As part of our ongoing participation, James Callaghan and I attended the Supply Chain Sustainability School infrastructure supplier day in Derby.
The day aimed to spark innovation and collaboration between clients, contractors and members of the infrastructure supply chain. Speakers included Graham Edgell, director of sustainability and procurement for Morgan Sindall, and Dean Kerwick-Chrisp, head of sustainable development and design at Highways England.
The event was really well attended – I think there were about 150 people there. Around 40 of them had never heard of the Supply Chain Sustainability School. I was the spokesperson for our table, and co-ordinated the group sessions and exercises.
The day began with a welcome from Ian Heptonstall, director of the Supply Chain Sustainability School. Then Graham Edgell gave a presentation on tackling the challenge of sustainability and materials in the infrastructure supply chain. Round table discussions on overcoming sustainability challenges followed.
After the networking lunch, I was a member of the Q&A panel. It felt a little bit like question time: the audience fired questions and you were handed a microphone to answer there and then. The panel included:
- Dean Kerwick-Chrisp, Highways England
- Tracey Fogg, Laing O’Rourke
- Paul Paddick, Carillion
- Graham Edgell, Morgan Sindall
- Ian Nicholson, Supply Chain Sustainability School
- Ian Heptonstall, Supply Chain Sustainability School
All of the members and partners identified that the biggest single challenge that everyone is facing and will face in the future is shortages. We face shortages of materials, steel, equipment and people, with an increasing demand on these resources from existing and impending projects.
We are partners and have gold status in the Supply Chain Sustainability School. There is more information on the Supply Chain Sustainability School website.
All in all the day was interesting and a good opportunity to develop our network.