The judging process.
The judging process for the Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards is taken very seriously. Our judges have a passion for the principles and themes of these construction awards and demonstrate exceptional leadership ability and vision. We hold our judges to the highest standards of fairness, accuracy and integrity.
We have two rounds of judging:
Throughout the judging process we make every effort to avoid conflicts of interest and we assign at least four judges to each entry.
The judging day is hosted by Fladgate who kindly provide us with a suite of offices in which to run our interviews.
We have 15 categories with the potential for around 80 presentation teams to be involved on one day. We will have six judging panels comprised of at least four judges who will review two or three categories. It’s always a very busy day. Details of participants in the judging panels will be published soon.
Finalists are allocated a 20 minute slot during the course of the day to convince the judges that their project/organisation/individual is really special. They are invited to give a 10 minute presentation and prepare to spend a further 10 minutes responding to questions.
Click here to download judging panels.
Information supplied to or by the judges, or discussed between the judges and entrants, can be treated in complete confidence if requested.
Andrew Orriss - Sales Director, SIG Distribution
Andrew has a broad experience of issues relating to zero carbon, offsite construction and sustainable building.
Andrew currently manages the Business Development for SIG Insulation with a number of responsibilities; one of which is the SIG360 Technical Centre. Prior to joining the SIG team Andrew was the Managing Director for a leading Structural Insulated Panel (SIPs) manufacturing and installation business based in Coventry.
This venture followed many years in the Insulation industry starting as a technical representative, but ultimately resulting in Andrew being appointed as Sales and Marketing Director for Jablite Ltd (formerly known as Vencel Resil Ltd.
Barry Hembling – Partner, Fladgate
Barry helps clients carry out successful construction projects. With over 18 years in-house and private practice experience, Barry acts for clients in the construction, development, and leisure sectors amongst others. Barry offers legal support, both contentious and non-contentious, throughout a project’s lifecycle from initial contract advice and negotiations, advice on live projects and dispute avoidance. Barry also advises a variety of lenders on the construction aspects of development finance transactions in the UK market. Regarded as a strong practitioner and incisive adviser by impressed sources, he has a reputation for commercial acumen, building long-term global client relationships and offers cost effective commercial solutions that minimise risks and facilitate project teams meet their completion dates and budgets.
Through his 25 years in the housing sector, Bill has built up a wide knowledge of affordable housing from across the sector and developed expertise in commercial housing development, project management, housing strategy, change management and leadership. Bill is currently Managing Director of Wokingham Borough Council’s (WBC) three Local Housing Companies - Wokingham Housing Limited (WHL), a housing development company; Loddon Homes, a new For-Profit Registered Provider (FPRP); and Berry Brook Homes. Bill joined WHL from Grainger Trust, Grainger plc’s FPRP, where he led Grainger’s first moves into affordable housing as their Project Director. Prior to this, Bill worked in senior roles in both the Housing Association and Local Government sectors. Bill seeks to lead SECBE strategic discussions on getting Local Authorities to build more homes and play a greater part in achieving the number of annual housing completions the Country needs, as well as getting the right mix of build price to build quality.
Colin Briggs - Head of Quantity Surveying, Historic Royal Palaces
Colin is a chartered quantity surveyor responsible for procurement of conservation building repairs, refurbishments and new build at six palaces. For the last ten years he has been leading on the introduction of collaborative working under the JCT Constructing Excellence form of contract to this part of the industry in order to achieve overarching objectives of value for money in the use of charitable funds and managing risk, whilst paying a fair price for works that allow the businesses of suppliers to be sustainable.
Darren Birch - Regional Framework Manager, BAM Construction Ltd
Darren has 30 years’ construction industry experience working both client and contractor side. He has overseen a variety of highly complex schemes across a wide range of market sectors and procurement routes. Darren began his career as a Quantity Surveyor progressing through Commercial & Project Management to his current position as Regional Framework Manager. Darren is passionate about making a difference & has been a prime mover in implementing framework initiatives, including the Shared Apprentice Scheme for the Southern Construction Framework.
Darren Border - Procurement Director, Willmott Dixon
Darren Border is the Procurement Director for Willmott Dixon Construction. His role predominantly centres around delivering a successful Preconstruction Service to our customers, through driving a one team approach through our delivery teams and ensuring close collaboration with our external Design and Supply Chain Partners. Darren has also created a forward thinking innovation team where the main focus is to drive productivity and efficiency through all that we do, whilst meticulously serving the needs of our customer, people and product in order to promote continual progression, learning and improvement within the business and the wider industry.
David Sharp - Insight Manager, Knauf
David has worked in the construction industry for over 15 years and currently works as Insights Manager at Knauf. He and his team are responsible for gathering customer feedback and perceptions both annually and continuously to drive customer centricity, creating actionable insight from the results.
In addition to this Customer feedback we enhance this information with other internal and external data sources to ensure that Knauf is more data driven in making its decisions.
More recently David and his team have become responsible for the companies innovation pipeline which looks at product improvements and enhancements as well as new product and service ideas it evaluate the link to the company strategy and shortlist ideas for development.
David Weare - Partner, Fladgate
David has over 20 years’ construction law experience, in private practice and as an in-house legal adviser to Trafalgar House Construction Ltd.
He specialises in complex project work, litigation, arbitration, adjudication and various forms of ADR. David acts for employers, contractors, professionals and funds in the UK and further afield. He has particular experience in the Middle East, having been a resident construction lawyer in Abu Dhabi for a number of years.
David Ferroussat - Infrastructure Procurement Director, Heathrow
David is responsible for all works and services relating to Heathrow’s Infrastructure assets including runways, taxiways, car parks, roads, utilities and all construction related consultancy services. Driving the ethos of the Intelligent Client, he ensures that the assets built and operated exceed aspirations for making every journey better for passengers. David also sits on the Constructing Excellence Members Steering Group as a client representative.
Graeme Forbes - CEO, Clearbox
Graeme is the CEO of Clearbox. His background is in the delivery of design and build projects in Pharma and other Hi-tech industries where he ran a specialist business for many years.
Graeme has been focused on applying technology driven solutions to the delivery of projects since the early 2000s and it is this background that led him to venture out and focus entirely on developing specialist technology for the AEC space.
The result is Clearbox, a solutions provider which is driven to achieve ROI for customers by enabling the efficient and effective management of their projects through a collaborative environment that gathers, analyses and delivers context sensitive information wherever they are and whenever they need it.
Helen Patel - Chartered Building Companies/Consultancies Manager, CIOB
Helen has a background in Risk Management with responsibility for managing Risk strategies across EMEA and more recently completed a PGCE leading to teaching in Further Education.
As the manager to the Chartered Building Companies/Consultancies scheme, Helen drives the Institute’s Chartered company membership growth and retention strategies. With CIOB at the heart of professional construction careers, they do set high standards for the industry and the CBC scheme is a kite mark of quality and excellence, building professionalism and integrity in the industry.
Ian Bailey - Director, Artelia UK
Ian is responsible for developing new business lines, clients and ways to deliver real benefit to clients through Artelia’s evolving “consciously unique” approach. Particularly focused on achieving outstanding customer satisfaction, Ian is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Project Manager with 35 years of experience in construction and property.
Ian Lyon - Project Management Director, Oxford Properties
Ian joined Oxford Properties in 2013 as Project Management Director with responsibility for delivery of Oxford’s development portfolio (currently £500m). Ian was with John Laing Construction (latterly Laing O’Rourke) from 1984-2007, then with M3 Consulting as development manager until 2013. Ian’s greatest character trait is questioning and is also passionate about training and individual development. Ian leads SECBE strategic discussions on pre-fabrication /design for manufacture and the challenges the construction industry faces on training.
Jane Duncan - Past President, RIBA
Jane studied at the Bartlett (UCL) and Jane Duncan Architects was established in Amersham, Bucks in 1992 and now has 17 architects and interior designers. The work load includes contemporary sustainable houses, to leisure and sports facilities, school and community buildings principally throughout the South of England.
Jane championed small practices at RIBA establishing the annual Guerrilla Tactics conferences concerning business issues. She was VP Practice 2007-13, and RIBA’s Equality and Diversity Champion 2012 to 2014. She served as RIBA President from 2015-17.
She currently chairs three RIBA panels: the Expert Panel on Fire Safety, the Constitution Review Group, and a review of RIBA Awards. She remains a Trustee on RIBA Council and Board both of which she chaired as President.
Jack Venner - Regional HR Manager - South, Tarmac
Jack, a Chartered member of the CIPD, joined the construction industry in 2010 as part of a year long industrial placement scheme. Since then he has move through a variety of positions, at locations across the UK, leading to his current role of Regional HR Manager for Tarmac's South Materials business.
In his current role Jack is responsible for the development and delivery of the Regional People Strategy, across over 100 sites and circa 1300 employees. He has a key focus on the development of talent & succession and changing cultures aligned to the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda, within the industry."
Jenny Stafford – Sustainability Consultant, Temple Group
Jenny Stafford is sustainability consultant responsible for projects in Temple’s Strategy, Sustainability and Planning teams. In recent years she has worked on the environmental assessment of some of the UK’s biggest infrastructure projects. She also leads BREEAM Communities assessments for major and smaller sites drawing on her previous experience in regeneration and master planning. Jenny has a particular interest in the value associated with ensuring sustainability in infrastructure and the built environment, for example through resource efficiency and in reducing project risk.
John Skivington - LHC Director
John is Director of public sector procurement specialist LHC, a not-for-profit organisation which works with over 200 social landlords throughout the UK to improve outcomes on building and construction projects. LHC developed the UK’s first framework agreement for offsite housing offering volumetric and panelised units through pre-selected manufacturers and contractors. John has 35 years’ experience of working in the construction industry half of which has been closely associated with offsite construction.
John Tieran - Operations Director, Waterloo Air Products
John has a diverse background spanning a wide range of engineering, manufacturing and service businesses including civil engineering, client-side construction, supply chain optimisation and contract management. For the last four years he has been a Director at Waterloo Air Products, an active promoter of collaborative working within the UK construction industry. As a supplier, Waterloo has built its strategy around the commercial benefits of delivering leading-edge customer service.
Kevin Payne – Residential Projects Director, Westfield Europe Ltd
Kevin has a background in residential development having worked in the sector since 2005 with Berkeley Homes, Mount Anvil and currently Westfield Europe Ltd.
Kevin is now a senior manager working on the delivery of the residential pipeline, continuing Westfield’s philosophy of creating extraordinary places and experiences that connect and enrich communities.
Mathewe Bennett - Preconstruction Manager, Willmott Dixon
In 13 years of working in the construction industry, following graduation as a civil engineer, Mathewe has become increasingly drawn towards business strategy and the future of the construction industry. After working as a site manager, design manager, bid manager and finally rising to pre-construction manager for Willmott Dixon, Mathewe was tasked with developing a growth strategy for the South-East region of the business, which was published in April 2017. Since then, Mathewe has become the leading voice on strategic thinking and innovation in the business, advising the board on a variety of issues ranging from the wider economy to new management practices.
Martin Lovegrove - Head of Health and Safety Policy and Infrastructure, Berkeley Group
Martins job at Berkeley Group currently involves sitting on a number of influential working groups. He has been responsible for implementing and developing management systems from the start, as well as operating as an ‘onsite’ professional in a number of roles and for a number of organisations.
Martin spent in excess of 20 years in Farming and Estate Management and qualified during this time in health and safety, including working with the HSE on farm safety in a number of areas.
He has been exposed to a wide range of experiences in health and safety, including estate management, agricultural safety, construction, civil engineering, engineering, telecommunications and utilities.
Mike Heptonstall - Associate Director, Turner & Townsend
Mike specialises in project management for the UK’s largest infrastructure projects. He is the operations and investment lead for Turner & Townsend’s infrastructure project management business in London. Mike demonstrates excellent all-round skills and ability as a Project Manager and also the soft skills and empathy required of a leader. Mike is one of the industry’s rising stars winner of the Young Achiever in the 2017 CE Awards, certain to bring many fresh ideas and contagious enthusiasm to the panel. Mike is particularly focused on driving innovation and inspiring many more high ability young people to choose a rewarding construction career.
Peter Binham - Principle City Planner, Transport for London
Peter Binham is a Principal City Planner for Transport for London (TfL) responsible for construction logistics. He has over 15 years experience in delivering a wide range of transport policies, programmes, and projects in the Capital. These include TfLs Construction Logistics Programme, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS), the Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) project and the Olympic Freight Advice Programme.
Prior to joining TfL, Peter worked as a Logistics Consultant for Aecom, Arup as well as a Policy Manager for the Freight Transport Association (FTA).
Sarah Collins - Head of R&D, RIFT Research & Development
Sarah has worked for RIFT Group for 3 years and is a technical expert in Research and Development specialising in construction. Seven years’ experience within the public sector, focused on service improvement and project management, has given Sarah an in depth understanding of the complex processes and procedures within the construction industry. This has resulted in an appreciation for the often unrecognised innovation that takes place at all levels. Combining her knowledge of government, HMRC and industry Sarah is able to fluently translate the implications of practical onsite work into a successful R&D tax relief claim.
Steve Hayman - Director, Cheesmur Building Contractors
Steve is MRICS and MCIOB qualified and has delivered high quality construction in the UK and overseas. This includes many award winning projects and in 2009 he and business partner Terry Nitman brought their extensive experience to the fore when they took on a failing business. Since then they have developed a successful team which has overturned the deficit and continues to deliver steady and controlled growth and profitability.