Meet the 2020 Judges

Without the support and commitment of our judges, we would not be able to run the awards every year. We would like to express our sincere thanks to each of them, they are the unsung heroes for our awards programme.

Building & Civils Project of the Year

Mike Edmonds
Independent Consultant
Altmore
Mike Edmonds is an Independent Consultant providing Specialist Construction Services. In a career spanning 37 years, Mike has been responsible for the management and delivery of numerous major infrastructure projects in Wales, Northern Ireland, England and South Africa. For 30 years Mike worked for Arup taking leading roles in their Infrastructure Group.

His experience covers a wide range of complex and sensitive projects including the design and supervision of highway schemes, bridges, major civil engineering structures, land reclamation, railway and commercial infrastructure projects.

For over 19 years Mike has been promoting the use of innovative forms of Partnering Contracts. He was instrumental in providing advice and setting the direction for the Northern Ireland Roads Service on their first use of the NEC Construction Contract on two major highway schemes. He advised and managed on how the £100m A8 dualling project should be procured, including the introduction of an Integrated (Contractor/Consultant) Delivery Team to maximise the benefits of early contractor involvement. He also led the project through the European Procurement Procedures. Regionally he has also advised strategically on a major £70m Track and Signal Renewal Programme for Northern Ireland Rail on their north coastline.

Mike has acted as procurement advisor to Welsh Government and local authorities in Wales. Of particular note is the pivotal role he played in setting the procurement strategy for both the Porth Bypass and Church Village Bypass promoted by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council. Again, these were based around the use of a collaborative contract, modified to incentivise both client and contractor to maintain aligned objectives.

Mike undertook a secondment in 2006 to South Africa as part of a Cultural Leadership Award. Mike was responsible for the delivery of innovative designs for low cost housing in the townships, together with securing the necessary funding for their delivery via the development of a business case for the scheme. This demonstrated Mike's flexibility and adaptability to respond to different cultural, social and economic constraints. Mike has since returned to South Africa on a number of occasions to maintain his involvement in this project and also, separately, to advise on delivery options for a Bus Rapid Transport System in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town.

Mike took a part time secondment role as Director of Construction Strategy at the Welsh Assembly Government reviewing the Welsh Public sector construction agenda. Mike quickly assimilated into this role, bringing a private sector perspective to the delivery of public sector projects. This included setting realistic timescales for procurement and delivery, encouraging fair, transparent and robust commercial outcomes and developing strategies for collaboration that achieve best value for the public sector from the supply chain.

Andrew Sutton RIBA
Director of Design & Innovation
Sero Homes
Andy is a past president of the Royal Society of Architects in Wales and an architect with a number of national awards to his name, and has judged for both RIBA and CEW Awards. He has sat on the Welsh Building Regulations Advisory Committee and the Sprinkler Group, and currently sits on Welsh Government's Smart Living and Innovative Housing Groups. His work at BRE encompassed delivering Integrated Design approaches to advise clients on how to deliver better fitted solutions from initial brief through to occupation, as well as innovating across a wide range of built environment issues. Andy is currently Director of Design & Innovation at Sero Homes.

Alun Tobias
Partner
Hugh James
Alun is a partner in the construction team at Hugh James solicitors which has offices in Cardiff and London employing more than 700 staff. He advises on both contentious and non-contentious construction matters and advises employers, public bodies, contractors, sub-contractors as well as construction professionals. He has a particular experience in insurance related matters arising in the construction industry.

Client of the Year

Mark Davies
IMD Systems
In 2016, Mark retired as interim Head of Property Maintenance and Construction with Carmarthenshire County Council.

With over 40 years of service in local government he has led a number of successful teams in delivering property related services. His experience includes both housing and non-housing; from day to day maintenance to major new build, including the successful delivery of major projects such as 21st Century Schools and the Welsh Housing Quality Standard.A qualified Executive Coach and Mentor and an advocate for collaboration and innovation, Mark has been a major contributor to challenging and transforming service delivery, supporting colleagues in other sectors to bring about customer focused improvements.

Professor Andrew Thomas
Director
Diligentia
Diligentia is a select group of seasoned construction professionals who support Clients and Suppliers to bring Best Practice and Innovation to life in the Built Environment through collaborative practices and behaviour. Working with both Clients and Suppliers to drive change and improvements.Andrew brings over 20 years industry experience and bridges the gap between Academia and Practice - he has assisted Welsh companies on BIM, Winning Work, and Sustainability, KPIs and Community benefit / Social Value Act outputs.Andrew works with a number of Modular and off site manufacturers and has been instrumental in super sustainable units using ECO efficient heating and Low Voltage systems - alleviating fuel poverty and creating off grid solutions in housing, health and commercial deployments.Andrew has been involved in Constructing Excellence since inception and has worked at regional and National level to the benefit of Constructing Excellence members around the UK.Andrew brings a curious mix of Private and Public experience and actively challenges the applicants and judging process. He is delighted to be judging on the CE Wales team again this year.

Digital Construction

Andrew Joss
BIM Manager
Rio Architects Ltd
Andrew graduated as an Architectural Technologist in 2007. He is currently the BIM Manager at Rio Architects, with over 13 years of experience in various sectors including Education, Healthcare, Student Accommodation, High Rise buildings and shared residential accommodation. Over the years, having worked as the BIM manager in various national practices, Andrew has developedexemplar BIM protocols and regularly provides training to staff to ensure their continual development relating to current BIM and modelling practices. He oversees the BIM implementation on all projects within the company and ensures the delivery of coordinated information from early design through to handover.

He is passionate about helping others realise the benefits of Digital Technologies and BIM. He is instrumental in collaborating with design teams and engaging clients, helping them with their journey to digital transformation.

Rhys Lewis
Director
Revizto
Empowering clients and stakeholders to create better experiences in design, construction and facilities management encourages better collaboration amongst teams resulting in more intelligent and useful assets.

Delivering innovative technology to the construction sector is something Rhys is passionate about and has a lot of experience in doing this successfully.His career has seen him embrace challenging roles with Europe's largest Autodesk Reseller - Excitech, an Industry leading engineering firm - Arup and his now current role as Development Director for Revizto Collaboration and Coordinate technology developer.

Dan Rossiter MCIAT
Sector Lead
B
ritish Standards Institution
As part of his role within the British Standards Institution (BSI), Chartered Architectural Technologist Dan Rossiterprovides subject matter expertise, thought leadership, and sector engagement around the digital transformation of the built environment.  In addition, beyond his role at BSI, Dan has been actively supporting the construction industry locally, nationally, and internationally for several years:

All of Dan’s knowledge and expertise is applied to his award-winning blog There’s No BIM Like Home.  Where the full UK BIM Framework is used on his own mid-terrace home in South Wales; practicing what he preaches through transparency, plain language and engaging example.

G4C Future Leader

Lauren Clarke
Co-Chair G4C Wales &
Senior Interior Designer
Rio Architects Ltd

Jonathan Edwards
Co-Chair G4C Wales & 
Senior Project Manager
Aecom

Paul Maliphant
Mott MacDonald
Development Director (Wales)
Constructing Excellence in Wales: Chair of the Board of Management
Paul is a highly versatile and value driven Development Director with Mott MacDonald, the employee owned global engineering, development and management consultancy. With extensive cross-industry experience he has identified, developed, enhanced and realised business opportunities across multiple sectors.  He has led projects that have collected numerous awards and is Key Account Leader for Welsh Government, Transport for Wales and Cities. 

As Chair of the Board of Management of Constructing Excellence in Wales, Paul brings a keen focus on enhancing the performance and outcomes of construction based on the Rethinking Construction foundations, the aims and aspirations of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  He is a former Vice President of the Geological Society of London, a Presidential Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a member of the External Advisory Board of Cardiff University School of Earth and Ocean Sciences.

Health, Safety & Wellbeing

Jane O'Leary
21st Century Schools Programme Manager
Vale of Glamorgan Council
Jane is the 21st Century Schools Programme Manager with Vale of Glamorgan Council, having responsibility for Estates, Consultancy, Energy Management, Shaping direction, giving strategic advice and delivery of the Councils Building capital programme including delivery of the councils 21st Century Schools programme. She has a mixed construction background having worked in both the public and private sector in a variety of areas from housing to health.

Stella Saunders
Principal Designer
Cardiff County Council
A qualified architect since 1983, Stella has over 35 years' experience working as a Designer and Principal Designer in private practice and for the past 15 years for Local Authorities. She has led the Planning Supervisor, CDMC and Principal Designer roles in non-housing Projects Design and Development for Cardiff Council since 2004.

Stella became a member of APS in 1995 and a Fellow in 2006, served as Wales Regional Chair from 2007 to 2011 and a Director in 2013. She is President, taking full office in October 2018. Among many other commitments to furthering Health & Safety in construction, Stella has served as Chair and is still an Executive Committee member of the South Wales Construction Safety Group, has served as Chair for HSE Designer Awareness Days and is a past Director of Constructing Excellence in Wales.

Innovation

Paul Maliphant
Mott MacDonald
Development Director (Wales)
Constructing Excellence in Wales: Chair of the Board of Management

Paul is a highly versatile and value driven Development Director with Mott MacDonald, the employee owned global engineering, development and management consultancy. With extensive cross-industry experience he has identified, developed, enhanced and realised business opportunities across multiple sectors.  He has led projects that have collected numerous awards and is Key Account Leader for Welsh Government, Transport for Wales and Cities. 

As Chair of the Board of Management of Constructing Excellence in Wales, Paul brings a keen focus on enhancing the performance and outcomes of construction based on the Rethinking Construction foundations, the aims and aspirations of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  He is a former Vice President of the Geological Society of London, a Presidential Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a member of the External Advisory Board of Cardiff University School of Earth and Ocean Scienc

Professor Andrew Thomas
Director
Diligentia
Diligentia is a select group of seasoned construction professionals who support Clients and Suppliers to bring Best Practice and Innovation to life in the Built Environment through collaborative practices and behaviour. Working with both Clients and Suppliers to drive change and improvements.

Andrew brings over 20 years industry experience and bridges the gap between Academia and Practice - he has assisted Welsh companies on BIM, Winning Work, and Sustainability, KPIs and Community benefit / Social Value Act outputs.

Andrew works with a number of Modular and off site manufacturers and has been instrumental in super sustainable units using ECO efficient heating and Low Voltage systems - alleviating fuel poverty and creating off grid solutions in housing, health and commercial deployments.

Andrew has been involved in Constructing Excellence since inception and has worked at regional and National level to the benefit of Constructing Excellence members around the UK.

Andrew brings a curious mix of Private and Public experience and actively challenges the applicants and judging process. He is delighted to be judging on the CEWales team again this year.

Pierre Wassenaar
Director
Stride Treglown
Pierre Wassenaar is a Board Director at Stride Treglown Architects, where he established and runs the Technology and Innovation Sector, tying together the company's strengths in university research centres, technology parks and science facilities. Pierre is responsible for Stride Treglown's South Wales office, which has worked on many high profile projects across Wales, including Swansea University's Bay Campus, The University of Wales Trinity Saint David's SA1 Waterfront project and Ysgol Bae Baglan.

Pierre specialises in the strategic alignment of building design with clients' business goals, and has worked in client-side briefing and design development in The UK, The Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Japan. He writes and speaks regularly on design issues, and has been a Board Trustee of the RIBA and President of the Royal Society of Architects in Wales.

Integration & Collaborative Working

Mark Adams
Director
MDA4 Consultancy
Mark had a long and successful career in local government. A champion of collaborative working, he was instrumental in setting up joint authority initiatives, such as Sewta, the regional transport consortium, and the south-east Wales Highways framework. Early in his career he was the author of the Cardiff Valleys Rail Strategy in 1983 which led to the reintroduction of passenger services to Aberdare and Maesteg and extensive regional service improvements. Mark was the client Project Director for the award-winning Porth Relief Road, which won the UK Project of the Year accolade in 2007, and the Church Village Bypass. Mark is a chartered engineer and chartered town planner, with qualifications in transportation and economics. Since retirement from local government in 2009, he has worked as an independent consultant for various organisations, including WelshGovernment and other public sector clients, contractors and consultants; he has been a major contributor to the work of CEWales over the past decade.

Vince Hanly
Consultant
V.H. Procurement Consulting Ltd
Vince Hanly is a former Director of Procurement with Rhondda Cynon Taf and was one of the first to introduce Community and Social Benefits into construction contracts in Wales collaborating with Contractor and supply chain partners. He also collaborated and took a lead in establishing South East Wales 21st century Schools framework (SEWSCAP)as well as the South East Wales Highways Framework. He now helps other organisations with advisory and procurement requirements. Vince is currently Chair of CEWales Procurement Steering Goup.

Phil Lumley BSc C Eng
Regional Manager
ACE Wales
Phil has been in this post since May 2015 prior to this he was Head of Property Services at Carmarthenshire County Council. Phil has been in local government from 1980 – 2014 holding a number of posts involving property capital and revenue projects, highway infrastructure, land reclamation, coastal defence and drainage works. Phil led on the regional procurement frameworks covering South West Wales embracing the ethos of collaboration amongst all parties. Phil was the local Authority lead on developing the shared apprenticeship programme within the region.

Offsite

Simon McWhirter
Head of Engagement 
Active Building Centre, Swansea University
Simon is the Head of Engagement for the Active Building Centre, where he leads on advocacy, communications, marketing and policy. He joined the Active Building Centre after a range of roles spanning twenty years in business development, communications and sales roles across the finance, communications and construction sectors. Alongside this current role, Simon runs his own consultancy (faugh a ballagh), focussing on project management and construction programmes. Prior to this he spent six years as Sales Director for HAB Housing, an innovative, multi-award-winning housing developer, with a range of roles including stage-managing the marketing around two successful multi-million pound crowd funds. 

Simon spent the previous five years at the global conservation charity WWF, leading their work on the sustainable homes agenda – during this time he sat on the UK government's 2016 Zero Carbon Task Force, Wales’ Low and Zero Carbon Hub, the Sustainability Board of BRE Global, and the board of the Existing Homes Alliance. Prior to joining WWF, Simon was an international tax consultant working in London-New York-Sydney, and sandwiched between it all he spent several years as a tabloid newspaper reporter. He’s also currently a NED for the Welsh-based sustainable construction and skills social enterprise, Down to Earth.

Simon has Masters degrees in Law from Oxford University and International Economic and Business Law from Kyushu University, Japan.

Professor Andrew Thomas
Director
Diligentia
Diligentia is a select group of seasoned construction professionals who support Clients and Suppliers to bring Best Practice and Innovation to life in the Built Environment through collaborative practices and behaviour. Working with both Clients and Suppliers to drive change and improvements.

Andrew brings over 20 years industry experience and bridges the gap between Academia and Practice - he has assisted Welsh companies on BIM, Winning Work, and Sustainability, KPIs and Community benefit / Social Value Act outputs.

Andrew works with a number of Modular and off site manufacturers and has been instrumental in super sustainable units using ECO efficient heating and Low Voltage systems - alleviating fuel poverty and creating off grid solutions in housing, health and commercial deployments.

Andrew has been involved in Constructing Excellence since inception and has worked at regional and National level to the benefit of Constructing Excellence members around the UK.

Andrew brings a curious mix of Private and Public experience and actively challenges the applicants and judging process. He is delighted to be judging on the CE Wales team again this year.

People Development

Andy Brown
Director
Frank & Brown Limited
Andrew Brown, Director of Frank & Brown, is PR consultant and writer specialising in the built environment. With over twenty years' experience in the sector, he has worked for a variety of organisations in the construction industry supply chain from Alfred McAlpine plc and Galliford Try to Marshalls, Schucco and VINCI Construction UK Ltd.

He has been involved with the construction change agenda since 2001, championing the principles of collaboration and integrated team working via the Construction Best Practice Programme, Rethinking Construction and the Design Build Federation. He is now a Director of CEWales after many years working closely with the team. He is also passionate about active travel and its role in improving the environment as well as our mental and physical health and is a co-founder of Just Ride the Bike.

Edward Evans
Director
Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) Wales
Edward is the Director of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) Wales. A Chartered Civil Engineer with almost 30 years' experience of delivering a broad range of technical services and policy development to a senior level across the public and private sectors in Wales.

He has previously served as Chairman of the Board of the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and is currently Chairman of Keep Wales Tidy and a Trustee at a local charity for disabled children and adults.

Edward was born and raised in Gwynedd and remains a partner in a family run farming business in the Snowdonia National Park. However, he has lived in Cardiff for the last 30 years with his wife and 3 children. He is a fluent Welsh speaker.

Lynda Sagona
Group Chief Executive
United Welsh
Lynda Sagona was appointed as the Group Chief Executive of United Welsh in September 2016 having joined the company as Director of Housing and Communities in 2009. Previously Principal Estates Surveyor with the Welsh Government and WDA, Lynda is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Sustainability

Lucy Hoggins
Director, Resilience Sustainable Solutions Ltd
Resilience Sustainable Solutions Ltd Company Director Lucy Hoggins has over 20 years' experience supporting organisations in the public, private and third sector, from SME's to multinationals across Wales and internationally operate sustainably.

With experience gained from roles in well established organisations such as Carbon Trust, Bluestone Wales, UNIDO and through her own company with a host of private and public sector clients, Lucy has a wealth of strategic programme and project management experience across a wide range of sectors delivering decarbonisation, sustainability and environmental management support.

Iona Hughes
Director
Wastedoctor
Iona Hughes is an environmental professional, consultant, trainer and Auditor with a particular focus on resources, waste related issues and pollution prevention. She is seconded to the Office of the Future Generations Commissioner as infrastructure advisor, working with the Commissioner to drive the adoption of the well-being goals and principles into the built environment. Priorities for the current programme include planning, infrastructure and housing. Iona's priorities are working to create frameworks for Affordable Housing, Planning and Built Environment (21st Century Schools) and how the Well Being and Future Generations Act is implemented into these projects and shares best practices to achieving the goals.

Colin King
BRE
Director
Colin is employed by the BRE as the Director for Wales and the SW, with key responsibilities of being the lead officer on retrofit, refurbishment and Hygrothermal performance of Buildings. Is one of the Technical Directors currently working on the DECC project "Understanding Heat Loss from external Walls" leading on the unintended Consequences and thermal performance of walls. He sits on numerous technical groups including the DECC Moisture Advisory Group, DCLG Part C, currently delivering Welsh Government revisions to Part A, B and C of the Building Regulations, and BRE member of the UKCMB (UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings), a partnership with UCL (Bartlett), UCL IEDE, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, Heriot Watt University, London School of Health and Tropical Medicine.

SME of the Year

Gareth Davies
Construction Director
Knox & Wells Ltd
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building
Polytechnic Associateship Building Construction & Project Management
Higher National Diploma Building
IOSH Managing Safety

Gareth has gained a wealth of construction experience much of which has been developed within South Wales.  His involvement and commitment to the local construction industry is reflected through his outside roles as Chair South East Wales Construction Forum, Panel Chair for the CIOB Construction Manager of the Year Competition and University of South Wales External Examiner.  He has also gained the Chartered Institute of Building Professional Award Assessor

Edward Evans
Director
CECA Wales
Edward is the Director of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) Wales. A Chartered Civil Engineer with almost 30 years' experience of delivering a broad range of technical services and policy development to a senior level across the public and private sectors in Wales.

In 2011 he was appointed by the Welsh Government to the Board of the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and is Chairman of the Planning and Rights of Way Committee. He is also Chair of a Trustee at a local charity for disabled children and adults and is the Chair of Keep Wales Tidy.

Edward was born and raised in Gwynedd and remains a partner in a family run farming business in the Snowdonia National Park. However, he has lived in Cardiff for the last 30 years with his wife and 3 children. He is a fluent Welsh speaker.

Helen Kane
Director
Access Included
Helen Kane is the director of 'Access Included', access consultants and surveyors, and 'Neuro By Design' based in Cardiff and London. The practices specialise in increasing productivity, focusing on neurodiversity and inclusion. Clients attract and retain the talents of a diverse workforce via office design, training and the application of neuroscience research on the built environment.

Helen holds a Master's degree in Construction Project Management, an Honours degree in Housing, a teaching qualification, and is a qualified carpenter and pilot. As a surveyor she has a wide range of experience in all sectors, ranging from negotiations on the London Olympics site to searching for properties while flying a plane in Africa. Her 30 year+ experience spans residential, retail, industrial and commercial sectors internationally (70+ countries).

Helen is past chair of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in Wales; the first female chair in its history.

Other voluntary positions include the Design Commission for Wales design review panel, ICE Wales Cymru FIR committee and ex National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC) board and Chair of Women in Property in Wales.

Value

Mark Adams
Director
MDA4 Consultancy
Mark had a long and successful career in local government. A champion of collaborative working, he was instrumental in setting up joint authority initiatives, such as Sewta, the regional transport consortium, and the south-east Wales Highways framework. Early in his career he was the author of the Cardiff Valleys Rail Strategy in 1983 which led to the reintroduction of passenger services to Aberdare and Maesteg and extensive regional service improvements. Mark was the client Project Director for the award-winning Porth Relief Road, which won the UK Project of the Year accolade in 2007, and the Church Village Bypass. Mark is a chartered engineer and chartered town planner, with qualifications in transportation and economics. Since retirement from local government in 2009, he has worked as an independent consultant for various organisations, including WelshGovernment and other public sector clients, contractors and consultants; he has been a major contributor to the work of CEWales over the past decade.

Paul Maliphant
Mott MacDonald
Development Director (Wales)
Constructing Excellence in Wales: Chair of the Board of Management
Paul is a highly versatile and value driven Development Director with Mott MacDonald, the employee owned global engineering, development and management consultancy. With extensive cross-industry experience he has identified, developed, enhanced and realised business opportunities across multiple sectors.  He has led projects that have collected numerous awards and is Key Account Leader for Welsh Government, Transport for Wales and Cities. 

As Chair of the Board of Management of Constructing Excellence in Wales, Paul brings a keen focus on enhancing the performance and outcomes of construction based on the Rethinking Construction foundations, the aims and aspirations of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  He is a former Vice President of the Geological Society of London, a Presidential Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a member of the External Advisory Board of Cardiff University School of Earth and Ocean Sciences.

Tony Norris
Partner
Geldards LLP
Tony is an Equity Partner at law firm Geldards and the firm’s National Head of Infrastructure & Construction.

Born and educated in Cardiff, he originally trained as a structural engineer at Bath University, working on site with Tarmac before converting to a career in law.

In a legal career lasting for over 30 years, Tony has become one of the UK’s leading construction solicitors and his work encompasses both public and private sector infrastructure. In the public sector he has been involved in some of the most significant developments in Wales in recent years including regeneration projects such as Porth Teigr for Welsh Ministers, the development of the former St Athan airfield for the Welsh Ministers with Aston Martin, the South West Wales Contractors £1bn Framework and the enquiry into the M4 Relief Road.

Tony has also advised a number of Blue-Chip Companies on commercial and development projects having worked on clients that include Admiral, British Airways, BBC, Boots, Finance Wales, JHB, Santander and Principality Building Society.

Tony is Chair of the South East Wales Club of Constructing Excellence and was previously a Board member of Constructing Excellence Wales. He is also a panel adjudicator for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Tony lives in Monmouthshire with his wife Kate, a specialist early years teacher, and their 3 student children and enjoys playing his Fender and outdoors based sports and activities.