He is founder chairman of Whole Life Consultants Ltd, a company he spun out from the University of Dundee in 2004. He currently chairs the Anaytical Consortium of the £18m Innovate UK funded project, The Living Lab, is vice chair of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ working group on the Global Professional Statement on Cost Prediction, and of the International Construction Measurement Standards Drafting Group.
Before joining the University of Dundee in 1977, Professor Horner worked for Taylor Woodrow Construction Ltd where he was largely concerned with the design and construction of nuclear power stations in the UK and in Germany. Between 1993 and 1997, his Chair was sponsored by a North Sea Oil contractor, where he was responsible at main board level for R&D, ITC, Health Safety and the Enviromenent. Professor Horner has successfully prepared, won funding for and executed research grants to a value in excess of £6m. He has published over 125 papers, notably in the areas of labour productivity, cost modelling and control, whole life costing, benchmarking, asset management and sustainability assessment