Key Members of the Construction Innovation Hub
Construction Innovation Hub Board
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.
Construction Innovation Hub Impact Directors
As Impact Director for Value at the Construction Innovation Hub, Ron takes on responsibility for driving whole life performance, outcome-based procurement models and data driven-decision making.
Ron will be working closely with industry and the public sector to develop and embed an agreed methodology for measuring future success in the built environment, taking into account the whole life value aspirations of the transforming construction programme.
Ron has a BSc in Architectural Engineering and Design Management, an MSc in Construction Innovation and Management and has worked across a broad spectrum of roles over the last 15 years, spanning architectural design, sustainable construction, industrial research and innovation strategy and management.
Trudi is the Impact Director for Manufacturing for the Construction Innovation Hub. She works with key industry groups, contractors, clients, supply chain companies and across Whitehall, to provide critical insight and influence over the programme’s strategic planning to ensure delivery of impact, value for money, and to evidence transformation at scale.
With over 20 years of experience of innovation management, strategic stakeholder engagement and transformational change programmes in both public and private sector roles, Trudi offers a rare breadth of perspective to support transformation in the construction sector.
David is the Interim Impact Director for Digital for the Construction Innovation Hub. With over 25 years in industry David is a Chartered Construction Manager by background and Global Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Information Management (Consultancy Director) for AECOM. He was previously employed by Mace as Head of BIM, and as Technical Services / BIM Programme Director with Balfour Beatty.
David has been involved in delivering innovative BIM and digital asset management strategies across the globe from UK, Hong-Kong, Singapore, Australia and the Baltics. He was seconded in the UK Cabinet Office in 2011 as Head of BIM Implementation and has been a key contributor to the UK public sector BIM mandate (GCS 2011-2016) and continues to support through his role with the Centre for Digital Built Britain programme. He was also seconded into the Scottish Future Trust (SFT) as Chair of the Scottish BIM Delivery Group.
He is a Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Building and Vice Chair of the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre.