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Specialists Awards 2016 judges' profiles: Contractors

This year’s panel includes 27 leading lights from top industry contractors.



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Sally Austin

Sally Austin
Group HR director, Costain

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

She began her career as a graduate trainee with BAE Systems’ underwater weapons division.

Ms Austin then moved into manufacturing, working for several organisations before joining Costain.

Andrew Barraclough

Andrew Barraclough
Group design director, Wates

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

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

Ian Burnett

Ian Burnett
Chief executive, United Living Group

Ian Burnett joined United Living Group as chief executive in 2013 and was previously managing director of Wates Living Space.

He is a member of the CBI’s construction council as well as a non-executive director of Incommunities.

Mr Burnett is also a member of the board of trustees at Selby Housing Trust.

Mark Castle

Mark Castle
Deputy chief operating officer, Mace

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 became managing director for construction in London for Wates in 1998, before becoming executive director in 2001.

Mr Castle is also a director of the UKCG Forum.

Richard Cook
Head of residential development, Lendlease

Richard Cook joined Lendlease in 2010, having previously been project director for Mace International in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

He was responsible for a number of projects in the residential and retail sectors, notably the Burj Al Fattan in Dubai.

Prior to this, he was involved in the design and build contracts at the London Athletes’ Village.

Peter Fisher

Peter Fisher
Safety, health and environment director, Costain

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 and heads a team of 130 SHE professionals.

Mr Fisher is also president of the Construction Health and Safety Group and chairs the Construction Skills Health, Safety and Environment Committee.

Ken Gillespie

Ken Gillespie
Chief operating officer
, Galliford Try

Ken Gillespie was appointed to Galliford Try’s executive board in March 2006 upon the acquisition of Morrison Construction, of which he was managing director.

He joined Morrison in 1996 having spent the previous 13 years holding senior positions with George Wimpey.

Mr Gillespie was named executive director of Galliford Try in March 2013, and became chief operating officer in April this year having previously been construction division chief executive.

Mike Higgins

Mike Higgins
Managing director - London and South-east, John Sisk

Mike Higgins is a chartered engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry and is responsible for managing John Sisk’s London and South-east operations.

He joined John Sisk as a project engineer 25 years ago, progressing through contract management roles and now sits on the UK management board.

Paul Hodgkinson executive chairman Simons Group

Paul Hodgkinson
Executive chairman, Simons Group

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

He also sits on the CBI Construction Council and serves as the vice-president of Business Commitment to the Environment.

Among its recent projects, Simons Group completed work on a new hospital in Cambridge for Nuffield Health earlier this year.

Darren James

Darren James
Managing director of infrastructure, Costain

Darren James is managing director of infrastructure at Costain and an executive board director.

He is responsible for the delivery of services for clients including the Highways Agency, Network Rail, Crossrail, London Underground and National Grid.

He also represents the industry on the Prince’s Trust Construction and Business Services Leadership Group championing the introduction of young people into construction.

Rob Lambe managing director Willmott Dixon

Robert Lambe
Managing director, Willmott Dixon Energy Services

Robert Lambe has been involved in the construction industry since 1982 and has been a director at Willmott Dixon since 1999.

In his current role as managing director of Energy Services, he leads a team specialising in energy efficiency of existing property and low carbon energy solutions.

Colin Loughran

Colin Loughran
CEO, Lagan Construction Group

As CEO of Lagan Construction Group, Colin Loughran is responsible for strategic development of the group’s civil engineering, piling, building and operation and maintenance sectors.

With 25 years’ experience in the industry, he has delivered a wide range of infrastructure projects in some of the most remote locations across the Caribbean, Asia Pacific and the Indian Ocean.

Cormac MacCrann

Cormac MacCrann
Executive director, Canary Wharf Contractors

Cormac MacCrann is a chartered surveyor with over 35 years’ experience and executive director at Canary Wharf Contractors.

He is responsible for the management and delivery of projects both on and off the Canary Wharf estate.

He has been involved in the development and construction of many of the group’s towers, most recently 20 Fenchurch Street.

Russell Matthews

Russell Matthews
Managing director, Vinci Technology Centre

Russell Matthews is the MD of Vinci Technology Centre UK.

He has worked for Halcrow and Taywood Engineering, coming to Vinci via 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 European research project on manufactured buildings.

Dave McGoff

Dave McGoff
Commercial director, McGoff & Byrne

Dave McGoff joined McGoff & Byrne in 2007 and is the commercial director.

He is responsible for the Major Works and Facilities Management divisions.

He works closely with clients including Bourne Leisure, Manchester Airport Group, Marriott Hotels and Wyevale Garden Centres.

Mr McGoff was previously operations director of sister company Villafont Homes.

Mark Mitchener

Mark Mitchener
Managing director, Rydon Construction

Beginning his career as a planning engineer, Mark Mitchener joined Rydon as construction director in November 1999 before becoming managing director in October 2010, as well as joining the group board.

He leads the business across a range of sectors, including housing, large regeneration schemes, education, health and mixed-use.

Dean Murphy

Dean Murphy
HSQE director, Bouygues UK

Dean Murphy is HSQE director at Bouygues and is responsible for the safety of a team of 1,800 people.

He has been a health and safety professional for more than 23 years and comes from a mechanical engineering and quality background.

Mr Murphy is also vice-chair at the Construction Health and Safety Group.

Michael O’Connor
Supply chain director, Carillion

Michael O’Connor is the supply chain director for Carillion Construction Services.

Before taking on the role in March 2013, he previously worked as commercial director, overseeing the delivery and conclusion of various high profile projects.

Recent Carillion schemes include phase one of Battersea Power Station and the regeneration of King’s Cross.


Andrew Osborne
Chairman, Osborne

Andrew Osborne heads the company’s board and represents the Osborne family.

He is a chartered accountant with a degree in Engineering Science.

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

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

Mark Ramessa

Mark Ramessa
Supply chain director, Morgan Sindall

Mark Ramessa has over 25 years’ experience in the construction industry and he joined Morgan Sindall as the supply chain director in January of this year.

He previously worked at Bam Construct UK, starting out as managing surveyor in December 1999 before becoming the national supply chain manager in January 2003.

Darren Ramsay

Darren Ramsay
Managing director – London and the South, Murphy Group

Darren Ramsay joined Murphy Group in 2011 as director of tunnels, before becoming managing director of the London and South region in 2012.

He started his career as a site engineer with Amec Civil Engineering in 1983 and subsequently held a number of positions in the industry, including construction manager and project manager.

Stephen Rickwood

Stephen Rickwood
UK & Ireland commercial director, FCC

Stephen Rickwood is UK & Ireland commercial director for FCC Construcción, having joined the Spanish contractor in November 2011.

Prior to this, he was a director at Cyril Sweett and a project director at Amec.

FCC is part of the consortium building the £600m Mersey Gateway bridge project and has partnered with Laing O’Rourke and Murphy to bid on High Speed 2 contracts.

Ian Renhard

Ian Renhard
Managing director, Interserve Construction

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

He began his career on site as an engineer, working his way up through various roles before joining the board of Interserve Construction in 2006.

Jonathan Seddon chief executive Seddon 1

Jonathan Seddon
Chief executive, Seddon Construction

Jonathan Seddon became the latest generation of the Seddon family to lead the £200m-turnover company when he was appointed chief executive in 2013.

Mr Seddon was a site manager before moving through the ranks to his current role.

The company works in the housing, healthcare, education, commercial, heritage and leisure sectors.

Madani Sow CEO and chairman of Bouygues UK

Madani Sow
CEO and chairman, Bouygues UK

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 arm, before becoming CEO of Screg Bâtiment in 1995, which became SBB in 1999.

Mark Tant regional MD Shepherd

Mark Tant
Managing director – residential, Wates

Before becoming managing director of Wates’ residential division in November 2014, Mark Tant was managing director at Shepherd Construction.

He started out as operations director at Willmott Dixon in January 1999 before being appointed managing director in January 2004.

He has a Masters in construction management from the University of Bath.

Peter Trebilcock

Peter Trebilcock
BIM programme and design director, Balfour Beatty CSUK

Peter Trebilcock joined Balfour Beatty in 2007 after more than 20 years in architecture.

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 the firm’s BIM protocols.

His work as an architect received two RIBA awards.

Chris Tredget

Chris Tredget
Managing director, Willmott Dixon

Chris Tredget joined Willmott Dixon in 1982 as a trainee and has progressed through the business, progressing to managing director of the construction business in the South-east.

With over 30 years’ experience, he has responsibility for 225 staff and a turnover of £160m.

Past projects include the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre and the High Wycombe Leisure and Retail Centre.

Andy Wates

Andy Wates
Managing director, Wates

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

He became managing director of Wates Interiors and was appointed to the group board in 2011.

He is also a non-executive director of Myriad CEG, specialists in the design and installation of onsite renewable energy generation equipment.

Mr Wates is also chairman of Construction Youth Trust.

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