Shaun Wane, England Rugby League Head Coach

As one of our key speakers, Shaun will discuss his experience of building and maintaining a world class winning sports team and will impart some of the secrets of his incredible success.

This will be a unique and refreshing approach to team management, providing enlightening insight into maintaining consistent success year on year.


Michael Caulfield, Brentford FC Sports Psychologist


Michael Caulfield will illustrate how relationships are more important than ever as we all recover from the pandemic and how the simple, but often overlooked skills in managing people can have the most impact.

He will also explain how rest and recovery are more important than ever and that talking, and listening, remain the most underrated skills of all.


Nicola Bird & Natalie Bell, AccXel 

Nicola is AccXel’s Founder and Managing Director, as well as Safety & Business Development Director for Bell Contracting and K W Bell Group which specialises in contracting, civil engineering and groundwork operations to the major housebuilders, whilst constructing their own developments with Bell Homes.


Nicola has a Master’s Degree in Construction Safety Management from the University of South Wales, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Leading Business from the University of Gloucestershire.  As an avid champion for local government and early careers strategy, Nicola is a Board Member of GFirst LEP, committee member for the GFirst Careers Hub (part of the Careers & Enterprise Company) and co-Chair of the Future Skills Group within Constructing Excellence South West.

Natalie is the other half of the sister-duo who have built the UK’s first construction school, AccXel Ltd, and is the Growth & Partnership Director.

Natalie has used her legal skills as a qualified Barrister in her construction career to date.  Having built a new development region in South Wales with a GDV of £250m as Senior Management within Kier Living, Natalie has expertise in construction within both national and regional contractors and housebuilders.  Natalie is an advocate for women in construction, especially at Board and Senior Management level, and was the Chair of Women in Property South Wales in 2019.  As a Director of AccXel, Natalie is passionate about their huge industry goals to solve the skills crisis and is Co-Chair of the Future Skills Group within Constructing Excellence South West as well as a committee member for Constructing Excellence Gloucester Club.


Danny Clarke, National Federation of Builders 


 Danny Clarke is the Commercial Director for National Federation of Builders. He is a Chartered Member of IOSH and has post graduate qualifications in occupational health and safety as well as leadership qualifications.

He has held a variety of commercial and operational posts in both the public and private sector as well as senior board level appointments working across many industries including construction. 

Danny also acts as a mentor for several organisations including the Business Growth Hub, IOSH and TechMcr and has been published in a number of business focused magazines and articles.

As an advocate of work life balance and diversity in the workplace Danny will discuss skill shortages in the industry and how culture change can help boost retention and attraction in the industry, with examples of how this is being tackled through the Women in Construction programme.