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Systems change in the construction industry now!

About this event

It is time for systems change for the construction industry – what will you do?

According to the UK Green Building Council, the built environment contributes around 40% of the UK’s total carbon footprint. There is a large body of evidence from research and practice/industry setting out what needs to be done and by whom beyond the construction industry need to engage such as economists, behaviour scientists, investors, insurers, amongst others as well as policy makers.

The 'construction industry' has been described as 'not fit for purpose' in the face of the current challenges and a systems change has been called for as part of the Hackitt Review. However, the 'construction industry' is not one joined up industry, but is at least four sectors – housing, buildings, infrastructure and mega projects – each with their own fees, procurement, design process and structures. This add further complexities for system change.

How should we address our 3 questions on i) what are we learning from our time of lockdown and beyond to change both as individuals and professionals? ii) What do we keep and what do we change in the industry? iii) If we embrace change, what is our vision for the future? If we don’t, what are the risks?

The proposition put forward in this session is that construction needs a cultural change, and a reinvention if we are to play our part in mitigating climate change. We will explore what this could mean in practice.

Hear the following presentations from our speakers:

Chair: Robin Nicholson

  • Learn from COVID-19 for Climate Change Crisis - Dr Dorte Rich Jørgensen
  • Responding to a Crisis: A reductive vs a progressive driven approach Chris Blackwell
  • A study of values in the construction industry – impact of Covid and messages for the desired future – Deborah Henderson
  • Systems change for construction: putting climate change at the heart – Jennifer Whyte

This will be followed by a live Q&A session, where you can pose your questions to our experts.

In partnership with:

Webinar chair:

Robin Nicholson - Partner, Cullinan Studio and Convenor of the Edge

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    Jennifer Whyte Professor of Systems Integration, Co-Director of the Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation @ Imperial College London

    Jennifer is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London. She sits on Construction Leadership Council and is engaged in Transforming Construction. She is Co-Director of the Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation.

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    Chris Blackwell Founder & CEO @ Purpose Led Performance

    Chris is the founder of Purpose Led Performance, a consultancy that provides leadership development and consultancy to Scale-Ups and purpose-driven organisations. He has previously worked in several CEO roles and believes that purpose is the vital ingredient to achieve high performance and growth.

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    Deborah Henderson Founder & Managing Director @ Centre for Inspired Leadership

    Deborah Henderson is a London based leadership, culture and systemic coach/consultant (22 years) and former investment banker (16 years), whose clients come from many industry sectors. She supports the measurement of values – fear and hope – in any system as a route to transformation.

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    Robin Nicholson Partner @ Cullinan Studio

    Robin Nicholson is a partner of the cooperative architecture practice, Cullinan Studio, which he joined in 1979. He is Convenor of the multi-disciplinary Built and Natural Environment think-tank, The Edge, chairs the Cambridgeshire Quality Panel and is a Member of the NHBC Foundation Expert Panel.

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    Dorte Rich Joergensen Director @ Holistic Sustainability

    Dorte is Director of Holistic Sustainability Ltd, a sustainability consultancy in the built environment. She has extensive experience from working as a sustainability leader and influencer within world-class and global engineering design and consultancy businesses and is a member of the EDGE.

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    Dr Kerry Mashford Director @ Interfacing Ltd

    Dr Kerry Mashford is a systems engineer with an impressive portfolio of roles including a Non-Exec Director of the Ecology Building Society, a Private Sector Board Member and Energy Strategy Lead in the South East Midlands LEP and a member of the Edge.