New Chairman to Drive CE Midlands Membership Opportunities

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.

Uma has also held the title of Project Director for London North Western and Scotland Track, including the West Coast Mainline, where he carried out automation and offsite fabrication to minimise costs and disruption for passengers, transforming construction methods. Uma has held numerous senior infrastructure delivery and engineering roles at Network Rail during his career. As Head of Engineering and Business Improvement, Uma has led national engineering assurance and design organisations, introducing many innovations and process improvements. He has also worked on Bid Development and helped to secure the Saudi High Speed Rail contract.

Uma said:

“I am excited and honoured to be part of the CE Midlands team during this interesting and challenging period. CE is an organisation with great heritage and tremendous potential.

Our region is changing; rapidly fuelled by construction projects such as HS2, Birmingham Metro and Network Rail upgrades, as well as events such as the 2022 Commonwealth Games and Coventry 2021 City of Culture.

I’m keen to progress membership opportunities, so that our regional members can continue to develop their business initiatives through our training, technical support and networking opportunities

About Constructing Excellence Midlands

CE Midlands is a progressive membership organisation that drives innovation, best practice and improved business performance in the construction industry. As a not for profit organisation for Midlands regional construction businesses, CE Midlands offers membership packages that empower local construction companies to influence changes that improve agenda, industry and government norms. CE Midlands promotes collaboration, knowledge sharing and engaging with government and public sector bodies to influence policy and industry initiatives.

To learn more about the benefits of CE Midlands membership, contact us, or sign up for one of our events at

Phone: 03330 430 643


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