor of Project Management at the Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, University College London, London, UK, where he is Director of the MSc Project and Enterprise Management and Director of the Centre for Construction Project Organising. His primary research interests include understanding the nature of temporary organising and routine dynamics in construction, particularly how participants engage in a dialogue together to create value from projects. In addition to his teaching and research, Simon advises government, professional institutes and private organisations in developing their capabilities in the organisation and management of projects and programmes.

Sue Kershaw

Sue Kershaw

Costain

managing director of Transport

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Sue Kershaw

Sue Kershaw is Costain’s managing director of transportation and one of the UK’s leading civil engineers and programme directors.

She is also president of the Association for Project Management (APM) and campaigns tirelessly for the inclusion of more women at a senior level within construction.

At Costain, Sue leads some 2000 people across five client accounts such as National Highways, HS2, Network Rail, Integrated Transport and Central Government, driving the successful delivery of complex transport and construction programmes across the UK. Her track record includes ultra high-profile projects such as Crossrail, HS2 and the A14.

Sue is a Royal Academy of Engineering visiting professor at the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, University College London.

Before Costain, Sue was managing director at KPMG’s Infrastructure Advisory Group, leading the project representative role for the Secretary of State for Transport and HS2 Ltd. Before that, she was UK infrastructure head of programme management for KPMG Major Projects Advisory; director of rail, Europe at CH2M; and deputy director of transport for the Olympic Delivery Authority.

The daughter of a civil engineer who worked on major projects around the world, including the Tarbela Dam, Sue grew up in Pakistan, Nigeria, Thailand and New Zealand.

For more information please contact:

Barbara Etzi