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As part of Costain’s continuing drive to champion the industry to eliminate harm, the 13th Annual Joint ICE-Costain Safety Lecture is entitled “Eliminating Harm Through a Relentless Focus on the Brilliant Basics”.
We have all taken great strides to reduce the harm caused to our people, property and environment in the development, delivery, and operation of infrastructure.
2020 saw some of the best Health and Safety Performance most of us have ever experienced, however 2021 has seen performance revert to pre-Covid-19 levels.
Throughout 2020 we really focused on the basics and what must go right to prevent the spread of Covid in the workplace, there was also a real urgency in doing so, and inevitably this focus spread to our wider Health and Safety activities.
2021 has seen us start to learn to live with Covid-19 and consequently we have reduced our focus on the Covid Basics, which will have led to a similar reduced focus on our wider health and safety basics.
If we are to realise interminable improvement in our health and safety performance, we must have a Relentless Focus On the Brilliant Basics, focusing on the presence of things we need to see happening across our business’s every day.
This year’s Lecture will be Co-Chaired by ICE President Ed McCann and Costain’s Natural Resources Managing Director Maxine Mayhew who will be joined by three fantastic guest speakers:
Libby Jackson, Former Columbus Flight Director, and Human Spaceflight Expert
Libby Jackon, who spent the best part of a decade working in Mission Control, will share some of the insights into how the teams of people on Earth work hard to keep the crews in space safe and how they cannot afford to get distracted from focusing on the basics and what must go right.
Andy Alder, Programme Director, Tideway/Jacobs
Bryan Williams, Works Superintendent, Tideway East
From the outset, one of the Tideway Projects core values has been the health, safety and wellbeing of anyone involved in or affected by the project. In order to deliver that value Tideway set out to be transformational in its approach. Andy and Bryan will explain how the Tideway team has worked to achieve this, with a focus on teamwork, getting the basics right, and on encouraging and celebrating best practice.
08:45 - Registration
09:00 - Opening remarks
09:05 - Welcome note
09:10 - Presentation by Libby Jackson
09:35 - Presentation by Andy Alder & Bryan Williams
10:00 - Panel discussion
10:25 - Closing remarks
10:30 - Event ends
President, Institution of Civil Engineers
Ed graduated from Imperial College London in 1989 with a degree in Civil Engineering. During twelve years with Binnie & Partners he obtained a Master’s Degree in Hydraulic Engineering and worked on some fifty infrastructure projects all over the world.
He joined Expedition Engineering in 2002 where he has been the Project Director for many projects including the multi award winning Infinity Bridge and the Olympic 2012 Velodrome. He currently works on major projects and programs in the UK and internationally where he focuses on strategic engineering design and improving productivity across the asset lifecycle.
Ed was instrumental in the growth and development of Expedition from a “back bedroom start-up” to Building Magazine’s Engineering Consultant of the Year in 2012.
In 2009, Ed and the two other owners of Expedition set up a social enterprise called the Useful Simple Trust and gave the company to the employees. He is now a Trustee of the UST, which has a number of award-winning companies specialising in Engineering, Communications Design, Architecture, Education and Sustainability.
He is a Royal Academy Visiting Professor of Innovation and a member of the UK’s i3P Strategic Leadership Group which is focused on innovating across the built environment.
He co-created cross industry initiatives including: the Constructionarium, the Get It Right Initiative and the Expedition Workshed.
Ed has been actively involved in design education since 1999 and he is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Innovation.
Along the way he appeared in 35 Television programs on engineering and allegedly has a fan in Japan!
Natural Resources Managing Director, Costain
Dr Maxine Mayhew is Managing Director of Natural Resources for Costain, where she is responsible for developing and delivering the group’s services across energy, water and defence markets. In addition, leads the group wide decarbonisation plan, as well as driving the group’s consultancy capability. Prior to this, Maxine was Group Commercial Director at Northumbrian Water Group.
Maxine completed a PhD at Cranfield University in 1998 in wastewater treatment and has held a variety of roles in the water and utilities sector. Maxine has focused on commercial leadership, strategy development and implementation, holding director roles that covered all aspects of the industry from operations and engineering, through to support services including health, safety, risk, security, procurement and marketing.
Maxine was listed in the FT & Inclusive Boards Top 100 influential women in engineering list in 2019. She is also an independent member of the Cranfield University Council and Senior Independent director for Low Carbon Contracts Company and the Electricity Settlements Company.
Former Columbus Flight Director, and Human Spaceflight Expert
Humans living and working on the International Space Station are protected from the inhospitable vacuum of space by just a few layers of metal. They rely on life support systems for their every breath. They get to their destination by strapping themselves on top of rockets, giant controlled explosions that propel them to speeds of 17,500 mph.
Safety at every step of the way is paramount. Libby Jackon, who spent the best part of a decade working in Mission Control, will shares some of the insights into how the teams of people on Earth work hard to keep the crews in space safe.
Programme Director, Tideway/Jacobs
Andy is the Programme Director for Tideway, responsible for delivery of engineering and construction across the whole project and for readiness to take it into commissioning. This is a massive team effort, and in practice his role is to empower and support the brilliant teams across Tideway, and to foster and enable collaboration.
Andy joined Tideway in 2015, and previously worked on Crossrail, various London Underground projects, DLR Extensions and projects in Ireland and Malaysia. Andy is a Fellow of the ICE and an ICE Trustee.
Construction Superintendent, Tideway East
Bryan joined Costain directly from leaving school and over the last 18 years he has been driven to develop his career and seek new and varied opportunities within the Costain Group. Starting as an apprentice Bryan has progressed to his current role of Construction Superintendent on Tideway East, running operations across 6 sites. He also plays an active role in shaping the standards and direction of the wider Costain Group.
In 2020 Bryan became a Fellow of the ICE and is one of the youngest members to achieve this status.
Tideway is London’s new strategic super-sewer, a 25km long sewer tunnel running under the River Thames at depths of up to 65m. The project requires major construction work to be undertaken at 21 sites across London, with complex connections to the live Thames Water sewer at 18 of these.
From the outset Tideway’s core value has been the health, safety and wellbeing of anyone involved in or affected by the project. To deliver that value Tideway set out to be transformational in its approach. In this talk Andy and Bryan will explain how the Tideway team has worked to achieve this, with a focus on teamwork, getting the basics right, and on encouraging and celebrating best practice.
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