Judges are selected from major clients and industry figures and contribute valuable time and effort to work through hundreds of entries, reviewing against strict criteria and attributing scores aimed at rewarding and recognising the very best of the construction industry.

Take a look at some of the judges confirmed for this year's panel. More judges will be announced in due course.

head of development
Enfield Council
infrastructure pipeline programme director

Clive is a highly accomplished senior executive with 15 years’ extensive experience operating at board level with a number of blue-chip organisations. A well-rounded executive with a track record of leading business and industry through transformational change, resulting in world class performance and established industry best practice. A highly adaptable individual with enthusiasm, passion and drive who demonstrates resilience in the changing environment. His inspirational leadership style enables his people to thrive and deliver excellent results, whilst creating a culture based on accountability, trust and professional integrity.

Clive recently retired from the Monday to Friday world of work as Group Head of Health & Safety for Derwent London PLC after 3 years in post to take on more executive roles as NED for the Duchy of Lancaster and Yorkshire Citizens Advice and Director of the Construction Clients Leadership Group. Clive is an expert in improving the health, safety, security and wellbeing culture of any business and creating the right environments for people to thrive. His passion, personality skills, knowledge, attitude, training and experience well places him to assist Derwent London PLC in their quest to manage and mitigate business risk over a very diverse portfolio. Clive’s mantra is to be Risk Aware not Risk Averse but to act responsibly.

Clive has just completed a two-year term as President of IIRSM, a professional body and educational charity with members all over the world. Clive was elected in December 2020 following two years in the Deputy President role and has been a Trustee of the Institute six years.

Clive chairs Construction Clients Leadership Group and represents them on the CIC H&S Committee.

Clive also eight years at Landsec PLC as their Group Head of Health, Safety and Security based out of their Head Office in London. As a senior leader, his role was to ensure health, safety and security compliance across a very diverse property portfolio, which include shopping centres, retail parks, leisure, residential, hotels and development projects.

Clive has also been HS&E Manager for Asda Wall*Mart and HS&E Leader for BAA on the Terminal 5 Project. In 2014 Clive was invited by Construction Industry Advisory Committee (ConIAC) to chair the Client Working Group in the development of a Client Guidance document for CDM 2015. More recently in late 2020 Clive was invited by the Construction Industry Council to sit on their Building Safely Committee post Grenfell.

Clive is now driving the health and security agenda and is committed to promoting a risk management approach. He is keen to ensure that health receives the same billing as safety and he is on the Executive Committee of the Health in Construction Leadership Group (HCLG) made up of industry leaders including HSE, BOHS, IOSH, IIRSM, Unions, CITB, Clients, and other influential stakeholders.

Finally, Clive was awarded the Freedom of the City of London for his work on health, safety and security and more recently has been asked by the Cabinet Office to be part of their Inclusive Economy Partnership Programme focusing on Mental Health also a trustee for the No Fall Foundation Charity and more recently he has been appointed as a trustee of Yorkshire Citizens Advice.

director of partnership
Stride Treglown

Rachel Bell is an Architect, and Director of Partnerships at Stride Treglown.

Beyond her day job, Rachel supports numerous initiatives encouraging a more inclusive construction industry for the future. She is a mentor through the Mentoring Circle and a director for Women in Property limited.

‘Stand Tall’ is her mantra – something she encourages everyone to do.

Season 3 of her Stand Tall podcast highlights others stepping up and leading the way in their field. https://stridetreglown.com/stand-tall-with-rachel-bell/ 

8 Build
development director
Major Projects Association
framework manager
Kier Construction

Framework Manager for Kier Construction, assisting in the strategic management of national frameworks. Experienced Construction professional with Fellowship of the CIOB, worked for 3 Tier 1 contractors and a major public sector framework, helping co-ordinate a range of construction projects in the UK to successful completion. Trained as a Quantity Surveyor and award winning social value practitioner.

managing director
DJC Bridge Consultants

David has worked on major infrastructure projects worldwide in Client, Contractor and Consultant roles with a particular emphasis on long span bridges. This included senior roles on the Tsing Ma Bridge in Hong Kong, Storebaelt East Bridge in Denmark, Jiangyin Bridge in China and the Second Tacoma Narrows Bridge in the USA. From 2010 to 2017 he was Project Director and Employer's Representative for Transport Scotland on the £1.35 billion Forth Replacement Crossing project including the Queensferry Crossing. He is currently a self-employed Consultant providing advice on major infrastructure projects to Clients and Contractors around the world.

founding partner
Costa + Wolf

Andy Costa founded COSTA + WOLF a design agency focussed on ethical and community architecture, design mentoring and client advisory services. Andy has honed his expertise over 30 years’ incorporating his knowledge and skills with best practice across a broad range of projects.

COSTA + WOLF founders have a reputation for high quality, ecological and sustainable design combined with innovative thinking to aid clients and projects through the complex challenges of the design phases, planning processes and working to realise these with construction partners. Our community architecture works with local communities and people to help them navigate often complex planning and architectural schemes via our community outreach organisation Urban Voices.

Andy has designed and completed award winning projects and been a trusted advisor to national and international developers, public sector clients and private sector developers. He is a Civic Trust Awards Regional Assessor and has judged several awards from low carbon project of the year, international project of the year and the London Housing awards.

Andy is a qualified chartered architect in the UK, in Cyprus and in the Netherlands. He is a member of several architectural societies including the C20th Society, the Academy of Urbanism and is a Fellow of the RSA. He was chair of trustees for an architectural charity and has also founded an international ecological resource centre for a more sustainable planet.

head of IT business solutions
Graham Construction
national partnerships manager
Donaldson Timber Systems

A strategic national partnerships manager with over 7 years of executive experience in offsite construction and modern methods of construction. Her career in the construction industry started with a start-up in the modular industry, a timber-based residential volumetric manufacturer that gave her a solid grounding in the sector. Moving on to a well-established, steel based cross sector volumetric manufacturer, and after a short time with the company decided to go freelance until she found the right role that matched her values.

In 2021 Gemma Joined the leading offsite timber systems manufacturer Donaldson Timber Systems, specialising in the supply and construction of sustainable, state-of-the-art open and closed panel offsite timber frames.

“I found the company’s approach to people, place and product aligned with my own values on helping to combat the housing crisis we face, through partnerships, knowledge sharing and collaboration – all the while reflecting the government’s construction playbook in involving the supply chain early in the project lifecycle to reduce downstream issues and help deliver clear, outcome-focused designs and specifications”

She believes that the three-fold benefits of using offsite timber frame – low energy demand, carbon neutral raw material, and a proven, reliable, cost-effective mainstream way of building high quality energy-efficient homes – are vital to creating sustainable, resilient, and affordable developments for the future.

Gemma recognises the need for the public sector to work collaboratively with the supply chain, ensuring early engagement to ensure value for money every step of the way and by creating strong partnerships this gives the ability to make informed choices when exploring offsite solutions through knowledge sharing. This in turn provides an understanding of what is needed to see the full benefits of offsite.

Her goal is to truly make a difference in how we build our homes in the most socially responsible and sustainable way.

director of legal & business
head of HSS operations
Henry Boot Construction

Craig has been shaping construction solutions in the public and private sectors for 27 years.

He is an Engineering Graduate of The University of Aberdeen and has delivered projects within the built environment here in the UK and overseas.

A Board Director at Henry Boot Construction, Craig brings high-performing multi-disciplinary teams to clients looking for progressive design and construct services. Craig is active across a diverse range of forums and promotes industry transformation and sustainable development. 

technical director
operations director
professor of construction management
University College London

Professor Jacqueline Glass is Chair in Construction Management, at The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, in University College London and Vice Dean Research for the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. Jacqueline has a background in architecture and specialises in construction innovation. Having spent time in industry, she has been a full-time academic for 20 years. Professor Glass has published over 160 papers, managed more than £10m of funding and supervised more than 20 doctoral students to completion. She led the UK’s Transforming Construction Network Plus, and other recent activity includes projects on applied off-site and on-site collective multi-robot autonomous building manufacturing.

non executive director
Lee Marley Group
professor of Edinburgh Napier University and director of the Centre for Advanced Timber Technology
construction director, Infrastructure and Projects Authority
Cabinet Office
architect associate
development manager

Alex Housden is a Development Manager for MEPC, having 17 years’ experience in the built environment across several sectors including urban regeneration, commercial property, residential, higher education and transport developments.

associate director of digital strategic advisory
managing director - EMEA

Jon is the Managing Director (EMEA) at Cohesive - a digital advisory and data business. Prior to that, Jon held senior leadership roles at a number of organisations including Heathrow Airport and High Speed 2. Jon holds a Master’s degree in Business and Management and is a Chartered IT Professional. His career to date has primarily focused on software development, systems architecture, integration, data management, information management and strategic advice across multiple sectors.

outcomes director, Lower Thames Crossing
National Highways
project director – orthopaedic centre of excellence
Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Sally has worked as a project manager for over 20 years in the NHS. She oversaw the planning, design, construction and delivery of a £160m new Cancer Centre at Guy’s, winning industry awards including RIBA London, European Healthcare Design, London Civil Engineering awards and the Health Business Awards. She is now responsible for overseeing the expansion programme for Evelina London Children’s Healthcare, which is the second largest provider of children’s services in London.

senior programme manager
Network Rail
head of projects
University of Cambridge
Rider Levett Bucknall
director of infrastructure, enterprise and growth

Jon is the Director of Infrastructure, Enterprise and Growth at the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, (the government's centre of expertise for infrastructure and major projects). He advises on project delivery across half of the government's major projects; his £350bn portfolio includes all major transport, industry, energy, housing, foreign affairs, environmental and digital.

Prior to joining the IPA, Jon spent ten years in executive roles within the utilities sector for Thames Water, BT Openreach and Clancy. Responsibilities included business strategy, transformation, capital programmes, operations, commercial, international supply chain and logistics. Jon pioneered long-term collaborative alliance contracts and behavioural procurement techniques, winning national awards as both Client of the Year and Supplier of the Year.

A chartered quantity surveyor, Jon spent the early part of his career successfully managing large construction and infrastructure projects and later in executive operational, commercial and procurement roles for two of the UK's largest and fastest growing tier 1 infrastructure businesses.

director of development
ALDAU Development
design & construction director
Osborne + Co
managing director
project manager

"Ashley is an advocate for the advancement of technology and digital transformation of the industry. She led McLaren Group’s digital and data strategy and has delivered projects and strategic programmes in the private and public sectors; working in architecture, for main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine, and as a client advisor at Mott MacDonald and Equinix digital ventures.

As a member of Nima (formerly the UK BIM Alliance), an ambassador for net zero and women in construction, Ashley has presented at various industry events and conferences as well as contributing to several industry initiatives and publications, including the UK BIM Framework and the Golden Thread Initiative. She is looking forward to sharing her insight and industry experience with Construction News awards"

director, property delivery & transformation
Office of Government Property, Cabinet Office

Paul Mustow is an experienced leader of major infrastructure, property and sustainability projects and programmes, across private sector consultancy and senior public sector client roles. Paul is currently leading strategic cross-Government property programmes as Director for Property Programmes and Transformation in the Office of Government Property, part of the Cabinet Office. Previously Paul was Programme Director for the multi-billion pound Free Schools capital programme at the DfE, and capital programme lead at the Environment Agency. Paul is a Chartered Civil Engineer and a graduate of the Major Projects Leadership Academy.

head of constructing excellence
deputy director, asset management systems
Environment Agency
engagement manager
McKinsey & Company
global sustainability - places

Owen is passionate about accelerating the transition to make our built environment more sustainable in its creation and operation. He works to embed sustainability into Arcadis – in their operations and client offerings and projects. Focusing on the structures and environment for creating change, through setting goals and driving action, training, engagement and specific change projects. A management consultant by background, with a career spent advising clients on changing their organisations, focusing on people-led transformations, then moving into sustainability focused roles. Owen lives in London with family (two small children), but enjoys escaping for adventures in nature when possible! 

partner - head of strategic research and insight
Scape Group

Mark Robinson has enjoyed over 30 years in the public sector, starting his career as a YTS apprentice, spending 16 years in Local Government.

He progressed into roles including construction operations, strategic planning and corporate procurement, before moving into the housing sector where he set up an ALMO and became a Chief Executive aged 32.

In 2009, Mark was appointed CEO of SCAPE. Mark's leadership has taken SCAPE from a small design and procurement company, to a nationally recognised and market leading organisation for the public sector.

Today, SCAPE has over 1,600 live projects and commissions, valued at £6.5bn, and its frameworks are currently the most widely used across the UK. Mark champions smarter procurement and best practice in efficient construction.

He works closely with some of the biggest construction companies in the UK and leading industry bodies to help improve the built environment across the public estate.

Mark is also a Trustee and Board Director of UKGBC (The UK Green Building Council).

MMC consultant
Turner & Townsend

IJ Samuel is an accomplished Director at Turner & Townsend. She is renowned for advising clients on programme management strategies and performance management of multi-billion-pound major projects and portfolios, delivering successful outcomes across diverse sectors. She is a culture enabler and ‘Inclusion disruptor’, constantly challenging unconscious bias, and promoting Diversity and Inclusion as an everyday reality. IJ actively advocates for diversity of leadership teams as a future currency for innovation, inclusive decision-making and long-term cultural change. She rolls up her sleeves to walk the talk and she is the visible change she wants to see. 

director of operations - interconnectors, UJVs
National Grid

As Director of Operations within National Grid Ventures, Phil is responsible for operating the UJV portfolio (IFA, IFA2, NSL and soon to include the Viking Link Interconnector to Denmark. Phil is a Civil Engineer starting his career in Oil and Gas with TechnipFMC working on North Sea Capital Projects. He then joined Severn Trent as Programme Engineer working on Water and Wastewater Capital Projects, before joining National Grid in 2016 where he has held various operational and management roles. Including Project Director for HS2, Head of Strategy for capital projects and Head of both UK Contracts and Project Controls. 

director major projects
Transport Scotland
Omnia Freelance

Freelance Services in:

  • Market analysis
  • Procurement authoring and evaluation
  • Bid writing - PQQ and ITT support
  • Strategy activation (policies/procedures)
  • R&D Project Management
  • Accreditation support
  • Award submissions
  • Innovation Capture
  • Case Studies

Client references available on request

Highly successful 'win' record. Achieves results

Experience: Latterly specialising in driving the value proposition for SCAPE national procurement frameworks in the digital space, following on from 11 years experience working for Tier 1 contractor Balfour Beatty.

Experienced judging panel participant for various industry awards.

This is an excellent opportunity that allows me to continuously learn and expand my knowledge and awareness of: market trends, best practice, innovation, and supply chain performance expectations

Knight Frank
senior associate director - information management
senior manager
Ernst & Young

Will’s focus is on achieving better outcomes for people and nature. In his previous role at the IPA he conceived and led the creation of Transforming Infrastructure Performance: Roadmap to 2030, and supported writing the Construction Playbook. He is now focussed on helping to translate the vision into practice in business consulting with EY, applying twenty years’ experience in infrastructure, across the contexts of project delivery, IT transformation, strategic advisory and government policy.

executive director
digital delivery director
managing director
Coast Communications
programme director

Barbara joined Mace as a graduate civil engineer in 1997 and has delivered projects across many sectors of the construction and property industry. During her career she has lived in the UK, Hong Kong and Russia, from where she has worked on projects across a broad range of countries, from Macau to the Maldives and Singapore to Serbia. Before her current secondment to the Royal Household, Barbara was Mace’s regional director responsible for Western Europe and Global Clients.

In 2022, Barbara was named in the Cranfield School of Management ‘Women to Watch’ list, which identifies leading female professionals from across all industries, globally. In 2013 Barbara won the ‘Outstanding Woman in Construction Award’ at the UK's Women in Construction Awards, where judges cited her “outstanding career as an inspiration for all women in engineering, property and construction professions”.

She is a Trustee of the Mace Foundation and a former Board member of British Expertise.

She is passionate about inclusion, diversity and developing talent. She works with Whitehall & Industry Group (WIG) on their mentoring programme, alongside the industry focused Mentoring Circle and the Royal Academy of Engineering Leadership Scheme, of which she is an alumni.

Barbara is a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineer and a Fellow of the Association of Project Managers.

architect and profession director - head of retail and mixed use
BBI Services

Mark is a seasoned business improvement specialist with experience across a variety of construction environments.

Mark specialises in the top-level business drivers that cascade into strategy deployment enhancing business performance, the engagement of teams and long-term success. From a project/programme perspective, Mark has for many years worked with clients, contractors, and supply chains to drive certainty and betterment with real ROI and improvements critical at the project & programme level. This draws upon his experience from various sectors including automotive, aerospace and manufacturing, over many years of development work.

director, vice chair, National Association of Construction Frameworks
Constructing West Midlands

A registered Architect and member of the Association of Project Managers with 28 years’ experience working with senior industry figures, including 19 years’ experience managing the multi-billion pound Constructing West Midlands (CWM) frameworks, successfully creating and sustaining collaborative working partnerships throughout the wider industry supply chain. Peter provides professional, technical and construction framework advice, engaging with local and central government at national level to promote industry best-practice.

He is actively involved with multiple industry and Government initiatives including:

  • Vice Chair National Association of Construction Frameworks (NACF)
  • The Construction Playbook drafting committee member
  • Construction Leadership Council: Procure for Better Value Panel
  • National Procurement Strategy: Construction Steering Group
  • Member of the Government's (Grenfell) Industry Response Group
  • Local Government Association (LGA) professional-technical consultant

Playing a key role in shaping the future of the construction sector and improving public procurement, Peter is working with frameworks across England and Wales together with the University of Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction on the “Achieving Net Zero Carbon Reduction Code” launched as part of the CLC CO2nstruct Zero initiative at COP26.

Carus Advisory Services

Precious Zumbika- Lwanga is a proud mom of two, an award-winning Construction Professional, businesswoman and entrepreneur. She is an experienced Executive, Cost & Commercial Expert, Strategic Advisor, Leadership Consultant and Non-Executive Director to several boards. She holds a BSc Hons in Quantity Surveying (University of Cape Town) and an Executive MBA from Lancaster University Management School. She commands over 20 years’ experience at the helm of cost and resource management operations and transformational change across a portfolio of high- value projects and programmes. She is a focused consultant with an impressive track record in collaborative, cross-functional teamwork within high-pressure environments in the public and private sector.

Precious is Founder of Carus Advisory Services a boutique construction and management consultancy where she works with and advises her clients on how to drive value and improve their organisational & project performance. Her passion for a more collaborative, transparent industry sees itself in the work she undertakes and drawing from the breadth of her experience she supports clients to not only look at the tactical objectives but approach projects and programmes strategically from leadership behaviours through to how to develop high performing project teams from project and asset delivery through to handover.

She is a Cranfield University Executive Development Associate/ Facilitator where curates and delivers leadership modules to various FTSE 250 organisations.

Precious was named one of NatWest Top 100 most inspirational women in 2021 in the Oxford Cambridge Arc, is a judge for Women leader awards UK (2020) and was a judge for the Construction News Awards 2023.