Who are the Judges?
Chief Executive, CECA
Chair of the Judging Panel
Alasdair Reisner 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 2012.
Executive Vice President, Skanska UK
Paul Chandler is Executive Vice President at Skanska UK, with specific responsibility for the company’s construction operations. Paul joined the business in 1982 and developed his early career with Skanska through commercial roles on a number of high-profile projects in the capital. He then moved into operations, taking responsibility for major projects, including 30 St Mary Axe (the Gherkin) and Heron Tower in the City of London. In addition to his leadership of Skanska UK’s three building divisions, as a member of the executive management team, Paul also plays a key role in setting the long-term strategic direction of the business. He also has board level responsibility for strategic development and preconstruction.
Judy Lowe OBE
Director, Women into Construction
Judy Lowe 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.
Commercial Development Director, Toolstation
Toolstation was formed in 2003 and is now part of the Travis Perkins Group. Neil joined the Company in 2004. He has long believed that industry should bear its share of responsibility for developing young people, in all walks of life. During his career he has been a visiting speaker for Understanding Industry and is a former Chairman of Northavon Young Enterprise.
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 Sinclair 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…