Meet the 2019 Speakers

Check out our fantastic line up of speakers for the 2019 Structural Waterproofing Conference below.


2019 Session Chairs

Emily Walker

Director, Walker & Walker Waterproofing
Chair for Session 1: Innovation & Inviting Change

Emily is a graduate of the Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter and was an underground supervising engineer on the Combe Down Stone Mines Stabilisation Project. Emily is also the co-owner of Walker & Walker Waterproofing , structural waterproofing specialists based in the South West.



Jenny Burridge

Head of Structural Engineering, The Concrete Centre on behalf of The Basement Information Centre
Chair for Session 2: Putting the Structural into Waterproofing

Jenny leads the team of structural engineers at The Concrete Centre. She is a chartered civil and structural engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in the construction industry. She has worked for Arup and AECOM, designing award winning buildings in both the UK and mainland Europe. Prior to becoming Head of Structural Engineering, she spent four years as a regional engineer with the Concrete Centre advising clients, engineers and architects on the most efficient and effective uses of concrete.

She chairs the BSI Advisory Committee for Engineering Design and Construction and is the UK representative on the CEN task group looking at revisions to the fire part of Eurocode 2. She sits on the Basement Information technical committee and lectures on the I StructE design of basements course.


Ronan Falsey - Aedis Warranties - Structural Waterproofing Conference 2019Ronan Falsey

Principal Warranty Surveyor, Aedis Warranties
Chair for Session 3: Earth, Water & Fire

As his company title suggests, Ronan is an expert when it comes to building control and associated building warranties. He started his career as a trainee building inspector with the NHBC in his early 20’s, and post-graduation with a degree in building surveying from London South Bank. He left the NHBC to spend almost a decade with Premier Guarantee/ LABC warranties in various posts, including a 18-month posting in Cyprus as chief technical officer in their European operation.  Ronan joined Aedis Warranties almost 3 years ago and is currently their principle technical point of contact on the warranties side, heading up a team of 4/5 surveyors nationally, which sits alongside its main building control business.


James Berry - PCA - Structural Waterproofing Conference 2019James Berry

Technical Manager, PCA
Chair for the Panel Debate

James has been the PCA Technical Manager since June 2016. He previously worked as a surveyor in the preservation industry. He also looks after the PCA Structural Waterproofing Group.




Conference Speakers

Professor Peter Guthrie - Structural Waterproofing Conference 2019Professor Peter Guthrie

Professor of Engineering for Sustainable Development, University of Cambridge
Sustainability and Below Ground Structures

Peter Guthrie is the first Professor in Engineering for Sustainable Development in the UK, having held this post at the University of Cambridge since 2000. His research is focused on resilience of infrastructure, the assessment of large scale projects for sustainability, and energy efficiency in buildings. A civil engineer, Peter has worked in countries such as Nigeria, Lesotho, Sudan, Philippines, Ethiopia, and Botswana, and on major infrastructure projects such as London 2012, Channel Tunnel Rail Link, Conwy Tunnel, major airports, and building projects such as the Eden Project in Cornwall, and Northwest Cambridge. From 2003 to 2011, he was member and then Vice-Chair of the Science Advisory Council of the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). He is currently leading research consultancy for Arup on the Resilience Shift, funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation, looking at the resilience of critical infrastructure.


Paul Slinger - Wright Hassall LLP - Structural Waterproofing Conference 2019Paul Slinger

Partner, Construction and Engineering Law, Wright Hassall LLP
Causes of Liability in Basement Waterproofing

Paul is a specialist in dispute resolution in the construction and engineering sector, helping clients get their buildings and engineering projects delivered at the right quality, on time and on budget. He also helps contractors (including sub-contractors) and consultants to obtain payment for the work that they have done and can assist in any dispute environment — from informal advice through negotiation, mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution to adjudication, arbitration and High Court proceedings in the Technology and Construction Court.


Cormac Rooney - MJ Rooney Construction - Structural Waterproofing Conference 2019Cormac Rooney

Director, MJ Rooney Construction
Digital Innovations in Structural Waterproofing

Cormac qualified as a Building Surveyor in 1999. He is now a Director in the family Basement Company currently celebrating its 30th anniversary. MJ Rooney Construction was recently awarded ‘Construction News Specialist Contractor of the Year’ and are finalists as New Civil Engineer Technology Champion, Construction News Company Innovation of the Year and GE Ground Engineering Contractor of the year. Cormac is committed to incorporating Innovation and Technology at the heart of everything they undertake. In June 2018 Cormac was voted on to the PCA Board.


Dermot Rooney - MJ Rooney Construction - Structural Waterproofing Conference 2019Dermot Rooney

Director, MJ Rooney Construction
Digital Innovations in Structural Waterproofing

Dermot is the Commercial Director of MJ Rooney Construction and specialises in the management of multi storey basement and large civil engineering projects with complex Structural Waterproofing and gas protection installations. In 2019 MJ Rooney were Winners of New Civil Engineer ‘Design Innovator Award’ and the Construction News Specialists ‘Digital Construction Award’. It was digital advancements in structural waterproofing and basement construction that were at the heart of these awards. Dermot currently serves as vice chairman of the Association of Specialist Underpinning Contractors.


Richard Crossley - Newton Membranes - Structural Waterproofing Conference 2019Richard Crossley

Technical Director, Newton Waterproofing Systems
Maintaining Continuity of Watertight Structures

Richard has 28 years of experience in manufacturing, of which 19 years have been in construction and structural waterproofing. As well as his role as Technical Director at Newton Waterproofing Systems, Richard is a registered Waterproofing Design Specialist and also acts as a CSSW oral examiner, as well as being CSSW qualified himself.

In recent years, Richard’s excellent specialist knowledge of the construction process and how it pertains to structural waterproofing and the relevant industry Standards has resulted in Newton Waterproofing Systems specifying and supplying some of the UK’s largest below-ground waterproofing projects, in which Richard has had direct, first-hand experience.


Frank McGinley - MPS Concrete Solutions - Structural Waterproofing Conference 2019Frank McGinley

Business Development Manager, MPS Concrete Solutions/DB Group Holdings Limited
Remediation of Leaking Movement Joints

Frank has been in the specialist construction materials industry since 1990, working for major distributors/manufacturers and contractors during his career. Frank specialises in remedial and preventative waterproofing materials and techniques.

For the last 10 years Frank’s focus has been remedial waterproofing solutions in the form of concrete repair/resin injection/slurry mortars and failures to joints, where the design and/or installation have not proved successful. Frank joined MPS Concrete Solutions (part of the DB Group) back in July 2018 as Business Development Manager to support the growth of the company to expand on the current MPS offering including cavity drain installation.


Andy Stanford - Walsh Associates - Structural Waterproofing Conference 2019Andy Stanford

Director, Walsh Associates
An Holistic Approach to Basement Design

Andy is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and has accumulated over 30 years of valuable skilled experience in the construction industry. His rich depth of knowledge comes from his experience across a range of roles in the industry for both consultants and contractors – which started when he was 14 years old, working as an electrician for the family business.

He joined Walsh in 2000 and has been a Director since 2008 and is one of a few unique engineers capable of designing both civil and structural engineering elements. As a Director with overall responsibility for Walsh’s civil engineering team he has a comprehensive understanding of basement design including structural design, structural waterproofing, geotechnical issues, drainage and flooding. Recently Andy has delivered numerous large basement schemes in difficult ground conditions, including the Prince of Wales Drive project which featured a 60,000m3 plus excavation, was up to 15m deep in places and came within 3m of the Northern Line extension.

Beyond Walsh, Andy regularly teaches and assists Year 3 children as part of their ‘Wild Weather’ national curriculum topic, lectures at Nottingham University and has acted as a Visiting Teaching Fellow for the Royal Academy of Engineering.


Mike Carberry - Koster - Structural Waterproofing Conference 2019Mike Carberry

Technical Advisor – Koster Aquatecnic Ltd
Moisture Mitigation – Controlling Water Vapour in Concrete Floors

I have worked for Koster Aquatecnic Ltd for over 4 years. I have specialised in the Koster flooring system over the last two years working closely with Koster North America who are market leaders in moisture mitigation systems.



Paul Harington - Elta Group - Structural Waterproofing Conference 2019Paul Harrington

Head of Residential Sales – Elta Group
Ventilation in Underground Structures

Paul Harrington is Head of Residential Sales for Elta Fans, one of the largest privately owned fan manufacturers in the UK. His experience ventilating new build and existing homes, spans 25 years plus. Paul is an industry educator and provides The Ventilation Masterclass training for the Property Care Association, he also represents Elta Fans at the ventilation industry’s main Trade Associations as well as being the Chair of the PCA South West Region.


Ben Hickman - CSSW London - Structural Waterproofing Conference 2019Ben Hickman

Technical Director, CSSW.LONDON
Podium Deck Waterproofing Design – Key Features

Ben Hickman is the Technical Director of CSSW.LONDON and consults on structural waterproofing including defect diagnosis, expert witness and working within design teams. The largest scheme CSSW.LONDON is currently working on, is the £1bn development at St John’s Quarter in Manchester.

He is about to complete a Masters at the University of Cambridge. His research, which has been partly funded by the PCA Bursary, has included topics such as waterproofing additives for basement concrete (presented last year) and more recently podium deck waterproofing.

Ben is a Chartered Building Engineer and Chartered Construction Manager.


Rob Withers - ASUC - 2019 Structural Waterproofing ConferenceRob Withers

Executive Director, ASUC
Final Thoughts

Rob has over 35 years experience in construction through his family business and in 2012 took up the part-time role as Exec Director of ASUC. His business specialised in subsidence, foundations and basements so this has been the basis of his experience for ASUC. Rob has also been a previous chairman of the Subsidence Forum and an active speaker on such topics as subsidence and retrofit basements. His career started with obtaining an HNC in Building and Civil Engineering following which he joined YJ Lovell as a trainee before joining the third generation of the family firm. Whilst the company is not involved in construction any longer they still retain a buy to let property portfolio based in the south east.


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