Professor Peter McDermott
Chair of the Judges, North West Regional Construction Awards
Peter is a specialist in construction procurement - teaching, researching and working in both policy and practice areas. He holds the Chair of Professor of Construction Procurement in the School of the Built Environment at the University of Salford.
Gwen Beeken
Managing Director, Procure Plus
With the real need for more homes at a cost people can afford, Gwen has recently led the development and now establishment of Osco Homes, a wholly owned subsidiary of Procure Plus that develops new housing sites.
Ruth Carins
Chair of Generation 4 Change North West (G4CNW) – the young professional Voice of Constructing Excellence.
Ruth is an in-house solicitor at Costain. She is also chair of Generation 4 Change North West (G4CNW) the aim of which is to positively disrupt the industry by harnessing the young professional voice and drive continuous improvement.
Phil Cusack
Chairman, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
Phil is currently Chair of the Board at Vivark Facilities Services. He is also a Director of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Strategic Board of the Manchester Airport CityEnterprise Zone.
James Flannery
James is an experienced company director who has a unique mix of experience spanning 25 years in specialist market sectors in Construction, Education and Regeneration. He currently owns Cunard Construction Ltd. He’s currently Chair the Liverpool City Region Constructing Excellence Committee, a member of the Liverpool City Region Metro Mayors Skills Commission and was recently invited onto the Nation Council for the Sector Skills Council for the construction industry (CITB). James was elected as a Labour Councillor for South Ribble in May 2019.
David Glover
Operations Director, Peel Land and Property In 2014, David became Peel Land and Property Group’s Operations Director and has been a member of the Peel Group Supervisory Board since 2002. David is also chairman of Peel Utilities and a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Kevin Jones
Project Director, Local Partnerships (Treasury/LGA) Kevin has extensive experience in major infrastructure and capital delivery in both the public and private sectors. His current role at Local Partnerships is helping the public sector in the delivery of investment in local infrastructure
and local services.
Milica Kitson OBE
Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence Wales Milica has been Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in Wales since its inception. The role involves working with both public and private sector organisations in Wales, encouraging the adoption of sustainable, collaborative working.
Guy Lawson
Director of the Civil Engineering Contractors’ Association NW
Guy is Director of the Civil Engineering Contractors’ Association NW. Prior to that he was Regional Director for the RICS chaired Warrington Housing Association and was CEO of Construction for Merseyside Ltd.
John Marland
Director of Building & Construction, Bruntwood
John leads the Building and Construction team at Bruntwood and became a Board Director 12 years ago. He has been responsible for building out all the company’s development projects.
Charmaine O’Connor
Chair for the National Federation of Demolition Contractors’ NW Region
As Commercial Director and now Chief Executive of P.P. O’Connor, Charmaine has developed and implemented growth strategy across the civil engineering business specialising in bulk earthworks, remediation, complex demolition and deconstruction, sustainable disposal and aggregate supply.
Brian Quinn
Legal Director, Hill Dickinson LLP
Brian is Legal Director at Hill Dickinson LLP, an international commercial law firm. He acts as advisor on complex construction and infrastructure projects in the UK and around the world.
Professor Andrew Ross
Liverpool John Moores University, Constructing Excellence Best Practice Club, Liverpool
Andrew is the subject leader for surveying in the School of the Built Environment. His scholarly interests lie in the area of financial management with a particular interest in main contractor/supply chain relationships.
Dr John K Sidney
Head of Supply Chain Strategy, Sellafield Ltd
John delivered projects in the UK, North America and South Africa before re-joining BNFL to help deliver a new collaborative approach to contracting.
Professor Jason Underwood
Constructing Excellence Manchester Best Practice Club
Jason is a Professor in Construction ICT & Digital Built Environments and Programme Director of the MSc. in Building Information Modelling (BIM) & Digital Built Environments. He is also Chair of the UK BIM Academic Forum and Director of Construct IT For Business industry-academic network.


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