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Meet The 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.

Awards Online

We are pleased to announce that the CE East Midlands will now take place online on 4th December at 12pm.

We hope you will be able to join us and celebrate the achievements of all our shortlisted projects.


The Judges

Andrew Carpenter

CE Midlands
Andrew joined the UK construction industry in 1977 with the manufacturing giant CRH, which in the UK now includes Forticrete Ltd and Ibstock Brick, 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 chairman 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…

Darren Eaton

Area Commercial Director
Morgan Sindall Construction
Over the past 20 years, Darren has held senior commercial management posts within the construction sector and has been responsible for a strong team and performance ethic across national construction businesses. In various non-executive director roles, this experience and procurement insight has also supported specialist SME’s to understand the processes large contracting organisations adopt and enabled them to successfully further develop their businesses. Throughout his career, Darren has always considered that people are any company’s most important asset and was responsible for Academy initiatives within the businesses he has worked at and continues to see training and development of staff as an important part of the role of all company directors. Pursuing this interest in people and team development; he has recently completed an MSc…

Kevin Harris

Director of Operations
Bamboo Technology Group Ltd
Kevin has worked at a senior level in the construction industry for the best part of twenty years. Along the way he has become Chairman for Constructing Excellence Gloucestershire, Board Member for Constructing Excellence South West and Chairman for the CESW Leadership Council. Having worked with numerous clients and design teams from concept design through to project completion, he brings a unique perspective and understanding to projects. His varied roles have given him a wide range of skills which are proving invaluable for his work in the sector.

Marc Preite

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

Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson has enjoyed 28 rewarding years in the public sector, starting his career as a YTS apprentice spending 16 years in Local Government. Mark champions smarter procurement and best practice in efficient construction. He works closely with some of the biggest construction companies in the UK and leading industry bodies to help improve the built environment across the public estate.

Mark Wakeford

Joint Managing Director
Stepnell Ltd
With over 25 years' experience in the industry and a Chartered Civil Engineer, Mark brings a technical construction background to the forefront of Stepnell's projects, and a clear understanding of risk management. Mark continues to be involved in a number of advisory committees looking at the industry's direction, and is passionate about bringing young people into construction.

Dr Nicola Thompson

Director of 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. Prior to joining Pick Everard, Nicola was employed by a major UK contractor working on a number of high profile projects including Joint Ventures and acquisitions. This provided Nicola with the opportunity to apply her client facing and strategic skills in a range of sectors. Nicola is also Construction Excellence (Midlands) Board member, and Chairs CE East Midlands Regional Club.

Noel Street

3DReid Architects
Noel is a Chartered Architect with over 30 years of experience in the Construction industry working with both Public and Private clients across multiple sectors of the industry. A familiar presence within the Midlands property industry,Noel chairs both the Sustainability & Innovation Forum for Constructing Excellence Midlands and the Construction focus group for Innovation Alliance West Midlands. He formerly chaired the Construction Industry Council - West Midlands and Birmingham Best Practice Club - Constructing Excellence. Noel is a Director of 3DReid Architects, in the Birmingham office of this national award winning architectural practice, where hebrings an international mind-set providing an in-depth knowledge of complex developments operating in a highly regulated and commercially fluid environment to deliver whole life carbon and circular economic future solutions rooted…

Paul Meadows

With over 30 years' experience in the industry, Paul takes responsibility for strategic projects that Salus undertakes and for the specific regulatory roles that the company performs - to ensure that all professional and non-technical staff deliver a first-class building control service. He is one of a selected panel of building control professionals chosen by the Construction Industry Council to assess the competencies of Approved Inspectors as they apply and reapply for inclusion on the Approved Inspectors Register on behalf of the Department for Communities. Paul maintains a personal, contactable relationship with any client who uses the services provided by Salus, negotiating complex issues with architects, developers and fellow Fire Engineers relative to meeting the building regulations.

Richard Whittaker

Director of Development
Citizen Housing
Richard is currently Director of Development for Citizen and responsible for delivering 500 high quality new homes per year as well as introducing Modular construction and BIM modelling. Richard is also a board member of Constructing Excellence Midlands and chairs their Construction Clients Group.

Uma Shanker

Project Director
High Speed Two (HS2)
COO, Project / Programme Director and Chartered Engineer with over 20 years experience in large and complex Client and Supplier organisations in both public and private sectors. Extensive track record leading the planning, development and implementation of major infrastructure and business transformation.

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