East Midlands


The Constructing Excellence Midlands board is delighted to announce the appointment of Uma Shanker as the organisation’s new Chairman. As Chair, Uma will lead the Board, involving all directors in the development of opportunities and resources available to CE Midlands’ members. Uma will be heading the Board’s mission to support and advance the construction sector by continually developing networking and knowledge exchange opportunities for members through CE Midlands’ learning platforms.

Uma is a Chartered Engineer with an Engineering Degree from the University of Manchester and an MBA from Loughborough. With over twenty years’ experience delivering major projects and engineering leadership for clients and suppliers, Uma is Project Director for one of the HS2 route sections. Before joining HS2, Uma was COO at Balfour Beatty Engineering Services Ltd, where he ran a mechanical and electrical installations organisation for iconic UK buildings.

About Us

Constructing Excellence East Midlands Club is a collaboration of regional businesses and clients who are committed to improving business performance by driving innovation and best practice in the construction industry in the East Midlands.  The core of the club is made up of stakeholders including Pick Everard, GF Tomlinson, the Scape Group, Investors in Excellence and Nottingham Trent University.  

Our Purpose

To provide a network for all stakeholders including the supply chain, clients, contractors and consultants, who have a passion to share knowledge and best practice to make a positive, measured and sustainable impact on the Built Environment across the East Midlands.

Every quarter we hold FREE breakfast events inviting guest speakers on key topics and themes.  


Dr Nicola Thompson - National Director, Compliance and Performance - Pick Everard
Nicola is a Member of the Chartered Quality Institute and is a Chartered Quality Professional.  She also has a doctorate in Lean Construction.  Nicola has over 25 years’ experience in developing business processes, rationalising and streamlining working practices,  developing and delivering change management programmes and configuring and developing products to help drive improvement.  Nicola has been leading on the development of Performance Metrics and the Social Value agenda within and beyond Pick Everard ensuring all stakeholder needs are met and that the metrics are value adding and compliant with the Government Construction Strategy and Construction Supply Chain Payment Charter.  Nicola has been actively involved with Constructing Excellence for many years and was one of the founder members of the Constructing Excellence East Midlands Club.

Rob Sharman - Director at MB Glass

Rob has over 20 years’ experience within the construction sector driving sustainable development and performance, encouraging client focussed recommendations whilst ensuring a quality solution.
More recently Rob has focussed his skill set on manufacturing to the construction industry as Director at MB Glass, with an ultimate aim of improving efficiency and outputs. Along with Nicola he was a founder member of this sector-led network with a passion to share knowledge and best practice for the benefit of East Midlands businesses, the community and the economy

Richard Beckett Head of Major Projects Nottingham City Council


Richard has circa 20 years of experience of working in the public sector and is both a qualified accountant and project manager.  He is currently Head of Major Projects at Nottingham City Council with a responsibility for delivering a variety of capital and revenue projects from their inception through to business case, procurement, delivery and into operation. 

Richard is a high level strategic thinker and interest revolves around two main themes.  The first being the rationale for committing to any new investment and consequently what are the strategic objectives that it fulfils and therefore the outputs that need to be delivered from any building. The second is how maximum value can be derived from any investment in a construction project by all partners, whilst still delivering value for money. In particular this raises questions around the social value of projects and how these can create greater resilience in both local communities and more widely within the industry and its supply chains to ensure that the sector has the skills, workforce, products and services going forward to deliver clients’ needs in the long term.  Richard has a strong belief that answering questions like this on top of delivering quality and affordable products is the key to sustaining a culture of excellence across the industry.

Judy Hart - Chief Executive - Investors in Excellence
Investors in Excellence helps forward-thinking businesses to deliver continuously-improving outcomes that are linked directly to their business goals. 22 years experience sharing best practice approaches and offering a roadmap for success, IiE will dramatically improve productivity and performance.

Jo Bekis

Jo has 10 years of knowledge and experience working across the construction sector and supply chain in leadership and management roles. Moving from the Advance Manufacturing Sector into Change Management, responsible for the delivery of agile working programmes, working in collaboration with Clients under the Pick Everard Management Consultancy discipline. Jo’s focus is people, team working, delivering customer excellence through lean six sigma processes and driving continuous improvement through finding better ways of working.

Marc Pretie

Marc has been involved with Constructing Excellence for 7 years including working directly for CE both nationally and in the South West and was instrumental in developing a successful “Good to Great” service improvement programme within a leading retirement housing organisation which was then presented and accepted by Central Government as a case study. Currently Marc is a project manager in the Estates Department at Nottingham Trent University and is currently delivering a programme of circa £150m of new and redevelopment works. He previously spent 3 years specialising in Lean, Collaborative and Service Improvement programmes across a number of organisations such as the NHS. He. Marc firmly believes that people, relationships and behaviours are paramount to the success of delivering positive change to the construction industry

Katrina Woodward - Strategic Partnership Manager, Construction & Sustainability - Nottingham Trent University

Katrina has a key role in the University’s Partnerships, Local Engagement and Commercial Services (PLECS) team to identify suitable external business partners to drive mutually beneficial and multi-faceted partnerships. Katrina’s role is to grow external partnerships and collaborations with the University that deliver mutually beneficial outcomes across the areas of talent, skills, innovation and research & development. This includes to develop and enhance mutually beneficial partnerships with leading businesses in the sector and the University; utilise the University’s talent, estate, skills, expertise and research assets to support industry development; support local economic engagement and partnerships with key stakeholders in Nottingham, D2N2 and the wider Midlands in line with the University’s Employer Engagement Action Plan; develop commercial services for external organisations building on the University’s academic expertise and facilities; develop the University’s Sector Plan for Construction and Sustainability clearly setting the strategic approach towards a focused agenda that is specific to sectoral challenges, opportunities and threats; and to support leading businesses in the sector to co-create and co-invest in collaborative projects that lead to mutually beneficial organisational outcomes and wider benefits to the sector.
Katrina’s expertise is in the area of partnerships, collaboration, networking and creating solution-based outcomes through seeing and maximising opportunities.

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Themes for 2019

Key themes for 2019 include:
•    Mental Health in the Construction Industry
•    Value for Money
•    Social Value
•    Digital Construction
•    Modular of Site Construction
•    The Housing Agenda
•    HS2 and the Economic Impact
To register your interest please email builtenvironmenthub@pickeverard.co.uk


Best Practice Club Events, Future Dates for the Diary:

10th September 2019 will take place at: 

Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus Ada Byron King Building, Room ABK103, Clifton, Nottingham, NG11 8NS

This event is FREE TO ATTEND – there are limited places available so pre-registering is essential.

For more information email: ceeastmidlandsclub@pickeverard.co.uk

10th December 2019 - Digital construction HS2 and the Economic Impact


For information and presentations from PREVIOUS EVENTS, please CLICK HERE


Contact Us

for more information please email Nicola Thompson at nicolathompson@pickeverard.co.uk

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