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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.