Insurance Backed Alliancing under the IPI Model

Our thanks goes to Kevin Thomas, Managing Director of IPInitiatives Limited for his presentation to members of acumen7 in the October monthly meeting.

IP Inititatives’ goal is to change the construction industry by implementing a new procurement and delivery model.

Kevin gave us a great talk on what sets apart IP Inititative’s model from the traditional insurance models and current methods of construction delivery. 

Questions came thick and fast from the members of acumen7 to Kevin and he fielded them with expertise, sparking passionate discussions.

For more information on the great work IP Inititives are doing to change the construction industry check their website: https://www.ipinitiatives.co.uk/ 

Measuring the sustainability of project outcomes

acumen7 member Warren Beardall shared the background to the PhD he is about to start at Leeds University during which he will explore whether sustainability can sit as a central project objective and benefit from united influence of project actors through the appropriate choices of project control. Approaching a PhD mid-way through his career, Warren is well placed to undertake this research, as he has 25 years of industry experience within the PFI sample space, a career focused on project risk and control, a recent MSc distinction in Project Management and is currently embarking on a second MSc in Psychology.

To see more from Warren, visit: Warren Beardall – projects | within projects (projectswithinprojects.blog)

 

Economic and financial market outlook

Some fascinating insights from Marc Hendriks kicked off acumen7’s June meeting. Marc shared a macroeconomic outlook of the financial markets, and the causes of UK and global inflation. Marc also spoke about why he decided to launch a start-up 18 months ago, GreenGrowth Investments and highlighted the challenges so far. Marc is the Co-Founder and CIO of GreenGrowth, which offers a pioneering investment app enabling retail investors to invest sustainably based on their lifestyle. GreenGrowth aims to make sustainability the new normal for investing, and allows everyday retail investors to participate by investing into these solutions, letting them have a positive impact and healthy financial returns.

For more information on GreenGrowth Investments, visit: Ethical Investment – GreenGrowth

 

An update on Opiner

acumen7 were delighted to welcome back Steve Molesworth of Opiner, who gave an update on developments over the last two years. Opiner is a novel video insight platform, that puts people front and centre in creative endeavours. It challenges the status quo and inspires others to think big by seeing things through other’s eyes. Opiner offers engagement with bespoke communities for every project and can evidence a strategy for continuous learning.

For more information on Opiner, visit: https://opiner.app/

 

An introduction to AECOM

acumen7 member Giles Price hosted this month’s meeting at AECOM’s London office, where Giles is the CTO for Europe and International. AECOM partners with those who want to make a positive difference as they lead the change towards a more sustainable and equitable future. As the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, AECOM is one team driven by a common purpose in everything they do: Delivering a better world.

For more information on AECOM, visit: https://aecom.com/

 

Member feedback

April’s second presentation was from acumen7 member Andrew Cobden, who was seeking feedback from the network on some potential next steps in his career. Andrew has worked in the property industry for over 25 years and is currently MD of Vastint UK. Andrew’s experience has afforded him exposure to a broad range of property sectors and for the past 10+ years he has overseen three large-scale mixed-use city centre projects. He is as comfortable in setting the vision for a place as he is with defining the needs of the buildings and spaces that populate it. Andrew leaves Vastint in June and is exploring a number of options. He shared a few ideas, with the members then offering feedback and alternative views.