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Construction News Specialists Awards 2014 judges' profiles: institutes and government

Construction News introduces the 15 judges from institutes and government departments, who make up part of the 52-strong Specialists Awards judging panel.


Brian Berry
Federation of Master Builders
Chief executive

Brian Berry is chief executive of the Federation of Master Builders, the UK’s largest trade association in the building industry. Previously Mr Berry was director of external affairs at the FMB, responsible for UK and EU policy, public affairs and media relations. Before joining the FMB, he was head  of UK public policy at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.


Alan Cripps
Associate director of the built environment

Alan Cripps was appointed associate director of the built environment at RICS in 2008 after working for a firm of loss adjusters for 16 years. He manages numerous working groups including asbestos, flood and health and safety. Mr Cripps began his career working in an architectural office and worked for local authorities as a building surveyor before entering private practice.


Julia Evans
National Federation of Builders
Chief executive

Julia Evans has been chief executive of the National Federation of Builders since 2006 and is a founder member of the Construction Alliance. She has had a long career in major public-sector bodies in health, justice and rail, covering general management and HR. Ms Evans sits on the Better Regulation Executive Strategy Group and is chair  of the Trades Association Forum.


Kevin Fear
Head of health, safety and environment

Kevin Fear is a chartered civil engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in construction and is currently head of health, safety and environment strategy at ConstructionSkills. He is an active member of the Construction Industry Advisory Council and is a member of three CONIAC working groups: Health Risk Management, Safety, and CDM Regulation Review.


Neil Gower

Neil Gower
Joint Contracts Tribunal
Chief executive

As chief executive of the Joint Contract Tribunal, Neil Gower oversees the foremost contracts-producing body in the industry. JCT’s latest edition is the 2011 suite of building contracts which fully comply with the Construction Act. Mr Gower worked as a solicitor before joining the JCT, and he was responsible for the launch of JCT’s Education and Training Initiative.


Ray Horwood
National Federation of Roofing Contractors
Chief executive officer

Ray Horwood is both the CEO of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors and of CompetentRoofer, a government-endorsed Competent Person Scheme for roofing. He is fully involved in all aspects of the roofing industry from setting standards through training provision to political lobbying. He is also a vice-chairman of the Construction Products Association.

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Steve Hyde
Institute of Civil Engineers
Membership manager London and South-east

Steve Hyde has more than 35 years’ experience in the industry, joining the Institute of Civil Engineers in 2005 with responsibility for membership in London and the South-east. He has experience of civil engineering contracting for several major firms, education construction management and the training and development of staff and civil engineering graduates.



Rudi Klein
Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group
Chief executive

Rudi Klein is chief executive of the SEC Group, president of the NEC Users Group and a barrister specialising in construction law. He was involved in steering the Construction Act through parliament and campaigned for amendments to overcome weaknesses in the legislation. He also drafted a Construction Contracts Bill for the Irish Parliament that became law this year.


Andrew Link
Construction Industry Council
Commercial manager

Andrew Link is the commercial manager for the Construction Industry Council. He is also commercial manager for the BIM Task Group, secretariat for the Green Construction Board and strategy board member of the Considerate Constructor Scheme. Mr Link was previously a project manager at Bovis Lend Lease, working on health, education and commercial projects.

Diana Montgomery chief executive Construction Products Association

Diana Montgomery
Construction Products Association
Chief executive

Diana Montgomery joined the Construction Products Association as chief executive in April 2012. She is also a non-executive director of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment and is a chartered environmentalist. Prior to this, she worked for the Chemical Industries Association and has led sustainability in companies including Centrica, the AA and Johnson Wax.

Paul Reeve
Electrical Contractors’ Association
Director of business services

Paul Reeve is director of business services at the Electrical Contractors’ Association, covering the ECA’s technical, commercial, skills, energy, environmental and health and safety representation and services. He is also a founder director of Retrofitworks,  an adviser to certification body BM Trada and a former non-executive director of BVQI UK.



Alasdair Reisner
Civil Engineering Contractors Association
Director of external affairs

Alasdair Reisner is director of external affairs at the Civil Engineering Contractors Association, which represents over 300 UK infrastructure contractors. He is the association’s main spokesman, championing the interests of members to government and the media. Mr Reisner joined CECA in 2008, having previously been deputy news editor on Construction News.


Paul Toyne
London Sustainable Development Commission

Paul Toyne has held senior roles with Lend Lease and WSP involving the sustainability performance in the design and construction of many projects in the UK and overseas. In 2012 he was appointed by the mayor of London as a sustainable development commissioner and is a also a University of Birmingham commissioner investigating the future of urban living.

Graham Watts
Construction Industry Council
Chief executive

Graham Watts has been with the CIC since 1989 and became chief executive in 1991. He is responsible for the general policy and direction of the CIC, and for maintaining effective communication with government and members. He is also a member of the Strategic Forum for Construction’s executive committee and is an executive board member of ConstructionSkills.


Bob Whincap
National Association of Scaffolding Contractors
Council member

A council member of the National Association of Scaffolding Contractors for 13 years, Bob Whincap was London regional chairman for three years and training committee chairman for the other 10. He is currently chair of the NASC TG20:13 Working Party, which is updating the scaffolding industry’s standard technical guidelines. He was also NASC president from 2009 to 2011.


Chris Wraith
Technical officer

Chris Wraith is technical officer for IPAF and has been involved in the access industry for more than 25 years, initially as a contract haulier delivering and operating MEWPs. He joined UK rental company Nationwide in the mid-90s, becoming an IPAF senior instructor. He also spent several years as UK quality, health, safety and environmental manager at rental company Lavendon.

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