Elizabeth Kavanagh

Head of HR / Head of Innovation and Research

My first role in life was as a “big sister”; from this role I quickly discovered that in order to win the game you need to make the rules – or at least be involved. Naturally this lead to a career in HR and I now lead the people agenda at Stride Treglown.

I have loved working at Stride Treglown ever since I started the HR Team in 2004. I enjoy developing the Strides culture so that everyone feels welcome and supported here. I am most proud of our recent employee engagement rate of 83%, and becoming the first UK workplace given all 8 areas of the “Workplace Wellbeing Charter”.

I have lead the use of coaching as a part of our culture and am an experienced strengths-based coach, supporting our teams to develop their performance in ways which suit them.

I became curious about BIM when I realised that this industry development could really change the industry culture away from adversarialism towards collaboration.

I felt that for BIM to have its desired benefits we need to develop our collaborative capability as an industry. I initiated the group Behaviours4Collaboration (now partner to the BIM task force) whose aim is to support the development a culture of collaboration across the industry. Firstly, we are delivering a tool to specify what collaborative behaviours look like in practice.

This journey of new ideas has led me to close connections to many research institutions. In 2015 this evolved into the creation of Stride Treglown’s Research and Innovation hub. Here I mentor and coach individuals with inspiring and creative ideas, working closely with Research Institutions to develop the ideas into real industry solutions.

I also lecture at UWE and University of Bath as Associate lecturer and at various events and conferences in relation to BIM and particularly collaboration in BIM. You can also watch my latest video, South West BIM Region – How do I behave collaboratively?