Sector-leading companies represented on this year’s panel include Acardis, Aecom, Mott MacDonald, Sweett and WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.
Global and UK director
Rider Levett Bucknall UK
Ann Bentley is global and UK director of Rider Levett Bucknall UK.
Formerly operations director, she is responsible for the overall governance of the UK business and represents the company on the international board of Rider Levett Bucknall.
RLB delivers a range of services for Sellafield, having worked on the site in Cumbria for more than 30 years, and has worked on high-profile projects including Wembley Stadium and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Partner & UK head of development
Mark Farmer is UK head of development and a partner at Arcadis, and has been with the firm for over 25 years.
He is responsible for market leadership, strategy and capability development across all aspects of developer-led activity covering all residential tenures, student accommodation, commercial offices, industrial retail, hotels and leisure.
Arcadis is working on a number of high-profile projects throughout the UK, including Thames Tideway Tunnel, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Manchester Victoria Station, and the Intercity Express Program with Hitach Rail.
Head of strategic procurement
Joining Lendlease in 2008 to head up the construction department’s strategic procurement in the UK, Andy Fulterer’s role expanded to include all of Europe in 2011.
Mr Fulterer has 15 years’ experience in procurement and supply chain management across a number of sectors.
Lendlease is Southwark Council’s development partner on the £1.5bn regeneration of Elephant & Castle, which will see the construction of almost 3,000 new homes and central London’s largest new park in more than 70 years.
Head of major projects
Jonathan Goring was a founding director of Symonds, remaining with the company when it was sold to Capita in 2004.
He became managing director of Capita Symonds in 2007, growing the company, and was appointed to the Capita board in 2011.
He then led the Capita/URS/PA team, which won the Defence Infrastructure Organisation’s Strategic Business Partner contract in 2014.
Mr Goring left Capita Symonds after this, before joining up with Sir Ben Ainslie to lead the construction of his new sailing team’s headquarters in Portsmouth.
In January 2016, Mr Goring will become Laing O’Rourke’s head of major projects.
Neil Henderson is a divisional director with Mott MacDonald with over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry.
During his time with Mott MacDonald he has been involved in a wide range of major projects including Wembley Stadium, Crossrail and High Speed 2.
Mr Henderson is also the project director responsible for the Mott MacDonald team providing railway systems detailed design for the Crossrail tunnels fit-out contract.
This contract will see the commissioning of track and rail systems and turn 21 km of twin-bore tunnel currently being constructed under the streets of London into an operational railway.
Director of strategic projects
Simon Johnson is a quantity surveyor by background and has spent 40 years in the industry, working on major projects around the world.
Mr Johnson became Davis Langdon’s London managing partner in 2004 and managing partner for Europe and the Middle East in 2007.
When Davis Langdon joined Aecom in 2010, Mr Johnson joined as a director in the London office.
He has spent much of his career working with some of the UK’s largest and most knowledgeable clients, including JLP, Westfield, Land Securities, Hammerson and Stanhope.
Director and head of global systems
Jaimie Johnston joined Bryden Wood shortly after the practice’s formation in 1995 and works on projects in Europe, Russia, Singapore and Malaysia.
He has been involved on a number of large-scale schemes including Heathrow Terminal 5, the new Heathrow Terminal 2 and the London 2012 Olympics Athletes’ Village.
Mr Johnston has also worked on major frameworks for clients including GlaxoSmithKline and the Metropolitan Police Authority, and is a member of the UK government’s Cabinet Office BIM Core Team.
Director & head of sustainability and carbon management
Faithful + Gould
With nearly 20 years’ experience in sustainability, Sean Lockie is a director and head of sustainability and carbon management for Faithful + Gould.
He provides policy and project advice to a wide range of clients covering design, construction and in-use.
Mr Lockie manages a team of 20 based in London and works with customers including Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Network Rail, British Land and the Education Funding Agency.
Vinci Technology Centre
Russell Matthews is the managing director of the Vinci Technology Centre, a provider of compliance, sustainability and investigation services in the construction sector.
Dr Matthews has worked for Halcrow and Taywood Engineering, coming to Vinci through its acquisition of Taylor Woodrow Construction in 2008.
He has wide experience of R&D in construction, including working on the London Water Ring Main.
In 2012 he joined the leadership team of Vinci Construction UK, where he is responsible for promoting innovation across the business.
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Sadie Morgan is one of the founding directors of dRMM, a leading London-based architectural practice.
dRMM has worked on a number of significant regeneration projects, include Faraday House for the Battersea Power Station masterplan, the 2012 Athletes’ Village for the London Olympic Games, and a new housing project for the former BBC Television Centre in White City.
Ms Morgan is also the chair of High Speed 2’s Design Panel, a 45-strong group of experts that will inform and advise on the design for HS2.
Senior director, strategic development – environment discipline
Steve Mustow is a sustainability and environmental specialist with over 20 years’ of experience.
He is a senior director at WYG, leading on strategic development of the environment discipline and acting as office director for WYG’s head office in Leeds.
Mr Mustow’s key projects include working on the major Wadi al Asla utilities development in Saudi Arabia and the Sustainability Action Plan for WYG.
He has carried out work in the UK and overseas for a wide range of clients and his experience includes sustainable construction, sustainability appraisal, environmental assessment, climate change and aquatic resource management.
Laing O’Rourke Construction Hong Kong
Douglas Oakervee is non-executive chairman of Laing O’Rourke in Hong Kong, a position he has held since 2009.
He was previously chairman of High Speed 2, overseeing the development of the railway through to the lodging of the initial hybrid bill in late 2013.
Mr Oakervee performed a similar role for Crossrail Ltd as executive chairman from 2005 to 2009.
Managing director – Europe
Derek Pitcher joined Sweett Group in 1978, became a partner at the age of 30 and managing director of the quantity surveying business in 1996.
Mr Pitcher now heads the group’s operations in Europe.
Sweett Group is providing cost planning and other services for the remodelling of Paddington station’s retail area and has been appointed by the BBC to provide quantity surveying and CDMC services on the broadcaster’s new headquarters in Cardiff.
Partner & head of strategic research and insight
Simon Rawlinson heads Arcadis’ multi-disciplinary strategic research and insight team, tasked with delivering evidence-based insight and thought leadership for the built asset consultancy.
He was appointed to the Construction Leadership Council in September 2015 and was chair of the research committee of the British Council for Offices from 2011 to February 2015.
Mr Rawlinson has worked with many leading commercial and residential clients including British Land, The Crown Estate, Derwent London, Great Portland Estates, Land Securities, Quintain and Stanhope.
Global head of infrastructure
Turner & Townsend
Murray Rowden joined Turner & Townsend in 1990 and has worked in the infrastructure and property sectors for the past 25 years.
He is now global head of infrastructure and was appointed to the executive board in 2015, advising on complex major capital delivery and supply chain strategies, as well as major project and programme set-up, procurement and delivery.
Mr Rowden helped shape the delivery models for the London 2012 Olympics and Heathrow Terminal 5.
Turner & Townsend’s current major projects globally include Crossrail, the redevelopment of Houston Airport in Texas, and Qatar Rail.
Design director for sustainable development
Originally qualifying as a mechanical engineer, Julian Sutherland worked across a number of high-profile design practices.
He currently heads up the Atkins Carbon Critical Buildings Technical Network and sits on the government’s Low Impact Buildings Steering Group, as well as the UK Green Building Council’s Policy Committee.
Mr Sutherland was instrumental in the design and analysis of the facade for the South Quarter Project in Jakarta and worked extensively on the London 2012 Olympics.
Partner & head of infrastructure, building and construction
Richard Threlfall is head of infrastructure, building and construction at KPMG, where he leads KPMG UK’s corporate finance infrastructure business and sits on its corporate finance board.
His clients include Network Rail, High Speed 2 and Highways England, and he has advised on some of the UK’s most complex projects including High Speed 1, Thames Tideway, and the Mersey Gateway.
Before joining KPMG, Mr Threlfall was at Citigroup and before that was employed as a civil servant at the Department for Transport, where he held positions in the road, rail and aviation directorates.
Between 1996 and 1998 he was private secretary to the transport secretary and the deputy prime minister.
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
Guy Wellings has been with WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff for 15 years and is now structural director.
He has worked on projects including the landmark Barclays Global Headquarters building in Canary Wharf and the design competition for the proposed U2 Tower in Dublin Docks.
Mr Wellings is now project director on the Bishopsgate Goodsyard scheme, a large-scale scheme with major engineering challenges including rail and heritage interfaces.
Partner & national head of construction
Joining Grant Thornton in 1998, Philip Westerman was appointed partner in the company’s London audit team in 2007.
He has led Grant Thornton’s construction group for the past six years and has significant experience in advising on and delivering audits to a range of listed and privately held businesses within the sector.
Mr Westerman is also a contributor to Construction News.