Digital technology specialists XeroPoint have appointed Keith Waller as non-executive chairman of the board.
Waller is currently the lead director of the UK government’s Construction Innovation Hub, (CIH). The CIH combines expertise from the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Building Research Establishment (BRE) and the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) to help transform the UK construction industry.
A Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Waller has been involved in construction and infrastructure projects for over 30 years, leading many major projects in both the UK and overseas.
He was previously with The Infrastructure & Projects Authority (IPA) at HM Treasury, and has served on several boards and cross-Whitehall groups, including the Infrastructure Client Group, the Offshore Wind Programme Board, Infrastructure Working Group of the Green Construction Board and the Government Construction Board.
He has also advised a number of foreign governments on strategic infrastructure planning and delivery. A keen advocate of driving innovative and productive solutions, his work in government led to the publication of the UK’s first National Infrastructure Plan, the development of the Infrastructure Cost Review and the IPA’s Transforming Infrastructure Performance programme, published in 2017.
Guy Johns, XeroPoint’s CEO, said: "Keith has an exceptional track record in the construction and infrastructure sectors and the UK civil service. We look forward to Keith driving the company forward with his exceptional leadership, integrity, governance and fair process. We are entering an exciting time of growth where through our AI enabled products and services we can make a huge impact on achieving net zero carbon infrastructure and transport with better societal outcomes.”
Keith Waller said: “I am thrilled to be joining the inspirational team at XeroPoint as we grow globally from the strong research and development base in The UK. The data driven software, tools and techniques developed by XeroPoint underpin modern methods of project development, design, delivery and operational performance.
“Whilst these have been demonstrated to work in the aerospace and automotive sectors with significant safety, productivity and environmental benefits, I believe they will have a greater societal impact when applied to the development, design, delivery and operation of cities, towns, schools, hospitals or highways – we need to think of how data will drive not just a better project, but a better outcome.
“We need to ensure that value is not measured purely through the lens of lowest capital cost, but also whole life value and meeting broader social, economic and environmental outcomes – for example reducing waste, lowering carbon or supporting local communities and businesses.”