Who are the Judges?
Chief Executive, CECA
Chair of the Judging Panel
Alasdair is the Chief Executive of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association, the representative body for companies who work day-to-day to deliver, upgrade, and maintain the country’s infrastructure. With more than 300 members, employing around 250,000 people, split across eight regions, CECA represents firms who together carry out an estimated 70-80 per cent of all civil engineering activity in the UK, worth some £15 billion, in the key sectors of transport, energy, communications, waste and water. He was formerly Director of External Affairs, having joined CECA from Construction News in 2008. Alasdair joined the Judging Panel in 2011, becoming Chair in 2017.
Judy Cobham-Lowe OBE
Director, Women into Construction
Judy is an inspiring businesswoman, widely respected for her expertise in the construction industry, which she has worked in since 1996. Her appointment as Deputy Chairman of CITB-Construction Skills from 2009-2014, marked another development in her business career, which spans both private and public sectors. She was awarded an OBE for services to construction in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours. She is currently Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company.
Marketing Director, Toolstation
John is the Marketing Director at Toolstation, one of Britain’s fastest growing suppliers of tools, accessories and building supplies to the construction industry. He has over 15 years experience as a supplier to the sector and has a strong understanding of the needs and challenges that tradespeople have on a daily basis. John was key to Toolstation initially becoming involved with YBUK in 2013 and this will be the fourth consecutive year of sponsoring the Young Builder of the Year Awards. Â During this period John has become passionate about giving support to organisations that help young people develop the skills they need to build a career in this industry.
Industry Training Manager, NHBC
Geoff has worked in the construction industry all his working life. A varied career, from a Bricklaying Apprenticeship, Site Management, General Contracting, Lecturing and presently working for NHBC in the role of Industry Training Manager. He is passionate about developing the skills of those who wish to pursue a career in the Construction Industry, whether supporting those new to the industry, or those with greater experience. He sits on the HBF Career and Skills Committee and has previously been Chair of Governors at a local school.
Charitable Trust Manager, B&CE
Nicola is Charitable Trust Manager at B&CE, a role she’s held since 2015. She works alongside the senior management team and trustees to make sure the trust gives back to the construction sector, where not-for-profit B&CE began life back in 1942. Nicola has been with B&CE since 2003, where – as a relationship manager covering the North West – she engaged with construction firms of all sizes to promote the benefits offered by B&CE.
B&CE’s Charitable Trust was set up in 1991 to give back to the construction sector. It has given out almost £3m to date, providing financial help for people in need and helping organisations train and develop construction workers, amongst other things…