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Specialists Awards 2016 judges' profiles: Clients and consultants

Some of construction’s biggest clients and consultants are represented among our 2016 judging panel.


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Richard Baldwin
Head of development, Derwent London

A chartered quantity surveyor by background, Richard Baldwin has over 30 years’ experience in the central London construction market.

He became head of development at Derwent London in January 2011.

He also sits on the executive committee, where he is responsible for the delivery of an extensive pipeline of projects over the next five years.

Nick Elliott Network Rail

Nick Elliott
Managing director – National Supply Chain, Network Rail

Nick Elliott joined Network Rail in 2008 as head of programme controls for Crossrail before becoming managing director of the new National Supply Chain organisation in March 2014.

He previously held the position of regional director within the Infrastructure Projects organisation.

A civil and military engineer by profession, Mr Elliott spent 20 years in the Royal Engineers.

Scott Grant

Scott Grant
Project director, Battersea Power Station Development Company

Scott Grant is project director for phase one of the Battersea Station Project, responsible for the design, procurement and construction of this redevelopment phase.

Prior to joining BPSDC, he was a project manager at Mace, as well as an equity partner and head of project management for London and South-east at EC Harris.

Sue Kershaw

Sue Kershaw
Director of rail – Europe, CH2M

A civil engineer, Sue Kershaw joined CH2M as director of rail for Europe in 2014, and is a board member of the Association for Project Management.

She previously worked as director of programme management for Grosvenor Britain and Ireland and, prior to this, was deputy director of transport for the Olympic Delivery Authority.

John Lorimer chairman BIM Academy

John Lorimer
Chairman, BIM Academy

Prior to establishing JLO Innovation, which provides consultancy services to the industry, John Lorimer spent 10 years as capital programme director at Manchester City Council.

He is chair of the BIM Academy, a joint venture between Northumbria University and Ryder Architecture, and a member of the CITB Council.

He is also a visiting professor at Salford University.

David McLoughlin

David McLoughlin
Managing director, Brandes House Consultancy

David McLoughlin left his role as chief executive of Spencer Rail in June 2015, becoming a non-executive director on the main board and managing director of Brandes House Consultancy.

With over 30 years’ experience in the industry, he previously worked as the finance and commercial director for Network Rail’s infrastructure projects division.

He is also a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Gavin Mitchell

Gavin Mitchell
Director of project management and construction, Capital and Counties

Gavin Mitchell was appointed director of project management and construction of Capital and Counties in November 2014 and is a chartered surveyor.

He has over 25 years’ experience working on a range of projects including civils, commercial, residential and retail.

He is currently working on the Earls Court Masterplan and the Covent Garden Estate.

John O Brien

John O’Brien
Managing director, LCMB

John O’Brien is the founder and managing director of LCMB, which helps clients reduce energy and operational costs.

He is also chair of the Constructing Excellence FM and Asset Optimisation Task Group.

He previously worked for over 20 years in general and specialist contracting in roles ranging from project manager to board director.

Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson
Chief executive, Scape Group

Mark has 25 years’ experience in the public sector and joined Scape Group as CEO and board director in 2009.

He has a programme management and transformation background with a particular focus on corporate governance, procurement and asset management.

Mr Robinson also represents local government in Europe through CEEP and leads on procurement and local enterprise.

David Philp head of BIM implementation Cabinet Office

David Philp
Director of BIM, Aecom

David Philp is director of BIM for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India for Aecom and is currently seconded to the government’s BIM Task Group.

He also chairs the BIM4 community and is a professor at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Mr Philp was previously head of BIM at Mace and BIM programme director at Balfour Beatty.

Bill Price WSP

Bill Price
Director, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff

Bill Price is a director at WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff and a structural engineer by background.

He worked on the Shard from the earliest stages of design development.

He is currently working on commercial initiatives for Network Rail and Transport for London, a mixed-use station regeneration project in London, a major new stadium and new cultural facilities in Stratford.

Drew Ritchie Capita

Drew Ritchie
Head of infrastructure, Capita

Drew Ritchie joined Capita as head of infrastructure in April 2015 and has more than 20 years’ experience across the rail, highways, airports, industrial and energy sectors.

He was previously chief operating officer for Currie & Brown, major projects and programmes director (EuMENA) at Balfour Beatty, and head of rail for Amey.

He has been responsible for a range of projects in the UK including the construction of the Aquatic Centre for the London 2012 Olympic Games and the redevelopment of King’s Cross Station for London Underground.

Peter Runacres

Peter Runacres
Senior projects director, Argent

Peter Runacres joined Argent in 2012 as part of the commercial team.

With a background in architecture, he has worked on a range of projects including the Al Bahr towers in Abu Dhabi.

He is currently managing delivery of Google’s UK headquarters at King’s Cross and is also the development owner of two new office buildings under construction with Bam.

Keith Sands

Keith Sands
Director, Atkins

Keith Sands is a director at Atkins, responsible for the delivery of multi-disciplinary design services to a range of private and public sector clients across the South of England and the Midlands.

He previously worked for Mouchel, seconded into a JV between Mouchel and Downer Engineering in Western Australia providing the full range of highway maintenance services to Main Roads Western Australia (equivalent to Highways England).

He left Mouchel to join Atkins in September 2013.

Paul Symons

Paul Symons
Construction director, Knight Dragon

Paul Symons is construction director for Knight Dragon, the developer carrying out the mixed-use regeneration of Greenwich Peninsula in London.

He took on the role in January this year after 14 months as head of project management, and was previously head of project management at Greenwich for Quintain Estates & Development.

The Greenwich Peninsula project has seen numerous multi-million-pound contracts handed out in recent months, with more work still to be awarded.

David Tarrant

David Tarrant
Managing director – highways division, Mott MacDonald

A chartered civil engineer with over 30 years’ experience, David Tarrant joined Mott MacDonald in March 2011 as business sustainability director before leading the highways division both in the UK and internationally.

He has been president of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and is a special honorary member of ADEPT.

Ray Theakston construction director Essential Living

Ray Theakston
Construction director
, Essential Living

With more than 40 years in the property and construction industries, Ray Theakston has overall responsibility for the procurement and delivery of Essential Living’s extensive development programme of residential projects in the UK.  

The client last year selected five contractors to build 5,000 homes on an eight-year framework worth up to £1bn, covering work on projects including the Helix scheme in Canary Wharf and Berkshire House in Maidenhead.

Beth West

Beth West
Commercial director, High Speed 2

Beth West joined HS2 as commercial director in 2012 and is responsible for commercial strategy, procurement, supplier management, land and property acquisitions, and management, regeneration and economic analysis.

Ms West previously worked for Transport for London for nine years, including as head of commercial procurement at London Underground, before becoming commercial director at Tube Lines in 2011.

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