Nick Coubray, CEO of Howick, is the driver in the company’s pursuit of innovation. He is the third generation of the Coubrays to champion this family-owned business and has been involved in framing technology and industry development since his late teens.
After earning his stripes on the shop floor assembling machines, Nick went on to head Howick’s UK office for seven years, laying the groundwork which established the UK & Europe as Howick’s largest export markets. He has also spent significant time with US-based customers, and has taken the lead in a number of collaborative R&D projects, which eventually became customer feedback led standard features across the industry.
Nick has developed a deep understanding of the global construction industry and technology across Howick’s global user base - from simple construction projects to high-tech installations. His focus now is on driving Howick's team to continue to evolve technologies for better building and in advocating for more efficient and sustainable construction practices throughout the industry.
Chun Qing Li (AKA Lee) is an award-winning entrepreneur and the founder and principal of the KREOD group of companies. He is a Vice-Chairman of the City of London Westminster Conservative Association Chinese Group as well as a committee member of for the Conservative West End Ward and International Board Member of Creative Industries Federation.
KREOD is a visionary brand of pioneering transdisciplinary architectural design, innovation, technology and development companies. Defining what they do as 'Digital Master Builders', KREOD developed the Integrated Design for Manufacture and Assembly Intelligent Automation (KIDIA) application/software to create changes in AEC industries. Founded by Chun Qing Li in 2012 and based in London, team members come from a range of diverse cultural, educational and geographic backgrounds and work in a highly dynamic professional environment.
Dave Cooper is Co-Founder and Host of Dave Cooper LIVE. He has over 20 year’s experience in construction and shares the information he gains from AEC industry experts on his weekly online video series. Dave and his family are currently travelling across the United States in a Class A motorhome, frequently stopping to showcase the behind-the-scenes stories of those using Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) to “Build it Better.”
Dave can often be found moderating panel discussions or acting as master of ceremonies at events like the International Wood Based Conference, Building Systems Council Summit and the International Builder’s Show hosted by National Association of Home Builders, one of the largest trade associations in the United States.
Dave started out as a Combat Trauma Medical Specialist in the U.S. Army, serving multiple tours in Southeast Asia. He was also a rescue worker at the World Trade Center immediately following the 9/11 attacks. A father of three, Dave’s true passion is coaching youth hockey and helping others succeed.
Scott Mitchell is the founder and CEO of STUD-IO, a computational construction company. Before founding STUD-IO, Scott worked as a full-stack software engineer at Autodesk as part of the AEC Generative Design Group. While working at Autodesk, Scott had access to a Howick roll-forming machine, which he experimented with in his free time, before ultimately leaving to focus on that interest full time.
As a student, Scott studied film, music, architecture, and computer science—in other words: “making things”. He still enjoys composing for the guitar, producing videos and animations, and experimenting with software development and fabrication research at the Autodesk Technology Center, where he is a resident.
In the past several years, Scott and his wife, Brenna, and their golden retriever, Lou, have lived a somewhat nomadic lifestyle, travelling to and living in various cities across the US, including Boston, Massachusetts; Los Angeles, California; Austin, Texas; and Tulsa, Oklahoma. They now have a four-month-old son, James, and are based out of Boston.
Nicola Moriarty is a Director at Bryden Wood, a global company of creative technologists, designers, architects, engineers and analysts. She is a Chartered Structural Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the construction industry, leading teams on many multi-disciplinary projects from conception to completion. She has a passion for DfMA and how this approach can lead to the successful delivery of projects. She was involved in the early forms of DfMA in the volumetric modular approach to student accommodation and, more recently, on The Forge, where a combination of P-DfMA and other MMC approaches have been implemented on this ground-breaking commercial development for Landsec.
Nicola is a keen walker and skier along with recently developing a passion for sailing - a hobby that lends itself nicely to her other love, travelling.
Matthew Teague has an impressive working history within the steel industry spanning 22 years. As an architect, Matthew's work centres around how we, as manufacturers of steel construction products, can respond to our customer requirements in a rapidly changing sector and how design decisions can optimise outcomes on-site, during the project's lifetime, including end-of-life reuse and recycling.
Before joining Tata Steel (then Corus), Matthew was an architect in private practice specialising in housing and spent some time at London Transport as the Design Manager for Environments.
Recently he has been involved in projects where Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) has been employed – rather than more traditional methods of building procurement and construction – and continues to work and invest in this field.
Matthew and his family live in London, with both children now at university. Matthew builds bicycles outside of the working week (also from steel) and is even occasionally known to ride them.