Representatives from clients in a wide range of sectors make up our panel - and their expertise ensures they are well-placed to decide who is deserving of a Construction News Award.
Prior to joining Heathrow as procurement director in November 2012, Ian Ballentine held senior positions within procurement across a number of large infrastructure organisations.
He was previously Thames Water’s engineering projects director, where he delivered a £500m annual construction programme.
More recently he was Network Rail’s transformation director, where he successfully developed and delivered a £3bn business change programme.
Head of facilities management and Plan A
Marks & Spencer
Munish Datta heads the strategy and delivery of Plan A, Marks & Spencer’s sustainability programme for its properties across the world.
He also leads the team that delivers facilities management for the M&S global HQ in London.
Plan A has enabled M&S to become 34 per cent more energy efficient and has seen the construction of sustainable learning stores in Sheffield, Stratford, Cheshire Oaks and New Delhi. He also sits on the advisory council of the National Energy Foundation.
Development delivery director
As development delivery director, Chris Elliott is responsible for the delivery of the £650m portfolio of airside and landside infrastructure projects at Heathrow Airport.
Joining in May 2010, Mr Elliott has also held the roles of infrastructure programme director, programme sponsorship director and procurement director for the capital investment programme.
His 20 years’ experience in the transport sector has seen him work with BOC Distribution Services, BAA and Turner & Townsend.
Helen Fisher is the Nine Elms programme director. Reporting to the Nine Elms Vauxhall Strategy Board, which leads the unprecedented redevelopment of 195 ha of central London, she oversees the UK’s largest development programme.
This includes the delivery of 18,000 new homes, schools, health facilities and new transport connections, as well as up to 25,000 new jobs.
The development covers the revamped Battersea Power Station site and Embassy Gardens, the new home of the US Embassy.
Voluntary Service Overseas introduced Tony Giddings to construction, and after a degree in building he worked for contractors and clients in the UK, Africa and the Middle East.
He joined Argent in 1989 and has since delivered more than £1.2bn-worth of construction projects.
Mr Giddings was also chairman of the Design and Build Foundation from 2001 to 2003 and was a leading instigator of the ‘Be’ organisation.
Managing director – wastewater
Lawrence Gosden is the managing director of Thames Water’s newly formed wholesale wastewater business.
He was previously Thames Water’s asset director, having been capital delivery director since October 2011, where he was responsible for a £5bn capital investment programme in the five years to 2015.
This programme included the Lee Tunnel, Thames Tideway sewage treatment works improvements and the four joint ventures responsible for the majority of its remaining programme.
Project director, west of England
Andy Haynes is project director for Network Rail’s west of England area and is responsible for electrifying and enhancing the railway around Bristol and Bath.
This £750m programme will also see a fourth platform built at Bristol Parkway, improvements to Bath station and work on the masterplan for Bristol Temple Meads.
Mr Haynes was previously finance and commercial director, where he worked on the redevelopment of Reading station and surface works for Crossrail.
Director – railways
Responsible for Mott MacDonald’s railways division, Neil Henderson has more than 20 years’ experience in the construction industry.
He is project director for Mott MacDonald’s Crossrail fit-out contract, which will see the commissioning of track and rail systems to turn 21 km of twin-bore tunnel into an operational railway.
Previously, Mr Henderson has worked on a wide range of projects including Wembley Stadium and High Speed 2.
Head of construction, environment and engineering
John Lewis Partnership
Tony Jacob has more than 25 years’ experience in retail construction and currently heads up construction at John Lewis.
He has worked in both food and non-food sectors in the UK and Europe, working on a wide range of new-build and refurbishment programmes for McDonald’s, Safeway, C&A, Topshop, Topman and Harvey Nichols.
He joined the John Lewis Partnership in 2004 and in that time has overseen an ambitious programme of store openings, with 14 new John Lewis department stores, major refurbishments at Oxford Street, Bluewater, Cheadle, Reading and Southampton, as well as more than 200 new Waitrose supermarkets.
Simon Kirby joined HS2 Ltd as chief executive in May 2014 from Network Rail, where he was managing director of the infrastructure projects business.
In that position he held responsibility for the delivery of all large enhancement and renewal infrastructure projects.
Prior to joining NR in 2003, Mr Kirby held various positions in the defence industry within VSEL, GEC Marconi and BAE Systems.
Tony LaCroix joined Westfield in 2007 as project director on the £1.5bn Stratford City development in east London.
He retained this role throughout the project and since 2011 his responsibilities have expanded to include fit-out of office space built by Westfield at Stratford, the construction of Kidzania at Westfield London and pre-development of the £1bn-plus scheme at Croydon.
He is also project director on the expansion of Westfield London White City, commencing Q4 2014.
Operations director – London estate
Jorge Mendonça joined Grosvenor as operations director for the London estate in April 2013. Prior to this he was Network Rail’s Crossrail programme director, responsible for delivering the £2.3bn surface infrastructure works programme.
Before joining Network Rail in 2008, Mr Mendonça had a career in the British Army where he assumed a variety of leadership and managerial posts, serving in Britain, Cyprus, Germany, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and Iraq.
He has a BA in Economics from Manchester University and an MA in Military Analysis from Cranfield University.
Head of projects
Great Portland Estates
James Pellatt is head of projects at Great Portland Estates, where he is responsible for the delivery of all development projects in its portfolio.
This includes schemes at New Fetter Lane, Rathbone Place, 73/89 Oxford Street, 148 Old Street and Hanover Square.
Prior to joining GPE, Mr Pellatt worked in senior development roles for Tishman Speyer, where he was involved in the Aldgate and Bloomberg projects, and More London Development, where he worked on several completed developments.
Matt Perry has worked in construction for more than 20 years on many high-profile schemes and in a variety of roles as contractor, consultant and client.
These projects include work on Imperial College, the British Museum, Heathrow Terminal 5 and the Imax Cinema at Waterloo.
He is Land Securities’ project director for the £120m New Ludgate development in London.
Great Portland Estates
Martin Quinn is a project manager for Great Portland Estates and responsible for the delivery of some of the firm’s most significant developments.
He has worked in construction for 25 years and has a varied background, previously working in both the contracting and consultancy spheres.
Mr Quinn has been with GPE for eight years and is working on delivering 1.5m sq ft of new office space in the West End alone.
Joining Argent in 2008, Nick Searl is a partner with responsibility for leading the firm’s commercial teams at King’s Cross, London.
These teams deal with the definition, strategy, leasing and management of the office and retail components, and Mr Searl is also closely involved with the wider branding and promotion of King’s Cross.
Before joining Argent, he worked with Chelsfield and European Land at Paddington Basin, where he delivered The Point and Waterside buildings for M&S and Orange respectively.
Senior manager – feasibility
For the last eight years David Sibbitt has worked alongside designers and contractors in the design-and-build side of the UK retail market.
He currently heads up the client side of Asda, managing highways, utilities and civil engineering disciplines for the company’s new-build and extension programmes.
He is also responsible for the development and implementation of Asda’s BIM strategy, heading up its roll-out to all disciplines.
Head of technical information
Malcolm Taylor is Crossrail’s head of technical information, with his current responsibilities covering BIM strategy and implementation, asset information management, technical data management, document control, GIS and configuration management.
Starting as a graduate with London Underground, prior to joining Crossrail he was rail director for Aecom UK working on many UK and international rail projects.
In total, Mr Taylor has more than 33 years’ experience in the design, construction and maintenance of large-scale transportation projects around the world.
Quality and compliance director
Associated British Ports
Michelle Tilley joined the board of Associated British Ports as quality and compliance director in March of this year.
She is also a trustee on the board of the Construction Youth Trust and was previously a director responsible for health, safety and environment with Byrne Group.
ABP owns and operates 21 ports throughout the UK, and announced earlier this year that it would invest £150m in offshore wind turbine facilties in Hull.
Director of health and safety
Battersea Power Station
Lawrence Waterman is director of health and safety for the Battersea Power Station development, while also concluding his twin roles as head of health and safety for the Olympic Delivery Authority and for the London Legacy Development Corporation.
At Battersea he is responsible for developing health and safety standards and their implementation on the design and delivery programme of the project.
Mr Waterman is also a visiting professor at the University of Loughborough and a trustee of the British Safety Council.
Paul Williams heads the asset management team at Derwent London and has overall responsibility for lease management and lettings, together with the delivery of Derwent’s projects.
He is also director in charge of sustainability. Recent projects include Burberry’s headquarters in Page Street, Victoria and the redevelopment of Angel Building, Clerkenwell.
Derwent’s current major scheme is the redevelopment of a site at Silicon Roundabout in Old Street to create the 300,000 sq ft White Collar Factory.