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Supporting Levelling Up through Digital Demonstrators – an MMC Social Value Calculator

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This event took place on Friday 29th April 2022. If you would like to watch the recording, you can do so here.




The government wants to deliver an infrastructure revolution. That means a radical improvement in the quality and delivery of the UK’s transport infrastructure to help level up the country and create the path to net zero emissions by 2050.


Join our ‘Supporting Levelling Up through Digital Demonstrators – an MMC Social Value Calculator’ seminar, part of the TIES Living Lab Advanced Learning Series, taking place online on Friday 29th April 2022. The session will begin at 10:30am and end at 12:00pm and is hosted by Neil Robertson, CEO of the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR).


Gerard Toplass, Group CEO of the 55 Group and Jamie Hillier, Partner of Akerlof, will be discussing how Social Value is expected to be used through the Government’s Construction Playbook; ‘Social Value within Modern Methods of Construction versus Traditional’ and the power of Social Value as a driver to support change and its lasting legacy and lifecycle. Liz Holford of Network Rail, will ask questions about real-world application and the legacy of the project.


This event is an opportunity for those involved in the construction of transport infrastructure to find out more and provide their feedback on this fascinating cloud-based solution.


The Panel


Gerard Toplass


Gerard Toplass is the Group CEO of The 55 Group. The 55 Group is a leading procurement service, software and solutions provider to the built environment sector. The 55 Group brands include Loop, the UK’s most comprehensive social value measurement platform, Pagabo, the leading Digital First UK framework manager to the Public Sector, Sypro, contract and risk management software platform provider, and Tequ, a Digital First e-portfolio platform for construction qualifications. He is an experienced CEO with a history of investing and working in the information technology, services industry and public sector and is skilled in negotiation, business planning and operations management.


Jamie Hillier


Jamie Hillier is a founding partner of Akerlof, a leading management consultancy that specialises in applying smart, Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) to deliver better outcomes. Previously Commercial Manager at Kier Construction with responsibility for major projects in the South of England, he then became group lead for offsite solutions and MMC, and Director of Major Projects. Responsibilities included strategic leadership and management of pre-construction function, leading a 1.5bn portfolio of public and private sector schemes across the UK.


Jamie studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. He is also the author of the Choice Factory and a passionate champion of innovation.


Liz Holford


Liz Holford, is Network Rail’s national strategic and technical lead around social performance – developing and rolling out a new Social Value Framework, co-creating a new Rail Social Value Tool. She’s worked across sustainability, supply chains and social value for almost twenty years; on flagship construction projects (e.g. London Bridge station redevelopment, London 2012 Aquatic Centre), within local authorities and, as a consultant, for clients including Morgan Sindall, British Land, Grosvenor Estates, UK Parliament and the numerous partners and members of the Supply Chain Sustainability School. Liz is a member of Social Value UK, a fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (FIEMA), and a full member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (MCIPS).


Neil Robertson


Neil Robertson has been CEO of the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) since 2015, leading NSAR’s current priorities: skills, data and workforce planning, productivity, standard setting, social value, and quality assurance of training and assessments in the rail sector. NSAR has subsequently developed a suite of products to help industry and governments improve productivity and is managing the TIES Living Lab project.