Griffiths (pictured) replaced Brian Wilson as construction minister in last year's reshuffle. He has a long-standing connection with the industry as a former chairman of Edinburgh's housing committee and through his campaign to raise funds to build 8000 homes in Kosovo.
Other speakers at the conference – chaired by BAA group technical director Tony Douglas – include Sir Howard Bernstein, chief executive of Manchester council; David Adamson, director of estates at Cambridge University; Peter Wearmouth, chief executive of NHS Estates; Geoff Wright, projects director of Hammerson; Roger Madelin, chief executive of Argent; and Jon Rouse, chief executive of CABE.
More details of the convention, to be staged at London's Grosvenor House Hotel, can be found on pages 42-43 and in the brochure that accompanies this week's issue of Building. Tickets are available from CreatEvents on 0870-2419 902, or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.