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Meet the Speakers at The UK Concrete Show

Speakers at The UK Concrete Show 2024
Speakers at The UK Concrete Show 2024

This week's UK Concrete Show offers a packed itinerary of informative seminars with first-class speakers. These speakers are at the heart of the concrete industry and their inspirational words will leave you feeling ready to take on new challenges. From new innovations to staying on track for Net Zero 2025, there's plenty to learn.

Wednesday 20th March

Morning Session - 10:45 - 12:30

Meeting the challenge of net zero: navigating the future of sustainable concrete

Insights into low-carbon concrete, cutting-edge emission reduction strategies, the role of additives, and innovative production solutions. Illuminating the path toward the UK’s ambitious goal of achieving net zero by 2050 (or earlier).

10:50 - 11:05 - Decarbonising the UK concrete industry: an update

Elaine Toogood, Director, Architecture and Sustainable Design, MPA - The Concrete Centre

11:05 - 11:25 - Practical low carbon concrete construction in Europe’s largest hospital project

Colin Dowds, Global Technical Manager, Imerys

11:25 - 11:40 - A model linking compressive strength and porosity in ternary system: metakaolin, limestone, cement

Pascal Gonnon, Global Senior Manager for cement, mortar and concrete applications, Omya UK

11:40 - 11:55 - Concrete2Concrete recycling: bringing low carbon and circular solutions to the concrete industry through technology transfer

John Twitchen, Director, Xeroc Ltd 

11:55 - 12:15 - Ecoshot low carbon shotcrete: preparing the sprayed concrete industry for the changes to CEMI production in the UK

Stuart Manning, Technical Director, Shotcrete Services

Afternoon Session - 13:00 - 14:20

Prevention or Cure? Exploring advantages in concrete construction

Dive into the specific nuances of prevention, cure, repair, remediation, waterproofing, and new build approaches in the UK's concrete construction sector.

13:05 - 13:25 - Prevention "and" cure: solutions for challenging environments

Damian Thomas, Commercial Development Manager, Infrastructure, Imerys

13:25 - 13:45 - Self-healing concrete for underground construction

Dr Omar Hamza, Associate Professor in Civil Engineering, University of Derby

13:45 - 14:05 - Where concrete repair and sustainability meet

Deiniol Williams, Area Sales Manager, South West, Fosroc, past President of The Concrete Society, and Craig Hannam, Market Sector Manager UK & ROI, Fosroc

14:45 - 15:00 - All matters concrete

Kathy Calverley MBE, Managing Director, The Concrete Society

15:15 - 15:30 - Innovation spotlight: Recent advances in graphene enhanced concrete

Dr Lisa Scullion, Applications Manager, Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre - The University of Manchester

Thursday 21st March

Morning Session - 11:00 - 12:30

Celebrating Innovation: showcasing concrete technology

The groundbreaking ideas, projects, and technologies that are reshaping the concrete construction landscape in the UK. Discover success stories that highlight the creativity and progress within the field, and the sector-specific challenges and solutions.

11:05 - 11:15 - Innovation: driving a more sustainable concrete future

Ian Riley, CEO, World Cement Association

11:15 - 11:35 - Concrete evolution: unleashing digital tools for low carbon construction

Paul O'Hanlon, Global R&D Project Manager, Holcim

11:35 - 11:55 - Developing concrete products in a sustainable and cost-effective eco-system

Dr Andrew Smith, Head of Materials Development, Forterra PLC, and Associate Professor of Mineral Product Technology, University of Derby

11:55 - 12:15 - Seratech: Transforming CO2 into Sustainable Cement

Sam Draper, CEO & Co-founder, Seratech

Afternoon Session - 13:00 - 14:30

Keeping the concrete industry safe

This session explores proactive approaches to fostering a safer working environment through leadership, training and fulfilling social responsibilities. It also explores the latest safety legislation affecting the sector.

13:05 - 13:25 - Addressing the “S” of ESG for concrete batch plants

James Bullock, CEO, ConSpare, and President, MHEA

13:25 - 13:40 - MP Connect delivering safer outcomes

James Thorne, Joint CEO IQ and MPQC

13:40 - 14:00 - Safety leadership is not just about health & safety

Mike Phillips F.I.Q., CEO, British Aggregates Association

14:00 - 14:15 - Concrete wash water: best practice

Jonathan Goldsmith, Principal Scientist, Bluerinse 

View the full seminar programme here.