Tuesday 30th March 2021

10:00 - 11:30



Leadership & Management in Transport, Construction and Infrastructure

In collaboration with the OA, Buildforce is delivering this event exclusively for serving and former officers.

Buildforce Alliance partners will discuss leadership and management opportunities in the construction, transport and infrastructure sectors.

They will be joined by former officers from Amey, Costain and Highways England, who will share their own experiences of transition, live opportunities, and why their businesses value officer talent and experience.

After presentations from the employers, this virtual event will conclude with an informal Q&A panel with senior HR professionals from each organisation and Angela Forbes, BuildForce CEO and Lendlease Commercial Director will chair the Q&A panel.

During the session you will learn about:

  • Routes into the industry – how to find your fit and pitch yourself within an organisation
  • Translating your military skills & experiences – in your CV and at interview, in a way civilian employers understand
  • Current and upcoming opportunities – which employers are actively seeking Officer Talent
  • Active military networks within the sector – hearing from other officers who have made the transition
  • Opportunities to develop – what progression looks like in industry

This event will be run on Zoom, and joining instructions will be sent a few days before.

Our Speakers

Phil Crick, Regional Operations Director, Amey:
Phil joined the Royal Engineers in 1992 and after a run of junior officer appointments he pursued a technical career path, studying for an MSc in Military Construction Engineering and becoming a Chartered Civil Engineer. His subunit commands included 519 STRE deploying to the Balkans and 8 Armoured Engineer Squadron. He was selected for Lieutenant Colonel and deployed to Kandahar as the Chief Engineer in a NATO appointment. He also commanded 64 Works Group and deployed as the last RE unit commander for Operation HERRICK 20, responsible for closing down the UK military bases in Afghanistan whilst supporting ongoing operations.

Leaving the Army in 2015 to pursue a second career, Phil joined Carilion Rail as Head of Logistics. After bringing in a logistics change programme for the Midlands Mainline Electrification project, he worked on the CEK bid for HS2, which was successful for the central main civils contracts. He then stayed with CEK to develop the logistics and security solutions before moving to Amey as a Regional Operations Director in the FM Business in 2018. He has been with Amey for the last 3 years, running a portfolio of schools, colleges, hospitals and numerous sites for Highways England on both PFI and traditional TFM contracts.

Gary Jackson, Defence Key Accounts Director, Costain:
As Defence Key Accounts Director Gary focusses on clients in MOD and Defence prime contractors. Gary was a Royal Engineer from 1986 to 2015: Germany, Northern Ireland, and Bosnia in the first third; Northern Ireland, PJHQ, Defence Academy and CO at Lichfield and Pirbright in the middle; Iraq, MOD, Theatre Troops, and DE&S up to the end.

Gary joined Costain in 2015 as the company embarked on a strategy shift towards higher value consultancy and technology services. He focuses on programme & project management, project controls, and behavioural science. Initially, Gary worked with National Grid on improving gas transmission asset management strategy and established the project controls regime and supporting systems for the Costain-Vinci CGP-Bachy Soletanche joint venture delivering the Tideway East project in London. Gary has led Costain’s defence consultancy business since 2018, helping defence clients improve their programme delivery performance.

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