Alasdair Reisner - 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

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.


John Meaden

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.  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.


Geoff Mann

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.


Martyn Price MBE

Workforce Development Director of O’Halloran & O’Brien

Martyn has, for many years, been a champion of young people, skills development initiatives and, in particular, apprenticeships. Originally a carpentry apprentice, Martyn has progressively sponsored the value of structured learning within the construction industry. His work as Chair of the Cross-Industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force (CCATF) is further complimented by his more recent participation on the Department for Education T Level Panel.

Martyn is also Workforce Development Director for O’Halloran & O’Brien Ltd a major Groundwork and Civil Engineering Contractor operating across London and the South East of England and an active member of both the Mayor of London’s Construction Skills Advisory Group and the Apprenticeship Ambassador Network


Barbara Dinsdale

Barbara Dinsdale

Head of Charitable Trust

Barbara joined B&CE as Head of the Charitable Trust in June 2018, having previously worked in community grant giving.

She works alongside B&CE’s senior leadership team and Trustee board to ensure the Charitable Trust fulfils its mission to give back to construction.

Barbara is responsible for delivering the Charitable Trust’s objectives to support the UK construction industry. This is done through three key aims, which are to help individuals in times of need, further education and training within the construction industry, and support occupational health and safety initiatives.

Building on B&CE’s non-profit foundations, which began in 1942, the Charitable Trust has distributed over £3m back into construction since 1991.


Paul Sweeney

Director, Community & Customer Services

Paul joined Countryside in 1994 as Director of Customer Services & Communities, Partnerships South. In his role, Paul oversees all Customer Service activities in relation to sales and customer journeys, from pre to post construction. Paul ensures that Build Quality Standards are maintained for all new homes constructed by Countryside Partnerships South. Within the Customer Services department, Paul can be responsible for 3000 live units in any one year.

Paul is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building and the Chartered Management Institute and has 41 years of industry experience.

Paul has set up a number of Community boards across London & South East. He has advised on industry standards, in addition to being a member of the Department of Education T Panel strategy Group, setting future Apprenticeship standards within the Construction Industry.