Neil was involved in developing the original Advantage West Midlands business case for the Manufacturing Technology Centre and has been a member since its inception. Neil left his position as Business Growth Director at Aero Engine Controls in April 2012 to join the MTC full time as Strategic Development Director.
Neil is a chartered mechanical engineer who started his career in the automotive sector with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, before moving into chassis and vehicle engineering management in the light commercial vehicle sector. In 2001 he moved into Aerospace undertaking a number of business management and technical roles within TRW and then Goodrich.
For several years, Neil has been closely involved in many government and industry collaborations to develop the aerospace and other electronics sectors; promote technology and innovation; and support UK SMEs and supply chain companies. He is the Midlands Aerospace Alliance board member responsible for delivery of the ATEP programme.
Dr Martin Ganley
Martin has been with BRE since 2011. He is a member of the BRE Group Executive Committee and as a Divisional Director at BRE has responsibility for a range of business areas covering the testing, assessment and certification of construction products, people and organisations, including fire detection, security, microgeneration, BIM, factory production control and ISO auditing.
He represents BRE on the Construction Innovation Hub Board and provides governance of the BRE delivery programme. He is also Director of the BRE Centre for Smart Homes and Buildings, a collaborative hub to help accelerate the use of smart products and services in the built environment, and leads BRE’s strategy around IoT.
Prior to BRE, Martin worked in engineering consultancy, concentrating mainly on radiocommunications and working across construction, rail, defence and aerospace sectors. Martin holds a degree in Physics from the University of Manchester and a PhD in electronics from the University of York.
Professor Andy Neely
Andy is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise and Business Relations at the University of Cambridge and former Head of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM). He is a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College and Director of the Centre for Digital Built Britain and Founding Director of the Cambridge Service Alliance.
He is widely recognised for his work on the servitisation of manufacturing, as well as his work on performance measurement and management. He has held appointments at Cranfield University, London Business School, the University of Cambridge (where he was a Fellow of Churchill College), the University of Nottingham, (where he completed his PhD), and British Aerospace.
He was Deputy Director of AIM Research – the UK’s management research initiative – from 2003 until 2012. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2008, and a Fellow of the European Operations Management Association in 2009 and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2018.
Keith is the Construction Innovation Hub’s Programme Director. A Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Keith has been involved in construction and infrastructure projects for over 30 years, leading many major projects in both the UK and overseas.
In 2010, Keith was seconded into government with Infrastructure UK (the predecessor to the Infrastructure and Projects Authority). His work in government led to the publication of the UK’s first National Infrastructure Plan, the development of the Infrastructure Cost Review and the IPA’s Transforming Infrastructure Performance programme, published in 2017.
He has served on several boards and cross-Whitehall groups, including the Infrastructure Client Group, the Offshore Wind Programme Board, Infrastructure Working Group of the Green Construction Board and the Government Construction Board. He has also advised a number of foreign governments on strategic infrastructure planning and delivery.
Sam is Challenge Director – Transforming Construction at UKRI. He is leading the Transforming Construction challenge, a £170 million research and innovation investment, matched by £250 million from industry, to create new construction processes and techniques for building manufacture in the UK. Linked to the Construction Sector Deal, the programme includes funding for research, a new construction network and the creation of an active building centre and innovation hub.
Before joining UKRI, Sam was Director of Innovation, Industrialisation and Business Improvement at Skanska UK, a Trustee of the Building Research Establishment, and Chairman of the National Platform for Construction. Sam has also worked for Wates Construction and Buro Happold Engineering.
He is a Chartered Structural Engineer with an MBA from Henley Business School and degrees in Civil Engineering, Architecture and Philosophy from Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge.
Alexandra is the Security Manager for the Construction Innovation Hub. She is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Member of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, a Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and a Member of the Register of Security Engineers and Specialists.
She has authored, and been involved in the production of, standards in the UK and internationally in relation to the implementation of security and security-minded approaches as well as authoring a number of supporting articles, documentation and guidance material. She has provided advice on the implementation of security-minded approaches to digital engineering within a number of projects across a range of sectors, and comprising both buildings and infrastructure. She also has extensive experience in the development, implementation, management and auditing of proportionate and structured management systems, policies and processes and has undertaken forensic investigation and analysis of incidents, previously frequently acting as an expert witness.