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30 September 2015 - 20:58, by , in Uncategorized, No comments

2015 info flier final

Well it’s kicking off with this year’s regional conference, and we are very proud to announce the following speakers:

Dr Rachael Unsworth – @UnsworthRachael

Dr. Rachael Unsworth is an urban geographer with experience of both commercial and academic research. She read geography at Cambridge and then held a research studentship in the Department of Land Economy. After completing her PhD, she spent several years in property research working for Cluttons in London. During that time she helped to set up and run the Society of Property Researchers.

A part-time lecturer at the University of Leeds from 1994-2013, Rachael taught and researched a range of topics on sustainable development, urban regeneration, planning and natural resources. Her overarching interest is in the evolution of cities in the long term.

Now ‘a geographer at large’, she is engaged in freelance consultancy and writing, aiming to integrate thinking about global, national and regional trends into local development and planning for a sustainable future. 

Sakthy Selvakumaran – @sakthys

Sakthy Selvakumaran is a civil-structural engineer working on innovative products and solutions in construction for the Engineering Excellence Group of Laing O’Rourke. Named one of the Top 30 Under the Age of 30 in manufacturing as part of the “Make it in Great Britain” campaign by the UK Government Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Sakthy has worked as a civil/structural engineer in fields from sustainability consultancy to structural design of infrastructure. She has lived and worked internationally in the UK, Canada, Peru and Spain, and is currently providing a voice for trends and issues in engineering as a guest blogger for the Huffington Post. Her interest in smart infrastructure has led her to recently start a PhD with the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction within Cambridge University Engineering Department.

Dr Phil Studd – @ramboll

Dr Phil Studd is based at the Ramboll UK Leeds office, where he is the director responsible for environmental consultancy.  He has worked for 15 years as a scientist and consultant to industry, particularly with regard to contamination — land and water — and associated risk and remediation issues. He is experienced in managing environmental liability on behalf of clients and of demonstrating due diligence in anticipation of developing legislation, such as Waste Management Regulations and the Water Framework Directive.

Phil’s scientific abilities — including testing, analysis and predictive modelling — and his understanding of regulatory and commercial issues are complemented by his skill as a communicator. He often acts as the interface between client and legislator to broker solutions that are both compliant and economically viable.

At Leeds University, Phil is guest lecturer in both the Civil Engineering and Earth Sciences departments. He contributes frequently to professional journals and magazines.

Rob Wolfe – @RobWolfeRenew

Rob Wolfe is the Executive Director of Renew.  He has worked in physical and social regeneration for 15 years; working in prisons, charities and for local government in client facing, developmental and strategic roles. Partnership working, leadership and social benefit are at the heart of his experience and expertise: ensuring projects and people achieve the combined objectives of the private, public and third sectors, while benefiting the communities they serve. His goal is not to be needed.

Stephen Taylor – @portcentric

Stephen Taylor formed PortCentric Logistics Partners Ltd to provide investors and operators with advisory services in market analysis, port operations, infrastructure capacity analyses and business opportunity evaluation. PCLP works with clients and their professional advisers to build competitive advantage and to deliver viable investment projects at or adjacent to ports.

And, of course, the magnificent Ian McMillan who will be MCing throughout the day. – @IMcMillan

Come and join us on the 12th November at the Yorkshire Air Museum to explore what infrastructure means to the region.

To book tickets, please go to here

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