We are delighted to share with you that our 2019 Construction Conference, in conjunction with the Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, will be taking place on Friday 27 September at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

Registration will take place from 8:15am with the conference closing at 13:15 for lunch and refreshments.

To book your place email events@wrighthassall.co.uk

Speakers are confirmed from the following organisations: 

  • LK2 - "Sport and leisure facilities - a key part of building communities"
  • Trident building Consultancy Ltd - "Defects investigation & analysis"
  • Mazars  "Tax tips for the construction industry"
  • Swisslog - "Engineering automation for complex projects"
  • RSK Group - "Contamination on construction sites"
  • Warwickshire County Council - "Strategic public support to develop and regenerate local communities"
  • Gallagher Insurance - "The complexities around the PI market, and what Gallagher are doing in this sector to assist"
  • Wright Hassall - "Legal analysis and update"
Who should attend?

Business owners, main and subcontractors, engineers, quantity surveyors, developers and all those who work in and around the construction and engineering industry; and anyone interested to hear about new construction industry innovations and practices.

To book your place email events@wrighthassall.co.uk

About the speaker

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Mark Ryder, Warwickshire County Council

Mark leads the Communities Directorate at Warwickshire County Council, which brings together Community Services, Environment Services, Education Services, and Fire and Rescue.

In support of the Council’s priority of supporting economic growth, Mark’s responsibility extends to Economy, Skills, Infrastructure and Regeneration; a main driver of which is to facilitate the investment of businesses within Warwickshire and support them to grow and succeed.

Mark’s professional background is in consumer law and, during his career, he has worked for local authorities in the South West of England including Devon, Somerset and Gloucestershire, before arriving in Warwickshire in 2003.

About the speaker

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Gareth Jones, Mazars

Gareth has over 15 years’ experience as a VAT specialist and has worked across many commercial and public sectors. He advises in a range of areas, including VAT compliance matters, international VAT, land and property transactions, corporate re-structuring and VAT efficiency of accounting systems. He also has a number of clients in the Construction sector providing advice and support around the upcoming changes and the impact it may have on businesses.

About the speaker

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Claire Lea, Mazars

Claire has 14 years tax experience at ‘Big Four’ and local practices across a wide range of tax matters for both corporates and individuals.   Claire has specialist experience in capital allowances and commercial property and specialises in these areas at Mazars.   Claire has successfully claimed capital allowances for a number of groups across a range of sectors, including construction, retail and hospitality, marine leisure, property and manufacturing.   Claire works closely with property surveyors to advise on capital allowances for commercial property acquisitions.   Claire also delivers technical training and updates on capital allowances, both internally and to clients and industry groups.  

About the speaker

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Dinesh Pancholi, Mazars

Dinesh is a Senior Manager and leads the Employment Taxes services in the Midlands. He is a tax specialist with over 30 years’ experience of dealing with PAYE and National Insurance Contributions (NIC) queries. Dinesh used to lead the London Grant Thornton CIS services. He is an Ex-HMRC Employer Compliance Officer who will be able to share his extensive employment taxes knowledge from both sides of the ‘fence’. He has worked for a number of top seven accountancy firms ranging from Deloitte to Grant Thornton. Dinesh’s clients range from very large corporations through to smaller owner managed businesses.

About the speaker

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Brian Whale, Swisslog

Brian Whale is a Senior Logistic Consultant with Swisslog (UK) Limited. Having originally trained as an Aeronautical Design Engineer with British Aerospace, he has been working in materials handling for 35 years. A large part of his experience was gained by working throughout Europe, where he has been responsible for designing some of the most prestigious and complex retail distribution warehouses

About the speaker

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Philip Harris, Wright Hassall

Philip has 30 years’ experience as a construction solicitor and advises on all aspects of construction law.

Initially he specialised in Mechanical and Electrical contracts, dealing with major disputes over projects such as the Trident Base at Coulport, SmithKline Beecham’s Research Facility at Stevenage, and the DH and DSS Headquarters in Leeds.

He now acts for employers, main contractors, sub-contractors and specialist suppliers.

About the speaker

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Gary Johnson, Director LK2

Gary is a professional consultant specialising in the sport, leisure, culture, education and commercial sectors. He has a proven track record delivering clear solutions to complex projects. His experience includes option appraisals, business plans, partnership working, linking commercial and community projects, strategy documents, asset transfer and grant funding expertise.

Gary previously sat as a Board Director of a County Sports Partnership and was chair of the Policy and Strategy committee leading on the development of the county-wide sports and facility strategy and Playing Pitch Strategy.

In 2009 he joined the LK2 team and formed LK2 Sport & Leisure Ltd with the Directors of LK2 Architects Ltd.

About the speaker

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Tracy Keep, Director, Gallagher Insurance

Tracy has worked in the insurance industry for over 25 years, and is a Chartered Insurance Broker, having achieved FCII by examination. She has extensive experience in a wide range of industries, and has worked with many clients to ensure that their insurance portfolio continuously matches their changing needs.

Tracy leads our regional Construction specialism and has an extensive understanding of the sector and its complex risk and insurance requirements.

She also holds the responsibility for building the profile of AJG’s regional specialism for the insurance and risk management of the businesses within the construction sector, including the associated professional services.

About the speaker

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Katie Foster, RSK Environmental Ltd

Katie is a Chartered Environmentalist and Specialist in Land Condition with over 14 years’ experience as an environmental consultant at RSK Environment Ltd, with particular experience in contaminated land assessment, risk assessment, and the design and management of intrusive site investigations. Katie has gained her experience in geo-environmental engineering both in the UK and abroad, including UAE, Iraq and Kazakhstan. Through her dedication to promote quality and competence in the industry, Katie has taken on the role of technical lead for site work fundamentals for RSK geosciences business and is also part of the team for implementation of RSK’s digital development strategy.

About the speaker

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Gary Powell, Trident Building Consultancy

Gary is a director at Trident Building Consultancy, a firm with over 100 staff operating out of 11 offices. They offer Building Surveying, Project management, Cost Consultancy and Rights to Light services.

He has worked upon buildings of all types and ages, from Churches to country homes, Offices blocks to industrial estates across the UK and mainland Europe, meeting many interesting people and animals in the process.

A regular speaker at conferences and within client and industry forums on a wide range of subjects, he has had various articles published in the professional press.