Monthly State of the Nation Panel Discussion

27 Nov
Friday 27th November 2020

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Join us for Our Monthly State of the Nation Panel Discussion 


Keith Blizzard
Unusually, Keith is a Non-Solicitor Partner and Head of the Construction and Engineering Team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys, Solicitors.  Keith is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Chartered Construction Manager, Chartered Arbitrator, Panel Adjudicator, Accredited and Panel Mediator, Accredited Dispute Board Member, Forensic Surveyor and Visiting Lecturer.

Amongst a number of appointments, Keith is a Director of CE Midlands, current Chairman of the Birmingham and Black Country CE Club and serves on the Regional Board of the RICS.  Keith was appointed a Trustee of the CIOB earlier this year.

Keith has been involved in most aspects of quantity surveying, project management and contract administration from inception to completion of a wide range of projects and under a number of different forms of construction contract.  Keith’s project experience includes residential accommodation, multi-storey offices, healthcare and public/government buildings, education and laboratories, airports, commercial and industrial developments, defence and engineering installations and petrol retail.

Keith uses his huge breadth of experience both as a construction professional and as an arbitrator and adjudicator to take an holistic approach when advising clients in relation to construction projects including in order to avoid, manage or resolve disputes.

Keith is passionate about the construction industry and changing it for the better.

Dan Macey
Dan has worked in the insulation and cladding industry since 2008, however, has been involved in the construction industry since the age of 17 giving him a wealth of experience and knowledge in both new build and refurbishment sectors.

Dan has recently set up Holistic Housing Solutions Ltd to specialise in modern methods of construction and offsite technologies offering a variety of solutions through his collaboration with supply chain partners attributing to the rapid delivery and efficiency of much-needed homes without compromise. Used individually or collectively these concepts have a positive impact on improving
the quality, enhancing the performance and reducing the overall build programme when compared to traditional methods.

The use of MMC and Offsite technologies aid to positively disrupt the housing sector to bridge the gap between traditional developments and the Government demand for more homes. Without embracing the use of these rigorously tested innovative solutions, this demand grows further out of

Dan is passionate about collaborative working which will be a driving force behind the growth of Holistic Housing Solutions Ltd. He takes a very personal approach to exhaust all avenues that will improve build times and methods whilst maintaining high-quality standards of both materials and supply.

John Nielsen
John is a chartered civil engineer and environmentalist. A founding director of CK21 Ltd in Newcastle he has also been on the boards of CIC, CENE and APS. He is currently the chair of CIC NE committee and CIC Nations and Regions champion leading the development and production of the NE of England Construction Strategy – One Voice 2020. As chair of the University of Northumbria’s Civil engineering department industrial advisory board he has also been at the forefront of the development of the apprenticeship degree with over 20 students enrolled in September. Co-author of the APS Principal Designer guide he has given numerous talks on CDM/design risk management and on the state of the NE region construction industry.

Robert Chapman
Robert's career has seen me transition from working for the likes of Strutt & Parker, The Severn Trent Water Authority, Powys County Council Land Agents Department, The National Trust to The Welsh Development Agency, Grimley International Property Advisors, Stephenson & Alexander before creating his own consultancy practice on 1st April 2001. Now, he is a sought-after commercial property and regeneration expert who combines commercial know how of the economic impact of property on organisations with the gravitas to influence major decisions. He challenges conventional thinking, offers valuable insights and consistently achieves results beyond expectation. He develops and executes the best, not necessarily the easiest, strategies to achieve results.