Addam Smith - Band of Builders and Jewson Building Better Communities Trade Hero

Addam Smith - Band of Builders and Jewson Building Better Communities Trade Hero

The Band of Builders story

Addam Smith will be sharing the story of why he set up the organisation, how it’s continuing to support other builders in need and how you can get involved. He’ll also be talking about the next projects Band of Builders will be working on after winning the Building Better Communities Trade Hero prize.

Dave Lee

Dave Lee

Mental health and wellbeing in the construction industry

Having lived through a difficult childhood with experience of both the care and justice systems, Dave found himself wielding a broom on a building site. As the years progressed he quickly rose through the ranks and became responsible for running multi-million-pound jobs. While Dave was doing well, the stresses of the job combined with being the key provider for a young family took their toll.

After hitting rock bottom, Dave explored alternative ways of dealing with stress and his mental ill health issues. On this journey, he discovered tools that made both his personal and professional life easier. As his journey through life continued Dave started sharing these tools with his workforce. This led to him writing a book called “The Hairy Arsed Builders Guide to Stress Management”.

At Jewson Live, Dave will be part of a panel discussing mental health and wellbeing in construction.

Andrew Dixon, Federation of Master Builders

Andrew Dixon, Federation of Master Builders

Getting the finance you need: the difficulties involved and the options available

Andrew Dixon is Head of Policy at the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Since joining the FMB in 2013, Andrew has led the FMB’s policy and public affairs work on housing and planning, including issues around access to finance. Prior to working for the FMB, Andrew worked for the National Federation of Builders and in between these roles worked on secondment to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on the development of the previous Government’s industrial strategy for construction. Andrew holds an MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics.

More guest speakers for 2017 will all be announced soon. Please keep checking here to find out who will be sharing their stories.