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Top guns to lead debate at Civils 2000

BIG CONSTRUCTION names will lead a debate on improving construction efficiency at the Civils 2000 exhibition at Birmingham NECnext month.

Carillion chief executive Sir Neville Simms, Kvaerner executive vice president David Fison, Thames Water engineering director David Glendinning, Ernst & Young managing consultant Frank Devoy and Hammerson director Geoff Wright are set to chair construction best practice masterclasses, organised by the Construction Best Practice Programme.

'We have some powerful guns on board and expect to stimulate debate, said CBPP director Zara Lamont. She added that the masterclass sessions would be calling on the experience of firms that have led the quest for improved performance.

Masterclasses, to be run on all three days of Civils, are aimed at clients, consultants and contractors. Delegates attending the workshops will have an opportunity to hear how other industry players have tackled productivity and performance improvement through a series of case studies.

The case study line up includes Bob Simpson, head of development at supermarket chain ASDA; electrical store Dixons' director John Corless;

contractor Thomas Vale's director Tony Hynde; contractor Wates' director David Stanley; consultant Holmes Partnership's partner Harry Phillips; and partner at consultant Whitby Bird Mark Whitby.

Speakers will compare performances against CBPP key performance indicators, Lamont said.

Presentations will be candid and provocative, she predicted. Wates director Stanley claimed development of best practice working methods had delivered a 30% year on year improvement in profits, in the last five years.

'We have achieved change within the firm and now need to take it to the supply chain. We envisage doing more business with fewer companies, ' he said.

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