The judges on our panel with contractor backgrounds.
Bob Clark, major projects managing director, Balfour Beatty
When the UK’s largest contractor restructured in October, Bob Clark was put in charge of a third of the construction business, becoming MD for its major projects division, with a turnover of £1.3bn. His portfolio includes landmark projects such as the Olympics Aquatics Centre and Heathrow T5 and T2A.
Tony Hyde, managing director, Thomas Vale group
Tony Hyde is well respected as the MD of Midlands contractor Thomas Vale. Now part of the Bouygues Construction Group, he retains overall responsibility for the strategic direction of Thomas Vale and now also has responsibility for the group-wide integration of corporate responsibility at Bouygues.
Howard Shiplee, executive director, Laing O’Rourke
Howard Shiplee leads Laing O’Rourke’s programme and project management practice and leads the group’s international business development activities. He joined from the Olympic Delivery Authority, where he was director of construction, setting new standards of performance on complex infrastructure projects.
Steve Underwood, strategic development and business improvement director, Kier
At Kier, Steve Underwood is responsible for strategic analysis of markets, government policy and industry best practice. He was previously Wates business development director, and is also a member of several government task groups reporting to the government’s Construction Board.