NZ Construction & Civil Industries Summit

Comprehensive and practical insights driving industry wide solutions

Chair

Jenny Parker

General Manager Recruitment

Building Recruitment Ltd

President

National Association of Women in Construction

Jenny has 20 successful years’ experience in Recruitment with no signs of stopping! Jenny is clearly enthusiastic about the Building and Construction industry, and this passion has helped her to secure strong relationships with clients and candidates over the last 7 years at Building Recruitment. She has a genuine interest in people, and through her positive spirit and confident way about her, generates fruitful placements that are long lasting. As General Manager she strives to uplift and strengthen communication and relationships with both clients, candidates and internal team members Jenny is the President of the National Association of Woman in Construction (NAWIC).
International Keynote

Prof Andrew T Harris

Director of the Engineering Excellence Group

Laing O'Rourke

Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

University of Sydney

Andrew Harris is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The University of Sydney, and the Australian director of Laing O’Rourke’s future engineering and innovation consultancy, the Engineering Excellence Group. Laing O’Rourke is Australia’s largest private engineering and construction business, with local turnover of ~$3 bn p.a. Andrew received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2002 and is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and Engineers Australia (IEAust). Throughout his career he has worked at the interface between industry and academia. He is an expert in disruptive innovation, with deep experience of most of the technologies likely to impact all industry sectors in the future, including IoT, robotics and automation, big data, digital, augmented and virtual reality, biomimetics, smart cities and AI. Andrew is a non executive Director of Hazer Group (ASX:HZR), a listed clean tech and serves on the board of the Australian Research Council Centre for Robotic Vision. He was recognised as one of Australia’s 50 most innovative engineers by peak body Engineers Australia in 2016.
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