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Blog: G4C Future Leader SECBE Awards 2020 finalist - Richard Whinnett (Turner & Townsend)

09 June 2020

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G4C Future Leader SECBE Awards 2020 finalist - Richard Whinnett (Turner & Townsend)

Sustainable infrastructure is an increasingly important area for Richard, driven by recommendations from the HM Treasury Infrastructure Carbon Review. He has incorporated this into his work, leading the development of a user-friendly carbon calculator tool for water industry projects which used benchmarking data to support optioneering and has implemented this tool across an entire framework. He has also trained staff in how to make sustainable investment decisions, encouraging pursuit of innovative and no-build solutions.

Richard is a Senior Project Manager at Turner & Townsend and Rail Sector Lead for Project Management in the South East. He is currently a Programme Manager on Network Rail’s Paddington to Reading (P2R) programme, leading a team of eight project managers tasked with complex electrification upgrades on Great Western Mainline. His role provides him with a unique overview of nationally significant rail projects and a platform to collaborate, share knowledge and nurture others at a regional level.

In more detail

In addition, Richard is bringing the message of sustainable infrastructure to others. He presented at Turner & Townsend’s 2019 Green Building Week on carbon-cost interdependency and has led Turner & Townsend’s engagement with the UK Green Building Council. He has also chaired a bi-annual UKGBC Infrastructure Carbon Roundtable event and subsequently published a UKGBC article calling for action on sustainable infrastructure.

Richard is committed to staff development and role models positive behaviours, empowering others to lead projects effectively. He has been inspired to directly tackle the UK productivity challenge and is championing change by leading focus on outputs, simple delivery strategies and upskilling. Richard is a Chartered Civil Engineer and leads Turner & Townsend’s Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) UK community. He has created an organisational framework which ensures all staff receive personalised development support and guidance. Richard is also an elected member of the ICE London Regional Committee and is passionate about initiatives such as the Constructing Excellence Sustainable Infrastructure Group which help to meet industry sustainability objectives.

In 2018, Richard led a project to commission the Crossrail interface with the Great Western Mainline and successfully met a key Crossrail milestone which facilitated dynamic testing. Tackling esoteric issues head on, collaborating with stakeholders and motivating teams enabled Richard to deliver the works in highly constrained access windows, minimising disruption on one of the busiest railways in the UK.

His experience managing a high performing team to deliver innovative design and build projects in the water sector enabled him to bring significant value to project delivery when he transferred to client-side roles in water and rail sectors. Richard’s involvement in Turner & Townsend’s business improvement groups and engagement with the wider industry has also provided him with insights that have allowed him to influence a broad client base and add value to the various roles he has undertaken.


Highlights:

  • Richard leads a team responsible for 25kV electrification upgrades on one of the busiest railways in the UK. In 2018, he successfully led a project to connect Crossrail to the Great Western Mainline, facilitating dynamic testing.
  • Richard facilitated development of a carbon calculator tool for water industry projects which used benchmarking data to support optioneering. He implemented this tool across an entire framework.
  • Richard is a Chartered Civil Engineer and leads Turner & Townsend’s UK Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) programme and is a member of the ICE London Regional Committee.

About the G4C Future Leader Award: 

G4C is a driving force for industry change, through the development and connection of future industry leaders. The award is open to a person with less than ten years of experience in the construction and built environment sector (typically less than 35 years of age). Judges are looking for the person that best demonstrates a positive impact on their peers, their organisation and the wider industry, against current G4C priority areas of people development, sustainability and innovation.

> Find out more about the other finalists here

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