JCT Povey Lecture 2021


Thursday, 25 November 2021
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About the webinarJCT is delighted to welcome delegates to the JCT Povey Lecture 2021, streamed as a live webinar. This year’s presentation is from Keith Waller, programme director, Construction Innovation Hub.

How can value based decisions drive construction's transformation?

Value is one of the four core themes of the Construction Innovation Hub's transformation programme, whose mission is to 'create better outcomes for current and future generations by driving the adoption of manufacturing and digital approaches that improve the delivery, resilience and performance of infrastructure'.

Keith Waller's presentation will explore how a value-focused approach that targets whole-life performance can result in more successful outcomes for projects, that all too often do not realise their intended value, despite being delivered on time and on budget.

Inconsistent approaches, a lack of alignment in decision making, and a narrow focus on controlling cost and managing risk in the capital phase are all contributing factors.

Keith will discuss how value does not just mean cost, nor should it be confined to the construction phase of projects, but must consider wider social, economic and environmental factors across the full investment lifecycle.


The JCT Povey Lecture will be hosted by JCT chair, Karen Kirkham. Join us for what will be an insightful and stimulating session.

Karen KirkhamKaren Kirkham
Karen Kirkham
Karen KirkhamJCT chair
Karen Kirkham is a solicitor and head of construction at BDB Pitmans LLP. She has 30 years’ experience working with JCT contracts, advising clients from all sectors of the industry. Her clients include commercial developers, occupiers, charities, local authorities, public infrastructure companies, contractors, sub-contractors, architects, and individual householders. Karen has been listed as a leading construction legal practitioner in Chambers since 2008 and regularly publishes articles on topical construction issues. Karen’s involvement and interest in JCT goes back a long way. She is a former legal director of the Construction Confederation during a key period for the industry when major legislation, including the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 and Arbitration Act 1996, was being passed.
Keith WallerKeith Waller
Keith Waller
Keith WallerProgramme Director, Construction Innovation Hub
Keith Waller is the Construction Innovation Hub's programme director. A fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Keith has been involved in construction and infrastructure projects for over 30 years, leading many major projects in both the UK and overseas.
In 2010, Keith was seconded into government with Infrastructure UK (the predecessor to the Infrastructure and Projects Authority). A keen advocate of driving innovative and productive solutions, his work in government led to the publication of the UK's first National Infrastructure Plan, Infrastructure Carbon Review, the development of the Infrastructure Cost Review and the IPA's Transforming Infrastructure Performance programme, published in 2017.
In addition to his Hub role, Keith is a member of the Construction Leadership Council, chairing the Manufacturing and Performance work stream.


We will be live streaming a rolling animation 20 minutes before the lecture begins so viewers can check their audio and video are working correctly. Every effort will be made to start the lecture promptly at 5:30pm.


Here is a list of answers to frequently asked questions about the live stream

Can I physically attend the event as I normally do?

Unfortunately not. Due to COVID restrictions the lecture will be solely delivered over a live stream from our partner company’s East London studios.

Why is the event a live stream?

Clearly the situation with COVID is a huge reason, however we hope that doing it by live stream opens the event up to viewers that wouldn’t normally be able to attend the physical event due to geography and their work location.

Will I receive an email confirming my registration?

Yes, once you have registered, you will receive confirmation that your place has been secured, plus other information about the event such as the live stream URL and testing instructions.

How can I ask questions for the Q&A session?

There will be a text interface under the video stream in which you can ask questions at any point during the main lecture.

Do I need to set a password ?

No, you don’t. Once you have registered, you’ll be sent an email containing the website URL to click and access on the day of the lecture.

Can I test my device/connection before the day of the event?

Yes, you can and we strongly recommend this for ALL users. There will be very limited technical assistance available on the day of the event. Two weeks before the live broadcast, we will send out a test link to all register users and will provide technical assistance to resolve any issues with viewing the test video.

What link do I need to see the live stream on the day?

The weblink will be in the email sent to all registered viewers. You will be able to access the live stream over phone, tablet and desktop devices without having to download any additional software or apps.

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