Full suite of speakers announced for BSRIA Briefing 2018

Julia Evans, BSRIA CEO

The Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) has announced the full suite of speakers at its flagship event – the annual briefing and lunch. Members and industry are urged to book on.

The event will look at the issue of ‘Disruption in Construction – driving technologies and processes for the future’ and will be held at the Brewery, in London, on Friday, November 16, 2018.

The completed speaker agenda line-up comes hot-on-the-heels of the announcement that the guest speaker is Andrew Strauss OBE.

The chair is Oliver Zimmermann, CEO of Condair Group AG. Based in Switzerland, Oliver has been in his post since 2012. Condair is said to be an integrated, global market leader in humidification and evaporate cooling and its vision is to deliver productivity, sustainability and health through air and water to achieve extraordinary goals for a successful future.


  • Susan Hone-Brookes, chief engineer for Construction, Infrastructure and Energy at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC).
  • Matthew Gough, director, Innovation and Winning Work, Mace.
  • Neil Thompson, digital design and delivery lead, Atkins Global and CEO, DotBuiltEnvironment.
  • Michael Potter, managing director and founder of DriveElectric.
  • Philip Guthrie, collaboration hub project officer at London Waste & Recycling Board (LWARB).

Julia Evans, chief executive of BSRIA, said: “BSRIA is delighted to have this first-class battery of speakers at its flagship and leading event in the industry calendar. Along with the after-lunch speaker, cricketing legend Andrew Strauss OBE, and chair, industry-renowned Oliver Zimmerman.

“Once the elephant in the room – technology and innovation are taking charge in the construction industry and BSRIA members, and industry at large, need to be ahead of this curve.

“This year’s briefing will offer the opportunity to hear from industry specialists on their respected and respective fields of expertise in this interesting arena.

“This will cover: changes in technologies and processes and what that might mean for the procurement of contracts, building services and manufacturing going forward, taking into consideration bitcoin, the circular economy and innovation in manufacturing. 

“And for deep dive discussion, invaluable ‘Q&A’ and, of course, the chance to network with fellow members and guests.”

We live in a world where new inventions, processes and ideas can be a real game changer and disrupt the way do things. The internet, mobile phones and the electric car are just a few we have seen over the last few decades.

This year’s briefing will look at the technologies and processes we might expect to see in the future and the implications that these innovations may have for building services both in the commercial and residential sector.

The briefing starts at 9:00 am. Lunch is at 13:00: the event will close at 15.30. More detailed information on the event is available at: Disruption in Construction – driving technologies and processes for the future