Management Board

Chris was the Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Building until May 2019 and in 2017 he received an OBE for services to the ‘Construction Industry and Government. Chris has extensive experience in campaigns and initiatives aimed at and successfully improving standards in the construction industry, including helping set up Trustmark – the only government endorsed scheme for consumer protection – with the DTI and a number of trade bodies. 

At SECBE, Chris is interested in promoting the awareness and adoption of CLOCS (Construction Logistics and Community Safety) across the industry.

Adrian is Corporate Responsibility Director at VolkerWessels UK, a leading multidisciplinary contractor that delivers innovative engineering solutions across the civil engineering and construction sectors including rail, highways, airport, marine, energy, water, and environmental infrastructure.

A proven career history in the implementation and development of sustainable business practices, including the oversight of occupational health, safety, environment, quality, and sustainability to maintain compliance to corporate, legal and stakeholder requirements.

Allan has over thirty years of experience analysing and forecasting the UK construction industry. He has headed Glenigan’s market intelligence service since 2008, providing clients, the wider construction industry and the media with comment and analysis on the construction industry. Regular reports and presentations include Glenigan’s construction sector and regional forecasts.

Glenigan is a construction data company. It is the trusted provider of UK and the Republic of Ireland construction project sales leads, market analysis, forecasting, and company intelligence. Their strategic research draws upon detailed analysis of Glenigan’s database of planned and active construction projects as well as other economic and market data sources.

Bola is an Independent Management Consultant, Chartered Construction Manager, Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS); offering independent, multi-dimensional construction cost management consultancy and construction project & programme (including asset) management solutions, since qualifying in 1999.

Bola graduated from the University of Wolverhampton in 1994, the first black student to ever receive a Double First class with Honours, with a thesis subject matter that [spoke of AI, ML, BIM] and was considered ahead of its time. In almost 30 years, Bola has successfully procured and delivered, in excess of £8billion in capital projects across the UK, in an array of sectors, with extensive public sector procurement and contract management experience.

An eminent Fellow of the RICS, Bola is also an acclaimed Gemini Ambassador [acting on behalf of the Centre for Digital Built Britain; #CDBB] and recent co-author of the Digital Twin Business Case Toolkit; published in joint partnership with techUK, in February 2021. Bola is a well documented industry disruptor, serial curator and innovative Systems Level Architect, delivering ‘Digital Twin’ solutions, using #ConTech and #PropTech platforms. He is an industry thought leader and specialist practitioner in the Digital Construction [#ConTech], Smart Legal Contracts, Blockchain, Built Asset Assurance, BIM, Technical Compliance and Whole-Life Cycle / Asset Management solutions space [the latter using #PropTech] in a SaaS capacity.

David is a specialist construction lawyer, with over 30 years’ industry experience, and partner based in the London office of national and international law firm Hill Dickinson LLP.

David acts for developers and owner/occupiers, main contractors, specialist sub-contractors and professional consultants. His expertise and client service is also reflected in instruction by other law firms, who do not have that expertise, on behalf of their clients.

David advises on appropriate procurement strategies for construction (new build or refurbishment fit out works) and engineering projects and across many different sectors, including health, education, commercial, hotel/leisure and renewable energy. More generally, he advises on and negotiates proposed contract terms, bonds and guarantees, joint venture agreements, novation agreements and collateral warranties, at both tender and contract award stages.

Helen is the Chief Solutions Officer, responsible for Process Improvement, Technology, Procurement, Infrastructure & PMOPreviously, she was the Procurement Director at Heathrow Airport, where she was responsible for the strategic sourcing and execution of all third party spend. During the COVID pandemic, her previous role, which looked after c£1bn of operational and capital spend, focussed on new procurement strategies across their supplier base to save money in the short term whilst maintaining long term value and relationships and ensuring Heathrow’s longer-term ambitions around Sustainability, Diversity, Innovation and Technology are not compromised.

Helen has been with Heathrow for 12 years and prior to her role in Procurement, she has spent her career in construction. Joining Heathrow in 2009 as a Senior Project Manager, Helen has grown through the organisation first becoming a Programme Director, then the Programme Management Office Director to finally leading the entire Capital Portfolio as the Development Director. These roles along with her last two roles in Expansion and Procurement has enabled Helen to develop a client perspective on all elements of the construction lifecycle from developing the business case, design, investment, delivery, logistics, project controls, procurement, supplier relationship management, operational readiness and handover.

Natasha has extensive experience in both developed and emerging markets within the construction industry, having delivered projects in the UK, Russia and former CIS. Natasha is currently delivering preconstruction project management services for Design and Build projects across Public and Private Sectors. 

Natasha is keen to raise awareness and promote the construction industry to younger people to bridge the skill shortage gap. She is also an active Women in Construction ambassador working on promoting inclusion and diversity within the industry.

Rosemary Jerrit MEng (Hons) CEng FICE

Rosemary is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers with 20 years of experience in major project and programme delivery and has worked in both the public and private sectors with experience in Science Facilities, School Building, Asset Management, Flood Risk Management, The London 2012 Olympics and the Water Industry.

She is passionate about sharing best practice and learning lessons across the construction sector which is one of the reasons she became involved in Constructing Excellence as one of the founding members of the Surrey Constructing Excellence Club and is currently co-chair. She has also been a judge at the SECBE awards for 2 years. Rosemary is also deeply interested in modern methods of construction and the opportunities it presents.

Simon Hughes is Community Engagement and Siting Director at Radioactive Waste Management. Previously he was Project Director at Agilia Infrastructure Partners. Before that he worked for Portsmouth Water as the Stakeholder and Planning lead for the Havant Thicket Reservoir project. Before that he spent 3 years at Thames Water, leading capital programme delivery and working with communities and stakeholders to develop the case for major water infrastructure investment. Prior to that he spent 25 years at the Environment Agency.

Simon has a demonstrable track record in leading organisational transformation, delivering outcomes and services in large and complex multi-stakeholder organisations. 

Simon had spent 25 years at the Environment Agency, working up to Area Director of Operations in water, environment and flood risk management sectors. Simon has a strong commitment to the role of the private sector in delivering public goods, creating benefits to the environment, and enabling the UK’s economic growth. 

Simon is keen to promote collaboration within the construction industry to help solve even the most intractable problems by bringing people together.

Steven is a chartered electrical engineer and fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He has extensive experience within the building services industry, particularly with consultants and contractors. Steven founded Crofton in 2000 and his current responsibilities include leading major framework projects for a number of notable clients. 

Steven is keen to ensure the construction industry faces its challenges in meeting governments construction objectives and the adoption of digital technologies, and he is looking forward to sharing learnings and supporting the work of SECBE.

Kathryn won the Constructing Excellence SECBE G4C Future Leader Award 2021 – so SECBE is delighted to co-opt Kathryn to the board for a year to provide board experience and accelerate her growth further.

Kathryn Gundry, a Project Architect at WWA, has a passion for inclusive and people-centric design. She is already influencing the direction of both WWA and the wider construction industry in these areas, gaining recognition at a national level.

Within the business, she puts the end user first and has enshrined this approach in the practice’s Business Plan. Kathryn developed this Business Plan collaboratively as part of a team with her focus on research and people. The owners of the business have been impressed by her contribution and praised her thoroughness and innovative thinking. As part of this, she has developed a KPI survey for WWA’s clients in order that WWA can constantly improve and evolve the service offered, to be an intelligent client to their supply chains.

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