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Specialists Awards 2016 judges' profiles: Trade bodies and professional services

The top figures from industry associations and construction services joining our Specialists line-up.


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FMB chief executive Brian Berry

Brian Berry
Chief executive, Federation of Master Builders

Brian Berry is chief executive of the Federation of Master Builders, the UK’s largest trade association in the building industry.

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.

Steven Carey partner Speechly Bircham

Steven Carey
Partner, Speechly Bircham

Steven Carey is a partner and head of construction and engineering at Speechly Bircham.

He advises on a range of construction issues, from procurement and contract strategies through to dispute avoidance and resolution.

Mr Carey has a degree in civil and structural engineering and worked as a civil engineer for a major contractor before switching to law.

Rob Driscoll
Head of commercial and legal, B&ES

Rob Driscoll qualified as a solicitor in 2001, specialising in contentious and non-contentious construction and engineering law.

He spent nearly four years in private practice firms acting for clients, developers, contractors, funders, tenants, purchasers and consultants.

He set up the B&ES mediation service in 2006 and deals with the commercial and legal needs of over 1,400 organisations in the industry.

Kevin Fear

Kevin Fear
Head of health, safety and environment, CITB

Kevin Fear is a chartered civil engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in construction and is head of health, safety and environment strategy at the CITB.

He became an honorary fellow of the Association for Project Safety in 2012 in recognition of his contribution to improving health and safety standards in the industry.


Marcus Harling
Partner, Burges Salmon

Marcus joined Burges Salmon in 1986 and is head of construction and engineering at the firm.

He leads a team of 14 construction lawyers and specialises in strategic project and development issues.

Recent projects include the Crown Estate’s £350m St James’s Market development and providing strategic procurement advice on the regeneration of Royal Albert Dock for the Greater London Authority.

Jon Hart partner Pinsent Masons

Jonathan Hart

Partner, Pinsent Masons

Jonathan Hart is a partner in the projects group of infrastructure law firm Pinsent Masons.

He has more than 20 years’ experience advising on documentation for infrastructure, transport and other projects.

Mr Hart has acted for and advised public sector procuring authorities, private contractors, facilities managers, funders and investors.

Emily_Monastiriotis_partner in the Construction Engineering team Bond Pearce

Emily Monastiriotis
Partner, Bond Dickinson

Emily Monastiriotis is a partner at Bond Dickinson and has experience in construction and professional indemnity law.

She advises contractors and suppliers and previously worked in Mayer Brown International’s construction and engineering group.

She also sits on the RIBA professional conduct tribunal and the Society of Construction Law Council.

Diana Montgomery

Diana Montgomery
Chief executive, Construction Products Association

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, as well as a chartered environmentalist.

She previously worked for the Chemical Industries Association and has led sustainability at Centrica, the AA and Johnson Wax.

Alasdair Reisner chief executive CECA 2

Alasdair Reisner
Chief executive, CECA

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

He joined the organisation in 2008 and was previously director of external affairs, serving as its main spokesperson, before which he was deputy news editor at Construction News.

James Talman
CEO (elect), National Federation of Roofing Contractors

James Talman is chief executive of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors.

Mr Talman was previously CEO of the Single Ply Roofing Association, and his role at NFRC will see him represent more than 70 per cent of the UK’s roofing industry by value.

He is in a transitional period with current incumbent Ray Horwood, who will retire at the end of the year.


Chris Temple
Partner, PwC

Chris Temple is a partner and UK leader for engineering and construction at PwC.

He advises clients including aggregate businesses, building products manufacturers & distributors, consulting engineers, contractors and housebuilders.

Mr Temple also provides guidance on audit, tax and consulting, working closely with banks that invest in the industry.

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