Meet The Judges

Andrew Carpenter

CEO Structural Timber

Andrew joined the UK construction industry in 1977 with the manufacturing giant CRH, which in the UK now includes Forticrete Ltd and Ibstock Brick, and held a series of sales and business development roles in his early years.

It was the ground breaking Rethinking Construction Report of 1998 that was to change Andrew’s career path as he became involved in change management and best practice, first within CRH and then later as a Board Member and Director of Constructing Excellence. During this time he was the inaugural chairman of the national ‘Best Practice’ Club network and the public face of Constructing Excellence being responsible for marketing, events, communications and membership.

From 2008 – 2010 he worked as a consultant in ‘lean’ measures, which included Andrew helping to set up and then become one of the first fifteen students of the CWA (Collaborative Working Academy).

Andrew became Chief Executive of the Structural Timber Association (then the UKTFA) in January 2011. Andrew is now helping to spearhead the drive for Sustainable Construction by the use of more structural timber in building with a ‘Fabric First’ approach.

Andrew was appointed Director of Constructing Excellence South West in September 2013. 

In 2011 Andrew was rewarded for his services to best practice within the UK construction industry by being awarded the ‘Achiever Award’ in the 2011 CIOB/CESW South West Built Environment Awards.


AJ Eaton

AJ has worked in the social housing sector since leaving university in the 1990's. Having worked on both the client and now contractor side, he has a unique insight in to the sector. AJ is a statutory director at the award winning Mi-Space and over the past eight years has led a team to quadruple the turn over of the business and established a reputation for delivering clients visions and values.  Mi-Space have recently delivered the largest Passivhaus development in the UK and are undertaking decarbonisation of existing properties for clients in the South West and Wales. 

They are also undertaking Energiesprong pilot programmes for three social housing clients. AJ is a part of the Constructing Excellence South West Board and plays an active part in the Innovation & Sustainability Thought Leadership Forum.  He lives in Devon with his family and enjoys cycling, recently leading a team to raise over £60,000 for Prostate Cancer on a sponsored bike ride to Amsterdam.

AJ will be speaking about the challenge of decarbonising existing stock to meet the commitments set out in the Clean Growth Strategy and Climate Change Act and what is involved with delivering the commitment. 


Alan Rigby

Deputy Programme Director - Civils, EDF Energy, Hinkley Point C

EDF is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, meeting around 20% UK demand of the country’s demand, supplying millions of customers and businesses.

It generates electricity with eight nuclear power stations, 30 wind farms, one gas and one coal power station, and with heat and power plants.


EDF is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance at Hinkley Point C, the first new nuclear power station to be built in the UK in over 20 years. It will provide low-carbon electricity for around 6 million homes, create thousands of jobs and bring lasting benefits to the UK economy.

Construction and operation of Hinkley Point C will create 25,000 employment opportunities, up to 1,000 apprenticeships and 64% of the project’s construction value is predicted to go to UK companies. There are currently over 4,000 workers on site.

Marking a significant milestone in the revitalisation of our nuclear power industry, Hinkley Point C will make a major contribution to the UK’s move to reduce carbon emissions. The electricity generated by its two EPR reactors will offset 9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year, equivalent to taking 4 million cars off the road per year.


Birgit Hontzsch

Having acted as Chair of the Constructing Excellence Cornwall Hub since October 2018, I have been closely involved with CE activities in Cornwall and the South West, including having previously contributed to the judging process and being well aware of ongoing projects and best practice in the region. My landscape architecture background allows me to take a holistic view of projects, with an emphasis on sustainability including climate change resilience, healthy living, biodiversity and landscape context of developments.

I have worked in the construction and development sectors for over 20 years in Germany and various locations in the UK, and I am a Chartered Member of the LI (Landscape Institute) as well as a member of the BDLA (Bund Deutscher Landschaftsarchitekten). I am actively involved in the Landscape Institute Cornwall Group, representing them at the LISW Branch.

After many years in the private sector, I am now working in the public sector for Cornwall Council, acting as client lead for the Local Authority on the West Carclaze Garden Village, a flagship scheme for sustainable development in Cornwall.


Bill Button

Director at NVB Architects

Bill is a registered architect (ARB/RIBA) with a wide experience and has been a director at NVB Architects for 14 years.

He specialises in providing architectural solutions for the education sector which are both dynamic and realistic.

Bill is passionate about collusive working and believes that all projects are better for being developed in a team environment where the whole is better than the sum of all of the individual parts. We work in a complex and challenging industry and the more we work together helping to understand each other the more successful we will become.


Carol Heneghan

Group Business Services Manager, MJ Church

Carol has worked in the construction for over 25 years from designing drainage systems and managing building product portfolios in the 90’s; moving to the regeneration sector working with both the public and private sector to attract developers and investors to one of the regions major towns; and now for the last 10 years working with contractors working in marketing, business development and business transformation.

Having worked with a major public sector client to achieve ISO 44001 the Collaborative working accreditation Carol believe that collaboration, good leadership, innovation and strong environmental and social credentials will ensure greater success in the industry.


Dan Macey

Dan has worked in the insulation and cladding industry since 2008, however, has been involved in the construction industry since the age of 17 giving him a wealth of experience and knowledge in both new build and refurbishment sectors.

Dan has recently set up Holistic Housing Solutions Ltd to specialise in modern methods of construction and offsite technologies offering a variety of solutions through his collaboration with supply chain partners attributing to the rapid delivery and efficiency of much-needed homes without compromise. Used individually or collectively these concepts have a positive impact on improving the quality, enhancing the performance and reducing the overall build programme when compared to traditional methods.

The use of MMC and Offsite technologies aid to positively disrupt the housing sector to bridge the gap between traditional developments and the Government demand for more homes. Without embracing the use of these rigorously tested innovative solutions, this demand grows further out of reach.

Dan is passionate about collaborative working which will be a driving force behind the growth of Holistic Housing Solutions Ltd. He takes a very personal approach to exhaust all avenues that will improve build times and methods whilst maintaining high-quality standards of both materials and supply.


David Stein

MRICS, Pre-construction Director for Acorn Property Group

With both a contracting and development background and experience in quantity surveying, design management, and managing a regional construction business, I enjoy exploring ways of blending the skills of the whole team to create desirable places for people to live and work.  Through detailed involvement in delivering award winning residential, educational and hospital buildings, I believe passionately that what we build today helps shape tomorrow and am optimistic an urgently needed cultural shift is taking place that, well directed, will leave the world in a better place.   

Acorn Property Group

Acorn is an independent development and regeneration specialist that has, for 25 years, successfully created a range of residential-led refurbishment and new build schemes.

With offices in London, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter and Cornwall we specialise in bespoke developments to meet the local community’s needs.

Acorn’s ‘Different by Design’ ethos linked with an emphasis on JV partnership working, has enabled us to become one of the country’s most successful residential developers.


Emma Osmundsen

BSc (Hons) Pg Dip (Arch Conserv) MA MRICS

Emma is a Chartered Building Surveyor with over 20 years of professional consultancy experience in property, construction and development. She is currently the Housing Development Manager at Exeter City Council and Client Lead for the Exeter Bus Station Redevelopment Project. Emma’s career has spanned the private sector in commercial development across Europe and the Charitable Sector within the Church of England. She is an experienced leader of project teams and has a successful track record for delivering complex and challenging developments.

Emma champions low energy and healthy design and has been instrumental in promoting the German Passivhaus and baubiologie standards in the UK. She has delivered the UK’s first Passivhaus multi-residential development and is presently developing the UK’s first Passivhaus Leisure Centre and Extra Care Home.

Emma is Chair of Exeter YMCA, a Housing Association providing supported accommodation for young people and community outreach projects including job clubs, prison projects and youth work


Helen Baker

Procurement Director, University of the West of England

Helen is Procurement Director, at the University of the West of England and has over 20 years’ experience working in the area of public sector purchasing and procurement. She is responsible of all areas of university procurement including new buildings, facilities, equipment & software with an annual non pay spend of over £100 million.

Helen has been involved in all of the major construction procurements for UWEs ambitious £200m Masterplan programme. These include a new faculty for Business & Law, student accommodation, UEZ Enterprise zone, Media and Engineering buildings  

As a member of the Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) she chairs the Estates & Facilities best practice group whose role is to share best practice within the University sector. More recently Helen has championed the need for change/inclusion within the construction industry and Helen is an advocate of collaborative procurement and the use of frameworks.


Jamie Siggers

Partner at CampbellReith

Jamie is an experienced structural and civil engineer and head of CampbellReith's Bristol office.

The current Chairman of Constructing Excellence Bristol Club, Jamie’s passion is in regenerative design and community projects to enhance urban environments.  Jamie has particular expertise in timber engineering and heritage building conservation. Committed to sustainable and regenerative design, Jamie has developed his own total eco-refurbishment of his Victorian townhouse to modern energy and water saving standards.

As managing partner for CampbellReith’s Bristol Office, Jamie leads on a number of some of Bristol’s high profile development projects across residential, student accommodation and co-housing, retail and commercial, sports and leisure and education.

For the past 10 years, Jamie has supported the Bristol community, participating as:

Chairman of Constructing Excellence Bristol Club after serving on the committee for 8 years organising seminars, Here-to-Learn workshops and the annual sailing day.


Kevin Harris

Director of Operations, Bamboo Technology Group Ltd

Kevin has worked at a senior level in the construction industry for the best part of twenty years. Along the way he has become Chairman for Constructing Excellence Gloucestershire, Board Member for Constructing Excellence South West and Chairman for the CESW Leadership Council.

Having worked with numerous clients and design teams from concept design through to project completion, he brings a unique perspective and understanding to projects.

His varied roles have given him a wide range of skills which are proving invaluable for his work in the sector.


Martyn Jones

Martyn has been associated with construction for over fifty years. In the early years of his career he held engineering and management roles in the nuclear and commercial sectors of the industry. For the following thirty years he lectured at the University of the West of England in the specialisms of construction technology, and project and supply chain management. During this period, he was the Director of Studies for the School of Construction Management and held the post of Principal Lecturer in Construction Management.

During the past thirty years Martyn has taught, consulted, researched and published extensively on construction’s response to post-Fordism and now the emerging Digital techno-economic paradigm. For over twenty years he has been associated with the Construction Reform Movement having been one of the founding members of the Bristol Constructing Excellence Club and for a time the Regional Manager/Interim Director for Constructing Excellence in the South West and is now a member of CESW’s Management Team and Board.  He is also the Chair of CESW’s Procurement and Productivity Theme Group whose Vision is to be an informed and proactive community of interest, sharing ideas and learning, and supporting the adoption of best practice in the procurement of construction products and services from highly effective supply systems in the SW region.


Miranda Housden

ICE South West Regional Director at Institution of Civil Engineers

Miranda is responsible for raising the profile of civil engineering in the region, maintaining professional standards, encouraging a diverse future workforce and providing leadership and direction to the ICE South West team and more than 6,000 ICE members. Prior to moving to the South West, she was ICE Director for London and South East England, having previously been the London Director for the Royal Institute of British Architects. Miranda is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; she has a studio in Cornwall and has had several exhibitions both in the UK and internationally


Paul Richards

Managing Director, Aquarian Cladding Systems Ltd

Paul joined the construction industry in 1986, spending over 20 years with the UK’s largest brick distributor. Starting as a junior administrator in Bristol, he moved to Exeter to experience external sales before moving to Kent to manage an office at the age of 21. He moved back to Bristol in a product development role before becoming a director overseeing the distribution of external cladding systems.

He formed Aquarian Cladding Systems in 2007 to identify and distribute brick and terracotta cladding systems, promoting more effective and efficient modern methods of construction. The multiple award-wining company remains at the forefront of innovation, investing in natural cladding systems that meet the demands of the 21st century.


Robin Thorpe 

MEng CEng MICE, Chartered Civil Engineer

Robin is currently Chair of CE Dorset but has been involved with Constructing Excellence for the last 4 years as Chair of CE Hampshire.

Robin is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Managing Director of Thorpe Engineering Consultants in Bournemouth. During his career he has worked for multi-national consultants, global contractors, specialist sub-contractors and independent consultants.

s a result of this experience across the sector he is a keen advocate of collaboration and the use of digital tools to enhance productivity.


Richard Whittaker

Director of Development, Citizen Housing

Richard is currently Director of Development for Citizen and responsible for delivering 500 high quality new homes per year as well as introducing Modular construction and BIM modelling 

Richard is also a board member of Constructing Excellence Midlands and chairs their Construction Clients Group.


Tom Bell

Architect at Roberts Limbrick Ltd & RIBA Wessex Regional Chair

Tom Bell is the RIBA Wessex Chair, representing 2600+ members across the Region. Within his role, Tom promotes excellence within the profession, advocating for greater use of POE, outcome-based design, and has been liaising with Local Authorities to support legislative change; from placemaking strategies, emerging design codes to tackling the Climate Emergency. Tom was recently shortlisted for the RIBAJ Rising Stars being described as a 'rare balance of big ideas and drive'.

In his day job, Tom is a Chartered Architects at Roberts Limbrick Ltd based in Gloucester, and has worked across all sectors of construction in both the private and public sectors, with most notable works being a mixed-use regeneration project within the Midlands, and the design and delivery of one of the first specialist community-based mental health hubs in the country.


Trevor Drury

Managing Director of Morecraft Drury and a Practising Barrister

Trevor is a chartered surveyor, chartered construction manager, barrister, accredited mediator and adjudicator. He has been in the construction industry for over 35 years having worked for both contractors and consultancies.

He is Managing Director of Morecraft Drury, a consultancy which he established and has run for over 16 years providing procurement, commercial management, project management, expert witness, adjudication and dispute resolution services. Trevor also specialises in construction law and practises from 12 Old Square Chambers in London’s Lincoln’s Inn.

Prior to establishing Morecraft Drury, Trevor was an Executive Director of an international construction consultancy.

Trevor is the 2020 CIOB Bristol Hub Chairman and has previously been a member of a number of CIOB boards, panels and committees over many years and is a former RICS Branch Chairman. He is also currently Chairman of the Consultant Quantity Surveyors Association and Vice Chairman of the Western Counties Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Project experience is wide and varied covering residential, office, industrial, municipal, leisure, sports stadia, infrastructure, power and energy projects. Notable projects include the Sir Norman Foster designed American Air Museum at Duxford in Cambridgeshire, The London Olympics and more locally the recovery and opening of the Bath Spa.

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