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To find out more, please contact us. We are a not-for-profit members club and our sole purpose is to provide help and support within the construction industry at every stage of the never ending journey towards excellence. 

Committee Member biographies are listed on the bottom half of this page.


President: Robert Knight, igloo Regeneration
Email: robert.knight@igloo.uk.net

Mobile: 07721 748232

Chairman: Kevin Hibbs, Sir Robert McAlpine
Email: 
kevin.hibbs@btinternet.com
Mobile: 07811 280633

Vice Chairman: Andrew Langmaid, Satis Consulting
Email: andrew.langmaid@satisconsulting.co.uk
Mobile: 07788 566 025

Secretary: Anna-Liisa Blanks-Walden, Clarke Willmott LLP

Email: annaliisa.blanks-walden@clarkewillmott.com
Telephone: 0845 209 1354 / 0117 305 6354
Mobile: 07788 417403

Treasurer: Abigail Scott, AECOM
Email: abigail.scott@aecom.com

Telephone: 0117 901 7103

Membership Secretary: Huw Morgan, Veale Wasbrough
Email: hmorgan@vwl.co.uk

Telephone: 0117 314 5293

Mobile: 0500 823 567

Here to Learn workshops: Martyn Jones
Email: 
martyn.jones5@gmail.com

For any queries to do with our website, please contact:

Website Coordinator: Chris Strong, Rock Pipit Ltd
Email: chris.strong@rockpipit.co.uk
Telephone: 01458 254260
Mobile: 07971 046 368


Committee Members


PRESIDENT
Robert Knight MCIOB, MRICS, CEnv, MASI, Ffbe - Igloo Regeneration

Robert is a Chartered Builder, Chartered Surveyor and Chartered Environmentalist with over 30 years managerial experience in the Construction, Civil Engineering, House building and Mixed Use Development Businesses. Within the igloo team Robert has responsibility for procurement strategies and the operational delivery of igloo’s direct developments across the UK.

Robert is currently a Board Member of the Construction Clients Group and follows his passion by participating in a number of groups which influence sustainable and environmental issues as well as contributing to the UN Environmental programme as a member of their College of Observers.  Robert has regularly commented in the media on urban regeneration and Sustainable developments and has spoken on these issues plus Value Management, Project delivery, Collaborative working and Supply Chain Integration on a number of occasions.


CHAIRMAN
Kevin Hibbs, Sir Robert McAlpine

Kevin is a Design Manager for Sir Robert McAlpine in Bristol with extensive experience across many industry sectors.

He has a track record of hands-on collaborative design management, innovation and delivering sustainable buildings. As well as being current Chairman of the Constructing Excellence Bristol Club he was also the former Director of Constructing Excellence in Wales and Chairman of m4i. Kevin's specialities include collaborative design management, sustainability, innovation and driving industry best practice.


VICE CHAIRMAN
Andrew Langmaid

Andrew became a partner in 2002 after seven years at Davis Langdon. In 1995 he graduated from the University of Reading with a BSc (Hons) degree in Quantity Surveying and later (2003) from Henley Management College with an MBA (Masters in Business Administration).

He has a broad range of experience in a variety of sectors, with specialist experience in the commercial private sector. Andrew has particular experience acting as an Employers Agent on large commercial offices and sat on Davis Langdon’s National Employers’ Agent Forum for a number of years.

Currently Andrew also sits on the BCO (British Council of Offices) Committee for the South West and Wales and is an external examiner on the construction courses at the University of Reading.


SECRETARY
Anna-Liisa Blanks-Walden - Clarke Wilmott LLP, Construction Team

Anna-Liisa advises on dispute resolution in the field of construction law. She has over ten years experience in mediation, adjudication, court proceedings and arbitration, taking a hands-on approach to resolving issues as they arise. Anna-Liisa is a great believer in avoiding formal dispute processes where possible (which can be time consuming and costly) and is an accredited Mediator, as well as a Partner and specialist construction solicitor.

She helps employers and developers (multi-national house builders and other companies, supermarkets, sports clients, housing associations), contractors, specialist sub-contractors and professionals alike. Anna-Liisa has achieved settlements on final accounts, delay claims, extensions of time, remedial works and assisted with the challenges of dealing with insolvency and calls on bonds, as well as professional negligence claims.

Anna-Liisa enjoys achieving workable solutions for clients in difficult situations, has spoken at numerous seminars, written a regular construction column and is a member of the Adjudication Society, Society of Construction Law, Association for Women Solicitors & Women in Social Housing. She is a supporter of Bristol Under Privileged Children's Charity and a former Chair of South West Women in Construction.



MEMBERSHIP
Huw Morgan - Veale Wasbrough Vizards

Huw Morgan is a construction lawyer and Partner at Veale Wasbrough Lawyers, providing legal advice to funders, building owners, developers, contractors and construction professionals upon their rights and obligations in all aspects of the construction process. He advises upon projects procured through PPP/PFI Design and Build, Bespoke Partnering arrangements and under more traditional forms of contract.

Huw is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Technology and Construction Court Solicitors Association, Society of Construction Law, and is a CEDR registered mediator. His Dispute Resolution work has covered domestic and international arbitration, Technology and Construction Court litigation, adjudication and mediation. He has been involved in a number of reported cases: Thomson -v- Clive Alexander and Partners; North Thames RHA -v- Sheppard Robson and Whiteways Contractors (Sussex) Limited -v- Impresa Castelli Construction UK Limited. Huw regularly lectures on construction law topics.


TREASURER
Abigail Scott - AECOM

Abigail is a Trainee Quantity Surveyor in AECOM’s Bristol Office. Starting her career as an apprentice Quantity Surveyor in 2013, she has since completed her apprenticeship, achieved Associate RICS accreditation and is currently attending the University of the West of England part time to complete a degree in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management.



She has previously worked in the commercial offices, retail, health and leisure sectors providing cost management services ranging from pre-contract cost planning and procurement to post-contract cost control and final account agreement.



HERE TO LEARN WORKSHOPS
Martyn Jones - University of the West of England

During the past twenty years Martyn has taught, consulted, researched and published extensively on construction’s response to post-Fordism. For over ten years he has been associated with the Construction Reform Movement having been one of the founding members of the Bristol Club and for a time the Regional Manager / Interim Director for the South West. Recently he has been facilitating the Club’s Here to Learn workshops.


WEBSITE COORDINATOR
Chris Strong - Rock Pipit Ltd

Chris has a wide range of experience in value management, risk management, project briefing, quality management, function analysis, value engineering, bid management and budget appraisal. Chris aims to simplify the project change process with clients, service providers and suppliers alike. He brings simple real-world understanding to everyday project procurement scenarios.

Chris has worked in construction contracting with a focus on design and build partnering projects for household name contractors such as Bovis and Costain. His project experience covers public-sector markets such as education, water, rail and telecoms, as well as healthcare, Chris’s career in consulting has focused on project management, with a special emphasis on design management. His CV lists names such as top London PM firm, Buro Four. Chris has worked on projects in various sectors: property, international telecoms, secondary, further and higher education, civil engineering and mining.

GENERAL COMMITTEE MEMBER
Neill Dowsett - Edmond Shipway

Neill’s key skills include his knowledge of the construction process, ability to communicate amongst a variety of individuals and his capability to work to a strict deadline. Key experience includes providing full project management services in accordance with PRINCE2 procedures from pre-project through to project closure with full responsibility and accountability to the senior users.

Neill achieved his Quantity Surveying degree at Bristol Polytechnic in 1990 and subsequently an MSc at Loughborough in 2003. He has worked for leading regional contractors and national consultants and he is now the Director at Edmond Shipway LLP in Bath responsible for developing all aspects of project delivery across a range of client in the South West and Wales.


GENERAL COMMITTEE MEMBER
Gary Fisher - Sense Cost Consultancy (part of the Mace Group)

Gary qualified in 1998 from Loughborough University with a 2:1 in Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying. Since then he has become MRICS qualified and has worked on all sides of the industry (Client, Contractor and now PQS) giving good all round experience (15 years), particularly in retail, residential, commercial, major office development work and more recently education. His current role is that of Associate Director for Sense, the Cost Consultancy arm of the Mace Group and is heading up the region based out of the Bristol office.

Gary is focused on developing and growing all 3 offices (Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter) over the next few years. Currently working on various projects in the education sector, Gary is a highly committed Associate with particular expertise in business development, well known in both the Bristol and London markets, bringing in both internal and external clients. He has a proven track record of successfully delivering projects and building working teams who deliver ahead of expectations, on time and to budget. He is highly skilled in cost control methods and an accomplished negotiator.

GENERAL COMMITTEE MEMBER
Rob Williams - igloo Regeneration

Rob is a Development Project Manager for igloo having joined the company in 2012. Before that he was a Project Manager at Davis Langdon/AECOM. He has an MSc in Project Management from the University of Reading and is a Member of the RICS. Rob’s Project Management skills were nationally recognised when he was runner up in the Young Project Manager of the Year category at the 2011 Association of Project Management Awards.

At igloo Rob has been leading on the construction delivery of various residential led developments, with a portfolio of over 500 new homes. During his time at Davis Langdon he has worked on a wide variety and scale of projects including the Combe Down Stone Mines and BBC Roath Lock Studios at Porth Teigr. Having developed an intricate knowledge of the NEC and JCT forms of contract, along with detailed programming skills, Rob has a proven ability for successfully delivering projects for clients. 

GENERAL COMMITTEE MEMBER 
Jamie Siggers MEng CEng MIStructE MICE ACGI FFB - CampbellReith

Since graduating from Imperial College after a four year Civil Engineering MEng, Jamie has forged his career first at Buro Happold in Bath and Dublin, then at whitbybird in Bath/Bristol, followed by nine years at WSP leading the Bristol Structural Engineering team  for the latter two. He is now Partner of the Bristol office of CampbellReith responsible for Civil, Structural, Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental teams. He attained Chartership status through exam and review with both Structural and Civil Engineering Institutions in 2000 and 2001 respectively.

Jamie has successfully lead and delivered a wide range of projects from small, award-winning and innovative timber engineered buildings to high-rise towers and from bespoke private houses to large mixed use residential, commercial and retail schemes throughout the UK, Ireland, Europe and Asia.

He has a keen interest in sustainability, particularly in the environmental and social aspects and will challenge briefs and propose innovation where appropriate to embed these outcomes within all projects. Jamie also has a strong belief that better projects are delivered where there is a strong project team relationship and believes that interdisciplinary understanding and appreciation is key to this and has, throughout his career, applied himself to broadening his own knowledge and that of his teams.


GENERAL COMMITTEE MEMBER
Hugh Nettelfield - Hugh Nettelfield Consultancy

Hugh’s architectural consultancy specialises in providing advice to clients, contractors and communities. His enthusiasm for nurturing a collaborative approach to projects has resulted in many award-winning projects over the years.

As one of Quattro Design’s founding directors, Hugh specialised in delivering high profile community partnership projects; he took responsibility for developing sustainability within the practice and for setting up an ambitious Environmental Management System. Hugh is a founder member of the Localism Network and helps in the valuable work of the Neighbourhood Planning Network.


GENERAL COMMITTEE MEMBER
Dan Birch MEng (Hons) CEng MICE - Arup

Dan is a Senior Structural Engineer with Arup, working locally and internationally on a wide variety of building projects within a range of different client sectors. Since joining Arup in 2000, after graduating from Newcastle University, Dan has worked in the UK on projects varying in size from the new monkey house at Bristol Zoo to Heathrow Terminal 5. Dan also has significant experience in the delivery of schools projects, having led the structural design of BSF schools in Bristol and Kent.

In 2007, Dan moved to Melbourne from where he worked on a number of large scale projects in Singapore. These included an iconic museum located on the harbour front and the roof design for the country’s new national stadium.  He has a keen interest in the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and how this can add value at all stages of a project, by enabling multi-disciplinary working, and delivering increased value to clients.


GENERAL COMMITTEE MEMBER
Mike Conway - Camargue


Mike is an expert in communication and has delivered major b2b campaigns for clients in professional services, waste, energy, construction and property for over 20 years. Mike advises a range of clients in the UK and internationally, on profile raising and corporate positioning, covering a broad spectrum of audiences and creative techniques.   

Alongside the corporate communications work, Mike’s experience includes specialist communications input on bids and tenders, plus managing communications, stakeholder relations and community engagement programmes for major planning projects, including DCOs.   Mike has been a judge on the Construction Marketing Awards for some six years.


GENERAL COMMITTEE MEMBER

Mark Rogers - Turner & Townsend

Mark is a Cost Management Director at Turner & Townsend having worked with the business for 10 years and has over 20 years of delivering projects in the UK, Australia and Russia.  He graduated from the University of West of England with a BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying in 1995 and attained his MRICS qualification in 1999.

Mark’s diverse experience provides him with a detailed understanding of both practical construction issues and the delivery of Cost Management services to add value to client’s projects. Having worked on projects with multiple stakeholders, Mark is commercially aware of the need to balance construction costs, time and business requirements to best suit the asset owners and operator’s needs.  Mark has a strong track record in the Residential, Health and Industrial & Manufacturing Sectors delivered a wide range of facilities including existing building conversion and refurbishment to greenfield new build.  Mark has worked on a number of high value development programmes where he has led Turner & Townsend’s services.