Project 13 Future Leaders panel aims to “significantly impact” the industry for the better

November 27, 2017.

Project 13 Future Leaders panel aims to “significantly impact” the industry for the better

The Project 13 Future Leaders have come together for the first time to map out how to provide challenge and support to the existing executive team and to help ensure the successful implementation of the initiative.

The new panel includes:

  • Lucy Howard (chair) (Turner & Townsend)
  • Heather Cox (Rolls Royce)
  • Miranda Sharp (Ordinance Survey)
  • Tom Wooster (Rider Levett Bucknall)
  • Zoe Henderson (Doctoral student, UCL)
  • Doug Mills (Bam Nuttall)
  • Aaron Matthew (Transport for London)

It has been agreed that the Future Leaders – made up of ambitious and promising members of the Project 13 community – will be central to the project’s delivery. As the community at large helps to bring about a culture shift in the industry – moving from transaction to enterprise – the Future Leaders will bring fresh thinking and new approaches to the profession that is pushing for a step change in the way it delivers infrastructure.

The Future Leaders panel will assist the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and partners by:

  • advising and commenting on the work of each Project 13 steering group in the 5 key work streams
  • hold those steering groups to account
  • liaise directly with business leaders, employees and beyond to promote the aims of Project 13 and to secure their buy-in to the initiative

Lucy Howard, Future Leaders Panel Chair and Director, Turner & Townsend said:

“We believe that we can significantly impact our industry. We want our generation to be part of a change from the inside out to deliver infrastructure that meets our customer needs and supports our economic futures. We’re going to be searching out best practice, challenging existing business models, and encouraging everyone in the industry to consider advancing our approach to the way we work even further.”

Project 13 is an innovative and strategic programme aimed at changing the way business and the profession work together. The UK’s productivity is poor compared to other G7 countries – 35% behind Germany and 18% behind the G7 average.  Organisations from all levels of the supply chain agree that the infrastructure industry’s current business model is broken. Too often projects are delivered over budget, past deadline and below par.

Project 13 intends to change that with a new long-term, value driven approach. Drawing heavily on the experience of regulated utilities in delivering both projects and programmes, the Project 13 model aims to overcome the series of disparate relationships between owners and suppliers that directly affect both productivity and performance.

Tom Wooster, Member of the Future Leaders Panel and Associate, Rider Levett Bucknall, said:

“I am delighted to have been chosen to be part of the ICE Project 13 Future Leaders Panel.  It’s a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with industry colleagues to bring fresh thinking and new approaches to our profession that is pushing for a step change in the way it delivers infrastructure.”

The Infrastructure Client Group, chaired by @one Alliance CEO Dale Evans, established the Project 13 Community and will oversee five working groups to assess and develop how this new approach can be rolled out. Each group represents a critical feature for delivering the right infrastructure.

These groups are:

  • Governance
  • Organisation
  • Integration
  • Capable owner
  • Digital transformation

You can find out more about the Future Leaders panel and the Project 13 community by visiting

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