Clients and projects

We look to energise momentum behind the adoption of ESG and MMC, affording commercially viable solutions and strategic direction to both public and private sector clients.

Our collective experience, coupled with our cutting-edge work in innovation, R&D initiatives and training and skills development, means both multinational corporations and SMEs trust us to support them to deliver better outcomes.

But don’t just take our word for it… read what our clients say about us.

Working with Akerlof to develop our approach to social value has been a great experience. Given the scale, phase and pace of the redevelopment, Akerlof had a challenging task to build awareness, knowledge and consensus around social value in a very tight timeframe. Through extensive engagement, they ensured everyone was sighted on and bought into our approach. Our whole redevelopment team speaks very highly of the support we have received from Akerlof, and I’d happily recommend their work to other trusts developing an approach to social value. Neetu Sharma, Strategy, The Hillingdon Hospital Redevelopment

Akerlof shares our vision for a transformed sector that delivers better environmental, social, and economic outcomes. The team brings energy, an innovative way of thinking to deliver excellent outputs, and are well respected by our industry and government partners. They have been integral to the Construction Innovation Hub’s Value and Platform initiatives. As a growing force within the industry, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend working with Akerlof and look forward to seeing how they shape the market over the coming year. Keith Waller, Programme Director, Construction Innovation Hub

As the first ever social impact report for GWR, the end result is above and beyond and something we could not have achieved on our own within the timeframe. Ultimately, this is what we’ve been waiting for and fulfils our ambition to demonstrate the scale of positive impact within our operations, whilst highlighting areas of focus for future data collection and reporting. Emma Morris, Community Manager, Great Western Railway

Jamie Hillier


With a penchant for tweed and jackets with leather arm patches, Jamie began his career as a quantity surveyor, before climbing the ladder to lead major projects for a Tier 1 contractor.

Eventually expanding his book collection beyond copies of SMM7, Jamie has interest in a broad range of subjects linked to delivering better outcomes for society and the environment.

His strategic insights on MMC and behavioural science have made their way into numerous government, industry and academic publications, including the Construction Playbook, Transforming Infrastructure Performance Roadmap to 2030, the Platform Rulebook and the RIBA DfMA Overlay.

John Handscomb


Construction is in John’s blood. Learning from his father who was a planner and project manager, John began his career by working on some iconic projects in both the public and private sector.

As a procurement expert and integrator of new ways of working, John has pioneered the integration of platform principles, DfMA processes and supply chain within over £5bn projects in the last 15 years, for some of the largest building programmes in the UK. Despite his considerable expertise, John keeps it simple, communicating complicated ideas with ease and helping to equip the industry with new knowledge and skills.

Outside of Akerlof, John enjoys his executive role with technology start-up ScanTech Digital, spending time with his family, taking trips down the football, playing a bit of golf with friends and the odd pint. 

Our name is shared with George Akerlof, a Nobel Prize-winning economist.

His seminal paper, Market for Lemons, demonstrated the devastating consequences of making decisions under the conditions of quality uncertainty and unequal information between buyers and sellers, increasing the chance of buyers ending up with a ‘lemon’.

This 50-year-old concept continues to retain parallels within the construction industry.

Through our insight and experience, we can rebalance this information asymmetry on behalf of our clients, levelling the playing field to deliver better outcomes.