Webinar: Project Speed - A cross-sector perspective

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In June, Boris Johnson announced a new infrastructure delivery taskforce, named “Project Speed” with the aim of ensuring that the UK’s vital infrastructure including schools, hospitals, transport and other networks will be delivered better, greener and faster in the future.  Project Speed has reviewed the end-to-end delivery process of infrastructure projects, applying learnings from across a number of case study projects to create a comprehensive set of reforms, including the reform of environmental regulations and planning systems reforms.  Join us as we discuss Project Speed, its aims, and how it fits into the wider National Infrastructure Strategy.

In this session you will:

  • Hear how the planned reforms and changes will impact the infrastructure sphere, both across the public and private sectors
  • Learn how the private and public sectors can work together to deliver the government’s set targets
  • Pose your questions live to our panel
  • Huda As'ad

    Head of Performance

    Infrastructure and Projects Authority

    Huda is a chartered civil engineer with over 18 years of experience in the UK construction and infrastructure market. Having started her career working for one of the UK’s largest contractors delivering major projects throughout London and the South East, she subsequently joined EY (formerly known as Ernst & Young) to work on some of the largest infrastructure programmes in the UK and abroad including the London 2012 Olympics (6 years of reporting to the ODA’s Chief Risk Officer managing the co-sources internal audit and assurance team), Dublin Airport T2 project (setting up the capital projects internal audit function), National Grid (redesigning the governance process for the £30bn capital delivery programme within Electricity Transmission), Thames Tideway Tunnel (advised both management and government on risk and cost analysis), and Network Rail (conducted internal reviews of Infrastructure Projects). Huda now works for the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, which reports jointly to the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury, as the Head of Infrastructure Performance, with a portfolio that includes providing commercial advice and support to the three major build programmes covering schools, hospital and prisons. Leveraging her years of experience advising Board executives, a solid commercial background and a portfolio of procurement related roles, she is focussed on the government’s Infrastructure and Construction procurement agenda, and is co-author of the government’s Construction Playbook. Huda currently sits on several programme boards fulfilling different roles – as an advisor, as the government’s representative and as a non-executive director. Huda is also a construction ambassador and is passionate about supporting the STEM agenda in schools.

  • Sue Kershaw

    Managing Director, Transportation

    Costain Group

    Sue has a strong track record for driving complex, high profile transport and construction programmes to delivery.  She is currently president of the Association for Project Management, a member of the Mayor of London’s Infrastructure Advisory Panel and a Royal Academy of Engineering visiting professor at the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, University College London. In March 2020, Sue joined Costain as managing director, Transportation with a brief to lead the Group’s Transport business, develop and implement a sustainable growth strategy, and deliver long-term profitable relationships with customers. Before joining Costain, Sue was managing director, Infrastructure Advisory Group at KPMG. Prior to that she was UK infrastructure head of programme management for KPMG Major Projects Advisory. Previous positions include director of rail, Europe at CH2M and deputy director of transport for the Olympic Delivery Authority.  Sue is a civil engineer and started her career with Taylor Woodrow.

  • Chris Lewis

    Partner, EY UK Infrastructure Leader


    Chris Lewis is a Partner at EY and leads their UK Infrastructure team.  He advises on major UK infrastructure projects, including new nuclear power, upgrades to UK power networks, nuclear decommissioning, smart motorways, rail and smart meters. He has published several points of view including “Managing Pre-investment risks”, “Small Modular Reactors” and “Fueling the Next Generation”. Chris started his career at Andersen Consulting in Oil and Gas, advising BP and Shell.  He joined EY 15 years ago to establish the new Advisory business, focusing on development of critical UK infrastructure. He has a degree in economics from Cambridge University.


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