MEMBER EXCLUSIVE: How will the war in Ukraine impact the UK engineering services sector?

Tuesday 26 APRIL   

12:00PM - 1.00PM GMT

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The scenes in Ukraine are sending shockwaves around the world, with the UK construction industry among those likely to feel the fall out. Whether from the energy prices surging to restrictions on Russian exports such as metals to UK manufacturers likely facing high costs as the crisis hits the supply chains. Russia’s invasion has materially altered the near-term outlook for the UK and global economies, with increased uncertainty over the path ahead.

Join Chief Executive of BESA, David Frise and hear from Rear Admiral Bob Tarrant who will give an update and overview of the crisis so far. Followed by Professor Noble Francis from CPA who will look at the effects on the global economy and state of the market.


Rear Admiral Bob Tarrant 

Bob Tarrant joined the Royal Navy in 1979 and saw action in the destroyer HMS Antrim during the Falklands conflict in 1982. He was given command of the submarine HMS Talent in 1997 and the ice patrol ship HMS Endurance in 2007, and went on to be Director of Naval Staff in December 2008 responsible for policy and strategy. After attending the Royal College of Defence Studies in 2011, he became Commander of Combined Task Force 150, responsible for maritime security from the Red Sea to the Gulf of Oman, in September 2012, and Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces in January 2013 as well as fulfilling the role of Operation Commander of the European Union Naval Force Somalia successfully reducing piracy in the Indian Ocean. He served as Commander Operations for the Royal Navy from October 2015 to October 2017 responsible for all UK maritime operations.

Professor Noble Francis, CPA

Noble is the Economics Director at the Construction Products Association, where he oversees one of the most respected teams of economists in the industry, producing the quarterly Construction Industry Forecasts, Construction Trade Surveys, State of Trade Surveys and various bespoke research. With a Masters Degree in Economics and a PhD in Applied Econometrics, Noble has over 15 years of experience producing economic forecasts. He and his team’s work are regularly featured in the Financial Times and other dailies, numerous UK construction trade press, television and radio.

In 2018 Noble was appointed Honorary Professor at the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management at UCL.

Chair: David Frise, CEO, BESA

A former nuclear submariner and now Chief Executive of BESA Building Engineering Services Association.
Frequent speaker on energy efficiency, system integration, government energy and low carbon initiatives and the gap between design and performance in buildings.