Chris Toomey, Vice President, Capital Projects & Infrastructure Practice, McKinsey & Company

Chris Toomey is a Vice President in McKinsey’s Capital Project and Infrastructure Practice and works on the cutting edge of the construction industry in helping clients develop, implement, and deliver mega projects and capital programs across global infrastructure markets in both the public and private sector. Chris previously served as Senior Vice President with AECOM and directed multiple cross-sector major programs and projects in North America, Africa, and the Middle East. He is a retired Colonel in the US Army Corps of Engineers. A registered professional engineer, Chris is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point and has advanced degrees from MIT.

Emma Hayes, Managing Director, Digital Built Consultants Ltd

Emma Hayes has over 20 years’ experience in the AEC industry in Ireland and internationally. She is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Technology from Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT now TU Dublin), and a Master’s Degree in BIM Management from Middlesex University. Previously, Emma was the Group BIM Manager for a large multi-disciplined AEC and Project Management organisation. She was responsible for the development and implementation of the Group BIM strategy and roll-out of procedures and workflows for BIM adoption across the organisation’s network of offices in Europe, Asia and the US. She has executed BIM on a number of high-value complex projects in the pharma, food, energy and mission-critical sectors. She also has extensive experience delivering residential, retail and commercial projects.

Emma is actively involved in driving progress in BIM adoption in the AEC industry. She is a non-executive director on the board of the Construction IT Alliance and is actively involved in buildingSMART (bSI) UKI Steering Committee for OpenBIM Certification. She has presented research papers at international conferences such as the CitA BIM Gathering and is on the Judging Panel for the BIM Excellence category at the Irish Construction Excellence Awards. She mentors and supports the development of women’s careers in BIM through her role as the Irish Regional Leader for the Women in BIM (WiB) network. She is also a part-time lecturer on the MSc BIM Management, Middlesex University/ MSc Applied BIM Management, TU Dublin and Construction Management Post-grad, IT Carlow.

Paul Doherty, President and CEO, The Digit Group, Inc. (TDG), USA

Paul is Chairman and CEO of TDG (the digit group As seen on Bloomberg TV, acknowledged by CNBC as one of America’s Business Titans and reported by Forbes as “Changing the World”, Paul is an award-winning architect and is one of the world’s most sought after thought leaders, strategists and integrators of process, technology and business.

Paul is a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council and a Fellow of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). Paul’s current work is focused on Smart City real estate developments that include financing, design-build and technology solutions in the USA, Australia, Europe, MENA, India, Southeast Asia and China. Concurrently, Paul is the co-founder and producer of the critically acclaimed AEC Hackathon ( that launched at Facebook Headquarters in Silicon Valley.

Alexandra Bolton, Deputy Director, Digital Built Britain

Alexandra Bolton has been CDBB’s Deputy Director since the Centre came to Cambridge in August 2017. Most recently, she has held roles within the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. Previously, she has worked in industry and the City, including as an oil trader for a world leading commodities house, and as a chemical engineer for one of the oil majors. She holds degrees in both Chemical Engineering and Law.

Michael Murphy, Digital Construction Operations Manager, BAM Ireland

Michael is BAM Ireland’s Digital Construction Operations Manager with responsibility for the enablement of Digital Construction including, training of specialist staff, BIM, data management, mobile digital, business intelligence, lean construction as well as the development of BAM’s Supply chain in the area of advancing technologies. Michael has over 22 years construction industry experience in both design and construction delivery across many types of projects ranging from Civil Infrastructure to Semi-Conductor and Healthcare.

Chris Emery, Senior Manager, Vertical Construction, Topcon Positioning Group

Chris manages the expansion of Topcon’s Vertical Construction & Structural Health Monitoring business.  Graduating from the University of Leeds (UK) with a BSc (Hons) degree in geological sciences, Chris took up a role with itmsoil, one of the UK’s largest instrumentation and monitoring organisations. Over the four years prior to moving to Topcon, he moved from project engineer on the Crossrail C701 contract, through to project manager on two multi-million pound contracts involving large networks of Topcon MS AX monitoring total stations in highly sensitive areas of central London. In addition he spent twelve months on a secondment to Singapore to help grow a monitoring department.

Chris’ final role before moving to Topcon was as business development manager for iPC Monitoring – a strategic alliance between itmsoil and Plowman Craven. Chris joined Topcon in July 2014 as business manager Monitoring Solutions Europe, and has spent the last five years enjoying success in the structural health monitoring sector, as it has gone from strength to strength.

Stephen Creaner, Executive Director, Food, Industrial, Life Sciences & Innovation, Enterprise Ireland

Stephen joined Enterprise Ireland as Executive Director in September 2018 and leads a new Directorate incorporating the Food Division, Industrial, Life Sciences & Consumer Division and the Innovation, In-Company R&D, Global Sourcing, Public Procurement and Operational Excellence Division. Prior to joining Enterprise Ireland Stephen held a wide range of leadership roles across the multinational and SME sectors, including the Pharmaceutical, Semi-Conductor, Life Sciences, Construction and Facilities services industries. His most recent role was as COO with Grosvenor Services Ltd, preceded by positions as General Manager and Senior Director of Operations with Waters Technologies (Ire) Ltd and EMEA Director of Corporate Services with Intel Ireland. Stephen is a graduate of University College Dublin with a BEng in Chemical Engineering.

Joe O’Sullivan, Regional Director, John Sisk and Son

Joe started his career as an engineer and contract manager in the UK, working on a variety of projects, including commercial, hospitals and industrial work, joining Sisk during this time. He returned to Ireland in 1997 and has since concentrated on working in the Life Sciences sector, delivering a variety of construction and project management solutions from large scale new-build to small but complex retro-fit projects on live campus environments for large multi-national clients. Joe’s current role still involves project delivery, but his primary focus is on Performance Improvement across the business, enhancing output through the implementation of Lean thinking and principles – in this regard, Joe’s focus is on relationships and people – collaboration is the key to delivering really successful projects.

Dr Alan Hore, Founder, CiTA

Dr. Alan Hore is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and currently the Head of Quantity Surveying in the School of Surveying and Construction Management in DIT. He was one of the founders of the Construction IT Alliance and completed a Phd in Construction Informatics in Trinity College Dublin in 2007. He has an extensive portfolio of published work in the discipline area of Construction Informatics and is currently the Principal Investigator on the BIM Innovation Capability programme (BICP) which is funded by Enterprise Ireland.

Brian Glancy, Head of BIM Strategy, Kingspan Group

Brian Glancy is Head of BIM/Digital Built Environment Strategy at Kingspan Group. He is a Graduate of the School of Engineering at Dublin City University and holds Master’s Degrees in Industrial Design from NCAD and Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD

Brian has been with Kingspan since 2006, starting as a Graduate Engineer in the Divisional Projects Team. He was a General Manager as well as Director of Research and Development in North America. Alongside this, Brian founded and operated an innovation lab for the North American business, before taking up his current position.

Phil Clapperton, Sales Director, Magnet Networks

Phil Clapperton has over 20 years’ experience in the Telecoms industry having worked for NTL in the UK and Magnet Networks in Ireland. Phil has extensive knowledge of the advancement of digital technologies in the construction industry having worked for 4 years in Magnet Networks sister company – Velocity1. Velocity1 are the providers of all fibre connectivity at the 75 Acre site being developed by Quintain Developments at Wembley Park within which a number of innovative and cost saving construction techniques have been used. All buildings on site are constructed with a ‘SMART’ agenda and Phil looks forward to sharing his insights in relation to these techniques with the conference.

Emmet Ryan, Editor of Connected, business and technology reporter, The Sunday Business Post


Emmet Ryan is editor of Connected and a business & technology reporter with the Sunday Business Post. Ryan is also the beer and betting columnist along with hosting our successful Connected podcast. In 2009, he was named Journalist of the Year at the IIA NetVisionary Awards and won the Alumni Choice award at the 2014 Business Journalist Awards.

David Purdon, Diatec’s Autodesk Applications & Digital Project Delivery Manager

Qualified Industrial Designer & Building Technologist . An Autodesk professional user in private practice since 1994. Transitioned to the Autodesk channel in 2000 as a Technical Specialist while expanding into IT, Cloud and Virtualisation. Qualified & accredited Autodesk technical software specialist for Revit, 3DS Max, Infraworks, BIM 360 platform, Dynamo, Navisworks & Civil 3D. Certified in BIM through RICS. Primary focus is helping clients in the AEC sector with technology implementation to enable BIM & Digital Project Delivery Requirements.

Valerie, O’Keeffe, CEO, Clarity VP Consulting

Valerie O’ Keeffe is the CEO of ClarityVP Consulting. An experienced Strategic Planning & Change Management specialist, Valerie has over 20 years experience devising and implementing interventions of this nature globally. A board level executive, Valerie held many senior corporate positions in her career and was appointed to the Board of AIB Corporate, Commercial & Institutional Banking in 2011. As well as running her own Management Consultancy, she is also Co-Founder of Women in Property & Construction Ireland. Valerie holds a Masters in Organisational Behaviour from Trinity College Dublin, Leadership & Coaching Strategies from Harvard University Boston as well as qualifications in Corporate Strategy, Strategic Marketing, Business Studies and Public Relations.

Cillian Kelly, BIM Leader, John Sisk & Son

Cillian has a background in the Construction Industry where he learnt his trade working with his family business Erne Modern Buildings, General Contractors in Cavan. He has a BSc Honours Degree in Architecture Technology and more recently a MSc in BIM Management.

Cillian has extensive knowledge and experience of BIM within the AEC sector, working as Senior BIM Manager and now BIM Leader Ireland for John Sisk & Son (Holdings) Ltd. Cillian has utilised BIM on a large range of projects in Ireland, UK and more recently across Europe in a wide range of sectors including Health Care, Pharmaceutical, Commercial, Residential, Retail, Industrial and has supported a project team to win BIM multiple awards on a large Multinational data centre project in 2018 with ICI & ICE awards. Cillian is working on the Grangegorman DIT Campus and the recently complete redevelopment of the Curragh Racecourse, Kildare and Irelands Largest Holiday Village Center Parcs, Longford.

Working with Sisk, Cillian has supported their digital transformation in Ireland and Europe with leading BIM implementation and achieving BIM Level 2 certification in 2016 and more recently supporting the rollout of our (DPD) Digital Project Delivery policy in 2019

As BIM Leader Ireland Cillian is part of the DPD team to ensure Sisk deliver DPD across all of their Project’s in Ireland and across Europe and recently won the Innovation in Construction, ICE Award in 2019. Cillian is Co-Chair of the Eastern BIM Region and is Vice-Chair of the CIF Construction 4.0 Committee.

Gary Widger, Head of Change and Communication, Mercury Engineering

Gary is a dynamic leader with a proven track record in the design & delivery of innovative business transformations that add value. Highly qualified with 17 years’ experience leading change across large companies in Europe, Asia and US. Gary is a senior leadership team member and passionate about energizing people to work together to achieve a shared vision.

Joseph Mady, Managing Director, Digital Construction Technologies Group

Joseph Mady is the Managing Director of the Digital Construction Technologies Group. Joseph is a member of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) 4.0 Committee, a member of the NSAI Technical Committee on Building Information Modelling, and a member of the CitA BIM Eastern Region Steering Committee. Industry work aside, he is a part-time lecturer at TU Dublin, lecturing on the CPD Certificate in Digital Delivery for Site Teams and a part-time lecturer on the Construction Site Management degree. With over 15 years in the construction industry, beginning his journey as an electrician, now holding a BEng Tech and BSc degrees in Electrical Engineering Services Design, MSc in Applied Building Information Modelling and Management and MSc in Leadership and management.

Tom Parlon, Director General, Construction Industry Federation

Before joining the CIF, Tom served as a TD for Laois – Offaly and as Minister for State at the Department of Finance from 2002 until 2007. As Minister he was responsible for the Office for Public Works (OPW). From 1997 to 2001, Tom was President of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA), having previously held several other positions with the association.