Archives: Speakers

Rupert Walshe

Rupert is an associate architect and leads the architectural team in Birmingham. He has a wealth of education experience, particularly in the transformation of historic buildings into contemporary teaching and learning environments. Rupert has designed several award winning RIBA buildings, as well as being named RIBA West Midlands Architect of the Year 2015.

Gareth Woodfin

Since joining the business in 2007, Gareth has become an invaluable member of the team in the Cardiff Studio, he was made an Associate in 2011 and more recently Studio Director and Regional lead for Wales and the South West.  He has played a pivotal role in the success of our Cardiff studio. Gareth has… Read more »

David Judge

David Judge is Executive Creative Director for Space Zero, specialists in the design of environments. They have completed over 600 projects across the globe and are currently working with Wellington College UK and China on the future of their “school experience”.   A brand experience designer with 26 years in the industry creating award-winning experiences… Read more »

Lee Fordham

Lee has over 10 years experience as a qualified architect practicing in the UK, New Zealand and Australia on numerous projects in various sectors including educational, commercial and working on the delivery of the 2010 rugby world cup in New Zealand. Lee has been working for Architype since 2007 and in that time he has… Read more »

Simon Kneafsey

Simon has over 27 years’ experience in the design and construction industry. Prior to joining Atkins, Simon was client side in the delivery of two new secondary schools and one primary school for Monmouthshire County Council through the 21st Century Schools Programme in Wales, he is able to translate educational visions and contemporary thinking into… Read more »

Jon James

Jon is passionate about sustainable design. Driven by the need to act on the climate emergencies he founded Jon James Studio Architecture, with sustainability as the backbone of our philosophies. The studio is currently working on a number Passivhaus Primary schools and residential schemes. We firmly believe that sustainable design requires consideration at the… Read more »

Jane O’Leary

With more than 30 years in the construction industry, Jane was a driving force behind the Vale of Glamorgan’s 21 Century Schools programme, leading the team as they innovated and developed the model that is now the blueprint for schools delivered across the county. With a construction background, Jane is not only an expert in… Read more »

Stuart McLaren

Stuart is Director of Net Zero Infrastructure at Atkins. He has experience delivering a wide range of low carbon, environmental and engineering service lines. He is also an accomplished client director, providing strategic cross-sector leadership on major infrastructure projects with a recent focus on low carbon and renewable energy schemes in the UK. Through an… Read more »

Andy King

Andy has 22 years of experience working within the modular industry and has valuable knowledge of the special features of modular design and product development. Andy is a Deputy Managing Director of Wernick Buildings Limited, a company that has decades of experience working within the education sector. Wernick’s specialist manufacturing plant is located in South Wales.   Andy has also been Chairman… Read more »

Neal O’Leary

Neal is a Chartered Building Surveyor and RICS Wales Awards Judge with over 30 years’ experience in property investment, construction and estate management across private, public and third sector organisations. Currently employed as Programme Director for the Welsh Government’s £2.3bn Sustainable Communities for Learning he has responsibility for the leadership and management of all infrastructure… Read more »