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Peter is a Chartered Structural & Civil Engineer and Chartered Building Surveyor and has been the Principal of his own Consultancy, Connell Consulting Engineers for the past 22 years. Peter uniquely has Chartered status of five of the Professional institutions within the Interpro group which must be a record! Peter was involved in the refurbishment of the Royal Albert Dock back in the 1980’s having worked initially for Tarmac Construction on the site works to refurbish several of the buildings, including the Dock Traffic Office, which was once Granada TV’s News centre and also the Britannia Pavilion containing the Beatles Story. Having worked for the main contractor, Peter moved on to work in Private Practice at WG Curtin & Partners and was appointed as the Resident Engineer on the Tate Gallery which is contained in the North stack of The Colonnades. Peter considers the latter to be one of the high lights of his now extensive 40-year long career. Peter will discuss the complex and clever structural techniques required to convert these derelict dock buildings into useful and desirable structures.

Susan Brown, SBM

Susan runs her own niche property related consultancy, since 2007, specialising in strategic marketing that has its foundation in behavioural economics and psychology.  Previously Susan was Marketing Director at AMEC PLC.  Her career in urban regeneration began, at Arrowcroft Developments, delivering a new concept for the UK, the Grade 2 listed, regeneration of the Albert Dock.  Susan was very privileged to start her career working in what was considered a ‘pioneering’ venture and with some remarkable colleagues from both the private and public sector. With a strong desire to see the Albert Dock succeed.

Susan absorbed so much about the role of people in the process of regeneration that still today, she believes this gives her the foundation of her unusual skill set.  Helping deliver for clients creative marketing-communications & business development that has a very different approach that the majority of people working in the industry.  Supporting the delivery of strategies and set objectives that play an integral part in the change, growth and regeneration of cities, places and communities.  Susan believes placemaking is more – so much more that the physical buildings.  Her time working for Arrowcroft gave her a wonderful insight into the importance of organisational leadership and how without it there would be no progression.  Susan gained more experience, through many differing consultancies in the public & private sector the use of stakeholder engagement, the role of public; private partnerships and the need for collaboration and engagement with multiple markets to deliver measurable impact in a relevant and sustainable way.

Jack Bennion, CIOB Novus Member

Jack is a Technical Graduate at Redrow Homes North West (based in Daresbury, Warrington) as part of Redrow’s 2 year Graduate Scheme. He has been with Redrow since September 2018 but has also undertaken a 14 month sandwich year placement with the company between July 2016 and September 2017. Jack studied BSc (H) Architectural Technology at Nottingham Trent University and officially joined Novus Liverpool January 2019 with a view to becoming chartered with the CIOB.

Sue Grindrod, Chief Executive Royal Albert Dock

Sue has spent over twenty years working in leisure and tourism for major attractions including Tate Liverpool and is now responsible for the strategic development and management of Royal Albert Dock Liverpool for Gower Street Estates. Royal Albert Dock is the North West’s most visited free tourist attraction, last year welcoming over 6m visitors and it is the largest grouping of Grade 1 listed buildings in the UK within a World Heritage Site.

Sue is also Chair and Director of Liverpool Waterfront Business Partnership CIC and her role is to oversee the business plan and long term strategy that will establish Liverpool Waterfront as one of the leading waterfronts in the world.  Sue is Deputy Chair of Liverpool Visitor Economy Network (LVEN) and also sits on the Liverpool World Heritage Site Steering Group.

The Panel comprises of 3 Final Year students on the CIOB accredited BSc Honours in Construction Management Sandwich Programme

Matthew Wilson

Matthew had a very unusual placement working in the USA.  He worked for CTI Consultants, a full-service engineering company and was based out of the Columbia Office, near Baltimore city.  Matthew’s role was as a Geotechnical Engineer and involved construction inspection and testing services through each stage of works throughout the time of a project involving everything from earth works and drainage to roofing and cladding.  Matthew gained a different perspective on job opportunities within the global construction market that a construction management qualification can lead to.

Jason Wilson

Jason spent a year working for the Northern Ireland based company Farrans on a primary and secondary special educational needs school located near Heathrow Airport, London.  His main role during construction was to manage the internals of the building working alongside two other managers.  His role involved liaising with all subcontractors and the Clerk of Work as well as Farrans staff to ensure the success of the project.  After handover of the project Jason then managed the snagging and defect period.  The experience not only helped his understanding of the construction process but also emphasised the importance of managing different stakeholders to ensure a successful project.

Oliver Pemberton

Oliver worked in London as an Assistant Project Manager with Rider Levett Bucknall.  He worked on a new build project of a million square feet, 8 story office complex complete with sky garden in central London, which at the time of construction was the second largest construction project in the city.  His role involved monitoring quality, design and programme on key elements of the project and providing progress reports to the client.  This experience has led Ollie to develop his interest in working for the client and helping them build exciting complex projects.


Chairing the Event
Andy Macfarlane, Director Curtins

Andy Macfarlane is Director of Curtins Liverpool office and has over 15 years experience in the deliver of Civil, Structural and Conservation projects on Liverpool’s waterfront including work on the Albert Dock to the new developments on Liverpool and Wirral Waters.

Andy has a keen interest in the engineering history and skills that enabled the construction of the Liverpool docks and the modern skills we use to regenerate waterfront sites.