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Construction News Specialists Awards 2014 judges' profiles: contractors

Construction News is delighted to introduce the 24 judges from contractors who make up part of the Specialists Awards 52-strong judging panel.


Daniella Abreu
Skanska Infrastructure Development
Sustainability manager

Daniella Abreu is a civil engineer with a PhD in geotechnical engineering and sustainability. Her work at Skanska Infrastructure Development focuses on corporate sustainability and strategy for large PPP projects in Europe, the US and Latin America. Dr Abreu is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Birmingham and part of the low carbon editorial board for Construction News.

Steve Bowcott chief operating officer Kier

Steve is the chief operating officer at Kier

Steve Bowcott
Chief operating officer

Steve Bowcott was appointed chief operating officer of Kier Group in July 2013, having joined the main board in 2010. He re-joined Kier in January 2007 as a director in the construction arm and is a member of the CBI Northern Committee. Kier has recently worked on the refurbishment of the King’s Cross Station roof and the construction of the 1,600-cell HMP Oakwood.


Paul Chandler
Skanska UK
Executive vice-president

Paul Chandler is executive vice-president of Skanska UK with responsibility for the firm’s building operations. He joined the company in 1982 and moved up to spend more than 10 years as a senior director of  the business, developing landmark projects such as the Gherkin and Heron Tower. He also has responsibility for sustainability and technical services.


Jon de Souza
Galliford Try
Business improvement manager (water)

Jon de Souza is business improvement manager for Galliford Try’s water division. He joined the company in 2012 having spent nine years at Constructing Excellence. Galliford Try is among the contractors on Yorkshire Water’s Large Schemes framework and is in two  other joint ventures for Thames Water contracts. Mr de Souza previously held roles at CIRIA and Anglian Water.

Mike Donegan Construction Director BAM Construction

Mike Donegan
Bam Construction
Construction director

Mike Donegan is construction director at Bam Construction with responsibility for the company’s London work in the healthcare, mixed-use, public buildings, retail and commercial sectors. Recent projects include Great Ormond Street Hospital Phase 2A, the Darwin Centre Phase II at the Natural History Museum and the Angel Building, which was shortlisted for the Sterling Prize.


Peter Fisher
Costain Group
Safety, health and environment director

After 22 years in the Royal Engineers, Peter Fisher joined Costain in 1991 as a safety adviser in the tunnelling division. He was appointed group safety, health and environment director in 2003. Costain was awarded £184.5m-worth of work by Network Rail in the year to April 2013, the largest to a single firm. Mr Fisher is also president of the Construction Health & Safety Group.


Stuart Gibbons
Galliford Try Partnerships
UK managing director

Stuart Gibbons has worked for Galliford Try for 24 years, having trained in articled management pupil with John Laing Construction. He was appointed MD of Galliford Try Partnerships in 2004 and became divisional MD in 2008. A Galliford Try-led consortium is the partner for Hub South East, which will provide £300m of community facilities across south-east Scotland.


Paul Hodgkinson
Simons Group
Chairman and chief executive

Paul Hodgkinson has been chairman and chief executive of Simons Group since 1986. The firm was recently awarded a £19.6m contract to extend a John Lewis distribution centre and worked on the innovative M&S green store at Cheshire Oaks. Mr Hodgkinson sits on the CBI Construction Council  and is a vice-president of Business Commitment to the Environment.


Andy Merrin
Head of sustainability

Andy Merrin has worked in environmental management in both the UK and Middle East for more than 17 years. He has held a number of senior positions within Arup, Bechtel, Cemex and now Keepmoat, where he focuses on energy-efficient housing retrofit. Mr Merrin’s roles cover low-carbon housing retrofit and maximising opportunities under the Green Deal and ECO.

Jason Millet is a director at Mace

Jason Millett

Jason Millett is the director responsible for major projects and infrastructure at Mace. He joined the firm in 2008 and became part of the CLM Delivery Partner consortium, the delivery partner to the Olympic Delivery Authority. He also sits on Mace’s consultancy board and has group responsibility for both health and safety and CDM-C.



Bill Munn
Thomas Vale Construction
Best practice director

Bill Munn joined Thomas Vale in 1988 as safety/training manager and became best practice director in 2001. He recently visited Detroit to observe ‘lean’ construction as part of the City Regeneration Programme. His role encompasses all group responsibilities for health and safety, quality, training and development, and recruitment and employment legislation. 

Dean Murphy HSQE director at Bouygues

Dean Murphy
Bouygues UK
HSQE director

Dean Murphy is HSQE director at Bouygues and leads a large team who support the construction businesses including Bouygues UK, Leadbitter, Denne, Thomas Vale and Warings. He has been a safety professional for more than 23 years and comes from a mechanical engineering and quality background. He is also vice-chair of the Construction Health and Safety Group.


Ken Orbell
Managing director

Ken Orbell has more than 30 years’ experience in civil engineering and construction management, working on some of the largest projects in Europe in sectors including oil refineries, nuclear, mainline and light rail, telecoms, bridges, roads, utilities and marine. Major projects include work on Crossrail, the Docklands Light Railway and London Bridge station.


Andrew Osborne

Andrew Osborne heads the Osborne board and represents the Osborne family. He is a chartered accountant and has a degree in Engineering Science. Previously he was the Osborne Group’s finance director and a non-executive director of Charter International. Osborne works across sectors including aviation, housing, rail, highways, commercial and education.


Nick Pollard
Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK
Chief executive officer

Nick Pollard has more than 30 years’ experience in construction, working around the globe in a variety of roles. Before becoming CEO of Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK, he was COO at management consultancy Navigant. He was previously chief executive of Bovis Lend Lease and  has held executive positions at Skanska and Network Rail. 


Tony Raikes
Managing director of facilities

A chartered civil engineer, Tony Raikes spent his early career working in the UK, Asia and Africa on a range of major projects, including the Channel Tunnel. He returned to the UK and joined Taylor Woodrow Facilities Management. Vinci acquired Taylor Woodrow in 2008 and Mr Raikers became MD of the facilities division. Vinci Facilities operates across Europe and has a turnover of €1.5bn.


Adrian Ringrose
Chief executive officer

Adrian Ringrose became Interserve CEO in 2003 after working in the outsourcing and utilities sectors. During his time as chief executive, the firm has grown from employing 15,000 to more than 50,000 people operating in 20 countries, providing services to government, commercial and industrial clients. Mr Ringrose is also chair of the CBI’s Public Services Strategy Board.


Alan Robertson
VolkerWessels UK
Chief executive

Alan Robertson joined VolkerWessels UK in 2008 and led the rebranding  and restructuring of the group. He has  20 years’ experience in the industry, including as CEO of Peterhouse and as a board member of Alfred McAlpine. Mr Robertson was also a non-executive director for London 2012 ceremonies, where he helped to develop both the opening and closing events.


Jonathan Seddon
Chief executive

Jonathan Seddon became the latest generation of the Seddon family to lead the £200m-turnover firm when he was appointed chief executive in 2013. He was a site manager before moving through the ranks to his current role. Seddon was the contractor on the Bowker Street Conversions, the first project to achieve the new BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment Standard.


David Smith
Managing director of building south

David Smith is managing director for the Building South division of Vinci Construction UK. Recent major projects include BNP Paribas’ new £77m HQ at King’s Cross, London, and BBC Roath Lock Studios at Porth Teigr, Cardiff. Initially from a trades background, Mr Smith progressed through the site and senior management ranks primarily in central London and the South-east.


Mark Tant
Shepherd Construction
Managing director south division

Mark Tant is managing director for Shepherd Construction’s Southern region. His 30 years’ experience in the industry has seen him work across sectors including residential, offices, student housing and hotels. He joined Shepherd in 2012 following several years at Willmott Dixon. Shepherd  was recently appointed to a £41m mixed-use scheme in south London.


Stuart Togwell
Group commercial director

Stuart Togwell joined Wates as a trainee surveyor in 1986 and progressed through line management to become group commercial director in 2011. With 25 years’ experience,  Mr Togwell has encountered most procurement routes from PFI to long-term partnering contracts and has worked on projects ranging from £2m to more than £100m in size.

Fiona Ware group HR director at Costain

Fiona Ware
Group HR director

Fiona Ware joined Costain in 2010 as divisional HR director for the energy and process division before taking on the group role in December 2011. She began her career as an engineer in the nuclear industry and was working for NNC when it was bought by Amec. She led the integration of NNC into Amec and held several senior roles running international integration programmes.


Gary Worrall
Lorne Stewart
CEO of engineering division

Gary Worrall has been with Lorne Stewart for 26 years having joined as a trainee engineer, and is now chief executive officer of the engineering division. He promotes modernisation of the construction industry, particularly with regards to utilising new technology and creating the opportunities for young people to be developed and trained.

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