Meet the team: transforming construction challenge

Engineer and architect analysing of under construction project with digital technology

Behind all Innovate UK’s programmes are committed teams, working to deliver for partners, businesses and society.

As the transforming construction challenge enters its final year, Hannah Gibson highlights the key roles of the core delivery team since 2018.

From founding their own companies, to working across other parts of UKRI, our team was inspired to accelerate a shift away from cheapness and lowest cost, to whole-life value in construction.

Developing competitions and opportunities

In 2018, we started developing competitions and opportunities, involving the construction industry, academia and beyond.

Once our collaborative projects were in place, we helped support them through their projects, investing in their cutting-edge innovations. This ranged from extending and adapting projects due to COVID-19, through to providing businesses with further insight for their research.

From 2020 to 2022, we have been focused on:

  • translating the impact of the challenge
  • telling compelling stories of our businesses
  • transforming a system that was working for no one, to one with a focus on whole-life value.

An external report was undertaken to assess the impact of the challenge (albeit in these early days, as the legacy of the challenge will surpass 2022).

Proud of our impacts

As a team we are proud of the impacts made. From industry investment exceeding original targets. Through to results of projects transforming construction have supported being applied on over £14 billion worth of developments, with a pipeline taking this over £25 billion.

We now want to share these stories with you. Watch our impact video, read the external report, our project brochure, and our stories catalogue. Find out about the story of transforming construction.

Connect with our team

Connect with our team and find out more:

Mat ColmerMat Colmer

Senior Innovation Lead

A deep construction sector expert, Mat manages our technical project portfolio and led our work with the investor community.

Chris CoonickChris Coonick

Innovation Lead

The team’s net zero champion, Chris led on decarbonisation projects and now runs the innovation programme we have with Ofgem.

Henry DudmanHenry Dudman

Project Manager

Our planning wizard, Henry has managed our data and kept the team on track through programme cycles.

Hannah GibsonHannah Gibson

Innovation Lead

The team’s skills and people person, Hannah has led on:

Simon HartSimon Hart

Head of Construction

Our long tenured construction innovation authority, Simon managed our competitions and now leads on digital twins for Innovate UK.

Natasha HeimersNatasha Heimers

Project Manager

An energetic project manager, Tash made programmes such as ICURe possible while keeping benefits data on track.

Nicola MancellNicola Mancell

Impact Manager

An impact guru, Nicola developed our benefits measurement system then moved on to do the same job for the whole of UKRI.

Russ MatthewsRuss Matthews

Programme Manager

Our governance lead, Russ programme managed the challenge and provides the performance reporting.

Mike PittsDr Mike Pitts

Deputy Challenge Director

Having set up the challenge, Mike then led on storytelling to drive culture change and establishing the Construction Innovation Hub.

Sherrie RadSherrie Rad

Innovation Lead

With a background in the commercial world, Sherrie led on our digital, artificial intelligence, and infrastructure projects and relationship with i3P.

Sam StaceySam Stacey

Challenge Director

A recognised construction innovation leader, Sam came in to lead the challenge and high-level engagement with industry and government.

Liam WinderLiam Winder

Innovation Lead

Our digital and internet-of-things expert, Liam led on projects with a heavy digital technology element.

Top image:  Credit: ipopba, Getty Images

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