Andy Williamson joins Adaptavate as Non-Executive Director 

Adaptavate has enhanced its Board with the appointment of Andy Williamson as Non-Executive Director. Andy is well known in the UK construction industry with over 20 years’ commercial and management experience within construction product manufacturing and distribution businesses, along with holding Director positions with a number of industry trade associations.  

Designing low-carbon, high-performance construction products to facilitate healthier homes and to protect our ecosystem, Adaptavate is a globally unique technology business and has been acknowledged as one of the top 50 emerging climate tech companies in the UK in a recently released PwC report.  

Prior to working as Commercial Director for one of the UK’s largest distributors SIG, Andy worked as Group Managing Director for IKO Group, a global leader of building materials. In addition, Andy has been a Master of The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants – the most senior member of the Company playing a key part in the sector, promoting training and education for builders’ merchants and fundraising for a number of charities. Andy is recognised as being a forward thinking, active and progressive voice in the UK construction industry.   

Thomas Robinson, Managing Director of Adaptavate said: “We’re so excited to appoint someone with Andy’s caliber, who is not only well connected in the industry but also brings vital commercial experience and passion to the company. Andy’s appointment will allow us to build and run our globally pioneering manufacturing facility, and help us achieve our overall aim; to be a global leader in low carbon wallboards of mainstream construction industry.”  

Andy Williamson, Non-Executive Director said: “I’m delighted to be part of a company that is making a significant improvement to the future of building materials. The construction industry has a serious impact on our carbon footprint, and for some time I have been aware of the vital need to adjust how things are currently done with the use of more sustainable products. Having worked with the team at Adaptavate for a while, and learned more about their products and plans, it’s great to be able to help them be a leading part of that change.” 


Transforming Construction with the MTC and George Clarke’s MOBIE.

Following our work with the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry last year we were invited to attend an event they recently hosted focussed on Transforming the Construction Sector. Various speakers addressed an audience of the leading building companies, developers, specifiers and product producers. It was also a great day, as George Clarke from the TV programs ‘Restoration Man’ and ‘Amazing Spaces’ presented his new baby – the Ministry of Building Innovation and Education (MOBIE)

George Clarke presenting MOBIE

Neil Rawlinson from the MTC stated that the construction sector is unique, in that it still combines many individual components, but not in a process controlled environment such as a factory – it is done on-site.  He highlighted the challenges the industry faces with a big skills gap, low margins, constant delays and accidents on-site and suggested a complete re-think towards a different system for designing and delivering buildings is needed. One where there is a modularity, where there are less components assembled on site, requiring less skilled labour and less handovers from one trade to another, reducing delays and reducing risk of accidents.

Mike Pitts from Innovate UK suggested there were some exciting developments with regards to the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and how it may support manufacturing and construction particularly.  He echoed Neil’s points around taking learnings from other industries and suggested that a Component -> Platform -> Product approach may be the way forward. A component being building materials, systems and services, a platform being a modular house or a panel of a house and a product being the finished home. He suggested that if this approach was taken, combined with a mass customisation of a few ‘platforms’ or house offerings, then the industry could increase the options for the customers/homeowners but reduce the variables on-site and in the supply chain. Later in the day we got to see first hand some of the innovative work that the MTC is carrying out with Brydon Wood on this kind of approach for commercial, public projects – where they are assembling components in factories, in controlled environments to be assembled on-site to reduce time delay with projects in the build phase, improve quality and improve health and safety.

George Clarke introduced the MOBIE concept focusing on how the industry should not always be focussed on time and cost – there is the forgotten measurement of quality! The idea behind MOBIE is to educate and inspire the next generation of designers, architects and practitioners to look at how we can make buildings BETTER and we need to focus on making the industry as a whole more attractive for the up and coming bright minds. This is something we resonate with at Adaptavate and part of the reason why Tom has been asked to give talks at schools and universities – to inspire the next generation.


At Adaptavate, we believe that homes are our third-skin, a place of shelter, security, growth and where we bring up our families. We spend 90% of our time indoors so we need to make them healthy. This is something that MOBIE share with us – they want to innovate to develop BETTER and HEALTHY housing that looks great and inspire people to make this happen. A great message to resonate with change makers in our industry and we want to collaborate with people like this.

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