Enabling infrastructure and buildings to better withstand biochemical threats

Director of DBG Defence Hamish de Bretton-Gordon gave a confidential presentation to acumen7 members today on current threats to bio-security. Hamish covered where the threats are perceived to be coming from, and how we can enable our infrastructure and buildings to better withstand them. Hamish has served and volunteered in conflict zones around the world and unearthed evidence of multiple chemical attacks in the current Syrian conflict. He continues to advise the Government at the highest level, including after the 2018 Novichok poisoning in Salisbury. Hamish was formerly a British Army officer for 23 years and commanding officer of the UK’s Joint Chemical, Biological and Nuclear Regiment and NATO’s Rapid Reaction CBRN Battalion. Hamish is the author of Chemical Warrior.

 

Network support

acumen7 member Jes Newman was seeking feedback from the network on some potential next steps in his career. Jes listed his career passions as people development, customer service and ‘looking out for the world’. Now based in Cornwall, Jes shared the fascinating story of how he got where he is today, which drew some parallels with other members. Jes invited the members’ views when comparing their own context to his.

 

An overview of the Croatia project

acumen7’s March meeting had a true member focus. First up were Robert Williams, Robert Osborne, John Pilkington and Andrew Joss (and in spirit Donnie MacNicol). They showcased their teamwork from the last few years while they have been supporting the government of a developing EU country with its strategic investment planning. They shared their experience of working together as members of the acumen7 network, and highlighted reflections and things to think about when considering future assignments. They also sought input on ways the work might be utilised and leveraged for the benefit of the whole network.

 

Moving from the Productivity Puzzle to the Productivity Conversation

Long-standing acumen7 member Peter Dixon was February’s second presenter. Peter explained that a ‘productivity puzzle’ has arisen from the way issues have been formulated for decades. The economists say productivity drives growth, whereas the strategists say growth drives productivity. Reformulating the issue opens up opportunities for valuable discussions and enables a productivity conversation to replace the productivity puzzle. Peter also illustrated why manufacturing really matters and how manufacturing sectors form the physical linkages between economies. The informative session included an overview of experience curves and how long term competitor performance is driven by comparative performance relative to economy averages. 

 

Disruptive Technology Update

At acumen7’s February meeting, Darya Bahram shared a fascinating insight from a PwC survey revealing 69% of CEOs agree that emerging technologies will disrupt their business over the next few years. Darya, Secretary General of the Association of Consultant Architects, then gave the assembled members an enlightening overview of just what that will entail, covering Building Information Modelling (BIM), Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), Blockchain, Smart Contracts, FinTech, RegTech and InsurTech. The advantages of this automation include higher accuracy, uniform quality, increased productivity, reduced costs and the ability to avoid potential risks.

For more information on the Association of Consultant Architects, visit: https://acarchitects.co.uk/

 

 

 

Associate Member introductions: Meg Reed & Danish Mishra

The second session at acumen7’s January meeting was an opportunity to find out more about the network’s two newly appointed Associate Members.

Meg Reed is the Client Development Manager – Construction at Wilson James. Meg is a specialist in logistics, operations, construction, development, and real estate project and portfolio management. She is passionate about sustainability, innovative logistics and challenging the status quo.

For more information on Wilson James, visit: https://wilsonjames.co.uk/

Danish Mishra is Head of Analytics & Senior Consultant at Complete. Having started out in rocket science, he now helps organisations build competitive advantage. Danish specialises in how knowledge – specifically tacit knowledge – flows through networks, whether they are human, social or computer networks, and its implications for organisations and complex systems.

For more information on Complete Coherence, visit: https://complete-coherence.com/