Our speakers, thought leaders, innovators

See who spoke at Building for tomorrow 2021

We heard from over 30 leading experts

Building for tomorrow celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2021, and to celebrate, the event was extended to three days and went online. It gave us the perfect opportunity to make the event bigger, better and bursting with even more inspiring new ideas and discussions.

We had an exciting line-up over the three days featuring some of the industry's leading speakers. All are expert in their respective fields and shared content to engage, inform and inspire you. Don’t miss these engaging conversations across the house-building sector buy your access pass to watch all the sessions and earn valuable CPD credits.

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Meet our keynote speakers - thought leaders in our industry

Inspiring quality, safety and change in new home building, our esteemed keynote speakers were carefully selected to bring their knowledge and expertise to our packed three day agenda. They informed, challenged perceptions and provided solutions. 

New Homes Quality Board

Douglas Cochrane

Session name: Quality and Quantity

Douglas retired from Lloyds Banking Group in July 2020 having completed an illustrious career spanning 40+ years. For the last 18 years Douglas has led LBGs retail housing relationship.

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Steve Evans
Head of Technical Operations

Session name: Building a safer future

Steve leads NHBC's Multi-Disciplinary Technical Teams across the UK including the Major Projects Teams based in London. Making regular contributions to industry publications.

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Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Tara Deshpande
Clean Heat Directorate

Session name: Clean Growth Strategy – The future impact on new homes

Tara leads a team that is developing policies to support the electrification of heat in buildings as part of the transition away from tradition fossil fuel heating.

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Cast Consultancy

Mark Farmer
Chief Executive Officer

Session name: The future of MMC in UK Housing

Mark has 30 years’ experience in construction and real estate and is a recognised international commentator on a variety of industry and policy related issues.

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Rettie & Co.

Dr. John Boyle
Director - Research and Strategy

Housing Market Insights (Scotland Only)
Thursday 25 March 9:00 - 9:45

John leads the Rettie & Co. Research Team. His work informs clients on sales, lettings, investment and development opportunities. Over the last 18 years, he has worked for all major house builders in Scotland, the Scottish Government, many local authorities and investors.

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Homes England

Stephen Kinsella
Executive Director

Session name: The future of housing

Stephen is Chief Land and Development Officer for Homes England and has a wealth of experience delivering major housing developments on public land nationally.

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Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

Mark Dawson
HM Principal Inspector

Session name: High rise - building a safer future

Mark is a very experienced regulator who has performed several roles for HSE in both frontline and policy roles over the last 24 years. He currently works in HSEs Building Safety and Construction Division leading a team looking at the operational implications around the development and assessment of safety cases.

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