David Meade

David Meade

BBC Broadcaster, International Keynote Speaker, Trainer, Corporate Facilitator for Apple, Harvard, BT and Facebook

As a leading voice in business, a broadcaster and researcher in the University of Ulster, David has dedicated his career to understanding what makes humans ‘tick’, and how it affects the way they think, feel, and act. He has developed an international reputation for delivering world-class events that are dynamic, interactive and memorable.

David is a first-class honour graduate from Ulster Business School. His work as a lecturer and researcher in International Business and Strategy with the University of Ulster has built his reputation as one of Europe’s most sought after motivational and organisational speakers, trainers, and facilitators.

Over 85% of David’s diary is spent working at the executive level, motivating and inspiring some of the largest and most diverse organisations. He’s worked with organisations such as Apple, PwC, BT, Saba, Harvard in Boston, the Cabinet Office in Westminster, Bombardier and the Bank of America.

He works with clients to help them improve business operations and performance, by working with all levels within an organisation. He does that by drawing on decades of cutting-edge research on management, organisational culture and leadership to build scientifically sound and evidence-based development programs, that create demonstrable improvements. David receives acclaim from clients that recognise the strong business value he offers organisations.

He has a renowned reputation for helping organisations work more effectively. His mind reading and mentalist skills impress and baffle worldwide audiences making his entertainment and keynotes hard to forget. His sought-after services are applicable to any industry, engagement, or occasion. David always guarantees a highly energetic, fun and engaging session.

Pat Lucey

Pat Lucey

President, the Construction Industry Federation

Pat is the Director for Infrastructure with John Sisk & Son (Holdings) Ltd. and has been involved in the delivery of major Civil Engineering works in Ireland and the U.K. These include LUAS Cross City, Crossrail C305, Limerick Tunnel, Bray Shanganagh WWTW, Greystones Harbour and many Motorway projects.

Pat is a graduate of U.C.C. and has been with Sisk for 26 years. Prior to that, he worked with Christiani & Nielsen in London, having started his career with M.C. O’Sullivan in Cork.

Pat is the President of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) and is a past President of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA).

Mary-Liz Trant PhD

Mary-Liz Trant PhD

Executive Director, SOLAS

Dr Mary-Liz Trant is an Executive Director in the further education and training authority SOLAS. Overseeing skills development, her areas of responsibility include expansion of the national apprenticeship and traineeship systems; upskilling in the Irish workforce; technology-enhanced learning; enterprise engagement; and professional development of teachers and tutors within further education and training.

Previously Mary-Liz held senior posts in the Higher Education Authority (HEA) as Head of Skills and Enterprise Engagement and Head of the National Office for Equity of Access to Higher Education. Earlier in her career Mary-Liz taught at both second and third-level. Mary-Liz holds a doctorate in Education from University College London; Masters’ Degrees in Education (University of Limerick) and in French (University of Regina Canada); and a Higher Diploma in Education from Trinity College Dublin. She has published on equality of access in education; inclusive teaching and learning, curriculum development, assessment; and the liberal vocational ideal.

Kieran McQuinn

Kieran McQuinn

Research Professor, the Economic and Social Research Institute

Kieran works on the Quarterly Economic Commentary (QEC) and housing-related projects. His research interests include house prices, economic growth and household finance. He started his career in University College Cork and then joined Teagasc, the Irish agriculture and food development authority, where he worked for over 5 years as a research economist. Kieran has a PhD in economics from NUI Maynooth and has published ina broad number of international and domestic journals. He is adjunct professor of economics at both Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork. Kieran is also a current council member of both the Economic and Social Studies and the Economic and Social Research Institute.

Eibhlín O'Connor

Eibhlín O'Connor

Head of Delivery, Clúid Housing Association

Eibhlín is a chartered member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland. She holds a post-graduate diploma in Construction Law and Contract Administration from Trinity College and a Masters in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution from King’s College, London. Eibhlín is a passive house designer and a trained BER assessor and is responsible for setting Clúid’s design standards.

She manages the procurement, contract administration and overall regulatory compliance of Clúid’s construction program. Eibhlín is a member of Clúid’s Operations Team tasked with running the day to day operations of the business. She has extensive design and project management experience having worked for over 19 years in the construction industry.

Richard Casey

Richard Casey

Richard Casey, Director Ireland/Europe Operations, DPS

Richard is a Senior Lean Construction Productivity Manager with DPS. He has over 20 years’ experience in the global semiconductor high volume manufacturing and construction sectors completing project management, systems design and lean programme implementation. Richard has significant experience in lean principles implementation of productivity systems and structure for manufacturing and construction as well as extensive experience in developing productivity improvement systems to reduce waste and eliminate impacts from design through to commissioning for large capital projects.

He is the author of a number of papers on ‘People Development’ and has published his own book on goal setting and problem-solving techniques for new managers. Richard has developed Trade productivity improvement systems such as the Daily Milestone Tracker (DMT), Constraint Log Implementation and Last Planner® for tracking and managing large scale project progress.

Leslee O’Loughlin

Leslee O’Loughlin

Group HR Manager, Enterprise Holdings, Ireland

Leslee joined Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s Graduate Training Programme in the United States in 1997. After successfully completing the training programme, she received a series of internal promotions which afforded her the opportunity to assume key roles within the organisation in both a managerial and marketing capacity.

In 2004, Leslee was promoted to Group Recruiting Manager and was responsible for developing strategic partnerships with key universities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

In 2007, she was promoted to Group HR Manager for Enterprise in the Republic of Ireland. Since 2007 Enterprise has been the proud recipient of several awards including a Gadireland Employability Award in 2009, anAHECS Engagement Award in 2012 and 2013, the Gradirel and Diversity Recruitment award in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 18 (Gold), 2015 and 2017 (silver), the Chambers Ireland Workplace Award in 2014, Top 10 Employer 2016 and Best SME 2016 in Glen’s Workplace Equality Index. Enterprise has also a Gradireland’s Top 100 Employer for 2017 and 2018

David Clark

David Clark

Head of Manufacturing & Innovation, The McAvoy Group

The McAvoy Group is one of the UK’s leading offsite construction specialists.

David leads manufacturing excellence across the Group’s two offsite production centres in Northern Ireland, implementing continuous improvement and innovative processes to further enhance efficiency and increase capacity to meet demand. He takes responsibility for applying new digital solutions and lean processes to improve efficiency and productivity of the offsite manufacturing process, which will support The McAvoy Group’s ambitious plans for growth.

David joined McAvoy as Group Design and Engineering Manager in 2012. He progressed toInnovation Manager and was also responsible for the Group’s award-winning BIM strategy and implementation. His successes have included leading McAvoy to become the first offsite specialist in the UK to be accredited to BIM Level 2, and spearheading the Group’s pioneering use of virtual reality to improve customer engagement in the offsite design process.

He has 20 years of experience in manufacturing for the construction sector which has included specialist cladding and structural steel solutions. He was recently successful in achieving an MSc in BIM and Project Management from Queen’s University Belfast, and also holds a BSc (Hons) in Manufacturing Management.

David is actively involved in a number of industry bodies, including Buildoffsite and the Offsite Management School, and is an acclaimed expert in digital construction having spoken at many high-profile construction events across the UK and Ireland.

Fergal Murphy

Fergal Murphy

General Manager Kingspan Insulation Limited

Fergal Murphy is the newly appointed General Manager of Kingspan Insulation Ireland. Fergal is a graduate of the school of Architectural Technology in Dublin Institute of Technology and he also holds a Master’s Degree in Management for Sustainable Development from Dublin City University.

Fergal started his professional career as an Architectural Technologist. He has worked in two very busy Architectural practices in both Cavan and Dublin, undertaking a wide variety of technically challenging and demanding projects. He developed a keen focus on energy efficient design and a practical approach to achieving low energy buildings.

Fergal joined the Kingspan team in 2000, beginning his journey as a Specifications & Business Development Manager for Kingspan Insulated Panels, progressing into the Regional Sales Manager role for Ireland. In 2009, Fergal moved to the USA to take up the role of National Sales Director which quickly advanced to VP of Sales & Business Development for the USA & Mexico.

He returned to Ireland in 2016 to take on the role of Commercial Director for Kingspan Insulated Panels & Benchmark which lead to his current role as General Manager of our insulation businesses in Ireland.

Orla Coyle

Orla Coyle

Programme Manager, Near Zero Energy Buildings & High Performance Retrofit

Orla is a Chartered Engineer who joined SEAI as Programme Manager for NZEB and High Performance Retrofit. She has 20 years’ experience in the energy performance of buildings both in Ireland and Australia. As a consultant Orla was involved the environmental, energy and sustainable assessment of both new and existing buildings.

Emma Hayes

Emma Hayes

MCIAT, Dip Arch Tech, BSc Arch Tech, MSc BIM Management, RIAI Arch Tech, Managing Director, Digital Built Consultants Ltd

Emma has over 20 years’ experience in the architect, engineering and construction (AEC)industry in Ireland and internationally. She is a Chartered ArchitecturalTechnologist and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Technology from Dublin Institute of Technology and a Masters Degree in BIM Management from Middlesex University.

Previously, Emma was the Group BIM Manager for a large multi-disciplined AEC and project management organisation. She was responsible for developing and implementing group BIM strategy and roll-out of procedures and workflows forBIM adoption across the organisation’s network of offices in Europe, Asia and the US. She has executed BIM on high-value complex projects in pharma, food and energy. She also has extensive experience in delivering residential, retail and commercial projects.

Emma is actively involved in driving progress in BIM adoption in the AEC industry as a non-executive director on the board of the Construction IT Alliance and participation on the judging panel for the BIM Excellence category at the annual Irish Construction ExcellenceAwards. She supports the development of women’s careers in BIM and is a part-time lecturer on the MSc BIM Management, Middlesex University and the MSc Applied BIM Management in DIT.

Shane Dempsey

Shane Dempsey

Director of Communications, the Construction Industry Federation

Shane and his team are responsible for devising and delivering external and internal communications strategies on behalf of the CIF. He is also responsible for the development and management of media relations, media engagement strategies, public affairs, government affairs and stakeholder engagement.

Padraig Daly

Padraig Daly

Head of Recruitment, JJ Rhatigan Building Contractors

With over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry in Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe, Padraig’s role in JJ Rhatigan is to attract the right calibre of staff to satisfy the company’s blue-chip client base and project pipeline.

Padraig joined JJ Rhatigan in 2006 as a Senior Contracts Manager. This role involved establishing, implementing and monitoring efficient design, procurement, engagement and commercial procedures during all stages of a project’s contract.

Further to the responsibility of securing and managing new contracts, Padraig oversaw cost control for projects, updating JJ Rhatigan & Company clients on budgetary control, oversees snagging, supervises final handover and liaises with the client during the defects period.

He has been involved in several projects which have been carried out under varying contract forms, from traditional to design and build. While working in the UK and Europe he worked on various high profile projects such as The Hotel Arts for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, the redevelopment of Heathrow Airport Terminal and the refurbishment of Wembley Arena.

Seán Armstrong

Seán Armstrong

Senior Advisor, Housing/Building Standards Division, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

Seán is responsible for regulations and standards related to energy efficiency, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, Part L and Part F of the Building Regulations and has led the development of Nearly Zero Energy Building Regulations in Ireland. He represents Ireland on the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive Committee and has led the development of several standards related to energy efficiency including S.R. 54 the National Retrofit Code of Practice. He is a Chartered Engineer with a Masters in Engineering.

John Downey

John Downey

Director of Sales, EMEA, Topcon Positioning

John spends much of his time leading and developing the national teams, while supporting and managing the OEM distribution structure through key partnerships and programs. He joined Topcon in 1998 serving in various leadership roles in the U.K. and Ireland. Most recently John served as construction regional business manager within EMEA for Topcon.

Patrick Durkan

Patrick Durkan

CEO, D|RES Properties

Patrick has over 16 years house building experience and is currently the CEO of D|RES Properties and was formally the Managing Director of Durkan Residential. Patrick has a proud and respected heritage leading a second-generation house building family that has been constructing new homes in Ireland since 1971. He and the team delivered Ireland’s largest Passive House Development and were awarded the SEAI national design award for the project in 2017. Patrick is a chartered accountant and has previously worked with KPMG and Merrill Lynch.

Loughlin Deegan

Loughlin Deegan

Partner, Employment Law ByrneWallace

Loughlin is a partner in the ByrneWallace Employment Team and is the chairperson of the Employment and Equality Law Committee of the Law Society of Ireland. He previously worked as a solicitor in Ibec and as Special Adviser to the Attorney General. He represents and advises clients across the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment law matters. He has advised and represented a significant number of major Irish public sector employers, in addition to major Irish and multi-national companies. Loughlin has also acted in contentious employment matters and industrial disputes.