BSc Civil Engineering
Visiting Professor Salford University


In his former senior leadership role as a client and long track-record in construction, John has developed strategy and implemented BIM on projects and programmes and understands the need to change culture, the importance of good procurement and how to build effective relationships with suppliers. Identifying and managing risk is fundamental to the successful roll out of BIM and John has developed a robust model business case for clients seeking to use BIM.


As Capital Programme Director of Manchester City Council until 2012, John led the procurement, management and delivery of the Manchester City Council’s £300m pa capital programme including the major redevelopment of Manchester Town Hall and Library and the £500m Building Schools for the Future programme, as well as major new build and refurbishment housing programmes. John led the introduction of BIM within the authority including the Town Hall and Library and a housing scheme (construction value £23m) which gave a 2.5 to 1 return on investment. John’s leadership in introducing BIM into the industry began in 2004 and he currently plays a leading role in the UK Government BIS BIM Steering Group of which he was a founder member. Prior to his career at Manchester CC, John spent 30 years as a contractor on a diverse range of projects in the UK and overseas. He has been an Operations Director for major construction companies, led a joint venture with BAE Systems and negotiated one of the first partnering contracts with the UK Highways Agency.

Relevant Project Experience

Redevelopment of Manchester Town Hall Complex and Library. Suspension Bridges in Hong Kong, China and Germany, Airport Structures and Power Stations. Commercial and Retail Developments in London and the UK. New build Houses and Apartments, Manchester New build Retirement Homes, Manchester New build Houses and Major Refurbishment / Remodelling to Terrace Houses, Manchester New build and Refurbishment to Secondary, Primary, and Special Needs Schools New Leisure Complex, Manchester A vast range of projects ranging from new dog kennels for the police authority to roads/bridges and care homes.

Areas of Expertise

Developing business strategy Leading culture change BIM strategy and implementation planning Linking BIM to Facilities Management Programme and Project Management Benchmarking Procurement Supply Chain Management Increasing efficiency through Standardisation/Prefabrication

Career Interests

Founder member of UK Government BIS BIM Steering Group Chair of Constructing Excellence BIM Task Group Board member of CITB training Collaborative working Procurement strategy and implementation, managing the supply chain Risk management Visiting Professor at Salford Universit