CEO Events programme

08:00 - 09:00

Registration and Breakfast

09:00 - 09:10

Welcome and Opening of European CEO Conference 2018
Hannah Vickers,
Chief Executive, Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE)

09:10 - 09:30

Understanding the global context – macro trends shaping our industry.

Keynote Speaker: Amanda ClackHead of Strategic Advisory, CBRE

09:30 - 10:15

Shifting Global Influences
Chair: Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE, 
CEO, International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC)

  • Trade tariffs, Chinese expansion into new markets, or the next global recession… which will have the greatest influence?
  • How can a proactive CEO understand and monitor the situation?
  • How realistic is it for a CEO to be able to prepare their business to respond accordingly?

Special Guest Speaker:
Graham RobinsonExecutive Director, Global Construction Perspectives, Global Business Consultant, Pinsent Masons LLP

Alain Bentéjac, President, FIDIC
Mark Cowlard, CEO, Arcadis UK and Ireland
Ian Galbraith, Group Director Operations, Mott MacDonald
Gregory Hodkinson, Group Chairman, Arup
– Lara Poloni, CEO EMEIA, AECOM

10:15 - 10:30

Resource Management in a Digital World

As digital technologies continue to evolve, our workforce is becoming ever more mobile. With resources constantly on the move, visibility of your team – and their utilization – can be hard to come by. In this session, BST Global Executive Vice President Javier Baldor will explore how you can better manage your resources in a digital world. He will share insights and current practices from several leading AEC firms, the latest research on resource management, and best practices for leveraging technology to manage your resources and projects.

Keynote Speaker:
Javier Baldor, Executive Vice President, BST Global

10:30 - 10:45

Q&A Session:
Javier Baldor, and the Shifting Global Influences Panellists

10:45 - 11:30

A future role for consultancy – what can we do to broker funding and finance deals on new assets?
Chair: Susan Goeransson
Director, Head of MEI, EBRD

  • What are the European trends on funding and financing assets we should be aware of?
  • What skills and expertise do engineering consultants bring to de-risk funding and finance deals?
  • Which forums will we be using to broker deals in a digital world?

Special Guest Speaker:
Susan GoeranssonDirector, Head of MEI, EBRD

Andy Rose, Chief Executive, Global Infrastructure Investors Association
Geoffrey Spence, Former Global Head of Infrastructure, Resources & Energy, Lloyds Bank
Duncan Symonds, Director of Asset Management (Europe), IFM Investors
Mark Worrall, Founder and CEO, Estates and Infrastructure Exchange (EIX)

11:30 - 11:45

Morning Refreshment Break

11:45 - 12:45

Digital Future – Disrupt or Be Disrupted
Richard Shennan, Global Digital Business Development Director, Mott MacDonald

  • How will this affect our industry and can we embrace the digital future without disruption?
  • In this session we will also be covering the Survey and feedback from the European CIO Conference 2017

Special Guest Speaker:
Rupert Whitehead, Regional Lead, Developer Relations, Google

Adam Anyszewski, Chairman and Co-Founder, Continuum Industries
Jens-Peter Saul, President and CEO, Ramboll Group
– Karin Sluis, Managing Director, Witteveen+Bos

12:45 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:10

Economic Infrastructure: Transport – Aviation, Road, Rail & Port
 James Stewart
, Vice Chair, KPMG LLP

  • Understanding the changing asks from our clients
  • This panel will discuss some of the key issues affecting this market sector and how they have responded to client’s changing expectations

Special Guest Speaker:
Mark Thurston
, CEO, HS2

Patricia Moore, UK Managing Director, Turner & Townsend
Mark Naysmith, CEO, WSP UK and South Africa
Miriam Ruiz, Executive Regional Director Europe, Typsa Group

14.10 - 14:50

Social Infrastructure Focus: Property, Buildings, Housing & Urban Development
Mathew Riley
, Managing Director, Ramboll UK

  • This panel will discuss some of the key issues and trends affecting social infrastructure.

Special Guest Speaker:
David Partridge, Managing Partner, Argent

– David Barwell, Chief Executive, AECOM UK and Ireland
Kevin Jones, Strategic Director, Infrastructure, Local Partnership
James Merrett, Strategic Advisor, Infrastructure Delivery

14:50 - 15:15

Afternoon Refreshment Break

15:15 - 16:20

Structuring ourselves to respond – what is the role of mergers and acquisitions (M&A)?
Chair: Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE, CEO, International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC)

  • Should we be seeking market share or new markets through M&A?
  • In this phase of industry transformation, when do you decide it is the right time for a M&A
  • How do you decide between M&A or a partnership?

Special Guest Speaker:
Udit Gandhi, Partner, Transaction Advisory Services, Ernst & Young LLP

Andy Dunn, Vice President, Global Project Services, Jacobs BIAF
Martin Fuica, Managing Director, Concessions and integrated projects, CAF
– Rasmus Ødum, Executive Vice President, Group COO, COWI
Nick Taylor, CEO, Waterman Group

16.:20 - 17.15

Inspiration for our vision – what can we learn from other industries?
Chair: Prof Roger Flanagan, Professor of Construction Management, University of Reading 

  • How are other industries developing and adapting to global trends?
  • What are the significant improvements relevant to our challenges they are seeing in their businesses?
  • How can we “pinch with pride” the methods and structures to support industry-wide change used elsewhere?

Special Guest Speaker:
Paul J HarrisDirector of Economic Development, Rolls-Royce

Prof Phill CartwrightExecutive Chairman, CFMS
– James Stewart, Vice Chair, KPMG LLP 
– Phil Wilbraham, Planning and Programmes Director, Heathrow Airport

17:15 - 17:30

Day One Closing Statement
Hannah Vickers
, Chief Executive, Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE)

18:00 - 21:00

Parliamentary Reception

House of Commons Terrace, Westminster

+44 (0)20 7222 6557

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