PRECAST2016 Speaker profiles published

4 May 2016

Speaker Profiles

Andrew Slinn,

Head of Procurement |High Speed 2

Having spent several years developing and improving the global supply chains of UK based manufacturing businesses Andrew moved into the Public Sector Procurement Arena heading the Logistics and Procurement function at one of the UKs leading Hospital Foundation Trusts. He was instrumental in the development of a Just-in-Time at point of need availability model for the majority of consumables (including Pharmaceuticals) in use throughout the Trust and all of its facilities from a 1,200 bed Major Trauma Centre to smaller satellite clinics and surgeries.

More recently Andrew has taken up the Challenge of Procurement Lead (Route Wide Logistics) at HS2 Ltd, with responsibility for the strategic sourcing of all of the Logistics and Route Wide Strategies ensuring that the very high ethical and environmental standards of HS2 are maintained, whilst complying with the strict Public Procurement Regulations.

Marta Tomlinson

Solicitor | Kennedys Law

Marta advises and represents clients under investigation or subject to a variety of enforcement action brought by enforcing authorities such as the Health and Safety Executive, Environment Agency and other authorities with enforcement powers.

She also takes a lead role in the team as its principal motor defence advisor and advocate, as well as being adept at coronial law and legal representation at inquests.

Jerry McLaughlin,

Economics and Public Affairs | Mineral Products Association

Jerry McLaughlin is Executive Director, Economics and Public Affairs at the Mineral Products Association. He has worked in the industry for thirty years and his work involves developing the statistical and market outputs of the MPA and related forecasting work and engagement with a range of construction end economic information sources.

John Metcalfe

Managing Director |Peikko UK

Johns career in construction materials spans Technical, Production and Commercial roles in:

  • readymixed concrete with Steetley
  • bricks with Steetley & Redland,
  • Precast with RMC & CEMEX and
  • since 2007, MD for Peikko UK (with responsibility for UK, Ireland and other countries).

With operations in 33 countries, Peikko’s innovative solutions make customers’ building process faster, easier and more reliable.

Adam Reid,

Business Manager | Yara UK

Adam has been working for Yara for over 18 years first with Yara Nutriox -the septicity prevention chemical- and now Yara NitCal – the multifunctional admixture. Outside of work he follows Brighton football and Sussex cricket and likes nothing more than a nice pint and a good conversation.

Jeremy Wedge,

Head of Engineering |J & P Building Systems

Jeremy has a broad depth of experience in the construction sector having spent 30 years as a consultant before moving into the Connection business. He Heads up the technical team of J&P Building systems and is directly involved with product development within the parent Companies of Pfeifer, Jordahl and H-Bau.

Jeremy’s Consultancy experience places him well within the Technical department to understand customer needs and provide robust technical solutions.

Andy Price,

Strategic Health and Safety Manager |Silica and Moulding Sands Association

Andy is a chartered engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the industrial minerals sector in the fields of occupational health and safety, environment and quality. Respirable crystalline silica has been one of his specialist topics since the early part of his career, when he worked as an industrial hygienist taking exposure measurements. Nowadays, as Strategic Health and Safety Manager for Sibelco Europe, he represents the industry at Board level on a variety of UK and European industry trade associations and works on a number of technical committees. He is the current President of the Silica and Moulding Sands Association, which is the silica sand product group of MPA.

Ian Smart,

HM Inspector of Health and Safety |HSE

Ian Smart currently works for the HSE Engagement & Policy Directorate as part of its manufacturing sector. He is responsible for industries that produce building products and other non-metallic mineral products. This includes industries such as brick, ceramics, concrete, glass and stone. His work in respect of these industries includes liaison with trade bodies, overseeing HSE guidance and informing the frontline work of HSE. He is secretariat for the CHARGE industry advisory committee which is a tripartite forum for these industries.

Previously Ian spent over ten years as front line HSE inspector dealing with manufacturing, agriculture and construction. He had a particular interest in management of health and safety in small businesses advising & training HSE colleagues and LA regulators.

PRECAST2016 Programme


Registration & Exhibition Opens

Tea, Coffee & Breakfast Rolls Served

09.00 - 09.45

HS2 – Requirements of the Precast Industry & Opportunities

Andrew Slinn, Procurement Lead, High Speed 2


Safe Loading, Wincanton - Outside Demonstration

Safe use of Prefabricated Towers, Mentor Training - Outside Demonstration

10.00 – 10.50

Technical Seminars: From Associates

J&P Building Systems, Peikko UK, Yara UK

10.15 – 10.45

Economic Outlook

Jerry McLaughlin – Chief Economist, Mineral Products Association

10.45 – 11.15



Safe Loading, Wincanton - Outside Demonstration

Safe Use of Prefabricated Towers, Mentor Training -  Outside Demonstration

11.15 – 11.45

How Contractors are Embedding Sustainabiliy into Procurement

Steve Cook, Willmott Dixon & Member of Build UK

11.45 – 12.30

Building Information Modelling (BIM), Precast and the road to Level 2: Including British Precast Activity for Members

Duncan Reed – Director, Trimble Solutions (UK)

12.00 – 12.30

New Sentencing Guidelines for H&S Prosecutions

Marta Tomlinson, Kennedys Law



13.00 – 13.45

Annual General Meeting (AGM) & Executive Director Report

Keynote address from Paul Billinger, HSE

14.00 – 14.30

Risk Reduction & Acoustic Performance for Housing

John Tebbit – CEO, Robust Details


Safe Loading, Wincanton - Outside Demonstration

Safe Use of Prefabricated Towers, Mentor Training - Outside Demonstration

14.15 – 15.00

Reclassification of Respirable Crystalline Silica: Impacts for Precasters

Andy Price - Strategic Health and Safety Manager, Sibelco/Europe & President, Silica & Moulding Sands Association

15.00 – 16.00

Speed Networking


Exhibition Close