Meet the 2022 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
CEWales Director
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.

Ioan Prydderch
Partner
Hugh James
Ioan is head of the firm’s business services division. This division comprises all of the teams which provide transactional, contractual, advisory and dispute resolution advice to businesses and organisations across various sectors. Ioan also is Head of our Construction, Energy and Projects team and has spent almost 20 years advising clients on non-contentious and contentious construction matters. He has extensive experience in the construction and engineering sector and has acted in a number of high value and complicated disputes. 

Ioan’s role involves advising the firm’s key clients on some of the most significant construction projects and disputes in Wales and the wider UK. Ioan and his team act for a wide range of clients, ranging from government and public authorities to banks, developers and contractors.

Andrew Sutton RIBA
CoFounder & Chief Innovation Officer

Sero
Andy is one of Sero’s two cofounders alongside CEO James. As Chief Innovation Officer he is responsible for the full breadth of Sero’s activities ranging from research to digital product development, maintaining a focus on pragmatically deliverable, technically robust outcomes that support achieving real Net Zero Carbon.

He is a chartered architect and past president of the Royal Society of Architects in Wales (RSAW), and has worked delivering low/zero carbon schemes for nearly 25 years, both in private practice for a dozen years and with the BRE (Building Research Establishment) for a decade.

During his career he has led the design & construction of a number of multi-award winning and published schemes, including the Barratt Green House (Code 6 true zero carbon), the Maes-Yr-Onn farmhouse (off grid), and the Cwmbach Retrofit for the Future (first residential solar transpired collector). Andy also conceived and delivered the LENDERS project that was subsequently adopted as UK Government policy in the “Clean Growth Strategy” of 2017. He continues to sit on a number of governmental and other advisory boards around housing.

Andy cofounded Sero with the mission of delivering true Net Zero Carbon for both new and existing homes. Sero is a certified B Corporation and a Living Wage employer, and has grown since 2017 to a team of around 50 people from their Cardiff hub. The company’s growth is continuing apace, supported by investment from Legal & General and Hodge Bank as minority shareholders in 2021. Sero has also benefitted from a number of tech. accelerators, competitions, and key industry engagements.

As part of Sero, Andy conceived and initially led delivery of the Optimised Retrofit “Pathfinder” collaboration that includes more than 30 social landlords throughout Wales and beyond, and supports on innovation collaborations spanning mortgage lenders, surveyors and design for manufacture and assembly. The work guides Sero’s delivery of the Sero Passport for homes, supporting the construction sector to robustly Capture survey and plan Pathways to Zero for each home. These homes can them work in harmony with a decarbonised energy grid to give residents an easier route to lower bills and lower carbon footprints through Sero Life’s home comfort service.

 

Client of the Year

Mark Davies
Director
IMD Systems
CEWales Director
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.

Chris Mclellan
Director – Atebion Solutions
Senior Category Manager (OM) – Cardiff Council
SEWSCAP / SEWH Framework Manager – Cardiff Council 
Chris has a broad Procurement background having spent 18 years in the private sector formerly working in various Strategic procurement roles for a number of FTSE100 organisations before joining the City of Cardiff Council 9 years ago. 

In his current role as Senior Category manager, Chris leads the Corporate and Environment category teams within the Councils Commissioning and Procurement department covering ICT, FM, Fleet, Construction, Professional Services with a spend in excess of £200mpa.

Chris is also the Framework Manager for two collaborative frameworks hosted by Cardiff Council. These include the £1bn South East and Mid Wales Collaborative Construction Framework (SEWSCAP3) and the £100m South East Wales Civils Construction (SEWH) Framework. https://youtu.be/iBVIMyng6Pc

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 CEW awards team again this year.

 

Conservation & Regeneration Award

Professor John Edwards
Director
Edwards Hart Consultants
Director of Edwards Hart Consultants, a  Chartered Building Surveyor, Chartered Construction Manager, Chartered Environmentalist and certified by the RICS and CIOB as an historic building’s expert. Project experience of retrofit, refurbishment and conservation spanning over 30 years involving thousands of buildings ranging from social housing to grade 1 listed buildings. His current clients range from the Palace of Westminster and the London Coliseum for the English National Opera, to housing associations and property developers. Prior to joining Edwards Hart John was Assistant Director of Cadw. A Member of the BSI Retrofit Standards Task Group, as well as PAS 2030 and PAS 2035 Steering groups producing the UK standards on retrofitting UK homes and also PAS 2038 for non-domestic buildings. Developed with CITB's National Construction College the only short course on retrofit that carries a qualification (Level 3 Award). As a member of the BSI committee for cultural heritage has overseen the production of numerous British and European Standards including ‘BS EN 16883:2017: Conservation of cultural heritage - Guidelines for improving the energy performance of historic buildings’ and is lead author of ‘BS 7913: 2013: Guide to the Conservation of Historic Buildings’. Working with CITB on the development of Construction Site Management Retrofit National Occupational Standards. In his professor of practice role at the University of Wales Trinity St David, John leads on energy efficiency retrofit initiatives at the Construction Wales Innovation Centre.

Trevor Francis
Senior Lecturer
University of Wales Trinity St David
Highly experienced lecturer, academic and practitioner who is passionate with regards the effective design and ongoing management of quality buildings, as a lecturer, researcher and practitioner.

  • Expert Witness who has presented evidence involving legal cases for and to the Court’s within the fields of Building defects and workmanship.

  • Thirty plus years experience of designing, specifying managing and surveying buildings.

  • CDM Coordinator.

  • Extensive experience of both modern highly serviced structures  as well as non-traditional and traditional properties whilst working for public, private and third sector organisations.

  • Consultant within the areas of Architectural Conservation, Facilities and Building Surveying. 


Colin King
Technical Lead Retrofit & Construction
Sero
Colin is employed by SERO Group as the Technical Lead on Retrofit and New Build delivering the Optimised Retrofit Project for the WG, he was formerly 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. He is a member of the BSi Committees BS5250, PAS2035 PAS 2038 and Chairs CB401 The new BSi Committee on developing new energy efficiency standards for buildings he is also a Steering Group Member of the 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.

 

Digital Construction Award

Rhys Lewis
Director
Revizto
Rhys is a Director at Revizto and also the chair of the UK BIM Alliance Wales community. He has spent the last 15 years in the construction technology space, encouraging and helping the industry to create better experiences in design, construction and facilities management. A unique career that spans across both vendor and end-user has enabled Rhys to fully understand the core challenges the industry faces and then deliver innovative technology that directly addresses these pain points. Rhys is passionate about empowering project teams with solutions and ideas to improve collaboration.

Dan Rossiter MCIAT
Digital Built Environment Standards Lead, BSI
British Standards Institution
Chartered Architectural Technologist Dan Rossiter FCIAT is an active supporter of the built environment, both nationally and internationally. Nationally, Dan provides digital transformation thought leadership at the British Standards Institution (BSI) where he also provides subject matter expertise to several national committees relating to information management, technical documentation, and terminology.  Outside of BSI, Dan contributes to several working groups and is an ambassador for both the UK BIM Alliance and the National Digital Twin programme. Internationally, Dan convenes CEN and ISO terminology and strategy working groups relating to the digital transformation of the built environment.

Gavin Traylor
Lecturer of Architecture & Construction, Academic Lead: Projects & Industry Engagement & RSAW President (2021-2023)
University of Wales Trinity St DavidRSAW
Gavin is a chartered architect with over 20 years’ experience within the construction industry and has taken on the role of RSAW President for a two-year term from September 2021.He is currently a Lecturer in Architecture & Construction at UWTSD within the School of Architecture, Construction and Environment in Swansea, and is the Academic Lead for Projects & Industry Engagement. Gavin specialises in the use of Digital Technology and BIM at undergraduate and postgraduate level,and is 3rd year architecture studio tutor for masterplanning, comprehensive design and technical detailing. He is also engaged in research areas such as Digitalisation of the UWTSD Estate and several Welsh Government funded projects that include Optimized Retrofit Pathfinder, Net Zero Hub and Timber Centre of Excellence. As a chartered architect with considerable experience in practice and running a business, Gavin also practices in a partnership in Cardiff at Patrwm Architects LLP.

Prior to joining UWTSD is April 2019, Gavin adopted the role as Projects Design & Development's Operational Manager (Acting) within Cardiff Council and led the multi-discipline team of consultants that provided the 'in house' design and construction management services for the authority. In his time at Cardiff Council Gavin worked on variety of projects across the Council’s portfolio. He managed design teams on projects of a variety of scales and complexities; in sectors that include education, leisure, commercial, residential and conservation.

Gavin has been an RSAW Council member for a number of years and is a Former Chair of Design Circle (RSAW South). Gavin is also former Chair of CLAW (The Consortium of Local Authorities Wales) Design Group, a former CLAW Steering Group member and was previously a representative of the CLAW Board of Nominated Officers.  Gavin has previously represented Cardiff Council as client representative to the SEWSCAP board, a construction framework for public sector procurement in South East Wales.

Gavin is an advocate of greater cohesion between academia and professional practice and as such has previously taken part in the RSAW mentoring scheme and has also been a visiting critic for Birmingham School of Architecture at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

 

G4C Future Leader Award

Angharad Lloyd Beynon
Policy, Stakeholder & Partnerships Manager (Nations)
City & Guilds
Angharad is the Policy, Stakeholder and Partnerships Manager for City & Guilds and looks after Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland.

City & Guilds is collaborating with EAL to develop a new suite of Construction and Building Services Engineering qualifications and apprenticeships for first teaching from September 2021.  Angharad has worked closely with key stakeholders to ensure these qualifications are fit for purpose for the people of Wales.

The new suite of qualifications is being developed to better meet the skills needs of the built environment sector in Wales and are being designed with employers. This change aims to simplify the current complex landscape of more than 400 qualifications to provide clear progression routes and qualifications that will make learners more ready and confident for further study and progression to the workplace.

Jane O’Leary
Strategic advisor – Education
ISG
With more than 30 years in the construction industry, Jane was a driving force behind the Vale of Glamorgan’s21 Century Schools programme, leading the team as they innovated and developed the model that is now the blueprint for schools delivered across the county.

With a construction background, Jane is not only an expert in the field of education, but passionate about creating places that inspire the next generation to take charge of a sustainable future. She believes that the places that educate our children should reflect and deliver on a better future for our planet, providing the best environment, flexible learning spaces and value for money for local authorities and school trusts.

Jonathan Tench
Partnerships and Networks Lead
Office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales
Jonathan leads the international programme, leadership academy and private sector engagement work of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales.  He joined the Commissioner’s team in 2021 after working for the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition in the UK and US leading its private sector engagement strategy and investment forums on global nutrition and food systems. Prior to this, Jonathan worked in senior global advocacy roles for Unilever, advising the Unilever CEO, Paul Polman, in his role as a member of the UN High Level Group on the Post-2015 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals. He has also worked on major aid, climate change and tax justice campaigns for Oxfam and ActionAid – and worked for the National Assembly for Wales. Jonathan grew up in Wales and studied at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth before gaining a Masters from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.


Health, Safety & Wellbeing Award

Tom Davies

Senior Framework & Business Development Manager
Morgan Sindall
Having been in the construction industry for 45 years, I started my career in the late 1970,s as a site management trainee, working on some of the most prestigious projects at that time in London such as the Trocadero development in Piccadilly Circus & the Lloyds Insurance building in Lime street design by Sir Richard Rodgers. Having returned to Wales to continue my career spending all of my time delivering schemes throughout  Wales and the South West. I became a passionate supporter of collaborative management delivering with project teams. When this initiative was introduced in the mid-nineties. For the past 20 years I have worked in senior regional management, and lately for the past 14 years with Morgan Sindall construction, in a role developing strategy, planning, preconstruction, project delivery, and aftercare service, mainly involved with public sector contracts within the education, health, Local Authority, and defence sectors. Now retiring I will continue to volunteer my time by sitting on the boards for Y Prentis, and Cyflie - both not-for-profit organisations that encourage young people into training and apprenticeships. Also donating a proportion of my spare time with CE Wales.

Stella Saunders
Principal Designer & Cardiff Architects Manager
Cardiff 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 Authority. She is currently leading the City's Architects group and has delivered CDM 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 from 2013. She has recently completed the role of UK wide APS President, taking office in October 2018. 

Among many other commitments to furthering Health & Safety in construction, Stella has is currently sitting on the London HQ HSE SEE Committee for Small and Medium Enterprises and is a past Director of Constructing Excellence in Wales. Stella has served as Chair and is still an Executive Committee member of the South Wales Construction Safety Group.

Bryn Wilde
Managing Director 
CDM Solutions & Building Safety Consultancy Group

Bryn Wilde is a Chartered Civil Engineer specialising in advising on and undertaking the CDM2015 duty holder roles and providing project Health & Safety Advice.  By undertaking these roles he understands how important decisions made during each stage of a construction project can be in terms of a successful delivery with regards to the health and safety of those involved in both the build and use phases.

He is the Managing Director of both CDM Solutions, who provide H&S advice and training services and the Building Safety Consultancy Group who undertake the CDM Principal Designer role and advise the other duty holders, such as the Client, to ensure compliance with the requirements of the regulations.

He is a Graduate of Cardiff University with both an Honours degree and a Doctorate in Civil Engineering and prior to setting up his own companies he worked at SLR Consulting and Wardell Armstrong.  He is a former Chair of the Association for Project Safety (APS) Wales Region and is currently in his second term as an elected APS Board Director also representing them on the CIC Housing Panel.  In addition he is a member of the CIC Wales Group.

Outside of his professional life Bryn is a keen sportsman, currently being a WRU Level 1 Coach and Referee who coaches a mini and juniors side at Llanishen RFC and is a very amateur golfer.

 

Innovation Award

Simon McWhirter
Director of Communications, Policy & Places
UK Green Building Council 
Simon is the UK Green Building Council’s Director of Communications, Policy & Places, where he leads the policy and political advocacy with national, devolved and local government, as well as managing corporate communications with members, media and the wider industry. He also has oversight of UKGBC’s portfolio of place-based projects, local English networks and UKGBC Scotland.

Simon brings over 25 years’ experience in communications, business development, industry and policy & advocacy to UKGBC, having held a wide range of roles spanning across the construction, finance and not-for-profit sectors. He joined UKGBC from the Active Building Centre, where he was Head of Engagement. Previous roles include seven years as Sales Director at the innovative housebuilder HAB Housing as Sales Director, and five years at global conservation charity WWF, where he drove their work on the sustainable homes agenda – during this time he sat on the UK government's 2016 Zero Carbon Task Force and Wales’ Low and Zero Carbon Hub. Prior to joining WWF, Simon enjoyed a diverse career, with roles in the finance sector as an international tax consultant, as well as spending several years as a tabloid newspaper reporter. He is currently a NED for the Welsh-based sustainable construction and skills social enterprise, Down to Earth, and for a mental health-focussed events organisation Peloton Running. 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 CEW awards team again this year.

Pierre Wassenaar
Chair
Stride Treglown
Pierre Wassenaar is a Board Director at Stride Treglown Architects, where he established the Technology and Innovation Sector, tying together the company's strengths in university research centres, technology parks and science facilities.  His interest in innovation led him to set up Stride Treglown’s Research Innovation and Consultation Initiatives group. He led the process for Stride Treglown becoming a B Corp in 2021.    

Pierre is responsible for Stride Treglown's South Wales office, which has worked on many high-profile projects across Wales, including Cardiff University's Abacws building, The University of Wales Trinity Saint David's SA1 Waterfront project and Swansea University’s Centre for Integrative Semiconductor Materials. 

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 Award

Louise Attwood
Executive Director Property and Commercial

Linc Cymru
Louise and her team are responsible for delivering the organisation’s new business and growth strategy across our social and market rental products as well as Linc’s independent living business. In addition Louise is also responsible for the leadership and performance of Linc’s Asset Management, Health & Safety and Community Regeneration Teams

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 additional qualifications in transportation and economics. Since retirement from local government in 2010, he has worked as an independent consultant for various organisations, including Welsh Government and other public sector clients, contractors and consultants. He has been a major contributor to the work of CEWales over the past decade and currently chairs our Advisory Panel and is the lead for our Exemplar programme.

Vince Hanly
Consultant
V.H. Procurement Consulting Ltd
Vince Hanly is a former Local Government Director of Procurement and is the current Chair of the Constructing  Excellence in Wales procurement group. He’s also a member of the National CE Procurement Group and the LGA Construction forum. Vince is well known in Wales for his commitment to Community benefits and to collaboration in construction contracts  and achieving added and social value though procurement and frameworks. 

 

MMC Award

Andrew Carpenter
Chief Executive
Structural Timber Association
Andrew joined the UK construction industry in 1977 with the manufacturing giant CRH and held a series of sales and business development roles in his early years. It was the ground breaking Rethinking Construction Report of 1998 that was to change Andrew’s career path as he became involved in change management and best practice, first within CRH and then later as a Board Member and Director of Constructing Excellence. During this time he was the inaugural chair of the national ‘Best Practice’ Club network and the public face of Constructing Excellence being responsible for marketing, events, communications and membership. From 2008 – 2010 he worked as a consultant in ‘lean’ measures, which included Andrew helping to set up and then become one of the first fifteen students of the CWA (Collaborative Working Academy). Andrew was delighted to be asked to become Chief Executive of the Structural Timber Association (then the UKTFA) in January 2011. Andrew is now helping to spearhead the drive for Sustainable Construction by the use of more structural timber in building with a ‘Fabric First’ approach. Andrew was appointed Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence South West in September 2013 and Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence Midlands in May 2018. In 2011 Andrew was rewarded for his services to best practice within the UK construction industry by being awarded the ‘Achiever Award’ in the 2011 CIOB/CESW South West Built Environment Awards.

Kamal Rajput
Business Development Manager
Tata Steel UK Limited
Kamal has been with Tata Steel for nearly 16 years having spent all of that time commercially involved in major energy and construction projects. Kamal is responsible for developing new relationships with end users and relevant stakeholders to the steel business across the public and private sector with a view to understanding how steel can be used in major projects and programmes of work. He is also responsible for emerging markets and opportunities across the UK construction and infrastructure network. Kamal is passionate about driving change in the construction sector and is a key advocate of Modern methods of construction and applying Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) thinking within the sector and the steel industry. Kamal is chair of the UK Steel procurement committee which consists of the largest steel companies in the UK acting as a collective voice on procurement and other matters to UK, Welsh and Scottish Government.

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 CEW awards team again this year.

 

Net Zero Award

Jo Charles
Head of Sustainability
Willmott Dixon Construction Limited
Jo Charles has over 15years experience in the Environment and Sustainability field within the built environment. Instrumental in developing company wide Sustainability strategies coupled with cultural change programmes over her career. Jo has a mix of project level experience, as well as more companywide sustainability change programmes.  Jo sits on the Sustainability Supply Change Leadership Steering Group as well as working closely with the Future Generations Commissioners office, to help embed the WFGA through the Built Environment Activities across Wales.”

Robert Chapman
Director
RC2 (Robert Chapman & Company Ltd)
As a Chartered Surveyor, Robert has thirty five years+ post qualification experience. Initially working in Land Management (Land Agency), he worked for Smith Woolley, Strutt & Parker, The Severn Trent Water Authority, Powys County Council & The National Trust. From 1990, he entered the commercial property arena, working for the Welsh Development Agency (WDA), Grimley International & Stephenson & Alexander.

On 1st April 2001 he established his own niche practice in Cardiff and opened an office in Bristol in February 2014.

In 2016, Robert became the first man to run around the entire perimeter of Wales - 39 marathons in 39 days. This was done over consecutive weekends, raising in excess of £13K for research into MND.

Robert fulfilled an intensive 6-month contract working in Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone between November 2016 and April 2017. He returned to Cardiff to 'reboot' his company with a rebrand and new web site www.rchapmanandco.com as an independent property advisor. 

Paul Maliphant
Business Development Advisor - Mott MacDonald 
Chair of the Board of Managemen - Constructing Excellence in Wales
Paul semi-retired at the end of 2021, and is a highly versatile and value driven business development advisor to 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 also led and collaborated on projects that have collected numerous awards including for ground engineering, environmental sustainability, regeneration, building stronger communities and the Constructing Excellence UK Best of the Best award. He is proud to have gained the accolade of an eponymous industry award for Early Career Geologists, and created the Schools Geology Challenge in 2010 which, from local Welsh roots, went national in 2012 and saw its first international winner in 2021.


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 Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts.

 

People Development

Andy Brown
Director
CEWales, Frank & Brown Ltd , Just Ride the Bike
Andy is PR consultant and writer specialising in the built environment. He has been involved with the Rethinking Construction agenda since 2000 and has worked with representative organisations and carious parts of the construction from Alfred McAlpine and Galliford Try to Marshalls, Schucco and VINCI Construction UK Ltd as well the Construction Best Practice Programme, Rethinking Construction and the Design Build Federation. He is a Director of CEWales after many years working closely with the team. He is passionate about active travel and its role in improving the environment, individual mental and physical health and combines this with consultancy work encouraging more active living and the use of bicycles in B2B logistics as a director and 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 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 Citizens Advice and Pedal Power, 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
Chartered Surveyor & Housing Professional
Lynda has recently retired as Group Chief Executive of United Welsh having held the role for 6 years and worked in the housing sector for 13 years. Prior to that, Lynda was  Principal Estates Surveyor with the Welsh Government and WDA. A member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Lynda was on the RICS Wales Board and maintains close ties with the RICS in Wales. During her time with United Welsh she led in the development of Celtic Horizons, a private sector partnership delivering total asset management to the social housing sector, and more recently has launched Celtic Offsite, a manufacturing facility delivering low carbon timber-frame homes. Lynda is passionate about supporting people to be their best and a strong advocate for trust based leadership. 

Residential Property of the Year

Gerraint Oakley
Executive Director 
Platform Housing Group
I am the Executive Director of Growth and Development with Platform Housing Group (PHG). We are focused on substantially increasing the number of homes we develop, increasing our number of development partners and expanding our operating region.

PHG manages 46,500 homes across the Midlands and Central England, making it the largest Registered Provider of affordable housing in the Midlands, and one of the top 15 providers nationally, delivering 1600 a year for the past 3 years. The strategic direction of PHG includes the ambition to develop 2,000 mixed tenure new homes per year.

PHG have well established long-term working relationships with a number of Local Authorities and Property Development partners. We are looking to continue to grow our housing portfolio across our existing geographies, but are also actively seeking opportunities to work with new partners and to develop in new locations on larger sites, while enhancing both quality and energy efficiency.

In February 2021 we launched a £1bn Euro Medium-Term Note (EMTN) programme
We will use the financial instrument, which offers speedier access to debt capital markets, to develop more
#affordablehousing & improve the energy efficiency of our existing homes. In July 2020 Platform Housing Group we completed our inaugural public bond, achieving a coupon of just 1.625 per cent on the £350m, 35-year issuance.

Paul Maliphant
Business Development Advisor - Mott MacDonald 
Chair of the Board of Managemen - Constructing Excellence in Wales
Paul semi-retired at the end of 2021, and is a highly versatile and value driven business development advisor to 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 also led and collaborated on projects that have collected numerous awards including for ground engineering, environmental sustainability, regeneration, building stronger communities and the Constructing Excellence UK Best of the Best award. He is proud to have gained the accolade of an eponymous industry award for Early Career Geologists, and created the Schools Geology Challenge in 2010 which, from local Welsh roots, went national in 2012 and saw its first international winner in 2021.

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 Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts.

Geoff Wildman
Director
Wildman Associates Ltd
Geoff has over 45 years’ experience in the construction industry, is a Quantity Surveyor/Estimator and has a broad range of experience working across many different sectors working with contractors, consultant and client teams. Geoff has spent his career providing high quality commercial services to meet demanding programmes of work. He has skills and experience in estimating, target cost management, cost modelling, procurement and financial reporting and has delivered this work across many collaborative frameworks and projects including HS2, Environment Agency Framework, Welsh Water AMP Framework and British Waterways. Geoff currently runs his own construction advisory company, providing cost, tender and financial and project management support to local contractors and SMEs.

Geoff has always been a champion of collaborative working and has been an advocate of CEWales for many years. He has been Chair of the South West Wales CE Best Practice club for many years and takes an active role in CEWales committees, always striving to push collaboration, innovation and process improvement across the sector.

 

SME of the Year
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 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 Citizens Advice and Pedal Power, 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.

Antonia John
Business Development & Corporate Social Responsibility Manager
Encon Construction
Antonia has over 20 years experience in the construction industry having worked for national organisations in both the private and public sector. Antonia’s specialist skills, include; new business development, building and maintaining relationships with clients, organisations and stakeholders, managing teams to deliver diverse projects simultaneously whilst providing a high level of customer service to clients and facilitating workshops, presentations, training, writing publications, marketing and public relations.  Also, as an Women in Property Committee Member, Cardiff and Vale College Employee Board Member, CITB Ambassador, FIR Ambassador and Mental Health First Aider, Antonia plays a key role in representing the industry and educating the new generation of construction individuals; alongside promoting equality and diversity within the construction industry and through Encon Construction’s award winning Women into Construction Career Changer project.

Helen Kane
Director
Access Included
Helen Kane is the director of 'Access Included', access consultants and surveyors, based in Cardiff and London. The practices specialises 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.  Recent awards include the AJ100 and Civic Trust award for the new English National Ballet base in London.

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 Award

Tom Davies
Senior Framework & Business Development Manager
Morgan Sindall
Having been in the construction industry for 45 years, I started my career in the late 1970,s as a site management trainee, working on some of the most prestigious projects at that time in London such as the Trocadero development in Piccadilly Circus & the Lloyds Insurance building in Lime street design by Sir Richard Rodgers. Having returned to Wales to continue my career spending all of my time delivering schemes throughout  Wales and the South West. I became a passionate supporter of collaborative management delivering with project teams. When this initiative was introduced in the mid-nineties. For the past 20 years I have worked in senior regional management, and lately for the past 14 years with Morgan Sindall construction, in a role developing strategy, planning, preconstruction, project delivery, and aftercare service, mainly involved with public sector contracts within the education, health, Local Authority, and defence sectors. Now retiring I will continue to volunteer my time by sitting on the boards for Y Prentis, and Cyflie - both not-for-profit organisations that encourage young people into training and apprenticeships. Also donating a proportion of my spare time with CE Wales.

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 in 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

Sam Rees
Senior Public Affairs Officer for Wales
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in Wales
Sam’s role is heavily focused on supporting more than 2000 RICS members and developing a framework to help create a 21st century-built environment in Wales - with an emphasis on promoting safe, green housing, high street revitalisation and sustainable infrastructure. 

He is regularly involved in working with Welsh and UK Government to shape legislation that influences the construction industry. In particular, he has an interest in supporting proposals that promote decarbonisation, regeneration, and social value – while helping to secure a short and long-term recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic.

Before joining the RICS, Sam held a number of policy research and consultancy roles supporting Welsh public sector organisations and Members of Parliament. He also spent several years working for Hanover Fox International, a specialist executive search and advisory business which supports clients on land management strategies, land diversification and sustainable property development.