CROSS helps professionals to make structures safer. We do this by publishing safety information based on the reports we receive and information in the public domain.
Civil engineering demands engineering excellence to ensure our infrastructure and the communities we serve are safe and have assets of the highest quality. Engineers have a critical role in driving better risk management and learning from small and major incidents to improve how we design, build and manage infrastructure assets.
The second Inspiring Engineering Excellence conference provides a platform to foster knowledge exchange, promote best practice and embrace innovative approaches to improving safety and risk management and deliver engineering excellence.
This year’s programme is focused on sharing learnings and lessons from failures and successes, and exploring the role of data, technology and human behaviours in driving engineering excellence across the industry.
The programme features spotlight sessions sharing learnings from case studies and industry research studies, expert panel discussions and interactive roundtable sessions where delegates will have the opportunity to draw on their own experiences and insights.
This is a must-attend event for project and technical leaders from across all sizes of projects and sectors, who are looking to drive change in their daily work and want to learn how risk and safety are being addressed in different sectors.
CROSS helps professionals to make structures safer. We do this by publishing safety information based on the reports we receive and information in the public domain.
GIRI is a group of industry experts, organisations and businesses dedicated to eliminating error and improving the UK construction industry.
Welcome from the chair: Julie Bregulla, director, TEDI London
Opening keynote: Towards engineering excellence - creating high performance rainbow teams
Spotlight talk: Safer governance of complex systems - learning from failures
Project focus: Learning from failure - the Nuneham Viaduct closure
Spotlight talk: discovering safety
Roundtable discussions: Data, technology, safety and risk - exploring the challenges and opportunities
Round table leaders:
Spotlight talk: lessons learnt database
Interactive session: The Get It Right Initiative (GIRI): improving productivity, quality, sustainability and safety in the construction sector
Interactive session: The impact of human decision-making on safety and risk
Networking and refreshment break
Spotlight talk: RAAC and civil engineering: drawing lessons to better inform how we manage and understand ageing assets
Closing panel: Building a safer future - cultivating the behaviours that will drive change and inspire engineering excellence (Julie moderating)
Chair’s final reflections and close of conference
Julie is a passionate collaborator and a recognised industry expert in the multi-faceted interactions between engineering practice, research and regulatory process (and its societal context).
Following her studies in Germany, US and UK- at the University of Surrey- she joined the Building Research Establishment (BRE) in 2003. As a member of BRE’s executive committee she led on BRE's standards and technical strategy, having run BRE’s Fire and Building Technology testing, research and certification business. She joined the leadership at TEDI-London, a higher education start-up jointly founded by University of Arizona (US), UNSW Sydney (Aus) and King’s college London (UK), in 2021.
She holds board and trustee positions and acts as strategic advisor across the sector. From supporting the most innovative projects in the UK and abroad, to representing the UK national position at key industry code and regulatory committees, to shaping the future of engineering education, her work is rooted in engineering practice.
She chairs the ICE’s Structures Expert Panel, is a member of ICE Council and a member of the ICE Trustee board.
HSE Science & Research Centre
head of data analytics
Dr Helen Balmforth is the head of Data Analytics at the Health and Safety Executive and leads the team providing Data and Spatial Analysis expertise across HSE and wider to support the UK Government and private sector. Helen has over eighteen years’ experience of developing and delivering analytical solutions and applications for a range of health and safety issues. This includes risk assessment methodology development, demographic analysis, including the development of the National Population Database (NPD) and also the development of Regulatory Intelligence models to help target and prioritise interventions.
Helen is the programme director for Discovering Safety, a large programme funded by the Lloyds Register Foundation, which aims to improve health and safety performance on a global scale using data and analytical techniques to provide new insight and solutions. Helen also attends the cross-Government Data Leaders Network and sits on the steering group for the Geospatial Commission NUAR programme.
HSE Science & Research Centre
Senior scientist and technical lead
Steven is a research scientist within the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the national regulator of health and safety for Great Britain, working within its Science and Research Centre, and a technical lead on the HSE’s Discovering Safety Research Programme. He’s part of a team of scientists who deliver projects for the HSE, government departments and for industry, both in the UK and internationally. Steven’s main areas of research interests centre around the use of data analytic techniques to generate intelligence from datasets to support better health and safety decision-making. Central to this is how organisations can bring together the right data and leverage the knowledge contained to enable a more preventative form of health and safety to be practised.
Steven is passionate about realising the potential for AI and emerging industrial technologies, such as industrial safetytech, to help address the world's most complex problems, in a safe and ethical manner, for the benefit of all.
Boston Consulting Group
Partner and Director
Tim is recognised as a pioneer of change in infrastructure.
Joining Arup in 1987 as a geotechnical engineer he led design on many landmark buildings, overturning regulatory constraints to innovate whilst editing the ICE Manual of Geotechnical Engineering. Leading engineering on major global infrastructure schemes in the 2000s, including Crossrail, led to him chairing the committee which guided the industry on carbon reduction and ultimately his co-authoring of PAS2080:2016, the sole global standard for whole-life carbon management in infrastructure.
Tim continues to provide advice to Government on establishing better ways of delivering projects, including the Infrastructure & Projects Authority’s Value Toolkit. He helps government and clients to deliver successful projects, which achieve wider social value.
Ainsty Risk Consulting
David Hirst is the founder and managing director of Ainsty Risk. He has over 16 years’ experience in corporate risk management with European energy companies, and in-depth experience of advising and managing on commodity and strategic risks. This includes developing and implementing hedging policies for retail energy and generation and other commodity portfolios, providing credit risk management advice, and delivering investment risk analysis of energy and commodity related acquisitions and disposals.
Senior innovation engineer
Oana is a passionate advocate for driving productivity and decarbonization in the industry while recognising the value of early career professionals. With over 5 years of experience in the railway sector, she currently works in Construction Innovation Engineering, where she focuses on developing strategies and design innovations to help companies decarbonize their construction practices and improve productivity.
As a leader of the ICE London Early Careers Network and an ICE Council member, Oana actively promotes effective mentorship, knowledge sharing, and emphasizes the value that early career professionals bring in driving the needed change in the industry. She understands the importance of bridging the generational divide and engaging diverse perspectives to create a more inclusive and impactful engineering community.
With her experience in the industry thus far and her profound understanding of the potential of early career professionals, Oana possesses a unique insight into the necessary changes needed to propel the industry forward. She firmly believes in thinking holistically, sharing knowledge, and fostering a culture of continuous learning. By embracing these principles, the engineering community can transcend the boundaries of risk and safety, striving towards delivering excellence for the betterment of tomorrow's society.
head of culture, engagement and sustainability, Programme and Project Partners
Laura Doughty is the head of culture, engagement and sustainability within Sellafield Ltd’s Major Projects Client team. She has over 25 years' experience in designing, building and leading multi-agency teams to achieve results from strategy, inception and planning through to infrastructure delivery and operations. Her performance history reflects her approach to stakeholder engagement and ability to foster robust relationships with multiple parties.
Laura is supporting Sellafield Ltd to foster the environment needed to realise the benefits of the 20-year multi-billion PPP model that will deliver a series of complex major projects as part of a 100-year decommissioning programme. She leads the team focusing on enabling the success of the model through behaviours, relationships and engagement as well as driving sustainability outcomes, including social value.
Prior to joining Sellafield, Laura assisted HS2 Ltd with their unprecedented engagement programme, through the development and delivery of a Community Engagement Strategy and internal framework for their top 100 stakeholders.
Previously she established and led a pan-Government office for the $107 billion (AUD) 20-year South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan and Program, which included advising the Cabinet Infrastructure Committee and Infrastructure CEO’s Committee.
Professor of organisational safety
Dr Colin Pilbeam is professor of organisational safety in the Centre for Safety and Accident Investigation at Cranfield University. He works with leading organisations in different sectors to investigate safety culture, safety leadership and safety learning. He has recently completed a project funded by the Lloyds Register Foundation, UK, investigating how context influences the effectiveness of safety interventions. His current research project addresses ‘Learning from failures’ and is funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Group process safety director
Richard is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers working as Costain’s Group process safety director. Based in the Northeast of England, he advises the group and its clients on the strategic implementation of process safety management across all sectors and service lines but with particular focus on contracts with catastrophic incident potential. He leads for the group on incident investigation and is also involved in auditing, defining company guidance and education in process safety and leadership.
Since May 2015, Richard has also been Chair of the UK PSM Competence Programme Board which originated in the National Skills Academy – Process Industries.
In mid-2021, Richard joined the technical advisory committee of the Hazards Forum where he chairs the interest group on Engineered Systems Hazards
Richard became a Chartered mechanical engineer having graduated from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and trained with ICI; he is also a professional process safety engineer. He joined Costain in 2013 having worked before then in the petrochemicals, chemicals and steel industries for business of ICI, DuPont, Croda and Tata Steel. In these, Richard held roles in asset integrity, maintenance management, projects management, process safety and organisational consultancy and was also involved in business strategy, business purchases and new business integration. His work has taken him to many countries in Europe, South and South East Asia and to the US.
Head of health & safety, risk, standards and assurance
Jo has a background in Operational Safety, Risk Management, Engineering and 22 years’ experience in the roads sector; with a passion, about safety for everyone using, working or affected by the Strategic Road Network.
Jo’s role is to enable employees and the supply chain that National Highways work with, to apply suitable and sufficient safety risk management, and to help them recognise that whatever their role is in the organisation and wherever they’re based, the decisions they make every day, may have an impact on someone's safety directly or indirectly.
Owning the standard for safety risk management that sets out the requirements people must comply with and also the management arrangements for safety risk Jo provides guidance, support and resources so that innovations and business as usual activities alike can be embraced safely, and everyone can get home safe and well.
Transport for London
Director, engineering and asset strategy
Included in the top 100 most influential women in engineering from the Financial Times 2019, Isobel Coman CEng FICE is the current director of Engineering and Asset Strategy at TFL. She has over 20 years in the industry and is a chartered civil engineer, specialising in railway infrastructure and is also a Fellow here at the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Isabel is passionate about the improvement of diversity and women in transport, she aspires to have a “highly visible leadership presence”. Together with her extensive past projects at St Pancras, Crossrail, HS2 and many more she is empowering and inspiring a generation of engineers.
Institution of Civil Engineers
director of engineering knowledge
Mark is the director of Engineering Knowledge at ICE. He is also a civil engineer and Fellow of ICE, and throughout his 20-plus year career he has sought roles that have allowed him to work with others to both promote the profession and provide professional engineers with the information to help them become better engineers.
He has a MEng in Civil Engineering (First class) from the University of Birmingham and spent three years as a practicing engineer with consultant Atkins before joining New Civil Engineer in 2000, a title he edited for five years before joining the ICE in February 2020.
At his previous role with New Civil Engineer, he’s visited and written technical reports on some of the world’s most spectacular structures in including the Burj Khalifa, the Brenner Base Tunnel and Vladivostok’s Russky Island bridge.
He’s also reported from the scene of a host of international engineering disasters including a bridge collapse in northern Portugal, a tunnel fire in Baltimore and tsunami-struck Sri Lanka. And in 2003 he was the first construction reporter into Iraq following the second Gulf War.
University of Loughborough
Professor of Construction Engineering and Management
Chris is professor of construction engineering and management at Loughborough University with experience in building and civil engineering. Over the years, Chris has been recognised for his expertise in manging problems that are technically complex and require practical solutions. He has undertaken research and written extensively in the areas of infrastructure, technology and sustainability. The nature of projects that Chris has been involved with is broad but maintains a focus on system performance. To provide some context to this, recent projects cut across topics such as modelling and predicting the performance of renewable energy systems; improving response time of safety systems in nuclear reactors; evaluating building energy performance to the testing and assessing of buildings made from RAAC concrete.
The recent concern over buildings constructed with Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete has taken much of the Loughborough RAAC team’s time. Since 2019 the team have been engaging in research – which has fed into most of the national guidance on RAAC. RAAC research at Loughborough is continuing, further exploring models, configurations and monitoring solutions as part of the ‘living with RAAC’ agenda. Chris is also working with Construction Leadership Council’s RAAC Cross-Industry Expert Panel which is both staying abreast of developments and responding to sector concerns. Chris’s multidisciplinary background has established him as an authority on building systems, quality and standardisation and how this impacts on performance and sustainability.
Chris also holds visiting professor positions at the University of Suffolk and Central University of Technology in South Africa. Chris is the founding chair of the International Conference for Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society (SEEDS) and past chair of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM). He recently served on the 2021-2022 (UKRI) Research Excellence Framework 2021 exercise for Sub-Panel 13 Architecture, Built Environment and Planning. He has contributed and led a number of projects for the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, Office for Product Safety and Standards and other UK Government offices. Such experience providing a good oversight of the sector ongoing research and challenges.
Cliff is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and has more than 40 years’ experience in the construction industry, 38 working with contractor Sir Robert McAlpine and subsequently as a consultant offering specialist engineering and technical support, project and design management and strategic quality leadership.
He has been a director of the Get it Right Initiative since its’ formation and was involved in the development of the Guide to Improving Value by Reducing Design Error and a number of research reports on the use of technology in the construction industry - all of which are available to download from the GIRI website.
Cliff leads an agile GIRI delivery team covering administration, communications, finance and research.
head of people and social impact, Programme and Project Partners
Paul Johnston leads the People function in the Programme & Project Partners; the delivery partnership introduced by Sellafield Ltd to deliver a portfolio of complex projects as part of their overall mission to decommission the site. With over 25 years’ experience in talent acquisition, resource management & people development, Paul helps the PPP partners create successful delivery teams and build long-term capability, with an eye to the social value and skills legacy they can create.
Before joining PPP, Paul spent much of his career working in and around the delivery of engineering & infrastructure projects, helping organisations attract, retain and develop the people capability they need to deliver effectively. He has worked in Oil & Gas, Life Sciences, Civil Nuclear and Defence, and was part of the team that stood up the Dreadnought Alliance, leading the resourcing effort to establish a joint management team to manage the Dreadnought programme – a national undertaking to deliver new submarine capability.
Working on major projects and programmes across the UK, Paul thrives on creating collaborative environments, where teams from multiple different delivery entities can come together to drive the most effective outcomes. He operates at the heart of a rainbow team and recognises the collective strength this can bring to delivery challenges.
GIRI Training and Consultancy Limited
director of education
Nick is the director of education for the Get It Right Initiative. He has extensive experience throughout the construction industry, having worked around the world. He now splits his time between teaching at Universities, running education programmes for the Get It Right Initiative, and conducting industry consultancy.
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