HOSTS

JASON MOHAMMAD

Broadcaster, Jason Mohammad will host the 2021 BMF All Industry Conference which takes place in historic Yorkshire in November.

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A popular and much respected tv and radio host, Jason currently fronts TV’s Final Score, Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2 and his weekday morning radio show for BBC Radio Wales.  Jason has also fronted coverage of the World Snooker Championships, Six Nations Rugby and was a key member of the presentation teams at the last two Olympics, Commonwealth Games, World Cups and European Football Championships.

Away from sport, Jason has co-hosted Crimewatch, presented Wales Children in Need and tested his acting skills appearing as a news presenter in two Christmas special episodes of Dr Who. 

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “We are delighted that Jason will be hosting the building materials industry’s first post-pandemic Conference.  We are looking forward to welcoming a full house of delegates from across the entire sector.”

 

Martin Bayfield

At 6’10” Martin Bayfield was one of the tallest men in rugby, a gift he used to full advantage as one of England’s most potent forwards. After retiring, his height helped him secure the part of Robbie Coltrane’s body double as the giant Hagrid in the Harry Potter films.
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On the field Martin enjoyed a successful international career, winning 31 England caps and two Grand Slams. He played in the World Cup in South Africa and represented the British Lions in New Zealand. Injury finished his career just as the game turned professional (as an amateur he combined playing with his job in the police), and he found himself uncomfortable in a coaching role. Luckily, a chance encounter with a film executive led to an invite to the set of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone where the production needed someone who might pass as a giant. His two weeks of work as an extra led to over 20 weeks of work as an actor across the whole film series.

Martin’s brush with Hollywood was the start of a new career, with more acting roles and a move into TV presenting. He’s since become an established member of the BT Sport and ITV Sport commentary teams. He’s fronted coverage of the NFL and The World’s Strongest Man contest, and joined the presenting team on Crimewatch. He’s even tried his comedic skills at the Edinburgh Fringe and displayed his kitchen skills on Celebrity MasterChef.

A natural and accomplished host and a hugely entertaining speaker, with impeccable comic timing, Martin appeals to all audiences. He covers serious points on how teams operate and individuals thrive when they are encouraged to push the boundaries of their responsibilities. He also recounts entertaining tales from the rugby pitch to the film set to the police force.

SPEAKERS

Rt Hon JOHN BERCOW

John Bercow, the first Speaker of the House of Commons since World War II to keep order in front of four Prime Ministers, will take on a very different speaking role at the BMF All Industry Conference 2021 in November.

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John Bercow entered Parliament as Conservative MP for Buckingham in 1997 and was appointed Shadow Chief Treasury and then Work and Pensions Secretary before resigning to support the Labour Government’s policy to allow unmarried gay and heterosexual couples to adopt.  He is, however, best known as Speaker Bercow.

Having been elected to the role with a mission to “strengthen the backbenches and recognise that Parliament is more than a rubber-stamping operation for the government of the day”, he built a reputation as a reformer and was re-elected three times.  During his decade long tenure he extended the time for PMQs and increased the use of “Urgent Questions”, requiring Ministers to make 685 statements on pressing issues. 

His determination to champion the rights of Parliament inevitably attracted supporters and detractors, notably during the Brexit debates when he dismissed accusations of bias saying his role was to stand up for the rights of the House of Commons.

As Speaker Bercow, John had to be neutral but now there are no such constraints on his views, which should make for a memorable Conference address.  As well as his Saturday morning speaking session, John will also join BMF members on Friday night’s Dine-Around.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said:

“In the year that the UK begins a new relationship with the European Union and in the wake of the disruption caused by Covid-19, we are delighted that John Bercow, who was at the centre of Parliament for a decade will share his opinions with Conference. 

GEOFF RAMM

Geoff Ramm, the customer experience guru who motivates clients and conference audiences to stand out from the crowd, has been confirmed to speak at the BMF All Industry Conference 2021, in November.

As the creator and author of Celebrity Service Geoff has challenged and inspired audiences across 43 countries to create award-winning ideas to outperform the competition. His clients include Emirates, Warner Brothers and McDonalds.

This is not the first time Geoff has encouraged the merchant industry to think differently. Five years ago, he memorably introduced the concept of OMG marketing at the BMF All Industry Conference in Malta.  Now he is returning to inspire BMF delegates to create a customer experience like no other, with a unique concept described by the influential Forbes business magazine as “A Game Changer.”

John Newcomb, BMF CEO said: “Geoff is not just an entertaining speaker, he has his finger on the pulse of real-life customer service that will set any business head and shoulders above the competition. Be prepared for an eye-opening experience.”

Geoff will also host the Conference’s Marketing Workshop – one of four taking place at the event – which will be sponsored by MRA and chaired by Mark Mallinder, Chairman of the BMF Marketing Forum and Marketing Director of EH Smith.

Andy Mitchell, CBE

Of the first two speakers to be named, Andy Mitchell will provide a broader construction industry perspective, drawing on his experience as Co-Chair of the Construction Leadership Council as well as his leading role in number of major infrastructure projects. 

Andy Mitchell is currently responsible for delivering the Thames Tideway Tunnel, London’s 25km super sewer which will intercept, store and ultimately transfer sewage waste away from the River Thames. The £4.2bn project is due to be completed in 2025. 

He was previously Programme Director and board member at Crossrail, and the Major Programme Director of the Thameslink Programme.  Earlier in his career he worked on major developments overseas including Hong Kong Airport and Hong Kong West Rail. He was appointed Co-Chair of the Construction Leadership Council in 2018. In response to the Covid-19 crisis he has been instrumental in refreshing the structure of the CLC, creating and building upon the CLC Task Force to broaden industry representation and reach within the body.  The new structure places the CLC Task Force at the heart of the continuing drive to lead and transform the industry as set out in the CLC Industry Recovery Plan.

Andy is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.  He was awarded the CBE for his services to Civil Engineering.

Peter Hallitt

Pete Hallitt will give a suppliers’ view, as a member of the executive team that has helped to ensure that Marshalls not only leads the hard landscaping sector, with a revenue of around £500m, but is also a world class business.

Pete Hallitt originally trained as an engineer, but for the last 35 years he has worked in the commercial arena with market leading brands including British Steel and Stanley Black & Decker, and now Marshalls. The combination of experience in building materials, construction products and DIY/FMCG goods allows Pete to fully understand the dynamic complexities of trade, supply chains and UK production.

Under his guidance, Marshalls maintains its position with distributors, specifiers and users alike, increasing the company’s influence on the job site whilst managing the customer project pipeline.

Pete was proud to be admitted into the Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants in 2017 and is an active supporter of the industry. He is also a keen member of the BMF.

Nick Roberts

As CEO of Travis Perkins plc, Nick leads the UK’s largest supplier of building materials to the construction industry.

Nick is a geologist by profession with over 25 years of international engineering consulting experience, and an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He joined Travis Perkins in 2019 from design, engineering and project management consultancy, Atkins, where he was CEO.  He is now responsible for a £7bn market leading business including Travis Perkins Builders’ Merchants, Toolstation and Wickes.

Nick is a passionate advocate of safety and wellbeing, and of working collaboratively to improve productivity and diversity in the construction industry. He also supports the Travis Perkins’ Armed Forces Covenant programme, and is Deputy Chair, Trustee and Director of the Forces in Mind Trust in the UK, whose mission is to help servicemen and women transition to successful civilian lives.   

 

Paul bence

Paul heads up the George Bence Group, one of the country’s most successful independents and a family-run sixth generation business based in Gloucestershire. He will draw on his experience of taking a single independent branch and delivering a multifaceted builders merchant with a clear product segmentation plan over the last decade.

Paul’s first role within the family business transformed their struggling Obsidian Kitchens & Bathroom brand. The Group’s lightside business now encompasses multiple retail and trade showrooms. He took over as MD in 2010 and has directed similar growth across product sectors in heavyside, roofing and decorating. 

He is also Trading Director of K&B Showrooms within the Fortis independent merchant buying group, chairman of the BMF Kitchen & Bathroom Forum. A former BMF Young Merchant, he became the youngest member of the Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants when he joined in 2006.

 

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Jamil Qureshi

Jamil Qureshi is the author of the acclaimed The Mind Coach, one of the foremost practitioners of performance-enhancing psychology and an expert in high-performing teams. Jamil’s knowledge of optimising human potential comes from experience of working with some of the world’s top individuals and teams in sport and business. He will share practical insights into the psychology of attaining high performance.

As one of the most influential figures in British sports coaching, Jamil has helped six individuals to achieve world number one rankings in their fields. He has also worked with three Premier League clubs, F1 teams, England’s 2009 Ashes-winning cricket team, and was the first official team psychologist to work with golf’s European Ryder Cup team, which went on to win by a record-equalling margin.

Away from sport Jamil has worked with some of the world’s biggest and most complex organisations to deliver change, leadership and performance programmes. He has led programmes all over the world for Coca Cola, Hewlett Packard, Lloyds Banking Group, Emirates Airlines, and Serco.

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TONY ADAMS

Tony Adams, former Arsenal and England captain, had huge success as a footballer, winning many league and cup trophies during his 22 year career. He has also battled with addiction, inspiring him to become an advocate for mental health. His Sporting Chance charity has been helping sports people for over 20 years. More recently he founded SIX Mental Health Solutions to support the many people outside the sporting world who contacted him for help.

The importance of mental health is increasingly recognised throughout the construction industry and the impact of Coronavirus has highlighted the issue. A report by the CITB found that 97% of construction workers had reported experiencing stress in the past year, with 26% experiencing suicidal thoughts in the past year.

SIX MHS, which provides private and confidential support to improve the wellbeing of a company’s workforce, recently partnered with Jewson to support the wellbeing of their colleagues. 

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Steve ingham

Steve Ingham is the CEO of PageGroup, the worldwide leader in specialist recruitment. As the head of a company with a market capitalisation of almost £2 billion, he understands what it is to create opportunity for people, regardless of location or background, and his presentation will focus on creating opportunity. 

PageGroup’s people first culture has been strengthened by successfully adapting to volatile market and cultural changes, delivering a threefold increase in turnover and profits. 

Steve also spoke at the BMF All Industry Conference in 2017. Since becoming a wheelchair user after a near fatal skiing accident in March 2019, his perspective on how he can unlock hidden talent, enabling employers to nurture diverse organisations built on an inclusive, winning mindset has changed. His focus on putting PageGroup’s unique expertise to work, harder than ever, for more people. 

Nicky Moffat

Nicky Moffat

Nicky Moffat, CBE was Britain’s highest ranking female Army officer, retiring as a Brigadier after almost 30 years of service. Nicky’s expertise and insights as a leader are drawn from roles as a Recruitment Training Commander, Training Regiment Commander and Director of her Branch of the Army. Throughout, she led diverse mission-focused groups in an organisation both steeped in tradition but subject to rapid and significant changes of policy, technology and resources.

More broadly, Nicky served in strategy, policy, career management and finance roles in the Army’s Personnel Centre, Army Headquarters and the Ministry of Defence. She oversaw the Armed Forces Workforce Planning and Pay Review Programmes, focusing on recruitment, retention and on valuing and supporting service personnel financially for their work on operations. She also advised Army board members on the retention and progression of female talent, with a view to developing a more inclusive high-performing culture. 

In 2012, Nicky left the Army to set up What Good Leadership Looks Like. She now helps companies develop their people and make transformative and sustainable improvements in leadership and culture.