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Supply Chain Discovery Day, 23rd May 2017

Construction site

Improving supply chain integration in infrastructure projects

A unique opportunity to learn more about developing infrastructure projects that are fit for the future.

The UK Government has recently published their long-term plan to put research and innovation at the heart of industrial strategy. The green paper identifies the need for improved supply chain integration, low carbon manufacturing and resource efficient solutions to deliver infrastructure projects that are fit for the future.

With funding from Innovate UK, leading academics at WMG joined forces with industry leaders Costain and Concentra, to investigate the use of supply chain analytics in the construction and engineering supply chain, to increase efficiency and reduce costs. Their collaborative research project identifies the source of inefficiencies and opportunities for improved supply chain integration, and the application of best practice techniques taken from other industries.

Hosted by WMG, the Discovery Day highlighted the collaborative research project findings and identified how the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) could support future industry and academia collaboration to transform the management of infrastructure projects. This sold out event, attracted those managing infrastructure projects in the construction, water, gas, utilities, road and rail industries.  


Speaker biographies


Andy Birtwistle has recently joined Concentra, a data analytics company, as Director, Supply Chain Practice. He has 25 years of experience as a Supply Chain Manager and change agent in the oil, tobacco, pharmaceutical, Hi-tech and FMCG sectors.

He has a track record of driving and delivering strategic and operational improvement in global organisations. His most recent roles have included leading the development of European and Global Operating Models for Operations, the global implementation of APO and SAP BI, and the design and delivery of a global supply chain analytics capability which won the 2014 Supply Chain Excellence award for technology.

Andy is a Chartered Accountant and has a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Nottingham.

Hugh Boyes

Hugh Boyes is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the IET and holds the CISSP credential issued by (ISC)2. At WMG his research focuses on cyber resilience, particularly of smart cities and national infrastructure, and the cyber security of control systems, e.g. industrial control systems, building automation systems, etc. He has a technical leadership role in the PETRAS research programme where he focuses on the use and security of Internet of Things (IoT) devices in control systems, supply chains, the built environment and national infrastructure.

Prior to joining WMG, his career as a project and programme manager encompassed a number of public and private sector roles, including delivery of complex buildings, enterprise architecture, and deployment of ERP systems. During the first half of his career he was responsible for managing the design, procurement and delivery of complex technical systems, buildings and infrastructure in support of the security and intelligence operations of a UK government department. Following his move into consultancy roles in the private sector, he has managed the IT elements of a bid to relocate a government department, managed the business process and back office systems design for a major utility company, worked as an expert witness on two significant IT disputes.

Outside of WMG, Hugh currently advises government departments on security aspects of the digital built environment, including the use of building information modelling for the design and operation of key assets within the national infrastructure.

He is the author or lead author of the following publications:

  • CPNI/IET Resilience and Cyber Security of Technology in the Built Environment (2013);
  • IET Code of Practice for Cyber Security in the Built Environment. (2014);
  • DfT/Dstl/IET Code of Practice for Cyber Security of Ports and Port Systems, (2016); and
  • the forthcoming DfT/Dstl/IET Code of Practice for Cyber Security of Ships.

He was joint technical author for the following British Standards publications:

  • PAS 1192-5:2015 “Specification for security-minded building information modelling, digital built environments and smart asset management”; and
  • the forthcoming PAS 185:2017 ”Specification for establishing and implementing a security-minded approach”.

He is a member of the BSI City Resilience (SSM/1/7) committee and on the committee drafting the proposed BS 10754 suite of standards.


Professor Tim Broyd BSc PhD CEng FREng FICE FRSA, President 2016 - 17, is a Fellow of the ICE, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. He is Director of the UCL Institute for Digital Innovation in the Built Environment.

A civil engineer by batchelor's and research degrees, as well as experience, Tim has worked as a practitioner and director of research and development in industry, the public sector and academia. He has held research, technical and corporate management roles in industry and universities together with voluntary service on various strategic panels for government departments, research funders and universities. His interests include the combined impacts of technology and process innovations coupled with behavioural change in the development and implementation of new ways of working. Particular activity areas include digital engineering (including BIM), holistic understanding of the sustainability of infrastructure and the development of systems approaches to infrastructure.

Amongst many other things, Tim was a founder member of the UK Government BIM Task Group. He has recently commenced Chairing a Water and Wastewater Resilience Action Group, on behalf of the entire UK Water Sector.


Steve Fozard joined Costain in 2014 as Head of Factory Thinking and took over as Head of Supply Chain Water Sector in 2015. He has 30 years experience in Procurement and Supply Chain Management in the Construction, Financial Services, Marketing and Communications and Charitable Sectors.

He has a track record of developing policy, procedure and process to drive improvements in procurement and supply chain performance. He has a passion for using advanced construction methods utilising the latest technological developments to improve safety, productivity and sustainability. He founded the Water Sector Hub with Buildoffsite in 2014 and co-founded the Offsite School in 2015 along with Skanska, Laing O’Rourke and Carillion.

Steve is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.


Anne-Marie Friel is a partner with 18 years’ experience providing transactional legal advice to clients within the infrastructure sector. She specialises in advising unincorporated joint ventures of construction contractors on collaborative delivery models and complex renegotiations on major infrastructure projects. She also advises buyers and sellers of infrastructure assets on the risks present within infrastructure services businesses.


Professor Jan Godsell joined WMG in October 2013 from her prior position of Senior Lecturer at Cranfield University School of Management.

Professor Godsell's career has been split between both industry and academia. She joined the faculty of Cranfield in 2001, following the completion of her Executive MBA there. She also completed her PhD at Cranfield, researching the development of a customer responsive supply chain.

Prior to her return to academia, Professor Godsell developed a successful career within industry, beginning at ICI/Zeneca Pharmaceuticals. Following this, she worked up to senior management level at Dyson, in both Supply Chain and Operations Management functions. At Dyson, she undertook a number of operational and process improvement roles within R&D, customer logistics, purchasing and manufacturing.

Professor Godsell is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the IMechE. She is on the board and scientific committee of EurOMA (European Operations Management Association), the cabinet of the UK roundtable of CSCMP (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals) and the manufacturing steering committee of the IMechE. She is on the editorial board of 3 journals, including the International Journal of Operations and Production Management, and she is an advocate for improving the uptake of STEM subjects by school children.


Simon Hart leads the Smart Infrastructure team at Innovate UK and is Management Officer for the Government’s BIM Task Group delivering Digital Built Britain.

Simon’s career spans Engineering, Consulting, Government and Business Development across Technology and Manufacturing sectors. Prior to joining Innovate UK Simon spent 10 years in Automotive Systems Engineering with a specialisation in Telematics and Infotainment.

He is a regular speaker on the London tech scene with a passion for IoT, Digital Construction and Smart Home technology.