Judging process

The judging process.

The judging process for the Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards is rigorous. We hold our judges to the highest standards of fairness, accuracy, and integrity.

Our expert judges have a passion for the principles and themes of our awards & demonstrate exceptional leadership ability and vision.

We have two rounds of judging:

  1. Shortlisting is based on the written submission. Every entry is evaluated carefully and equally to determine our finalists.
  2. Virtual Judging interviews: our finalists will give a short presentation to one of our seven judging panels.
    • Wednesday 6 & Thursday 7 April 2022

Click here Judging Schedule 2022.pdf to view the judges and their allocated panels.

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

Judging - Interviews

Dates: Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 April 2022

The judging interviews will take place virtually. Further details will be shared once finalists are announced. 


The Rules

  • The panel of judges will consider each submission against the category criteria.
  • The judges have the authority to recommend entries to more appropriate categories.
  • Shortlisted entrants will be required to make a presentation to the judging panel on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 April 2022.
  • Their decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into following the awards.
  • Winners will be announced at our Gala Dinner in London on Thursday 30 June 2022.
  • 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

Tim Embley - Group Research & Innovation Director, Costain

Tim Embley is the Group Research & Innovation Director at Costain Group Plc. He is an industry leader that believes passionately about improving people’s lives through the business decisions we make.  He has a significant track record in business transformation, implementing research and innovation into live industrial environments, creating value for clients and accelerating prosperity for the UK economy.

In Costain, he is responsible for the strategy, delivery and commercial returns of innovation and corporate venturing activity.  He understands the importance of supporting small business as a vital part of our UK economy and is clear that business should have a clear industrial research strategy to work effectively with Universities. The outcomes of our work should now be measured in their contribution to decarbonising the economy.

He is a founding member of i3P and performance an active role in industry working groups. Tim believes passionately in recognising achievements and is delighted to be a judge in the SECBE Awards.

“SECBE Awards is an opportunity to inspire and be inspired. It is through achieving industry recognition we will change the performance of the industry, deliver better outcomes for our clients and attract the very best talent to work with us.”

Costain is sponsoring the Client of the Year Category


Amanda Pilgrim CMgr FCMI – Associate Director of Acquisition, Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

Amanda has spent a large part of her career in the built environment sector and has worked hard to try and make a difference within construction. Working for the CIOB has enabled Amanda to continue to help find ways to drive the industry forward. Her role at the CIOB is to manage the Acquisition Team – a team dedicated to growing Company Membership and helping individual members on their journey.

A career at the CIOB fits in well with Amanda’s aspirations as the mission of the CIOB is to drive up professional standards, push forward innovation, influence political decisions and strengthen talent across the global CIOB Community.

CIOB is sponsoring the G4C Future Leader Category


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.

Cheesmur Building Contractors is sponsoring the People Development Category


Katy O'Neill - Partnerships Director, RIFT R&D 

Katy O'Neill is the Partnerships Director at RIFT R&D and joined the team in 2021.

Katy brings 20 years of experience working across several diverse and complex industries, she's appreciative of the flexibility required to forge long-standing, collaborative partnerships. Katy has 8 years’ experience in the successful management of construction sites.

In her spare time, Katy is a keen tennis player, hiker and a fan of most sport. She has a young son and a Hungarian Vizsla dog who both keep her very busy...And at 6 foot Katy is regularly called upon in the office to reach anything at height!

RIFT R&D is sponsoring the Innovation Category


Dara Jafari - Regional Director, Faithful + Gould 

Dara Jafari is a Regional Director for Faithful+Gould, he is an experienced project and framework manager with a reputation for delivering and managing large programmes of work on behalf of clients. He specialises in building client relationships with an emphasis on trust and transparency. 

He has always had a passion for equality, diversity and inclusion – being brought up as bi-lingual and having two nationalities. He has brought that passion into Faithful+Gould as the ED&I lead for the last 12 months. Delivering various external talks, inspiring the people of Faithful+Gould to learn and be engaging with all topics ED&I, as well as ensuring the delivery of a supply chain diversity programme. 

Dara is also a core team member of the Embrace network, an internal staff network for ethnic minorities. Working towards driving equality and diversity across the business and to also help the people of our business and industry better understand the challenges faced by ethnic minorities. 

Faithful + Gould is sponsoring the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Category


Helen Ensor BA(Hons), MA IHBC - Practice Director, Donald Insall Associates

Helen joined Donald Insall Associates in 2013 from English Heritage, wherein she worked as an Inspector of Historic Buildings and Areas; prior to this she was a Senior Conservation Officer at Westminster City Council. In 2017 she set up a new branch of the practice in Oxford, and can now count the Colleges of Lincoln, Hertford, St Anne’s, St. Hugh’s and Wycliffe Hall amongst her clients, as well as many private individuals and developers. Helen is a highly respected conservationist, with 25 years’ experience in the planning and development sector, and has an outstanding track record of negotiating consent in respect of sensitive and complex sites. She is a member of Oxford DAC and Director of the Historic Towns and Villages Forum.


Brian Quinn - Legal Director, Hill Dickinson LLP

Brian is legal director at Hill Dickinson LLP. He acts as advisor on complex construction and infrastructure projects in the UK and around the world. 

Hill Dickinson LLP is sponsoring the Project of the Year Category




Helen Patel – Senior Business Development Manager, Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

Helen is an experienced Business Development Manager helping inspire construction professionals and employers through training, development and professional accreditation.  Helen drives forward membership growth at an individual and corporate level, along with the growth of other revenue generating streams across the business.   

With CIOB at the heart of a career in construction, they set high standards for the industry and aim to position Chartered Membership as an early career achievement by ensuring young professionals have an integral place within the Institute and ensuring they continue to have a voice to help influence and shape the CIOB.

CIOB is sponsoring the G4C Future Leader Category


Ian Bailey – Director, Artelia UK 

Ian is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Registered European Engineer, Registered PRINCE2 Practitioner and a Fellow of the Association for Project Management[BAILEY Ian] . [BAILEY Ian] His early career was spent in design and delivery of major infrastructure projects before a passion for Project Management led him into delivery of programmes of work for central and local government, the NHS and the commercial sector.

Ian is responsible for Artelia’s Digitisation initiative using a range of tools to deliver an improved service to Clients and has a keen interest in low-code and no-code development. Ian also leads on Artelia’s Project Management Excellence initiative which has taken the company to Accredited status with the APM for its Project Management Development Programme. Ian runs Artelia’s Graduate Recruitment Programme, which targets not just graduates but technical apprentices too, and is mentoring a new generation of project managers and industry leaders, helping them gain Chartered Project Professional status.

Artelia UK is sponsoring the Digital Category


Jane Duncan BSc (Hons) Dip Arch PPRIB - 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. 


Keith Heard – Hampshire County Council - Commercial Manager – Category Development SCF Framework Lead, NACF Chair

Keith is a Chartered Civil Engineer with experience in all aspects of the procurement, design, delivery and commissioning of building and civil engineering projects, gained through a career working for contractors, project managers and client bodies. Keith is a Project Manager experienced in, and passionately supportive of, the integrated team approach to working, which was developed over 12 years with BAA. During the last sixteen years with Hampshire County Council, Keith has led on regional procurement and joint working initiatives. These arrangements have delivered around £500m building projects each year since 2006 for over 60 public authorities in the SE, and have delivered over £200m in efficiency savings. Keith is Chair of the National Association of Construction Frameworks, a unique Public Sector collaboration sponsored by the LGA.

SCF is sponsoring the Residential Project of the Year Category


June Howard - Lead Occupational Health Manager, VolkerWessels UK

June is Lead Occupational Health Manager at VolkerWessels UK, a leading multidisciplinary contractor that delivers innovative engineering solutions across the civil engineering and construction sectors including rail, highways, airport, marine, energy, water, and environmental infrastructure. 

She has 10 years’ experience in the construction industry with VolkerWessels UK. June is responsible for the management of occupational health and works with the Corporate Responsibility Director to deliver services within VolkerWessels UK. The OH service has been in place since 2007 through directly employed OH nurses and support staff, is provided to an employed and subcontract workforce exceeding 8,500 people.

In recent years the focus on mental health and physical wellbeing has given June valuable experience in delivering these programmes within the business.

VolkerWessels UK is sponsoring the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Category


Malcolm Clarke (7th April)  – Chairman & Managing Director, Baxall Construction Ltd

A well-known and respected name across the industry, Malcolm has over 40 years construction experience. Starting his career with John Laing Plc he joined Baxall in 1986 and within a few years became the Managing Director. He is passionate about Baxall #doingitdifferenty and being an SME disrupter for the ever-changing industry. He is a strong advocate of the CLC Road to Recovery, Construction Playbook and Value for Money Procurement model. At operational level, Malcolm promotes exceptional standards, a customer-focused culture and collaborative team approach to each and every project, leading by example and encouraging the same.


Matthew Barker (6th April) – Technical Manager, Baxall Construction Ltd. 




Baxall Construction Ltd. is sponsoring the SME of the Year Category


Natasha Baum – Management Board, SECBE; Preconstruction Manager, Willmott Dixon

Natasha has extensive experience in both developed and emerging markets within the construction industry, having delivered projects in the UK, Russia and former CIS. As a Preconstruction Manager for Willmott Dixon, Natasha is currently responsible for the project delivery in preconstruction phase across Sussex, Croydon, Merton and Lambeth. 

Natasha is keen to raise awareness and promote the construction industry to younger people to bridge the skill shortage gap. She is also an active Women in Construction ambassador working on promoting inclusion and diversity within the industry.

Willmott Dixon is sponsoring the Net Zero Category


Paul Greenwood – Director, Greenwood Consultants, and Vice-Chair, London Constructing Excellence Club

Paul is a management consultant and engineer, with over thirty years’ experience of providing business improvement services to leading construction and service sector clients, and complex time-critical major projects, internationally.

After a decade in Europe, Middle- and Far-East, he returned to the UK and spent a decade with a housing investor, developer and contractor.  Here he pioneered their successful partnering and performance improvement initiatives, and became deeply involved with industry transformation through the Rethinking Construction organisations.

Paul now provides collaborative working and performance improvement consultancy to businesses in the UK and Far-East.  He is also a Constructing Excellence Collaborative Working Champion, an Associate Director of the Institute for Collaborative Working, and member of ISO TC286 Collaborative Business Relationships.


Sarah Mason - Regional Business Development Manager, VINCI and Constructing Excellence

Sarah has worked successfully in the Construction industry across multiple disciplines for over 15 years. Most recently, enjoying 8 years working for VINCI Construction UK and currently holds the position of Regional Business Development Manager for their Building division.

She is co-chair of the Cambridge Oxford Corridor Constructing Excellence Club and a Trustee for 50th Cambridge Scout Group Executive Committee. Incredibly passionate about encouraging more diversity in our industry and if lost, likely to be found deep in the woods with a dog or two.


Debansu Das BEE, MBA - Business Development Director – Zed Pods Limited, Chairman – Housing Diversity Network, Member – Housing Panel, Construction Industry Council

Debansu has 16 years of experience in the UK housing sector and advocates Sustainability, Diversity  & Modern Methods of Construction (MMC). Since 2010, he is involved with the offsite industry and has worked for several modular homes manufacturers – from SMEs to the established ones. Presently, he is leading the business development team of Zed Pods, an award-winning zero-carbon modular homes company in the UK. The company has grown by seven-fold in last 2 years and has secured several hundred homes in its order book.   

Debansu works closely with the senior management team, decision makers, stakeholders and housing professionals to help them achieve their development goals and sustainability objectives using volumetric offsite construction methodologies. He promotes “net zero” modular homes in the UK residential sector and is involved with over 10 “zero-carbon” modular homes projects in the UK.  

He also champions “Equality, Diversity and Inclusion” and has been the Chairman of “Housing Diversity Network (HDN)”, a leading social enterprise in the social housing sector, for last 5 years. HDN has over 140 members, mostly Housing Associations and Local Authorities. Over 2000 mentees have benefited from HDN’s “mentoring programme” till date.   

Debansu also sits in the “Housing Panel” of the Construction Industry Council. Previously, he has worked in product management with blue chip companies like Philips Plc. and won multiple awards including “Marketer of the Year” & “European Marketing Excellence Award” in the past.


Sarra Hawes

Sarra has 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, starting out as a site engineer then site manager running a wide variety of projects for a national contractor. 8 years she set up her own construction company with her husband Bruce, they continue to cover the range of projects by working in health, education, commercial, retail and residential sectors.

Sarra is a construction ambassador for the CITB and an Enterprise advisor for a local pupil referral school, working with the East Sussex Careers Hub. She is passionate about and keen to promote the construction industry and its opportunities to young people, especially for young women.


Gary O'Brian - Director, Construction Clients’ Leadership Group

Gary is a Chartered Construction Manager, with extensive experience in design, planning and delivery of infrastructure projects with a proven track record of delivering single and multiple projects in challenging and demanding environments. Gary is currently a Director of the Construction Clients’ Leadership Group and its aim is a fit-for-purpose built environment, delivered by an excellent industry, which delights its clients and end users and adds whole life tangible value. 

Gary started his career in 1978 as an electrical apprentice at Gatwick Airport. In 1995 Gary was promoted to project manager and spent a long career delivering infrastructure projects at Gatwick and Heathrow Airports. Hs achievements include leading a programme of projects to move airlines from South to North Terminal at Gatwick Airport, which started the airport’s 10-year transformation programme. Gary also delivered Terminal 2’s Multi-Storey Car Park project which included the first road changes in 30 years in the busy Central Terminal Area of Heathrow Airport.


Cheryl Causebrook - Chair, Constructing Excellence Kent








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.


Margaret Sackey - Capital Projects, Health & Safety Manager, University College London

Margaret has over 35 years’ experience in building environment, civil engineering, construction, design, project management, and the provision of construction health and safety management and assistance in both the public and private sector.


Peter Faruqi - National Sales & Specification Manager

He has 25 years of experience in working in a wide variety of HVAC companies. He has spent the past 6 years specifying fire and smoke dampers as well as control systems in the UK, and is now serving as a the National Sales and Specification Manager (South) for Actionair.




Brent Rees - Partner, Ridge and Partners LLP

Brent is the founder and Head of Digital Engineering consultancy services at Ridge & Partners. The Digital Engineering team provide Information Management, BIM Coordination, 4D Planning, CDE Implementation and other digital services for owner/operator clients, contractors, and consultants on projects in sectors including defence, residential, motorsport (F1), education, manufacturing, leisure, and healthcare amongst others.

He is a chartered construction professional (MCIAT) with experience in multiple industry roles, including BIM & Information Management, Design Management, and Architectural Technology. His skills have been developed on high-complexity projects, across a variety of sectors, for clients at national and international levels.


Mandy Messenger - Managing Director, Advanté

Mandy took over as MD of Advanté in August 2020, after having been on the Advanté Board for 22 years. Responsible for creating and implementing the Oasis brand from inception in 1998, Mandy, together with her team, ensures the market leading position of Oasis is maintained. Mandy’s focus now is the continued development of the Advanté business in line with changing industry and client requirements with innovative, sustainable solutions.

Mandy is passionate about all things people, welfare and sustainability in its widest sense. She was selected as one of 12 people to take part in the first cohort of the Innovative Future Leaders Programme (IFLP) facilitated by the South East Centre for the Built Environment. Mandy is a Fairness, Inclusion & Respect Ambassador and is an active Partner in the Supply Chain Sustainability School.


Ben Pritchard, Senior Consultant – Invennt

Ben helps construction businesses to unlock value through taking a strategic approach to procurement and operational performance using data to make well informed underpinned business decisions.

His desire to see the construction industry improve has previously led Ben to be the national co-chair for G4C and with that a place on the Constructing Excellence board of management. Within these organisations Ben is involved in a number of initiatives aimed at improving the industry in particular the industry’s image and adoption of technology within the industry with a keen interest on how blockchain can transform the industry.

A big advocate for collaborative working, Ben believes that setting up a project right at the start is crucial to its success. The decisions made in how a project is procured can be so important to its success and is so often overlooked or not appreciated properly for the value that it can bring.


Catriona Cantwell - Senior Project Manager, Landsec



Charles Haywood, MRICS CEnv Chartered Quantity Surveyor / Project Management Surveyor / Director

Charles has been with MacConvilles many years building experience and enjoying working in a broad range of sectors including education, residential and commercial. He joined the Board of Directors in 2002 to lead the QS side of the business and is now a Consultant to the business.

He specialises in dispute avoidance, risk management and best value. He is a former chair of the Sussex Constructing Excellence Committee He is also instrumental in seeking opportunities to use his professional experience to give something back to the community in pro-bono services.


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