Judging process

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.

COVID-19 has brought a whole new level to our judging process.

This year we have introduced three rounds of judging:

  1. Shortlisting is based on the written submission. Every entry is evaluated with a discerning eye towards fulfillment of the category criteria and the impacts described.

  2. In normal circumstances, all those shortlisted, our finalists, would be invited to give a short presentation to one of our 7 judging panels.  This year, our judges met virtually and were tasked with identifying to top two in each category so that we could manage the interview process online.

  3. The two selected in each category have been invited to present to the judges in a virtual environment. They will each deliver their 10-minute presentation and be subjected to the scrutiny of the judges’ questions.  This will be immediately followed by an online awards ceremony.  

Throughout the judging process, we make every effort to avoid conflicts of interest and we assign at least four judges to each entry.

Download a copy of Judging panels 2020.pdf  For details use the 'Judges' button below. 

The Judging Day

Judging & Awarding:  2nd of July 2020
09:30 - 18:00

Location:  online

For 2020, we have devised a whole new event that incorporates a Zoom ‘head-to-head’ with the top two in each category. They will each deliver their 10-minute presentation and be subjected to the scrutiny of the judges’ questions.  This will be immediately followed by an online awards ceremony.  

Each team has a 50/50 chance of winning, with the champions receiving their ‘virtual’ award on the very same day

The two finalists selected by the judges are required to make a presentation to the panel for their category.  Each entrant is 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.

There will be three sessions starting at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30 to encompass our 17 award categories. Each session will include a number of award categories,  and be immediately followed by an online awards ceremony.  

This is the only day this final judging takes place so please make sure you keep it free.

Thank you to Fladgate for sponsoring the Judging Day.

The rules

  • The panel of judges will consider each submission against the category criteria.
  • The judges have the authority to move entries into more applicable categories.
  • Shortlisted entrants will be required to make a presentation to the judging panel on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd July 2020.
  • Their decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into following the awards.
  • Winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner to be held on Wednesday 7th October 2020 in the Nine Kings Suite, Royal Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY.
  • All awards are made at the discretion of the judges.
  • The right is reserved not to make awards in a particular category.
  • The judges reserve the right to refuse entries without giving reasons.

Information supplied to or by the judges, or discussed between the judges and entrants, can be treated in complete confidence if requested.

The Judges

Adam Sanford – Category Manager, Southern Construction Framework

Adam is a Framework Manager working across all SCF regions and leads the SCF team in Winchester. Adam studied Building Surveying at Southampton Solent and London South Bank Universities and has extensive experience managing major works programmes for local authorities, healthcare trusts and private organisations in both client and contractor roles. A firm believer in two-stage open book and collaborative partnerships, Adam promotes intelligent, data-driven supply chain management, and strives to improve efficiency through continuous improvement and innovation.

Adrian Shah-Cundy – Corporate Responsibility Director, VolkerWessels UK

A proven career history in the implementation and development of sustainable business practices, including the oversight of health, safety, environment, quality, and sustainability to maintain compliance to corporate, legal and stakeholder requirements.

At VolkerWessels UK responsible for the provision of a range of services including health, safety, environment, quality, sustainability, occupational health and wellbeing, integrated management systems, performance reporting, operational training, fleet, facilities, major incident management, strategic development, and collaboration.

Ben Pritchard - Consultant, Invennt

Ben is keen to see the construction industry do great things, including promoting and increasing economic and social value.

At Invennt, Ben supports customers to identify value and how to unlock it, through operational improvement, strategic insight, and revealing areas of innovation to claim R&D tax credits. Over the past 12 months, Ben has been involved in a range of projects that have unlocked circa £5m for his clients, and has demonstrated his leadership capability by playing a key role in their expansion into Canada.

As well as driving value in his day job, he looks to play an active role in improving the industry's image and championing the uptake of new technologies to improve the outcomes created by industry. He regularly takes part in industry forums, leading him to be selected by UK Construction Week as a Construction Role Model.

Bill Ferris OBE – CEO, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust

In 1988 Bill became the first Commercial Manager of the Yorkshire Mining Museum. At Heritage Projects Ltd he operated seven projects nationally welcoming more than 1 million visitors per annum.

He joined Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust in 2000. The Dockyard is an 80 acre site and is the most complete Dockyard of the age of sail in the world. He developed the strategy that has produced more than £40m grant investment and led to revenue sustainability on an annual basis. He is a specialist in innovative re-use of sensitive historic buildings and creating sustainable regeneration benefits. The Historic Dockyard Chatham now creates £29M to the local economy each year.

Charles Haywood – Director of Quantity Surveying, MacConvilles

Charles’ chartered surveying/cost management experience spans public and private sectors and covers retail, leisure, housing , office, health care and education.

His recent projects include the construction of a new £10million steel processing plant and offices for Shoreham Port Authority, a £6milllion care home with 84 beds and the re-ordering of a Victorian church to create a space for new flats and a community centre on four floors.

Charles also has extensive experience in dispute avoidance and dispute resolution, acting for clients in adjudication proceedings and arbitration as Expert Witness and Single Joint Expert.

Cheryl Causebrook – Chair, Constructing Excellence Kent

Cheryl has been in the industry for over 30 years. With a commercial start as a Contractor’s QS, she has worked cross industry for clients, contractors and sub-contractors. Moving on to project manage, lead and develop others, Cheryl has a passion for her chosen industry and loves nothing more than to communicate this with her peers and regularly speaks within schools to encourage our youth to take up this exciting path. With a passion for communication and networking, Cheryl chairs the Kent Club of Constructing Excellence, co-chairs Kent Invicta Chamber’s Kent Construction Focus Group and Building Kent Connections.

Dr Christos Vidalakis – Sustainability Manager, Government Property Agency

Christos has 20 years of experience in construction, research and higher education sectors. He has managed and led on a wide range of industry transformation programmes, R&D projects, innovation and knowledge exchange partnerships. With a background in civil engineering, postgraduate and doctorate studies in Project Management, his research work has received several awards for excellence and impact generation. From 2007 to 2012 he worked for Constructing Excellence in the South West. Most recently, Christos joined the Government Property Agency as a sustainability manager, fulfilling the ambition of improving the environmental performance of the central government office estate.

Darren Colderwood – Development Director, Heathrow 

Responsible for the strategic planning, operational management and timely delivery of the capital investment plan across the existing airport. I have overall accountability for setting strategic direction, design development, construction and implementation for all capital works, with a current portfolio of circa £2.5bn. I have a background in engineering and project management across a number of sectors, and have delivered a number of major projects and programmes at the airport. As a leader, I believe in creating a positive, safe, energised and open environment, that galvanises teams around common goals, encouraging collaboration and delivers great results.

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.

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 that 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 – Business Development Manager (South-East), 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 of 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 kitemark 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.


Jane Duncan OBE – 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 workload 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.

Jason Wickenden – Operations Director, Cheesmur 

Jason has worked in the Construction Industry for nigh on 25 years, rising from Site Engineer through Site Manager, Contracts Manager and appointed Operations Director for Cheesmur Building Contractors on the 1st January 2017. Professionally qualified as a Chartered Builder and an Affiliate to IOSH, he has been responsible for developing all operational matters to the business, including achieving accreditation to ISO9001:2015, alongside raising the standards of health & safety throughout the business.

Julie Barry – Head of Business Development for RIFT R&D

For the past 5 years, whilst working at RIFT, Julie has specialised in Research & Development in Construction, reaching across all disciplines within the sector from design, through construction and fit-out to FM.

Julie has an in-depth understanding of the complex processes and procedures within the construction industry. This has resulted in an appreciation of the often unrecognised innovation that takes place on-site and the ability to translate practical onsite work into a successful R&D Tax Relief claim.  

Katherine Faulks – General Manager of Retail Delivery, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield 

Having worked for Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield for 15 years and maneuvering up through various roles in Project and Construction Management, to her current role as General Manager of Retail Delivery; Katherine and her team are responsible for driving the delivery of retailer fit-outs and refurbishments. Working operationally across both the existing assets of Westfield London and Westfield Stratford, but also any new development projects in the UK and Italy. Focus is on providing optimum technical and logistical support, through an experienced team of project managers, to offer retailers tailored solutions to their project delivery.

Having fallen into Construction (rather than it being a conscious career decision), Katherine is a strong advocate for diversity in the industry and a keen ambassador for STEM activities initiated by the business.

Keith Waller – Director, Construction Innovation Hub’s Programme

A Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Keith has been involved in construction and infrastructure projects for over 30 years, leading many major projects in both the UK and overseas.

In 2010, Keith was seconded into government with Infrastructure UK (the predecessor to the Infrastructure and Projects Authority). He has served on several boards and cross-Whitehall groups, including the Infrastructure Client Group, the Offshore Wind Programme Board, Infrastructure Working Group of the Green Construction Board and the Government Construction Board. He has also advised a number of foreign governments on strategic infrastructure planning and delivery.

Martin Lovegrove – Head of Health, Safety & Build Quality Assurance, 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 – Head of Project Management South East, Turner & Townsend 

Mike heads up Turner & Townsend’s infrastructure project management business in London and the South East. Mike has worked in lead roles on a number of major infrastructure programmes around the UK including Crossrail. 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.


Navpreet Atwal – Legal Director, Blake Morgan 

Navpreet is a Legal Director at Blake Morgan specialising in transactional matters across a broad range of construction and engineering projects from complex large-scale projects through to smaller scale developments. Navpreet has extensive experience of drafting all major kinds of construction and engineering contracts including design and build, EPC, EPCM, construction management, consultancy and service agreements. Navpreet also advises in relation to tender documentation and the negotiation of contracts for major construction projects. Navpreet advises owners, developers, contractors, consultants, private equity investors, and institutional lenders on projects in the UK and across the globe.

Peter Sharman – Director for Sustainability, Mulalley   

Peter is proud to be a Chartered Builder with over 35 years of experience in the construction industry, having worked with both contractors and clients. He is passionate about sustainability and has been instrumental in Mulalley achieving carbon neutrality for the last four years, offsetting 7,000 tonnes of CO2 across a variety of international projects, which support the company’s preferred UN SDGs. He’s led on achieving a 28% reduction in energy use within Mulalley since 2015, and ensured they were the first company to be ESOS Phase 2 compliant. Peter is a keen advocate for innovation and promoting and sharing best practice.

Philip Baker – Past President, APS   

Philip Baker is a designer by training and has been heavily involved in CDM since 1995. Philip is a Past President of the Association for Project Safety and a Certified Fellow and is Chair of the Institution of Structural Engineers Health and safety Panel and Chair of the London North West Group of Working Well Together. Philip has been involved in a wide range of projects as CDM-C and Principal Designer and has advised the full range of duty holders on how they can discharge their duties effectively. Philip has kept close tabs on the development of the revisions to CDM2015 and speaks widely on the subject and the problem of occupational disease in the industry and is particularly focussed on prevention through design. Amongst his current commissions Philip is the CDM Compliance Manager working for London Underground on the Northern Line Extension.

Richard Bielski – CoTrain Programme Director 

Richard started out over 30 years ago as a trainee in the construction industry. He has spent most of his career client-facing taking responsibility for strategy, business development, account management and pre-construction activities to ensure client satisfaction. In his new role Richard is responsible for the CoTrain programme. He works closely with local authorities, contractors and their supply chains to recruit, employ and support apprentices through a Shared Apprenticeship Scheme.

Rosemary Jerrit – Head of Capital Programme, Defra Science Facilities

Rosemary Jerrit leads the capital programme for Defra Science Facilities. Rosemary is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers with over 18 years of experience in project and programme delivery and has worked in both the public and private sector on School Building, Asset management, Flood Risk Management. London 2012 Olympics and the Water Industry. Rosemary is also one of the founding members of the Surrey Constructing Excellence Club.

Rosie Andrews – New Business Manager, Willmott Dixon

Rosie Andrews has worked for Willmott Dixon for four years as their New Business Manager representing the London and South region. Her role involves researching and exploring new markets to secure new work, whilst establishing or developing relationships with customers. Rosie founded the Constructing Excellence Surrey club and has enjoyed playing a key part in the committee since its inception in 2018. She has a particular interest in sustainability from a personal and industry perspective.

Russell Shenton – Managing Director, Waterloo Air Products

Russell joined Waterloo as Managing Director in the summer of 2019. He has a strong focus on business change and is enjoying the opportunity to develop and grow the Waterloo business whilst consolidating its position as the country’s leading supplier of Diffusers, Grilles and Louvres. Formerly managing director at Marco Ltd and, prior to that, at VACGEN, Russell is a highly motivated and customer-oriented, sales, manufacturing operations, and business development executive with more than 20 years’ experience at a senior level managing and leading people and specialist engineering operations.

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 that has overturned the deficit and continues to deliver steady and controlled growth and profitability.    

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