Modern Slavery Policy

At Akerlof, we have a policy of zero tolerance of modern slavery and human trafficking, both in our own operations and across our supply chain. We are committed to implementing systems and controls intended to mitigate the risk of modern slavery within our organisation and our supply chain, and we expect our suppliers to hold their own suppliers to the same high standards. Our approach set out below applies to all people working for us or on our behalf in any capacity, including employees at all levels.

Our approach

We are committed to delivering betters for our people, society and the planet. Our values underpin what we do and help to create a culture of accountability, responsibility, and collaboration on a range of issues, including modern slavery:

  • Fair
  • Respectful
  • Honest

Our commitments

We expect anyone working with us or on our behalf to support and uphold the following commitments:

  • We will work with our supply chain partners to ensure there is a statement or policy outlining the approach to managing the risk of modern slavery.
  • We will educate our people, to be able to assess the risk associated with procurement, recruitment, or contracted resource.
  • We will take immediate action to respond to any breaches of this policy, including immediate contract termination and notification of the relevant UK authorities.

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.