Speaker Group: Chair

Stephen Davies

With over 35 years in the Construction Industry across the UK, UAE, and Canada, Stephen has held various leadership roles and has a strong understanding of the importance of on leading by example, fostering relationships, and creating supportive professional environments. As Operations Director for the South West and Wales, Stephen oversees all disciplines, reporting directly… Read more »

Alwyn Jones

Alwyn is a Chartered Builder (MCIOB) and a Certified member of the IWFM with over 30 years of experience in construction, estate, and facilities management. Following an early career in the construction sector Alwyn went on to work in the Estates and Facilities department of Bangor University for over 20 years.  Alwyn’s career then moved… Read more »

Sam Rees

Sam manages the influence, advocacy and thought leadership work for RICS in Wales – the largest professional body of its kind in the built environment. He’s responsible for helping shape decarbonisation strategies with public sector bodies, and developing the resource to deliver energy-efficient, low-carbon buildings.

Emyr Harries

Emyr leads the Welsh Government’s Education Division with responsibility for education infrastructure, which includes education capital investment and the Sustainable Communities for Learning programme, education sector funding and finance, as well as education operations such as business planning, governance and business continuity. Prior to joining the Welsh Government, Emyr was an Associate Director for Infrastructure,… 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 »

Helen Groves

I am an Architect with 20 years’ experience in the Education Sector. As Head of Education Architecture for AtkinsRéalis, I bring together our team designing everything from nurseries to university facilities. I have a passion for working with stakeholders to promote the value of good design, whilst embedding the importance of human centred design and… Read more »