Meet the 2021 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 Sutton is a chartered architect and past president of the RSAW. He was worked delivering low/zero carbon schemes for nearly 25 years, both in private practice and with the BRE for a decade. During his career he 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 farm house (off grid), and the Cwmbach Retrofit for the Future (first residential solar transpired collector). Andy also conceived and delivered the LENDERS project that has subsequently been specifically adopted as UK Government policy in the “Clean Growth Strategy”, and he continues to sit on a number of governmental advisory boards around housing. Leaving BRE, he cofounded Sero with the goal of delivering decarbonisation for the UK’s homes in practice. Cardiff-based Sero builds Net Zero homes and supports others to build and refurbish their homes, enabling these homes to work in harmony with a decarbonised energy grid to give residents an easier route to lower bills and lower carbon footprints. As part of this, Andy conceived and is leading the delivery of the Optimised Retrofit “Pathfinder” collaboration that includes nearly 30 social landlords throughout Wales and beyond.

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
Director
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.

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.

Colin King
Technical Lead Retrofit & New Build
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
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
British Standards Institution
As part of his role within the British Standards Institution (BSI), Chartered Architectural Technologist Dan Rossiter provides 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 Award
Lauren Clarke
Co-Chair G4C Wales &
Senior Interior Designer
Rio Architects Ltd
Lauren was employed by Rio Architects straight out of University in August 2015. Two years ago she was promoted to senior Interior Designer and now helps with the day to day running of the Interior Design Team.

Lauren has been fortunate enough to work on an array of projects over the years, from student accommodation, new build offices buildings and a state of the art SEN school.

Lauren took on the role of co-chair for the G4C two years ago, with some big goals for the committee and for herself personally. She feels it is so important that we strive to inspire the next generation of construction professionals and equip them with all the knowledge and skills they require to ensure the industry continues to progress and evolve.


Jonathan Edwards
Co-Chair G4C Wales & 
Senior Project Manager
Aecom
Jonathan joined AECOM as a Project Manager in early 2015, he has since progressed onto becoming an Associate Project Manager. With over 15 years of experience across many sectors of the industry, more recently working on education projects ranging from £3 million to £35 million.

Jonathan is passionate about the industry and believes that we must work in a truly collaborative and sustainable manner to ensure that we deliver projects that benefit the people and communities in which we are working. 

Being involved with the G4C it is fundamental that we improve upon how we develop projects, focusing on the targets and aims of the Well Being and Future Generations Act and the net zero targets, that as an industry, we must address now in order to truly deliver better, more sustainable and environmentally friendly projects.

Paul Maliphant
Mott MacDonald Ltd: 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 also led projects that have collected numerous awards and is Key Account Leader for Welsh Government, Transport for Wales and the UK Freeports Programme. 

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, a member of the External Advisory Board of Cardiff University School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, and a member of the Welsh Government Coal Tip Safety Expert Group.  He recently ‘retired’ from the Investigation Panel for Grievance and Disciplinary Procedures within the European Federation of Geologists, a Panel that he is please to note has never been required over his 10 years of service.

 

Health, Safety & Wellbeing Award
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.


John Peacock
Chartered Civil and Highway Engineer and Environmentalist
John is President of the South Wales Construction Safety Group after serving for many years on the Committee and as Chairman.  At the start of his career, John gained experience of a wide range of construction projects working for a national contractor before moving into consulting, where he became an Associate with Veryards Ltd and later Opus International, working finally for WSP up to his retirement. 

With extensive experience of design and project management both at home and abroad, John later came to specialise in hydrology and geotechnics.  For long periods, he performed the roles of Health & Safety, Environmental and Quality Manager, and both led and assisted multi-disciplinary teams auditing external organisations.

Stella Saunders
Principal Designer
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.

 

Innovation Award
Mark Davies
Director
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 CEW awards team again this year.

Pierre Wassenaar
Director
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
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. 

Milica Kitson
Biog to follow

 

Offsite 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.

Simon McWhirter
Head of Engagement 
Active Building Centre
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 sectorsAlongside 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 CEW awards team again this year.

 

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
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.

 

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 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.  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.

 

Sustainability 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. 

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
Technical Lead Retrofit & New Build
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.

 

Value Award
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.

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
Public Affairs Officer
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.