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Specialists Awards 2015 judges' profiles: institutions and government

The best and brightest from major industry trade bodies and associations

FMB chief executive Brian Berry

Brian Berry
Federation of Master Builders
Chief executive

Brian Berry is chief executive of the Federation of Master Builders. He was previously 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.

Paul Bogle NFB

Paul Bogle
National Federation of Builders
Policy manager

Paul Bogle joined the construction industry in 2008 after nine years working for leading strategy consulting firm McKinsey and more than six years with Deloitte.

Since joining the NFB, he has worked with local authorities and central government to help deliver the government’s industrial strategy for construction.

He was also on the steering group for PAS 91 and is a director of Retrofit Works.

Barry Clarke

Barry Clarke
University of Leeds
Professor of civil engineering geotechnics

Barry Clarke is a professor of civil engineering geotechnics at the University of Leeds and a former president of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

He is a member of the Construction Industry Council Executive Board, sits on the board of CITB ConstructionSkills, and is a member of the Department for Transport’s Scientific Advisory Board.

Mr Clarke is also a former chairman of the British Geotechnical Association.

Julia Evans chief executive BSRIA

Julia Evans
Chief executive

Julia Evans became chief executive of BSRIA in May of this year.

Formerly chief executive of the National Federation of Builders, she has had a long career in major public sector bodies in health, justice and rail, covering general management and HR. Ms Evans was also a founder of Construction Alliance.

Kevin Fear

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 the CITB.

This year he was asked by the Health and Safety Executive and the Construction Industry Advisory Committee to chair a steering group to produce CDM15 guidance documents, which will form part of the regulatory package for the proposed regulations.

Neil Gower

Neil Gower
Joint Contracts Tribunal
Chief executive

As chief executive of the Joint Contract Tribunal, Neil Gower oversees the leading contracts 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 was responsible for the launch of organisation’s Education and Training Initiative.

Ray Horwood

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 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.

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 in July 2013.


Andrew Link
Construction Industry Council
Chief operating officer

Andrew Link is chief operating officer for the Construction Industry Council, where he was previously commercial manager until September 2013.

He is also commercial manager for the BIM Task Group, secretariat for the Green Construction Board and strategy board member of the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

Mr Link was previously a project manager at Bovis Lend Lease, working on health, education and commercial projects.

Diana Montgomery CPA

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 headed up sustainability in companies including Centrica, the AA and Johnson Wax.

John O Brien

John O’Brien
Constructing Excellence
Chair – FM and Asset Optimisation Task Group

John O’Brien is the chair of Constructing Excellence’s FM and Asset Optimisation Task Group, as well as the founder and managing director of consultancy LCMB.

Before founding LCMB in 2009, Mr O’Brien worked for more than 20 years in general and specialist contracting in roles ranging from project manager to board director.

LCMB has carried out work for the University of Nottingham and Nando’s to improve sustainability.

Paul Reeve head of health and safety and environment ECA

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 chief executive CECA 2

Alasdair Reisner
Civil Engineering Contractors Association
Chief executive

Alasdair Reisner is chief executive of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association, which represents more than 300 UK infrastructure contractors.

Mr Reisner joined CECA in 2008 and was previously director of external affairs, having previously been deputy news editor on Construction News.

Graham Watts

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.

Mr Watts is also a member of the Strategic Forum for Construction’s executive committee and an executive board member of ConstructionSkills.

Chris Wraith technical officer IPAF

Chris Wraith
Technical and safety executive

Chris Wraith is technical and safety executive 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. Mr Wraith also spent several years as UK quality, health, safety and environmental manager at rental company Lavendon.

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