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The CE East Midlands Awards

The Award ceremony will take place on Thursday 2nd September 2021

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…

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 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…

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.

Chris Hall

Acivico Group
With a proven track record of building relationships and delivering strategic growth across public and private sector clients, Chris is able lead teams through the delivery of strategic, operational and transformational change. Bridging across the public and private sector, he delivers outcomes with a foundation of civic values which enables him to build confidence, trust and long term partnerships with clients. Having spent the majority of his career in the Construction Services sector, he has made the transition from Contractor to Consultancy and therefore brings a wealth of knowledge working with clients to maximise their outcomes whilst protecting their exposure to commercial risks.

Amrit Sagoo

Head of Department
Nottingham Trent University
Dr Amrit Sagoo is the Head of Construction Management and Quantity Surveying, in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, Nottingham Trent University. He leads a Department of over 40 lecturing staff who in turn are responsible for over 900 undergraduate students; 200 taught postgraduate students, and more than 200 students completing a distance learning on-line Master’s degree. In addition, the Department supervises over 20 PhDs. The department continues to achieve high student satisfaction (National Student Survey for the undergraduate courses and Postgraduate Taught Experience Surveys for postgraduate courses) and league table rankings as top 10 in for building and town planning education. The department places considerable emphasis on enriching the student learning experience by bringing the industry into the classroom with live…

Matt Talbot

Tillbury Douglas
With over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry Matt has worked on a variety of prestigious projects across the Midlands including Millennium Point, QE Hospital, NEC and Birmingham Airport. Since 2014 he has headed all Interserve Construction’s Preconstruction activities across the region. This allows him to use his background in procurement and design management to develop work winning bid strategies using innovative technical solutions. These are applied across a variety of sectors including education, health, residential, commercial, industrial and retail. He is also an active member of Interserve’s Design Management Business Excellence team which is focussed on continual improvement through a combination of training, process refinement and innovation.

Ian Griffiths

Shakespeare Martineau
Ian has experience in utilities and energy infrastructure, engineering and major construction projects both in senior in-house positions and in private practice. Ian has advised on a range of energy projects including nuclear new build, nuclear decommissioning, and gasification, advanced gasification, solar, wind and biofuel. Ian has advised nuclear new build developers, plant contractors, energy generators, technology providers, manufacturers, bio-fuel producers, specialist sub-contractors and designers. Additionally, Ian has advised on infrastructure maintenance frameworks, numerous water treatment plants, facilities maintenance agreements for defence facilities, road and bridge contracts, flood remediation contracts and many thermal treatment and recycling plants. Ian has an MSc from King’s College London in Construction Law and Arbitration. He is an advisory panel member to the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Legal…

Paul Chatwin

Experienced Associate with a passion for healthy and sustainable design solutions. Chartered FCIBSE, low carbon consultant, BRE and WELL Accredited professional. Past 10+ years have been focused on the environmental sustainable design solutions with a current focus on health and wellbeing.

Tom Woodhead

Business Services Director
Woodhead Group
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Julie Bell-Barker

Head of Project and Works
City of Wolverhampton Council
Julie has over 30 year’s experience in the construction project delivery service, working initially in a consultancy (Architect/PM) and then later moving into a number of client side project commissioning roles. She is currently Head of Capital Projects and Compliance & Maintenance at the City of Wolverhampton Council. She also sit on the Quality & Compliance Forum that is delivered through CE Midlands together with sitting on the CE Midland Board. Her experience at being exposed to a cross diversity of construction project challenges has led me to focus and embed quality mechanisms into the project life cycle stages, extending through into the building occupation period. Understanding the challenges in construction projects together with the project opportunities is important in managing the risks that impact…

Sean Bowles

Regional MD Midlands
Morgan Sindall
Sean has been Managing Director of Morgan Sindall’s central region since 2016. With both operational and commercial experience, he is responsible for business activities across central England and Wales with offices in Solihull, Nottingham, Cardiff and Slough. Sean places emphasis on employee growth to establish strong, high performing teams that deliver value for customers. He is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Professional Member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and Chair of the Constructing Excellence Midlands Leadership Council. Sean is also passionate about ensuring the construction sector attracts the next generation of construction workers. He was instrumental in creating a partnership between Morgan Sindall and Nottingham Trent University that focuses on developing the region’s workforce, supporting teaching and learning, and encouraging innovation in the sector.

Adrian Hill

Acting Deputy Managing Director
As Director of Operations, Adrian leads the operational and strategic activity for Scape Procure. Adrian manages the framework management, client relationship management and performance and social value teams, applying strategic leadership of change and innovation to ensure that the framework services provide excellent value for money to the public sector. Prior to Scape, Adrian worked as Group Leisure Sector Lead for Willmott Dixon, and for Sport England where he led investment policy for the development and management of sports facilities within England. He holds an MBA in Construction and Real Estate.

Maria Coulter

Construction Coach
I’m Maria Coulter from the North East originally, now based in the East Midlands I’m on a mission to facilitate a revolution in the Construction Industry. My name is Maria Coulter, aka The Construction Coach and I work with SME’s and micro-businesses to help them maximise their profits and stand out from their competition. I do this by focussing on 4 key areas: Purpose – Knowing who you are and what you want People – Having the right people and building a positive culture Productivity – Doing the right things at the right time Process – Having the right processes in place to eliminate waste Focussing on these areas will increase your profits, give you the freedom to grow your business, have a better lifestyle…

Chris Goodier

Loughborough University
Dr Chris Goodier[1] BEng(Hons) PhD pgCert MCIOB FICT FHEA MCS, Reader in Construction Engineering and Materials, is the Director of Loughborough’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE[2]) and is an expert in offsite, modern methods of construction (MMC), modular construction as well as concrete technology. He is an experienced Civil Engineer, Chartered Builder and Researcher with 25 years’ experience of all aspects of construction, including contracting, consultancy and research. Authored books include Design in Modular Construction[3] (2014) and the RICS Future of UK Housebuilding (2010), and he is an international expert witness for offsite/modular construction[4]. He recently was invited to give evidence in person to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee inquiry into MMC[5]. He worked previously for 7 years for Laing…

Robby Soetanto

Senior Lecturer
Loughborough University
I teach Construction Management, and am Programme Director for BSc(Hons) Construction Engineering Management at Loughborough University. Prior to my current post, I was Lloyds TSB Insurance Post-doctoral Research Fellow (2001-2002), investigating remediations of flood-damaged domestic properties. Then, I worked as a Post-doctoral Research Associate at Loughborough University (2002-2007), where I was involved in several industry and government-sponsored research projects, including ‘HyCon’, ‘Respect for People’, ‘the Big Ideas’. This post was followed by Senior Lecturership (2007-2012) at Coventry University, where I led Construction Management Applied Research Group and won research funding for Community Resilience to Extreme Weather (CREW), virtual collaborative building design (Hewlett Packard Catalyst Initiative), Build Your English (BYE, EU Long-life Learning Programme) projects. Since starting my current post in 2012, I have led research…

Rebecca Dermody-Simmons

Chief Executive
Recently appointed as Chief Executive of not-for-profit procurement consortium EEM Ltd, Rebecca Dermody-Simmons is a successful and well-regarded professional with over 20 years of procurement experience in the social housing sector. Rebecca has been involved with EEM since its inception in 2010, growing from five members to 222 as of April 2021. Prior to working at EEM, Rebecca worked at Nottingham City Homes for almost 15 years, initially as an Apprentice Purchasing Officer and most recently as their Procurement Manager. Under Rebecca’s leadership, EEM delivers hundreds of comprehensive, yet simplified procurement solutions and distributes thousands of pounds of Community Donations each year. Rebecca’s focus now for EEM is to lead the business in its continued growth whilst ensuring that they meet and exceed members’ expectations…

The CE East Midlands Awards

The Award ceremony will take place on Thursday 2nd September 2021

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