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Event Organiser: ICE

Sustainable Development principles, Birmingham

  • Networking
  • Birmingham
  • 19 March 2019
  • 08:00 - 10:00
Sustainable Development principles, Birmingham

About this event

A seminar to look at sustainable development principles in the region as part of the West Midlands Chair’s Programme.

The Chair’s Programme considers how industry can balance the environment, people and the economy and provides insight into how sustainability principles can be embedded into the procurement process to ensure the long-term resilience of the planet’s resources.

Questions the seminar will seek to answer are:

  • What is sustainable development?
  • What type of procurement models drive sustainability?
  • What would excellence in developing sustainable projects look like from the perspective of the client, contractor and customer?

Breakfast refreshments will be available from 07:45 hours.


Robert Blackadder

robert blackadder

Robert’s portfolio includes the design of infrastructure for many complex private and public sector developments, including two major extensions to the National Exhibition Centre and the Airbus 380 plant for BAE Systems at Broughton. He took a keen interest in value management at PB and led successful studies for major light rail, highways and building projects throughout the UK and in Beirut in the Lebanon, delivering cost reductions exceeding 100 times the cost of the study.

Whilst at PB, Robert participated in discussions at 10 Downing Street on key transport and energy issues. Robert has specialised in marketing and sales and value management for the past 20 years and has been an independent consultant since 2010. His experience includes the management and evaluation of bids in education, energy, facilities management, fleet, highways, nuclear, rail, and water sectors. His clients include Arriva, Bechtel, Costain, GoPlant, ISS, Morgan Sindall and Siemens. He is passionate about stimulating continual improvement, diversity, innovation and social value and sees the procurement process as a vital opportunity to improve the engineer’s valuable contribution to society.

Paula Gray

paula gray

Paula has 20 years experience working across all types of construction sectors representing both private and public spend clients.

With a strong track record for negotiation, coupled with a passion for developing win-win outcomes, Paula prides herself on a collaborative approach, bringing industry groups together to achieve value driven, sustainable and innovative results throughout the project.

A member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, Paula has a history of creating successful teams that operate to the highest standard of commercial best practice.

Recent professional achievements include award nominations for Innovation and supply chain excellence. Paula is an advocate of shared best practice and learning and works with a number of organisations, both supporting initiatives and speak at events, to encourage working partnerships.

Event venue

Pinsent Masons
55 Colmore Row
Birmingham B3 2FG
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Alex Sargeson

e: [email protected]