How the process works: Each of our judges will judge three categories on a strict and confidential marking system. This will leave us with our Award winner, and depending on how close the competition was - a ‘Highly Commended’. The top submissions for each category will make it to our shortlist.
Andrew Covell is a Regional Director of Faithful+Gould, and is currently on secondment to EDF as the Estimating Manager for the Hinkley Point C New Nuclear Power Station project.
Prior to this he worked in the Offshore Wind sector providing estimating and commercial management services to various developers. Before this he spent 10 years leading multi-disciplinary teams advising and representing Local Authorities in the procurement of PFI/PPP projects. He has also worked on secondment at Network Rail as an estimator and commercial manager, together with various quantity surveying and project management appointments in the commercial, leisure, retail and public sectors.
Andrew is chair of the Bristol and Bath RICS Local Member Group and a past member of the South West RICS Regional Board. He is also an APC Mentor and Doctor. He is a guest lecturer in PFI/PPP at Cambridge University and in Cost Estimating at UWE and Arts University Bournemouth.
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Anna Thompson is a Chartered Surveyor with 30 years’ experience in Local Authority Building Control. Previously Building Control Manager at East Devon District Council, Anna has been the Director of Training for LABC since 2008.
Anna was the first female Council member of the Institute of Building Control and was Chair of the RICS England and Wales Forum Board and is now a member of the RICS Building Control Professional Group Executive with particular interest in the Journal and the APC.
Anna is a Local Government Association National Policy Advisor and has worked with the Core Cities Group for Public Safety and the LACORS Cowboy Builders Working Party. She is particularly interested in attempts to attract new recruits to the profession, to widen awareness of building control in schools and colleges and to help Local Authorities to train new surveyors through initiatives such as the LABC Bursary Scheme and Boot Camp.
David is a chartered architect, teaching fellow at the University of Bath, and master of business administration, with over 20 years management experience within construction. He is Head of Design and Engineering for M+W in the UK.
David has a wide variety of architectural experience in healthcare, commercial, residential, defence, and industrial sectors. He specialises in delivering large complex projects. He has recently completed a large research project within UK construction into improving team performance, especially where a number of separate companies are involved.
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David is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing, with extensive experience across the UK and Europe in construction/design, economics, environment, housing construction and major urban regeneration projects.
He has for the past ten years been the Chairman of Advantage SW, a Board Member of Cornwall Enterprise, Vice Chairman of Construction Excellence SW, an advisor to Governments, CIH, National Housing Forum and the Nat Fed on Housing and Social Policy.
Erik began his career as a civil and structural engineer working on the drawing boards at Arup before attending university. Over 25 years later he is the Civil & Structural Engineering Director for BDP in Bristol. Working from London and Bristol his experience covers a wide range of sectors and scales, from award-winning domestic house extensions to large-scale healthcare projects. He is regularly involved in projects from inception through to handover, and beyond. As such he has exposure to many facets of the construction industry. Erik has been involved with the Institution of Structural Engineers since 1995 when he joined as graduate engineer. He was Chairman of the North Thames Region in 2008 and is currently Honorary Treasurer of the Western Counties Region. As his running becomes increasingly slow, Erik is keen to develop triathlon experience instead.
Leif has joined CITB in April 2016 and works across the South West engaging with local government, training providers, LEP’s and industry to keep construction at the top of the regional agenda. Work included promoting the construction industry as the industry of choice for young people and new entrants. Identifying skills gaps and future skills demand and encouraging the industry to make the best use of CITB Grants and Funding.
Liz is a Chartered H&S professional and Chartered Civil Engineer who was the first Group H&S Manager for WS Atkins through rapid expansion and flotation. Liz has recently worked with several large organisations on an interim basis to challenge and advise. Posts have included Head of H&S for Essex County Council; Head of H&S for LOCOG; Head of HSW for the Environment Agency. She is a regular CDM trainer and course developer for SID, ICE and IStructE. Liz has also conducted research for the HSE and with UWE. She is particularly interested in internal and external supply chains and effective communication. She works hard to simplify the complex and to integrate H&S into wider aspects of the project in hand. Liz chairs the national Design for Health Task Group and the CESW Academy Working Group.
Martyn has been associated with construction for over forty years. In the early years of his career he held engineering and management roles in the nuclear and commercial sectors of the industry. For the following thirty years he lectured at the University of the West of England in the specialisms of construction, project, and supply chain management. During this period he was the Director of Studies for the School of Construction Management and appointed Principal Lecturer in Construction Management.
During the past twenty years Martyn has taught, consulted, researched and published extensively on construction’s response to post-Fordism. For over ten years he has been associated with the Construction Reform Movement having been one of the founding members of the Bristol Constructing Excellence Club and for a time the Regional Manager/Interim Director for Constructing Excellence in the South West. More recently he has been facilitating the Bristol Club’s Here to Learn workshops. He continues to develop online learning materials to help construction managers make the transition to contract management, and guidance for less experienced construction clients to improve their procurement practices. He is also writing a general guide to procurement that reflects current changes in the construction market and its supply systems. Recently he has been appointed as Mentor to the Director of CESW and is leading its Procurement Group.
Business Development Manager at Wates Construction and the current South West Branch Women in Property (WiP) Chairman. Natasha Cottell graduated from Cardiff University in 1998 and has previously worked for Miller Construction and Morgan Sindall. Natasha works across the Southern Home Counties (SHC) and South West for Wates Construction and her role is about building key relationships, identifying business opportunities and maintaining extensive knowledge of current market conditions throughout this region.
Natasha has been the South West WiP Chairman since the 1st March 2016 and has been a member of WiP for 4 years. Women in Property has been supporting women working in the property and construction sector for nearly 30 years, promoting networking, mentoring and professional development. Over this time the diversity agenda has really come to the fore, with employers beginning to understand the benefits that come from bringing together a mixed team. WiP is a great advocate of this and works hard to help senior management address diversity issues and less experienced members realise their potential. the Wates Group are supportive of Natasha’s role with WiP and are actively involved in encouraging membership across their nationwide business.
Nick Cunningham is NHBC Regional Director for the South West of England and is a Chartered Surveyor with RICS and Chartered Building Engineer with CABE. He has held a variety of roles within NHBC and has extensive experience in both the domestic and commercial sectors following extensive careers at both NHBC and previously a number of Local Authorities. He has managed NHBC’s Building for Tomorrow program for over 10 years promoting quality and best practice in the housing sector following regulatory and standards changes.
Paul Menzies, one of the region's best known property professionals, has been appointed to the main board of the Forum for the Built Environment (fbe) as regional director for the South West. The fbe is the only, across all professions, networking group for the construction, development and property industry.
Following graduation from The University of Bath in 1996, Paul joined Curtins Consulting Ltd in their London office as a Structural Engineer where he became a Chartered Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers. In 2006 Paul returned to the South West and is now an Executive Director for Curtins based in their Bristol office.
Paul has been involved in leading projects across all market sectors nationwide and is passionate about developing sustainable solutions. In 2012 Paul worked with Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud on the Triangle housing scheme in Swindon which comprised a new community of 43 dwellings and led the design of an innovative infrastructure and led the design of an innovative infrastructure solution to recycle surface water throughout the site, which subsequently received a SWIG Awards and an ACE Engineering Excellence Commendation.
Paul Todd is a Chartered Civil Engineer, an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation and has been a member of The Institution of Civil Engineers since 1975 - initially as a student, then a graduate and now a Corporate Member.
Paul has had continuous career experience in civil engineering, starting in local government for 13 years followed by contracting for 3 years and ﬁnally in a private consultancy for the past 25 years.
Previously as a Main Board Director of a national consultancy and now as an independent Consultant. Paul’s particular specialism is in the design and provision of mainly highways and drainage infrastructure solutions associated with commercial, industrial, marine and residential developments.
He has been involved with ICE South West region for 5 years and currently holds the position of Vice Chair.
Phil Hodge is Southern Region Director for the Federation of Master Builders, the largest construction industry trade federation in the UK.
With a background in the Chambers of Commerce and prior to this in the technology industries, Phil’s role at the FMB is outward-facing, with the aim of continuously raising standards through training, advice and information. Health and Safety Awareness, Business Training and encouraging the next generation of builders to take up apprenticeships form part of Phil’s objective of making the industry a safer place and more prosperous environment to work in. As a representative force of SME companies, the FMB works both with local and national government, lobbying for the interests of small building companies in the South West and right across the UK.
Phil is also a core member of the Working Well Together programme, providing practical, hands-on advice on H&S Safety issues in the construction sector. He previously set up a charitable status for a children’s playgroup and is also currently secretary of the FMB SW Charitable Fund.
Rob Williams is a chartered civil engineer, with over 25 years’ experience of the construction industry, and he is a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Rob graduated from Sheffield University in 1991 and worked for Taylor Woodrow until 2002, when he left to become one of the founding directors of Dawnus Construction, and has led the company’s success in growing from a turnover of £2m in 2002 to over £230m.
In 2005, Rob established a regional business unit in the South West of England, based at Exeter. Since that time he has managed the successful growth of that unit to a team of over 60 people, and has delivered construction and civil engineering projects across the South West region.