Mike Betts

Consultant, Global Construction Perspectives

Mike Betts is Managing Director and Global Building Materials Equity Analyst at Jefferies global investment banking firm. He has undertaken similar roles at JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs and Schroder throughout a career spanning 30 years in the City. Mike originally gained his Doctorate in 1985 within the School of Construction Management and Engineering at The University of Reading. He was a Member of the External Advisory Board for the influential Centre for Strategic Studies in Construction at The University of Reading.

Graham Robinson

Executive Director, Global Construction Perspectives, Global Business Consultant, Pinsent Masons LLP

Graham Robinson is Director of Global Construction Perspectives the leading think-tank for the global construction and engineering industry. He has 25 years of experience in the construction and engineering sector.

Graham is also Global Business Consultant at Pinsent Masons LLP, the world’s largest firm of lawyers in the global construction and engineering sector, serving around 50% of the ENR global Top 50 construction enterprises. Graham has given keynote presentations to industry conventions across the world – including the US, Canada, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa and UK/Europe.

Graham was previously a Partner and Head of Management Consulting for one of the largest global management and construction consultants. He has led projects in banking and financial services, airports and transportation, construction and manufacturing. He was Head of Supply Chain and responsible for the delivery of a $1.5 billion capital program and led a transformation of procurement and project delivery for one of the UK’s largest airport operators.

Graham was a Director of the renowned Centre for Strategic Studies in Construction at The University of Reading – a Centre of Excellence in Construction Strategy – undertaking research into global construction, including a series of highly acclaimed reports on the future of the UK construction and engineering sector with Forewords by Margaret Thatcher when Prime Minister of the UK Government.

Charles Burton

Executive Director, Oxford Economics

Charles Burton joined Oxford Economics in April 2008 as the Director of Business Development and is currently the company's Executive Director. He is also a fellow and council member of the Society of Business Economists and non-executive Chairman of the Sofia Property Fund, an AIM-listed real estate fund, as well as a member of the Scottish Government's Economic Consultants Advisory Group.

Charles has had a long career in business economics. He was an economist for Beecham Pharmaceuticals, before joining the Confederation of British Industry in 1975. At the CBI, he ran the company's business surveys and economic forecasting teams. As Deputy Director of Economics, he was later responsible for the CBI's economic policy representations. Between 1985 and 1988, he was in charge of the economic forecasting and consultancy business of Wharton Econometrics (now part of IHS Global Insight) in the UK and Europe. In 1988, he was CEO and one of the founding directors of Business Strategies Ltd, a leading independent forecasting and consulting operation. After its acquisition by Experian in 2002, he was the global managing director for the company's Business Strategies division.

Jeremy Leonard

Director of Industry Services, Oxford Economics

Jeremy Leonard is responsible for overseeing the work of the industry forecasting team and taking a lead role in managing the operation and output of Oxford Economics’ 68-country, 100-sector Global Industry Model as well as related consultancy work.

Jeremy’s knowledge and experience span a broad range, including competitiveness and offshoring/reshoring, commodity price modelling, and applied economic research on sectors ranging from biotech to heavy manufacturing to telecoms. In addition to numerous recurring bespoke sales and output forecasts for industries as diverse as machine tools and consumer packaging, recent consulting assignments have included the drivers of competitiveness in the chemical sector, forward-looking analyses of high-growth sectors across a range of emerging economies, and the ways in which digital technologies are transforming economic activity across manufacturing and service sectors.

Prior to joining Oxford, Jeremy ran his own consulting firm based in Montreal, Canada providing a variety of economic analysis and forecasting services related to commodity prices, competitiveness, and the Canadian and US economic outlooks for the Washington, DC-based Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, as well as serving as economic research director for the Montreal-based Institute for Research on Public Policy.

Born and raised in Washington, DC, Jeremy was educated at the University of Pennsylvania and McGill University, where he received his MA in Economics summa cum laude.

Amit Sharda

Amit Sharda, Senior Economist, Oxford Economics

Amit Sharda works as a Senior Economist on the International Industry Service at Oxford Economics. He first joined as a placement student in 2008, after gaining a first-class degree in Economics of Money, Banking and Finance, and is now in charge of coordinating the quarterly forecast update as well as analysing and forecasting developments in the chemicals sector using the Global Industry Model. During his time at Oxford Economics, he has also gained considerable experience using the Global Economic Model, forecasting macroeconomic developments in Sweden, Norway and many smaller economies. Furthermore, Amit has worked on a number of bespoke projects for sectors ranging from machine tools to aerospace and recent projects include analysing the competitiveness of the chemical industry as well as being heavily involved in the production of the previous edition of the well-established Global Construction report, Global Construction 2025.

Toby Whittington

Economist, Oxford Economics

Toby Whittington is an economist working within the industry team at Oxford Economics. He is primarily responsible for overseeing the company’s construction outlook across the 68-country industry service. Since joining Oxford Economics in July 2014, Toby has worked across a wide number of projects within the industry team, but with a particular focus always on the construction sector. During this time Toby has built up a broad understanding of the drivers and dynamics of international construction markets, providing valuable insights into the Global Construction Perspectives forecasts.

Beyond his responsibilities to the industry team, Toby also holds macroeconomic duties, overseeing Oxford Economics’ outlook and forecasts for Denmark. Toby was educated at the Birkbeck College, University of London where he was awarded a first-class degree in financial economics before going on to achieve an MSc in Economics at the same institution.

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