Costain Group Plc , group innovation & knowledge manager
In 2008, Tim joined the Costain Group Plc to establish and develop the Costain Innovation Programme. He is now responsible for the strategy and the significant investment the business makes to address customer challenges by accelerating innovation to market to improve customer business performance.
In 2010, he was appointed Chairman by the Government’s Knowledge Transfer Network to lead the Infrastructure research and innovation programme for the Modern Built Environment. This programme aims to stimulate research and innovation activities across this sector, working closely with government policy and funders, clients, industry, and academia. He continues to play an active role in the Government’s innovation & technology strategy by supporting Innovate UK, the Catapults, and Research Councils.
Formally Tim was the Director of Constructing Excellence Infrastructure Forum, and also a Director for the Built Environment Centre in the East Midlands. He recognizes the importance of the localism agenda, to encourage small and medium-sized business activity in the economy.
As an industry champion, Tim strongly believes in creating an environment where innovation can flourish to provide commercial opportunities. He supports the Centres for Doctoral Training and is an advocate for Ph.D. students to be supported by industry forming a vital link to leading academic research establishments.
A future where long-term relationships, where partners can collaborate in research and innovation development will be positive for the industry. We are seeing greater use of technology incorporated into our civil engineering projects. We should be prepared for disruptive innovation in our marketplace. An industry that invests in research and innovation will be seen as a progressive industry that will deliver higher returns.
Tim welcomes the Government’s focus on innovation and planned infrastructure investment. This provides an opportunity for the sector to embrace and deliver new solutions to address national needs.