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Welcome to Glider Connect 2023

Welcome to Glider Connect 2023

Thank you for joining us today. On this page you’ll find all the details about the agenda and our speakers.

We hope you have a good day!


  • 9:30am – 10:00am    Registration
  • 10:00am – 10:15am    Welcome and Glider update (Nick Hutchinson, Glider)
  • 10:15am – 10:45am    Keynote: Where is the digital built environment heading? (Henry Fenby-Taylor)
  • 10:45am – 11:00am    Interactive discussion – What does the future hold? (Henry Fenby-Taylor)
  • 11:00am – 11:15am    MORNING BREAK
  • 11:15am – 12:15pm      Product roadmap update (John Adams, Glider & Luke Pibworth, Glider)
  • 12:15pm – 12:30pm    Client focus: DIO’s AIM journey to machine learning, AI and beyond (Jane Dudson, DIO & Josh Gripton, DIO)
  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm   LUNCH BREAK
  • 1:30pm – 2:15pm       Client focus: MOJ Pathfinder – Utilising digital twin technology to unlock energy performance insights (Gareth Jones, MOJ, James Franklin, Kier &Lucas Cusack, Glider)
  • 2:15pm – 2:45pm      Interactive session – What does tomorrow hold? (Henry Fenby-Taylor)
  • 2:45pm – 3:00pm    AFTERNOON BREAK
  • 3:00pm – 3:30pm     Industry insight: Building Safety Act progress & update (Alan Simmons, Arcadis)
  • 3:30pm – 4:00pm    Glider services update (including CDE services, data migration, building safety, asset management services) (John Simpson, Glider & David Hunt, Glider)
  • 4:00pm – 4:15pm     Q&A and wrap up


Nick Hutchinson Founder and CEO of Glider Technology

Nick co-founded Glider in 2016 after over 10 years at board-level in one of the UK’s leading commissioning management consultancies. Having previously managed the commissioning and handover of large complex buildings all over the world, Nick channelled his management and technical expertise into hacking business growth. With his no-nonsense and common-sense approach (to most things in life…), Nick is passionate about developing disruptive technology and thrives on creating solutions for difficult problems.

Henry Fenby-Taylor, CEO and Owner of Athenophilia

Henry is a visionary leader whose illustrious career includes serving as the former Head of Information Management at the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB). As the CEO and Founder of Athenophilia, he combines research and communication to create digital transformation. He is dedicated to implementing digital processes that drive transformative change in the built environment while fervently advocating for diversity and sustainability. His core belief is that meaningful progress in the industry can only be achieved through a fundamental shift towards data-centric decision-making, a principle he actively champions.

John Adams, Head of Product at Glider Technology

John leads on the direction of Glider’s software solutions as well as being a strong voice promoting the Glider methodologies for information management. John is a well-respected thought leader in the information management space. As a former architect and director of a BIM consultancy, he was actively involved in the creation of BIM standards. John regularly talks on behalf of the nima (formerly the UK BIM Alliance), and uses his platform to be a conscientious disruptor, with a positive and challenging stance to increase BIM adoption and improve information management standards across the industry.

John Adams

Luke Pibworth, Product Owner at Glider Technology

Luke has been at Glider for just under two years. Having worked with product teams for over 10 years as a Business Analyst and Product Owner, he’s worked on many complex projects, alongside end users and key stakeholders, such as the government departments and development teams. He continues to use his experience to focus on delivering quality software that customers can benefit from and actually like to use.

Jane Dudson, Deputy Head of Asset Information Management at the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO)

Jane loves data! In her current role, Jane is leading a substantial data digitalisation programme (the DIO manage 1.8% of the UK’s land mass, including 115,000 non-residential buildings and 50,000 houses.) In this role, Jane is responsible for ensuring asset data is defined and processed through the Federated Data Architecture for secure capture, storing and exploitation. Jane is MCIPS qualified and has previously worked as MoD Commercial Officer prior to role as Major Construction Project Programme Manager, holding recent responsibility for Capital Project Processes, Technology (primarily Capital Project Functionality within Tririga) and Knowledge & Information Management.

Gareth Jones, Head of MMC and Technical Services at the Ministry of Justice (MOJ)

Gareth Jones joined the MoJ in October 2020. He worked in Senior Management positions within contracting, client and consultancy organisations where he successfully completed all projects from feasibility through to hand over and operation. His experience spans a range of sectors from delivering education buildings, hospitals, Olympic venues, commercial and Hotels. Gareth has strong technical and construction experience and has led delivery teams on landmark schemes such as the Olympics and Europe’s tallest standalone hotel.

Gareth is passionate in improving the industry through adoption of MMC which includes increasing the use of digital tools and processes to drive better value. He now Chairs the cross Government MMC steering group with the aim to promote and gain more traction across government.

Gareth Jones

James Franklin, Digital Construction Lead for Kier Major Projects

With over 14 years of experience in major projects, 10 of those focusing on BIM, James’s current passion and vocation is driving the implementation of digital technology and workflow to bring efficiency to Kier with a focus on MMC and Digital Twins.

Lucas Cusack, Strategic Lead Asset Owners at Glider Technology

Lucas is a digital trailblazer within the built environment industry and has a well-established career working in Building Information Management (BIM) and the rapidly establishing digital twin market. He has spent the last 20 years making things better with the use of technology. Before joining Glider, Lucas has held roles in the development, design, construction and operation of large, real estate assets. He developed his first ‘digital twin’ in 2013 by managing the development of a product and working with existing vendors and suppliers to change their current ways of working to adopt a new, more efficient way of handing over information from construction to operations.

Lucas Cusack, Glider

Alan Simmonds, Associate Technical Director – Fire Safety at Arcadis

Alan is a determined, proactive and commercially aware fire safety professional. providing fire risk assessment and consultancy services to a range of business sectors in compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, he has been involved in providing fire risk assessments and fire safety training since 2004, trained at the Fire Service College Moreton in Marsh and is qualified to advanced diploma level in fire safety studies. Alan is a Nationally recognised and registered fire risk assessor with IFSM (Tier 3) and Warrington FRACS, and is the Fire Risk Management Lead for Arcadis UK&I.

Alan Simmonds, Arcadis

David Hunt, Head of Customer Success at Glider Technology

David joined Glider in January 2023 to form our Customer Success team and bring together our professional services teams who implement, manage and support our software customers. David has over 25 years experience in customer success, programme and project management and implementation consultancy and he has worked for large global and small UK software companies looking to grow their businesses, supporting AEC and Construction customers, and ensuring that outcomes and value are at the heart of our services.

David Hunt, Glider

John Simpson, Head of Information Management Services at Glider Technology

John Simpson joined Glider after seven years at construction, infrastructure and support service firm Robertson Group where was Head of Digital Construction and Regional BIM Coordinator.

John’s extensive career in Building Information Management (BIM) gives him great insight into how the sector operates allowing him to intimately understand obstacles faced in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industries.

John Simpson, Glider


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