Here’s a selection of images from the team taking the Tech on Tyne story to Westminster – with the excitement of connected construction, but also representatives from our cluster groups in Cybersecurity, Fintech, Shared Services, Skills, Gaming…
Some 110 people attended the launch of the International Centre for Connected Construction (IC3) vision on Monday Jan 29 – we were told this was an excellent turn-out given parliamentary business and a cold January Monday!
As well as generous sponsorship from Viscount Ridley, the event was supported by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Chancellor of Northumbria Uni. It was a busy day in the parliamentary calendar, so local MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan was detained debating Armed Forces business.
Also in attendance:
Ministers – Lord Michael Bates, Rishi Sunak MP and (Northumbria alumni) Lord Martin Callanan, Lord Oliver Henley
MPs – George Freeman, Chi Onwurah, Nick Brown, Guy Opperman,
Lords – Lord Borwick, Lord Best, Lord Shipley, Lord O’Neill, Lord Cavendish, Lord Bates, Lord Mair
Leader of Northumberland Council Peter Jackson attended with his cabinet member for business Cllr Nick Oliver. From Newcastle City Council, Cllr Nick Kemp
Dynamo members, including several Hotspot sponsors, were there in force: Ryder Architects, Accenture, Blu Sky, NBS, Newcastle College, Northumbria Uni
Viscount Ridley introduces the vision for IC3 to assembled company on House of Lords terrace.
Prof Andrew Wathey positions Northumbria University in context
Charlie Hoult outlines a vision for the IC3 centre of excellence, based in Newcastle.
Prof Dave Greenwood explains the value of BIM to the Westminster audience – and beyond!
Strong support for the speakers from Lord Shipley (Matt Ridley was equally supportive but simultaneous to the launch, he was taking part in a live debate in the House of Lords, so John Shipley deputised in this shot! – It’s essential to be in the chamber to hear replies and debate the issues, as Lord Bates found out two days later!)
Giselle Stewart, Ubisoft, with Lord Shipley, former LibDem leader of Newcastle City Council – talking skills?
Tony Lewin, Newcastle College; Charlie Hoult, Dynamo;
Deni Chambers, Newcastle College
Dr Stephen Gruneberg, Westminster Uni; Prof Dave Greenwood, Northumbria Uni; Mohamad Kassem, Northumbria Uni
Allan King, Accenture; Jo McGovern, Accenture
Prof George Marston, Northumbria Uni; Simon Robson, Northumbria Uni
Viscount Matt Ridley with Rob Hamilton, Newcastle City Council
Prof Glen McHale, Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor, Northumbria Uni; Charlie Hoult, Dynamo; Professor Lord Robert Mair, President of Institution of Civil Engineers
Charlie Hamilton, Northumbria Uni; Binyamnin Ali, Construction News
Dynamo’s chair Charlie Hoult with Mark Thompson, managing director, Ryder Architects
Team IC3 – Graham Kelly, BIM Academy, Northumbria Uni; Catherine Coulter, Dynamo’s event supremo, Beaconhouse Events; Charlie Hoult, Dynamo; Anne MacDonald, Dynamo Build, engagement manager