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Specialists Awards 2015 judges' profiles: Contractors

Top names from 18 of the industry’s biggest contractors.

Jeffrey Adams group chief executive United House

Jeffrey Adams
United Living Group

Jeffrey Adams is the chairman of United Living Group, formed from the merger in September 2014 of United House and Bullock Construction. This merger created a regional contractor with a turnover in excess of £300m.

Mr Adams is also chairman of United House Developments, an award-winning central London residential and regeneration developer. In addition, he chairs the London Chairman of Commerce’s Property and Construction Group.

Sally Austin

Sally Austin
Group HR director

Sally Austin joined Costain in 2005 as an HR manager within the building division, working in a variety of HR roles across the business before being appointed group HR director in April 2014.

She began her career as a graduate trainee within BAE Systems’ underwater weapons division. Ms Austin moved into manufacturing, working for a number of different organisations before joining Costain.

Andrew Barraclough

Andrew Barraclough
Group design director

Andrew Barraclough is group design director at Wates with responsibility for design, design management, design supply chain and BIM implementation.

With more than 25 years’ experience in the industry, he has worked on a wide range of projects including the Cabinet War Rooms in Whitehall, masterplanning for the British Library, the Natural History Museum’s Darwin Centre and the restoration of the King’s Library at the British Museum.

Steve Bowcott

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 rejoined Kier in January 2007 as a director in the construction arm and has operational responsibility for the group’s construction and services operations.

Kier is involved in building the Mersey Gateway Bridge and has won a number of priority schools batches.

Mark Castle

Mark Castle
Deputy chief operating officer

Joining Mace in 2004, Mark Castle was brought onto the company’s group board in January 2013. He joined the industry in 1981 as a trainee with Mowlam, working at board level since 1993.

He was appointed managing director for construction in London for Wates in 1998 before becoming executive director in 2001.

Mr Castle was closely involved in the construction of the Emirates Air Line and is a director of the UKCG Forum.

Paul Chandler executive vice-president Skanska UK

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 spent more than 10 years as a senior director of the business, developing landmark projects such as the Gherkin and the Heron Tower.

Among Skanska’s recent wins was the £600m second phase of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment.

Michael Donegan

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 contract wins for Bam included a £50m commercial development for Argent at King’s Cross and a share of the EFA’s £500m North-east Regional Framework.

Peter Fisher

Peter Fisher
Costain Group
Health, safety 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 health, safety and environment director in 2003.

Costain has recently secured an £84m contract with Centrica Gas, a place on the Highways Agency’s £184m upgrade of the M60/M62 motorway and been appointed to Network Rail’s £2bn National Electrification Contract.

Paul Hodgkinson 1

Paul Hodgkinson
Simons Group
Executive chairman

Paul Hodgkinson has been chairman and chief executive of Simons Group since 1986.

He also sits on the CBI Construction Council and is a vice-president of Business Commitment to the Environment. The firm recently worked on the innovative Marks & Spencer sustainable learning store at Cheshire Oaks.

Russell Matthews

Russell Matthews
Vinci Technology Centre
Managing director

Russell Matthews is the managing director of Vinci Technology Centre UK. He has worked for Halcrow and Taywood Engineering, coming to Vinci through its acquisition of Taylor Woodrow Construction in 2008.

Dr Matthews has wide experience of R&D in construction and has worked on projects including the London Water Ring Main and a pan-European research project on Manufactured Buildings (ManuBuild).

In 2012 he joined the leadership team of Vinci Construction UK where he is responsible for promoting innovation across the business. 

Barry McNicholas

Barry McNicholas
McNicholas Group
Chief executive

Joining the company in 1986, Barry McNicholas has worked at all levels throughout the business before becoming chief executive in 2005.

Before becoming CEO, he helped develop the McNicholas gas business from small beginnings into a major player in the energy market. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Institute of Directors.

Andy Merrin head of sustainability Keepmoat 1

Andy Merrin
Head of sustainability – London and South-east

Andy Merrin has worked in environmental management in both the UK and Middle East for more than 18 years.

He has held a number of senior positions within Arup, Bechtel, Cemex and now Keepmoat, where he is head of sustainability for London and the South-east.

Mr Merrin has overall responsibility for the delivery of energy efficiency and microgeneration solutions for housing retrofit programmes in those regions.

Dean Murphy

Dean Murphy
Bouygues UK
HSQE director

Dean Murphy is HSQE director at Bouygues and leads a large team thats support the construction businesses including Bouygues UK, Denne, Leadbitter, 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.


Andrew Osborne

Andrew Osborne heads the company’s board and represents the Osborne family. He is a chartered accountant and has a degree in engineering science.

He was previously Osborne Group finance director from 2000 to 2005 and a non-executive director of Charter International from 2005 until 2012.

Osborne works across sectors including aviation, housing, rail, highways, commercial and education.

David Philp head of BIM implementation Cabinet Office

David Philp
Head of BIM

An industry expert on building information modelling, David Philp has been head of BIM at Mace since 2013 and is currently seconded to the government’s BIM Task Group.

He is also chair of the BIM2050 Group and a professor at Glasgow Caledonian University. Mr Philp was previously an associate at the Centre for Engineering and Technology at the University of Cambridge and BIM programme director at Balfour Beatty.

Nick Pollard

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.

Mr Pollard was previously chief executive of Bovis Lend Lease and has held executive positions at Skanska and Network Rail. 

Tony Raikes

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 Raikes became MD of the facilities division. Vinci Facilities operates across Europe.

Ian Renhard

Ian Renhard
Interserve Construction
Managing director

As managing director of Interserve Construction, Ian Renhard has responsibility for leading the UK construction operations of the group.

He began on site as an engineer, working his way up through various operational roles before joining the board of Interserve Construction in 2006. Mr Renhard is also the current chair of the UK Contractors Group’s Health and Safety Group.

Alan Robertson

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 the London 2012 ceremonies, where he helped to develop both the opening and closing events.

Jonathan Seddon chief executive Seddon 1

Jonathan Seddon
Seddon Construction
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 works in the housing, healthcare, education, commercial, heritage and leisure sectors.

Madani Sow chairman Bouygues UK

Madani Sow
Bouygues UK
CEO and chairman

Beginning his career at Bouygues Construction in 1981 as a site engineer for Riyadh University in Saudi Arabia, Madani Sow was appointed CEO and chairman of Bouygues UK in 2008.

In between, he moved to Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France in Paris, working in the renovation branch, before becoming CEO of Screg Bâtiment in 1995, which became SBB in 1999.

He took the lead on commercial projects for Bouygues in the Paris region in 2002, before joining the UK business in 2008.

Peter Trebilcock

Peter Trebilcock
Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK
BIM programme and design director

Peter Trebilcock joined Balfour Beatty in 2007 after more than 20 years working in architectural practice.

He is responsible for design management across Balfour Beatty and chairs the firm’s UK-wide Design Community of Practice and its UK BIM Steering Group.

Mr Trebilcock is also the lead author of Balfour Beatty CSUK’s BIM protocols and guidelines. His work as an architect received two RIBA Awards.

Chris Tredget

Chris Tredget
Willmott Dixon Construction
Managing director

Chris Tredget joined Willmott Dixon in 1982 as a building management trainee, progressing to his current role as managing director of the company’s construction business in the South-east.

With more than 30 years’ experience in construction, he has responsibility for 225 staff and a turnover of £160m. Projects worked on include the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre and the High Wycombe Leisure and Retail Centre.

Andy Wates

Andy Wates
Wates Group
Managing director

Andy Wates joined the Wates Group in 1995 after spending six years with Costain Construction and John Shreeves & Partners.

He become managing director of Wates Interiors before being appointed to the group board in 2011, and was named the group’s portfolio development director in 2012.

Mr Wates is also a non-executive director of Myriad CEG and chairman of the Construction Youth Trust.

Gary Worrall

Gary Worrall
Lorne Stewart
CEO of engineering division

Gary Worrall has been with Lorne Stewart for more than 30 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.

Lorne Stewart provided M&E services on the Cutty Sark Conservation Project and worked on the prestigious One Hyde Park scheme for client Candy & Candy.

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