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London River Thames

Jeremy Galpin

Jeremy leads our Social Value approach and believes the reason we deliver infrastructure projects is to make a positive change to people’s lives. Focussing on social value brings a positive impact on the wellbeing of society.

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Lead consultant for digital social value

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Social value

About Jeremy

Jeremy has worked for Costain for 32 years in a career spanning multiple sectors and major complex projects including the second Severn Crossing and Thames Tideway. He now leads Costain’s Social Value consultancy. With social value becoming an increasing focus for UK government policy, Costain’s experience in maximising social value, combined with research led best practice, is underpinned by innovative digital technology, enabling systemised tracking and data management of social value, and supporting clients in creating and managing the maximisation of social value.

What is social value?

Social value changes our decision making about why we invest in infrastructure and recognises the additional social, economic, and environmental benefits that go beyond the services of a given contract.

Jeremy on the most common misunderstanding of his role

“Social value is a term that encompasses Legacy, community investment and even sustainability. The term reshapes the conversation around value to focus on the wellbeing impact for society. The reason we deliver infrastructure is to make a positive change to people’s lives. My role involves helping our customers understand how to maximise the social value delivered through their assets, at every stage from conception to operation and maintenance.”

Key achievements

Jeremy Chaired the National Skills Academy for Construction from 2008 to 2013 receiving an award for outstanding leadership.

He has played a leading role in the collaborative work across the Thames Tideway project, developing shared values and behaviours aligned with a shared vision of ‘re-connecting London with the River Thames’ and playing a significant role in creating a culture that exceeded the legacy targets on the project.

Jeremy is an Associate Practitioner of Social Value International (SVI), has a MSc with distinction in Business Innovation and International Technology Management from the University of London is a Chartered Engineer, and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.


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