The 2021 judging panel

Cristina SAVIAN

CEO & Founder,
BE-WISE

Cristina Savian

CEO & Founder, BE-WISE
Cristina is the founder of BE-WISE, an international consultancy focused on driving technology adoption, bringing to market the most promising innovation in the construction and property industries across Europe, the US, Australia, and the Middle East.

Cristina has over twenty years of experience in the civil engineering and technology industries, receiving her MBA from the University of Cambridge, her MSc in Transport from Imperial College London in the UK. She also holds a first-class degree in Environmental Economics as well as being a Chartered Land Surveyor in Italy.

Cristina is an internationally renowned digital construction keynote and guest speaker who holds judge and board positions on engineering and construction panels. She is a key industry voice internationally for the adoption of digital twins for our built assets and was recently named top influencers in the 2021 Who’s Who in Industry 4.0 list. Cristina is on the authors of “Digital Twins for the Built Environment – An introduction to their opportunity, benefits, challenges and risks” Institute of Engineering and Technology – white paper, published in October 2019.

In addition, she runs her editorial column on aec.business.com – where she writes about the new construction industry trends and also recently founded the “House of Digital Twins Club” on ClubHouse, where she hosts weekly rooms in English, German, Italian and French to share knowledge and experience around implementing digital twins for the built environments.

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Jackie Maginnis

CEO,
The Modular & Portable
Building Association (MPBA)

Jackie Maginnis

CEO of the Modular & Portable Building Association (MPBA)

Jackie is CEO of the Modular & Portable Building Association (MPBA) – a great ambassador for MMC with 35 years experience in the volumetric/modular industry.

Prior to her role with MPBA she worked for a manufacturing and hire company.

With her passion for the industry sector and the help of the committees from within the member companies, part of her role is to promote the features and benefits of the use of offsite volumetric buildings.

George Mokhtar

Director of Technology,
Turner & Townsend

George Mokhtar

Strategic Director of Digital Advisory at Turner & Townsend

George Mokhtar is the Strategic Director of Digital Advisory at Turner & Townsend, specialising in major programmes with expertise ranging from asset lifecycle information management and BIM analytics to strategic digital transformation and project delivery. George currently oversees advanced digital project delivery in property, natural resources and infrastructure sectors globally.

Maria Coulter

Coach, Speaker & Trainer,
Construction Coach

Maria Coulter

Managing Director, Construction Coach

With a career spanning over 20 years in the industry as a Quantity Surveyor, Project Manager and Risk Manager, Maria’s interest in personal development led her to become a qualified personal and business coach in 2012.

Maria is passionate about bringing positive and lasting change to the industry and launched Construction Coach in 2014 working with SME’s and micro-businesses to grow themselves, their businesses and their people through coaching and training.

Maria won the first Women in Construction category at the 2016 Nottingham Post Women in Business awards and her on-line course for the Chartered Institute of Building on Ethics and Compliance in Construction came Highly Commended at the 2017 MemCom Awards.

As well as being a regional board member for the RICS, Maria is Chair of the Construction Industry Council (CIC) for the East Midlands, a Non-Executive Director on the Construction Industry Council national board and Chair of the CIC Diversity and Inclusion Panel

Steven Hedley

 

Chartered Architectural Technologist, Vice-President Technical CIAT

Sam Stacey

Challenge Director:
Transforming Construction

Sam Stacey

Challenge Director: Transforming Construction

Sam Stacey is Challenge Director – Transforming Construction at UKRI. He is leading the Transforming Construction challenge, a £170 million research and innovation investment, matched by £250 million from industry, to create new construction processes and techniques for building manufacture in the UK. Linked to the Construction Sector Deal, the programme includes funding for research, a new construction network and the creation of an active building centre and innovation hub.
Before joining UKRI, Sam was Director of Innovation, Industrialisation and Business Improvement at Skanska UK, a Trustee of the Building Research Establishment, and Chairman of the National Platform for Construction. Sam has also worked for Wates Construction and Buro Happold Engineering. He is a Chartered Structural Engineer with an MBA from Henley Business School and degrees in Civil Engineering, Architecture and Philosophy from Imperial College and Cambridge University.
Sam is married with two children and lives in London and Suffolk.

Melanie Dawson

Director:
Origin7 Ltd

Melanie Dawson

Director: Origin7 Ltd

Melanie brings a wealth of practical hands on BIM & Digital Construction knowledge from an extensive and varied construction career over the past 15+ years. She has held a variety of challenging leadership roles over her career to date including strategic management, Head of BIM, Director of Digital Construction through to owning her own BIM & Digital Construction Consultancy company Origin7 Ltd.

She is the founding member and Chair of the NI BIM regions group (now part of the UK BIM Alliance) since its inception. Melanie’s leadership has been fundamental in the delivery of many high profile public and private sector projects across the UK, focusing in on driving organisations to deliver by ensuring the right people, processes and technology are in place. Melanie led the first team in the UK to become dual BSi BIM Kitemark holders and was made a Fellow of the ICE in 2018.

She has established a number of BIM training Academies which lead clients, colleagues and supply chain through the use of BIM and digital tools including ensuring the return on those investments. Melanie is the driving force behind many exciting R&D projects in the realms of MMC (Modern Methods of Construction), Data Analytics, VR/AR, and adoption of laser scanning technology.

She is currently enjoying working on the client side after many years in the design or contractor teams. She enjoys variety, challenge and the ever advancing BIM & Digital Construction landscape, but most of all making a difference and continually raising the standards as a dynamic leader and bringing others on that journey too.

ANDREW CARPENTER

Chief Executive,
Structural Timber Association (STA)

Andrew Carpenter

Chief Executive, Structural Timber Association (STA)

In a career spanning over 40 years, Andrew has played an active part in the construction industry, focusing on business development, best practice and the sector’s improvement agenda.

He joined the UKTFA as CEO in January 2011 and oversaw the rebrand to the STA in 2013 and is now very much at the centre of the sustainability, digitalization & offsite construction agenda, whilst continuing to promote the capability of structural timber products and the capacity within the sector to help resolve the housing crisis.

Since 1999 he has been involved with the Government change agenda and is currently CEO of Constructing Excellence South West & Constructing Excellence Midlands and Chair of BIM4Housing.

Kay Rogage

Senior Lecturer
in Digital Living,
Northumbria University

Kay Rogage

Senior Lecturer in Digital Living, Northumbria University

Dr. Kay Rogage is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Living in the School of Computing Information Sciences at Northumbria University and an active member of Northumbria’s BIM Academy Research Team.

She is an applied researcher who’s work spans across the disciplines of computer science and the built environment. Kay’s research focuses on the developing technical solutions that allow data integration across technologies enabling the interoperability of building models to overcome the technical barriers around data exchange in the built environment.

As a software developer in industry predominantly working in the digital construction sector, Kay has integrated her practical industry knowledge with academic research on a number of industry collaborations to overcome issues around disparate, fragmented data sets such as BIM data and sensor data, for developing knowledge from the data to support building operation and improve occupant well-being.

Her work involves using machine learning techniques to explore feature selection and pattern matching across data to improve data retrieval and interoperability.

Partners

Stephen Hodder was educated at the School of Architecture, University of Manchester, where he gained a Distinction in the Bachelor of Architecture degree. Following University, he joined Building Design Partnership in 1981 and became a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1982.

He has been in practice since 1983 and in 1992 formed Hodder Associates which won the Royal Fine Art Commission/ Sunday Times Building of the Year Award for Colne Swimming Pool in Lancashire later that year.

In 1996 Hodder Associates, now Hodder+Partners, received the most important award in British Architecture for a single building, the inaugural RIBA Stirling Prize for Architecture for the Centenary Building, University of Salford. The Practice has now won over forty major awards.

He was RIBA President 2013-15, having previously been Vice President Membership, Nations and Regions.

He regularly acts as an assessor for architectural competitions and awards, most recently for the RAIC International Prize and sits on the Design Review Panel for Places Matter!

He was awarded an MBE for services to architecture in the Queens Birthday Honours List, 1998.

He received an honorary doctorate in 2006 from the Manchester Metropolitan University for his regional, national and international contribution to architecture and won the Roses Design Award of ‘Architect of the Year’ in the same year.

Stephen has written and lectured widely, has been a visiting examiner at a number of schools of architecture and visiting Professor at the Birmingham School of Architecture, the Belfast School of Architecture and the University of Salford, School of the Built Environment.

He is currently external examiner at ‘Ion Mincu’ University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest and Professor of Architecture at the Manchester School of Architecture.

Stephen received an honorary fellowship from the University of Central Lancashire in 2013 and elected as Chair of the Construction Industry Council (CIC) for 2019-2021. 

Stephen Hodder

Deputy Chair,
Construction Industry Council

Stephen Hodder

Chairman, Hodder+Partners

Stephen Hodder was educated at the School of Architecture, University of Manchester, where he gained a Distinction in the Bachelor of Architecture degree. Following University, he joined Building Design Partnership in 1981 and became a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1982.

He has been in practice since 1983 and in 1992 formed Hodder Associates which won the Royal Fine Art Commission/ Sunday Times Building of the Year Award for Colne Swimming Pool in Lancashire later that year.

In 1996 Hodder Associates, now Hodder+Partners, received the most important award in British Architecture for a single building, the inaugural RIBA Stirling Prize for Architecture for the Centenary Building, University of Salford. The Practice has now won over forty major awards.

He was RIBA President 2013-15, having previously been Vice President Membership, Nations and Regions.

He regularly acts as an assessor for architectural competitions and awards, most recently for the RAIC International Prize and sits on the Design Review Panel for Places Matter!

He was awarded an MBE for services to architecture in the Queens Birthday Honours List, 1998.

He received an honorary doctorate in 2006 from the Manchester Metropolitan University for his regional, national and international contribution to architecture and won the Roses Design Award of ‘Architect of the Year’ in the same year.

Stephen has written and lectured widely, has been a visiting examiner at a number of schools of architecture and visiting Professor at the Birmingham School of Architecture, the Belfast School of Architecture and the University of Salford, School of the Built Environment.

He is currently external examiner at ‘Ion Mincu’ University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest and Professor of Architecture at the Manchester School of Architecture.

Stephen received an honorary fellowship from the University of Central Lancashire in 2013 and elected as Chair of the Construction Industry Council (CIC) for 2019-2021.

Robert Hine

Head of Commercial Partnerships,
BSI

Robert Hine

Head of Commercial Partnerships, BSI

Rob is an advocate of organizational resilience with a focus on digital transformation.

With over 30 years experience supporting industry through the implementation of voluntary standards and training, Rob has gained significant expertise in sustainability, security, health, safety and wellbeing and the challenges and opportunities they can present.

Working closely with the European Commission, Rob has chaired conferences with the Chinese government on standardisation of restriction of hazardous substances as well as supporting the ministry of the interior in the Emirates to implement fire safety regulations.

A regular speaker on the BIM circuit Rob helps organizations to assess their progress in relation to the adoption of digital transformation.

Liam Turner

Editor,
Build in Digital & Housing Digital

Liam Turner

Editor, Build in Digital & Housing Digital

Liam Turner is the editor of media publications Build in Digital and Housing Digital. He is a graduate of both Swansea University and Cardiff University, attaining a master’s degree in Journalism from the latter.

A former copy editor at 24Housing, Liam has closely followed key industry developments in both housing and construction, and is keen to champion forward-thinking organisations and individuals who strive to make a positive difference in their fields.

David Miller

Director & Principal Architect,
David Miller Architects

David Miller

Director & Principal Architect,
David Miller Architects

David has worked at the highest levels of design both in the UK and abroad and is passionate about emerging technology, progressive architecture and delivery excellence.

Before setting up the practice, David worked in the offices of Norman Foster and Santiago Calatrava, then became an associate director of Future Systems, where he was project architect for the Stirling Prize-winning Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

His specialist knowledge of complex buildings evolved into an interest in three-dimensional analysis and computer modelling to enhance building design. This is fundamental to the practice’s approach to search for delight and proportion in solutions to everyday problems.

Shenaaz Chenia

CEO
YouthBuild Ventures UK

Shenaaz Chenia

CEO, YouthBuild Ventures UK

Shenaaz Chenia is an experienced professional who began her career in finance and moved from the private sector to become the founding CEO of YouthBuild in the United Kingdom.

Prior to her role at YouthBuild, Shenaaz’s previous experience includes 20 years in audit and financial control in the UK, France and South Africa. During her time as Head of Finance for Saint-Gobain’s Southern African region, Shenaaz  was well placed to see firsthand the injustices facing youth leaving the education system as well as the good practices the firm had in place to connect the youth to opportunities within construction. This was a turning point in her career and having found her purpose, she moved back to the UK as the Director of Industry and Community Training for the Saint-Gobain, UK and Ireland.  Shenaaz was responsible for driving Saint-Gobain’s external training strategy and delivering on its support for skills development in the Construction sector. She led the set up the first community training academy for Saint-Gobain helping young care leavers transform their lives and transition into employment. 

Having developed a better understanding of the systemic issues of youth unemployment, the needs of opportunity youth and the policy around the area, Shenaaz recognized the benefits of the YouthBuild programme for the UK and led the successful JPMC pilot in London in partnership with Barnardo’s, Saint-Gobain and Peabody Trust and has ambitions to extend the impact of YouthBuild across the UK. Reaching across most sectors and forming deep meaningful partnerships with the sole aim of assisting youth into employment and into leadership roles, Shenaaz is adept at joining the dots to ensure that youth are given the best chances to succeed. She leads a strong team in project and program management; coordination of community learning initiatives; partnership development; and facilitation of training programs and processes.

As a valued construction professional and youth employment expert Shenaaz provides insight and expertise on the London Mayors, Skills for London Steering Group as well as the Construction Leadership Council, Skills Work stream, she is a member the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Apprenticeships as well as the Youth Employment Group, a group of UK’s key leaders and experts around youth employment who’s focus is to lead UK’s response to the impacts of the pandemic on the employment prospects of young people.

A Zambian at heart, married with two boys, having had a father that defied cultural norms to educate his daughters, Shenaaz is inspired by the words of Nelson Mandela ‘It always seems Impossible until it’s done’

Casey rutland

Founding Director,
digitalgreen.io

Casey Rutland

Founding Director of digitalgreen.io

Casey is a digital advocate with a focus on company transformation from a people perspective.

With over 20 years of experience as an architect working in and leading multidisciplinary teams to deliver sports stadia, city centre developments, healthcare facilities and heritage buildings, he brings a clear, concise empathy-driven communication method to the seemingly vast topic of ‘digital transformation’.

As Founding Director of digitalgreen.io, he is responsible for driving the adoption of emergent technologies that enable the company to perform optimally, generate new products or services and engage staff in a thriving agile environment.

Casey helps businesses realise the value of digital, through workshops, written papers and the successful (and free) global BIMOpenMic series of events.

Casey is regularly invited to speak at conferences on topics relating to the new digital era of our industry, guest lectures at various universities around the world and is a proud STEM Ambassador.

Rick Hartwig

Built Envrionment Lead,
The Institution of Engineering
& Technology (IET)

Rick Hartwig

Built Envrionment Lead,
The Institution of Engineering
& Technology (IET)

Rick is the Built Environment Lead for The Institution of Engineering and Technology where he is responsible for thought leadership and policy in the Built Environment. Digitalisation and decarbonisation of the Built Environment sector are passions. He is an Ambassador for the UK BIM Alliance and adviser to Prin-D Technology
Rick has lead on several significant publications at the IET:

  • Scaling up Retrofit 2050
  • Digital Twins for the Built Environment
  • Manufacturers’ Product Data: A Plain Language Guide

 

Presently he is involved the ‘48VDC Realisation Forum’ an initiative that’s looking at the benefits stopping DC energy distribution in buildings. An exemplar is due to be unveiled soon.
Prior to this he gained experience in a dozen EU funded FP6 and FP7 projects. He was the coordinator FP7 project CILECCTA, whose main goal was to develop a ‘Life Cycle Cost plus Analysis’ tool for the development and operational management of a building that would provide the user with a single view of financial and environmental factors. 
Time spent in the financial sector shows he survived and understand many of the cultural and operational challenges of digitalisation.

Keith Waller

Programme Director,
Construction Innovation Hub

Keith Waller

Programme Director, Construction Innovation Hub.

Keith Waller is the Construction Innovation Hub’s Programme Director.  A Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Keith has been involved in construction and infrastructure projects for over 30 years, leading many major projects in both the UK and overseas.
In 2010, Keith was seconded into government with Infrastructure UK (the predecessor to the Infrastructure and Projects Authority). A keen advocate of driving innovative and productive solutions, his work in government led to the publication of the UK’s first National Infrastructure Plan, Infrastructure Carbon Review, the development of the Infrastructure Cost Review and the IPA’s Transforming Infrastructure Performance programme, published in 2017.
In addition to his Hub role, Keith is a member of the Construction Leadership Council, chairing the Manufacturing and Performance work stream

David Philip

Director - Digital Consulting,
Strategy & Innovation Europe,
AECOM

David Philip

Director - Digital Consulting, Strategy & Innovation Europe, AECOM

An early adopter of practical change and purposeful collaboration David is a Chartered Construction Manager by background and Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Information Management (Consultancy Director) for AECOM, the global, fully integrated services firm where he assists global clients solve their data dilemmas with the i3 by AECOM consultancy team.

David was seconded in the UK Cabinet Office in 2011 as Head of BIM Implementation and was also seconded into the Scottish Future Trust (SFT) as Chair of the BIM Delivery Group.

David is also a Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and has supported clients across the globe in creating and implementing BIM and digital asset management strategies.

PARVEEN RAI

Founder,
Rai Investment Group

Parveen Rai

Founder, Rai Investment Group

A Chair and board member with over 20 years of property expertise and governance experience in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Parveen combines strategic, commercial, and digital experience with a solid understanding of financial oversight, risk management, and culture. Broad developmental and management experience in the real estate industry spanning nationally with a record of delivering growth at the leading edge of innovation and services. Parveen focuses on building customer loyalty and effective and resilient teams.  

 

Michelle McDowell

Principal, Chair of Civil
and Structural Engineering

Michelle McDowell

Principal, Chair of Civil
and Structural Engineering

Michelle McDowell is a principal and leads BDP’s civil and structural engineering group across the practice. She has an MBE for services to the construction industry, was invited to became a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and is a former Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year.

In 2012 she was named the ACE's Engineering Ambassador of the Year and was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Women in Construction Awards in 2020.

She is also a past vice president of the Institution of Civil Engineers and has an honorary doctorate from the University of Bristol.

 

Paul Howard

Product Innovation Lead at BRE
(Building Research Establishment)

Paul Howard

Building Research Establishment

Paul Howard is the Product Innovation Lead at BRE, the UK’s leading building science centre, and is a Chartered Engineer with a strong background in acoustics and building safety.

He is an innovation professional who has been involved in product innovation and innovation management in the construction sector for over 30 years.

Before joining BRE in 2020, Paul spent the majority of his career working for building materials manufacturer Saint-Gobain driving innovations in the company’s product and service offers. During this time Paul developed a passion for delivering innovations that are built on human factor insights and that are developed using a test, learn and iterate approach.

He is now helping to shape the future for BRE by uncovering new opportunity spaces where BRE can innovate to enhance the built environment.