Darren Richards

Managing Director
Cogent Consulting

Subject: Conference Chair

Darren Richards, MD of Cogent Consulting, is an offsite manufacturing expert with nearly 25 years' experience developing offsite businesses, processes and products. Formerly Manufacturing Director at Elliot Group producing modular buildings, he worked in Japan with leading modular housing manufacturers and had an advisory role on the Egan Taskforce. In 2000 he founded Mtech Group, spearheading the Advantage Offsite initiative and founding Buildoffsite before selling the business in 2008. Darren founded Cogent Consulting in 2009.

As the UK's leading offsite construction consultancy offering in-depth knowledge of existing and emerging technologies - Cogent operates exclusively within the built environment and offsite manufacturing sectors.

Cogent brings an independent perspective which incorporates the whole of the supply chain and range of offsite construction technologies. Delivering the highest quality services on the most testing of assignments, extensive industry insight ensures that the offsite exerts at Cogent are strategically placed to offer practical knowledge-based consultancy.

Advice is based on the latest intelligence drawn from pioneering projects and the most recent offsite manufacturing investments. An in-depth understanding of offsite technologies improves client's capability through new product development, business systems improvement, manufacturing systems development and design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA) techniques.

Cogent can draw on a wide base of in-house professional expertise, and long-established network of specialists, to provide tailored solutions to meet exacting needs, based on a close, first-hand understanding of the offsite landscape. Providing an exceptional range of proven design, construction, engineering, project management and supply-chain management skills – Cogent clients are able to access a breadth of services from a single company.

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