One Voice

North East England Construction Summit, 2nd March 2021


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The summit will focus on the revised key themes of One Voice, the Climate Emergency, Value over Cost and People.  

Keynote Speaker

Andy Mitchell CBE, Co-Chair of the Construction Leadership Council 

Economic Outlook

Economic Outlook and the Transition to NET Zero – Chris Beck, Director for Business and Skills, Tees Valley Combined Authority

An Update from the North East LEP – Lucy Winskell OBE, Chair, North East LEP

Climate Emergency

Shaping Zero – Rachel Skinner, President, ICE

North East England Climate Coalition – Sir Paul Ennals

Carbon Zero and how we measure it – Simon Wyatt, Cundall

Future Change – Leanne Fletcher, Sir Robert McAlpine

Value over Cost

The Construction Playbook: Transformational Change – Fergus Harradence, Deputy Director of Construction, BEIS

The Value Toolkit: the Right Decisions at the Right Time  – Ann Bentley, Global Director, RLB & Value Toolkit Project Board, Construction Innovation Hub 

Value- Based Decision Making – a Clients Journey – Carol Cairns, Strategic Project Manager, Northumbrian Water Group


People, What do we mean in North East England? – Mark Thompson

People and Education Survey Feedback – Soo Darcy Take part in the survey here

Our People, Our Future – Hollie Statham, Bowmer + Kirkland

Plan BEE Graduates

The Supply Chain School – Ian Heptonstall, Action Sustainability


One Voice is not just a one-off event, it is an ongoing campaign to unite the industry and deliver our future together.

One Voice + events will be promoted at the Summit where we will be continuing conversation to drive change through One Voice.


The North East England Construction Strategy    2020-2025

Since the North East Construction Summit in 2019, Constructing Excellence North East have been working with Construction Industry Council North East (CIC NE), Construction Alliance Northeast (CAN) and in consultation with the region’s construction industry, to develop a North East England Construction Strategy.

One Voice, the North East England Construction Strategy 2020-2025 was launched today, 22nd April 2020. Over 80 organisations have contributed to the strategy and the supporting action plan which sets out the key themes and activity the regional construction industry is committed to in order to move forward together. At this point in time especially, we need to adapt to ever changing circumstances and continually develop ourselves. This strategy and its associated action plan is an opportunity for our region to lead the way. 

One Voice Strategy

One Voice Action Plan

The 22nd April was always the planned launch date and whilst we may not be coming together today, we are still able to release the document and progress the next phase of work. Over the coming months we are planning a series of webinars, exploring the key themes of People, a United Industry, Value over Cost and Our Future and associated publicity activity. In addition we are seeking commitment from the region’s industry and stakeholders to engage with the strategy and identify actions they are able to support.

One Voice will be the theme of the 2020 North East Construction Summit and the Action Plan will be reviewed and updated considering the changing times we find ourselves in.  

Press Release  please click here to read in full 

Getting Involved

Individuals – To promote One Voice please use #onevoiceneecs on social media and to keep up to date on progress and activity, sign up to the One Voice LinkedIn group which will be the main conduit for relevant reports, articles, activities and information. 

Companies/Organisations – demonstrate your commitment by using the One Voice logo and creating a dedicated page on your website to highlight the actions you intend to carry out. This can be linked directly back to the One Voice document to publicise your involvement and support. For more information contact