22 & 23 May 2024 | The Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny

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Conference sessions include:

  • Adoption of MMC at Government Level
  • Kit of Parts Approach to Standardisation
  • Offsite in Action – Challenges & Opportunities
  • Technical Performance and Regulatory Compliance
  • Carbon Count, Sustainability & Building Performance
  • Procurement and Supply Chain Capacity

Read more about our conference speakers below!

Kevin Masters – Director, Major Projects Advisory, KPMG

Kevin Masters is a director of KPMG’s Major Projects Advisory team and heads up Construction Innovation. Kevin has 20+ years of experience deploying various derivatives of MMC across the private and public sectors. He works with clients to design business cases and delivery strategies to embed MMC into everyday operations.  Kevin’s forward-thinking mindset and diverse stakeholder perspective drives his focus on sustainable, future-proof infrastructure solutions.

Anne Daw – Head of MMC Delivery, HLM Architects

After completing her Master of Architecture degree at MIT, Anne worked with architectural practices in Boston and San Francisco, before moving to the UK and joining HLM Architects. With her technical background and award-winning design skills, Anne has spearheaded HLM’s commitment to modern methods of construction (MMC) and was appointed Head of MMC Delivery in 2022. She now leads HLM’s business strategy to improve knowledge and uptake of offsite delivery methods and DfMA, improving outcomes for clients and significantly reducing carbon use. Anne is actively involved in research projects with both industry and government partners and is a regular speaker at offsite industry conferences. 

Mila Duncheva – Business Development Manager UK & Ireland, Stora Enso Building Solutions

Mila builds new collaborative industry-government relationships, influences policy decision-making and provides thought leadership on sustainable Modern Methods of Construction (MMC). She aids building designers and all construction stakeholders in the technical aspects of mass timber design to grow the Sylva™ kit of parts market in the UK on behalf of Stora Enso. Part of the global bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable products in packaging, biomaterials, and wooden construction, and one of the largest private forest owners in the world. Dr Duncheva is the Vice-Chair for Industrialised Construction at the Construction Leadership Council (HM Government), a Member of Thematic Group 2 Regulations, Standards and Compliance at the Timber in Construction Steering Group (Government of Ireland) and a Governance Board Member at Built Environment – Smarter Transformation (Scotland).

Des Riordan – Associate Director, Clancy Construction

I have 30 years’ experience working on projects globally from both contracting and client side. I have an MBA in Project Management and an MSc in Quantity Surveying. I was introduced to Lean Construction during my studies and in practice when working in Vietnam. When I returned home I joiner Clancy where Innovation, Lean principles and Collaboration are pervasive within the Organisation. We are founding members of MMC Ireland and pride ourselves at being at the cutting edge of MMC in all its facets. I lead the internal Innovation Centre of Excellence in Clancy and thrive on exploring innovative products, processes and procedures for the betterment of all concerned.

Stephen Barrett – Whole Life Carbon Lead, Irish Green Building Council

Stephen is leading the INDICATEDATA project in Ireland, a project that aims to develop a national Whole Life Carbon Assessment methodology aligned with Level(s), and an agreed national database of carbon impacts for generic materials for use when EPD data is not known. Having one methodology and set of background data as opposed to several will afford greater comparability of project proposals, help us understand our baseline position for construction in Ireland today and set measurable targets for the future.

Tom Gregory – Senior Architect, Bryden Wood

Tom is an architect with demonstrated experience of designing and delivering projects across a range of sectors. He currently leads a multidisciplinary Bryden Wood design team designing and realising a flexible manufacturing facility in Cologne, Germany, as part of a wider client campus.

Tom joined Bryden Wood in 2017 and has worked within and led multidisciplinary design teams across a range of scales, sectors, and work stages. This experience enables a detailed understanding of construction techniques, technology, and materiality to inform the design of truly integrated spaces.

Throughout his time at the company Tom has been involved in several aviation projects, designing elegant architectural solutions that respond to budgetary and time pressures within a restricted airside environment. He has also been involved since 2020 in the design and delivery of a large industrial facility in Cologne, Germany, where he leads a multidisciplinary Bryden Wood design team designing and realising a flexible manufacturing facility as part of a wider client campus. 

Trudi Sully – Industrialised Design & Construction – UK & Europe Lead, Mott MacDonald

Trudi is the UK & Europe Lead for Industrialised Design & Construction at Mott MacDonald, where a rapidly growing team is delivering integrated utilisation of industrialisation, DfMA, MMC, and platform approaches to unlock greater social, economic, and environmental outcomes.

Her eclectic career journey spans a broad range of industries, but with a common theme of engaging with leaders – from SMEs to multi-nationals and government departments – to tackle challenges and support transformation.

Prior to joining Mott MacDonald, Trudi spent 4 years as a director of the Construction Innovation Hub, working with government and industry to develop tools and approaches that enable improved productivity, performance, and resilience – including overseeing the production of the Product Platform Rulebook and the Value of Platforms report.
She now champions the adoption and deployment of these approaches to support the efficient delivery of a more sustainable built environment.

Dr Dáithí Downey – Policy Analyst, National Economic & Social Council (NESC)

Dr. Dáithí Downey joined NESC in 2023 from Dublin City Council. He has over 25 years’ experience working as an analyst and practitioner in senior management roles in housing, planning and community development. His research interests include planning and sustainable development, social and affordable housing systems and finance, affordability and the economics of housing markets, housing needs and homelessness, inclusion, migration and relationships between the built environment, health inequalities and wellbeing. Dr Downey is a member of the International Advisory Board to the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CACHE) and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS).

Tony McLoughlin – Managing Director – Planning, Design, Manufacturing & Operations, Glenveagh

Tony is a highly experienced and accomplished professional with over 20 years in the construction industry. He holds a degree in Structural Engineering from DIT and has a strong track record in managing complex construction projects from pre-construction planning to final handover. He has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the industry, with a particular focus on financial and project management.

Tony has a diverse project portfolio that includes residential, commercial, industrial, and heavy civil works, as well as hotel renovations, distilleries, and luxury spa fit outs. He is also experienced in developing and implementing project and financial strategies that drive growth and profitability for organizations.

Tony joined Glenveagh Properties PLC (previously Bridgedale) in 2015 and was appointed as Head of Construction in 2019 before taking on his current role of Managing Director – Planning, Design, Manufacturing and Operations in 2021. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the full development process including planning, preconstruction and off-site manufacturing.

Tony holds membership as a chartered structural engineer with the Institute of Engineers Ireland. He sits on the Irish Home Builders Association, Property Industry Ireland, and Modern Methods of Construction Ireland boards.  

Scott Tacchi – Head of MMC, Sir Robert McAlpine

Scott Tacchi joined Sir Robert McAlpine (SRM) in Oct 2022 as Head of MMC. Prior to this Scott was with the Department for Education (DfE) as Head of the ‘Modern Methods of Construction’ programme, the £3bn off site schools’ framework.

His focus is to bring all the benefits of time, quality, safety and cost savings that can be generated through the ‘integrator’ model of offsite construction and manufacture to SRM and their clients .

Prior to joining in the DfE Scott spent 20 yrs. in Consultancy, latterly as Regional Director for PM & QS practices in the Southwest (Ridge, Mott MacDonald and Mace).

David O’Brien – Senior Construction Adviser, Office of Government Procurement

David is the Chair of the Government Contracts Committee for Construction (GCCC) and senior adviser on public works and construction services procurement.  He is leading the ongoing review and reform of the Capital Works Management Framework (CWMF) which will move decision making on public works projects away from capital cost to total cost of ownership. 

He is a member of the Construction Sector Group established under the National Development Plan to promote regular and open dialogue between the public sector and key segments of the construction industry.

Prior to his current role he worked with the National Building Agency where he was a lead architect on social housing and urban regeneration projects.