Chairing and Guest Lectures

Paul is an accomplished chair of conferences and seminars, as well as committees and working groups. For a career listing please see Chair and conference roles Dr Paul Toyne January 2018

Paul has provided keynote lectures at international conferences, and speeches for a wide range of audiences in different settings. These include conferences as well as school and university lectures, luncheons and dinners. Examples include “Exploring the role of leadership” Edie sustainability leadership forum; “The role of engineers in a sustainable built environment” Hong Kong Institute of Civil Engineers; “Integration: a design and construction perspective” Government of Vietnam and “Connecting London’s children with nature. National Trust Childhood Summit. London.

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"Paul did a great job hosting our Cygnus Homes suppliers conferenceThe purpose of the event was to enthuse and consolidate our supply chain and Paul’s contribution was invaluable in ensuring that we more than met our objectives for the day.

Not only did he keep everyone to time but also as chair asked probing questions to the speakers that stimulated a healthy discussion with our supply chain and helped broaden the collective understanding of our aims and drivers. Paul also provided a very well balanced informative and objective keynote lecture addressing the failures in housing market and the solutions required, including the role modular housing and products such as those produced by Cygnus Homes can play." Roger Walker, MD - Cygnus Homes 

"I would like to thank you for excellent moderation of the Construction Climate Challenge event in Birmingham event! Your expertise and professional leadership was a strong contributor to a successful event!" Volvo Construction Equipment 

"A big thank you for your help in hosting the Place and Making Institute information event and for all the work you put into making our event run as smoothly as it did.  It was a brilliant morning, with huge levels of enthusiasm and energy in the room, and we've received fantastic feedback following the event.  Your enthusiasm and expertise was very much valued and helped to make the event so successful." Jacqueline Beckett, Head of Education to Employment – London Borough of Bexley

"I have worked with Paul on a number of occasions, namely when he has been chairing various events or focused round tables. Paul is energetic, knowledgeable and asks the right questions, making debate lively, relevant and interesting. He keep discussions moving and ensures everyone in the audience is involved. Great person to work with." Gwyn Roberts, Building Research Establishment.

Chairing at Ecobuild, March 2018

By Paul Toyne | March 27, 2018

Paul chaired a number of sessions in the main conference arena at Ecobuild in March 2018. With some excellent speakers and great participation from an engaged audience some interesting conclusions could be drawn. Paul chaired a session on natural capital. His main takeaways were despite the increased in understanding of the concept there needs to a joining up of the science, with policy, supported by tools and guidance for implementation. A major worry was the lack of reference in the draft National Planning Policy Framework, issued by the UK Government…

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Moderator of Cygnus Homes supplier conference

By Paul Toyne | February 5, 2018

Cygnus Homes, a leading supplier of quality modular housing commissioned Paul to moderate their annual supplier conference on 22 January 2018. The day event at the Imperial War Musuem in Duxford involved around 80 participants, who all left feeling inspired and part of the one team Cygnus approach. Paul’s views on the modular housing sector from this event and his other work were expressed in a blog “Can modular housing help fix the housing crisis?”  

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Chairing Volvo’s Construction Climate Challenge conference – November 2017

By Paul Toyne | November 25, 2017

In November 2017 Paul chaired a day long conference on reducing infrastructure through the application of PAS2080 (the world’s first accreditation scheme for infrastructure carbon). The conference at BEIS in Westminster, brought together major infrastructure clients with their supply chains and was sponsored by Volvo UK, in conjunction with the Green Construction Board Infrastructure Working Group. Volvo Group commissioned Paul to design the format and content of the day, liaising directly with speakers to make sure the day flowed and the material was relevant.  Paul chaired the conference ensuring the right…

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Chairing of London Borough of Bexley’s Place and Making Institute information event

By Paul Toyne | November 11, 2017

Paul Toyne was commissioned to design the format and content for a half day meeting at the GLA’s City Hall where the proposal for a new Place and Making Institute in Thamesmead, Bexley was unveiled on 1st November 2017. Paul chaired the event which attracted over a 100 guests, many of whom signed a pledge to support the proposal and establish a much needed new technical college to service the built environment sector with new skills and expertise. The idea for the Institute was developed by the London Borough of…

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Chair, Building for Quality: delivering quality new homes and communities for social value

By Paul Toyne | October 5, 2017

21 September 2017. Dr Toyne was commissioned by BRE Conferences to chair their day-long event hosted at the BRE. Paul worked with BRE team to ensure the content was right and that the right topics were explored during the Q&A sessions.   Building for quality: delivering quality new homes and communities for social value. Conference website link

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Chair, Thamesmead Future Skills Expo

By Paul Toyne | June 30, 2017

29 and 30th June 2017, Thamesmead Future Skills Expo at Thames Innovation Centre organised by Peabody. Paul was commissioned by Peabody to be the MC for expo and chair of the seminar sessions that focused on skills training and employment opportunities for residents of the Thamesmead ‘new town’.

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Chair, Healthy buildings conference for BRE at ARUP with EVORA

By Paul Toyne | May 5, 2017

Paul was commissioned by BRE Conferences to chair a day long conference on healthy buildings at ARUP’s London headquarters in April 2017. An audience of over 100 comprised of asset managers, property developers, architects, contractors and product suppliers heard the latest evidence on the phenomenon of health and well-being and how that was catching on in commercial office space. Paul facilitated lots of audience participation with the speakers, and the high level of attendance at the end of the day revealed just how interesting the audience found the day.  …

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Chair, sustainability seminars at Ecobuild 2017

By Paul Toyne | April 5, 2017

7 & 8 March 2017. Paul was asked to chair two sustainability seminars at Ecobuild 2017. He brought together leading experts to discuss the themes of carbon emissions in the built environment and, separately, but related, tools and guidance for making carbon reductions. Dr Toyne was commissioned by UBM to put design the content for the whole three days of the sustainability seminar stream. Ecobuild, London Excel 10.30-11.45   Carbon emissions in the built environment: current status of emissions and activities: 7th March 2017 13.30-14.45 Tools and guidance for carbon reductions:…

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Keynote lectures

Will innovations for a sustainable built environment change FM?

Think FM Conference, "FM in a connected world"

British Institute of Facilities Management.

I-Max theatre, Science Museum, London. 8th June 2017

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Dr Paul Toyne delivering a guest lecture to 400 facility management professionals.
Dr Paul Toyne delivering a guest lecture to over 400 facility management professionals.

Keynote lecture: Construction Climate Challenge, Paul Toyne. Sweden 2015

Dr Paul Toyne was invited to Gothenburg, Sweden in 2015 to lecture on reducing carbon in construction projects - both commercial/residential and infrastructure. Paul drew on examples from his work at Balfour Beatty and elsewhere. He concluded his lecture by giving some recommendations on how best to reduce cost and carbon.

The conference was part of Volvo's Construction Climate Conference imitative as part of their membership of WWF's Climate Savers programme. 

Paul's presentation can be viewed below. 

Paul Toyne - Bovis Lend Lease - 1E Case Study 2011