Speaker Group: Speakers

Catherine Ward

Catherine joined HLM in 2019 as an Associate Architect with over twenty years experience in architectural practice, working predominantly on education projects throughout the UK including HE, FE, Schools and SEN. In her role at HLM, Catherine manages the development of our special education portfolio and profile nationally.

Claire Broad

Claire has 16 years of significant and varied Interior Architectural experience in a broad range of sectors focusing on cohesive whole building designs. An integral part of the design team from inception to completion, Claire works closely with the project team, ensuring the creation of stimulating, sustainable and efficient environments. Her 16 years of experience… Read more »

Julie Holmes

An APMP and NEC4 qualified project manager; with a successful career in both the private and public sector, currently employed by Cardiff Council as Operational Manager for Capital Delivery including Fitzalan High School and Willows High School (combined budget of £100m+.) Julie is overseeing the feasibility and delivery of 6 special schools for Emotional Health… Read more »

Victoria Slater

Victoria graduated from Liverpool University School of Architecture in 2015 having completed her Master in Architecture and achieved a First Class honours in both her Degree and Masters course. Following graduation Victoria joined the practice’s Cardiff studio and recently qualified as an architect, gaining her Part 3 supported by an excellent range of work experience… Read more »

Alex Anderson

Alex is an architect who worked in private architecture practices on a wide range of masterplanning, education and sports projects before moving to a client role.  He has worked developing the estate at Coleg Gwent for 21 years, in which time he has played a key role in the design and construction of two new… Read more »

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 »

Christian Stanbury

Christian Stanbury is the CEO of WEPCo and is responsible for the overall delivery of projects and leading the WEPCo team. Christian reports to the WEPCo Board. Before being appointed as the WEPCo CEO, Christian was the CEO of a large student accommodation project in Hertfordshire. Christian is also the Chair of a schools project… 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 »

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 Atkins, 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 »