June 2016 – Building & infrastructure services of the future

 Thursday 9th June 2016, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

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Venue: Citylabs, Nelson St, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M13 9NQ

Venue was provided by:


Nicola Martin

Nicola Martin, Head of Sustainability, Balfour Beatty

Nicola Martin is Head of Sustainability for the Power Transmission & Distribution and Gas & Water business units within Balfour Beatty.  Nicola joined Balfour Beatty in 2007 and worked on the development of the first Balfour Beatty global sustainability strategy.  During her time at Balfour Beatty she has worked across hospital, school, road, waste and offshore transmission projects, as well as managing sustainability and environmental management at two Airports.  In her day to day role, Nicola is responsible for the embedding and implementation of sustainability within the utilities sector.

Cat Hirst (3)

Cat Hirst, Head of Learning & Innovation, UK Green Buildings Council

Cat Hirst leads on UK-GBC’s Learning and Innovation programmes, and is committed to building the capacity of industry to innovate and lead through sustainability.  The UK-GBC’s leadership programmes form a central part of this, along with Cat’s increasing focus on futures and innovation – all critical to developing sustainability leaders, and changing mindsets right across the sector.  Cat is responsible for the ongoing management and strategic direction of the Learning & Development programme, which delivers interactive, multidisciplinary learning on a wide range of technical issues for built environment practitioners at various stages of their careers. Cat also sits on the knowledge and skills working group of the Green Construction Board. In addition she is leading on the development an ‘innovation lab’ – a structured programme of open innovation for industry to tackle complex environmental and social issues.

Before joining UK-GBC in 2011, she was an Associate Director for a global engineering firm, and has worked as a sustainability consultant for a number of years, both in the UK and internationally. She holds a Geography degree (BSc) from the University of Durham.