Join the big debate on the industry's future at the Natural Stone Show
Join us on Wednesday 7 June 2023 for Industry Day at the Natural Stone Show, as an expert panel debates how the next generation is tackling the skills gap and driving sustainability and digitalisation.
This forms part of the day's third session, Emerging Talent Awards: meet the new stars of the stone industry, and will be hosted by leading broadcaster and sustainability commentator Susannah Streeter.
The session culminates with the presentation of the Emerging Talent Awards, acknowledging the top ten individuals who have made a positive contribution to the industry. These Awards are about recognising and rewarding the achievements of those at the beginning of their career in the sector – as well as shining the spotlight on the organisations that are helping develop and foster the future of the industry.
We've been delighted with the response to the Awards so far, with a wide range of nominations coming in from across the industry. And there's still time to nominate a colleague before the deadline of Tuesday 18th April...
The session panellists:
education and training contributor
Sean started work in the stone industry in 1987 and served his apprenticeship at the much respected London masons J Bysouth Ltd working on many prestigious buildings, including Windsor Castle and The Houses of Parliament. In 1994 he joined Boden and Ward Ltd and in 1999 became Managing Director of Boden and Ward Stonemasons Ltd. Sean is a technical Advisor judge for the Natural Stone Awards run by the Stone Federation Great Britain as well as being a judge for the UK Masonry Skills Challenge and the Apprentice of the Year Competitions. He has also been awarded the prestigious Master Craftsmen Certificate by the Worshipful Company of Masons, London.
digital transformation specialist
Stefan is a multi-award winning chartered Architect, Consultant, Construction Project Manager and published author. He currently works as Senior Digital Consultant for Cohesive, specialising in Information Management, BIM Delivery and Digital Asset Management, helping clients solve complex problems.Stefan is a founding member of the CIC BIM 2050 group and is co-author of a number of publications including ‘Building Information Modelling for Dummies’ (Wiley), as well as the award winning ‘BIM for Construction Health and Safety’ (RIBA Publications).
Chloe is a Senior Structural Engineer who gained an honours degree at the University of Western Australia, and subsequently completed a vacation work programme with Structerre Consulting Engineers in Perth. She has a passion for architecture, and has successfully combined this with her technical design skills on a number of complex projects. Chloe currently works at Webb Yates Engineers and is a member of their Planeteers, a climate action focused taskforce who meet regularly to work towards bringing the built environment in line with planetary limits.
industry representative and president of Stone Federation Great Britain
Chris started work in 1980 as a Trainee Draughtsman at Shackletons of York, working on design and installation projects throughout the UK in marble, granite and stone. He spent the next 40 years working for well-respected companies in the natural stone sector including Doncaster & Sons Masonry, De Lank Granite, Pisani, J Rotherham Masonry, Miller Druck International Stone, Natural Stone Sales and, now, The Marble & Granite Centre.During his career, Chris’s work has ranged from project manager on the marble and inlay package of the largest mosque in Kuala Lumpur to the design, manufacture and installation of high-end residential and commercial projects throughout the UK.
Alongside his experience with natural stone interiors and exteriors, Chris has also managed the quarrying of British stones, including Mandale Fossil limestone from Derbyshire, raising its profile among architects.