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INNOVATION AWARDS 2020

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The Judges

Meet our industry leading judging panel

We have hand picked some of the leading figures within the industry to judge this year's awards. Find out a bit more about each of our judges below.

Carol Hardingham

Environmental Lead Skanska A14 Integrated Delivery Team

Heather Bryant

Health Safety Environment and Sustainability Director - Balfour Beatty

Heather is Balfour Beatty’s Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability Director. She is responsible for a team of over 300 safety professionals helping the company drive towards 

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Zero Harm – zero accidents and ill-health caused by our work activities – as well as championing the delivery of the Blueprint for environment, sustainability and social value.

Heather joined Balfour Beatty from the Health and Safety Executive, the national independent regulator for work-related health and safety, in September 2014 where she was HM Chief Inspector of Construction responsible for strategy, policy and field operations across Great Britain. 

Heather is passionate about treating health like safety and is a founder member and co-chair of the UK wide Health in Construction Leadership Group and a Trustee of Mates in 

Mind the charity.

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Ian Elliott

UK Group Head of Security, Clancy Docwra

After serving for 30 years with the Metropolitan Police Service – including with the Specialist Crime Directorate at Scotland Yard working in partnership with industry to design and create systems to combat organised crime – Ian is now employed by major utilities company Clancy Docwra as Group Head of Security. 

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Ian was the driving force behind the CESAR Home Office and ACPO-accredited plant machinery marking scheme and the creation of the industry-funded Police Plant and Agricultural National Intelligence Unit. He currently sits on the board of the Combined Industries Theft Solution forum (CITS), working to protect industry from criminal enterprises.

His day job involves protecting his company and client assets from a multitude of threats.

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Margo Cole

Engineer and Journalist

Margo is a very experienced writer and editor who specialises in construction, infrastructure, transport and heavy equipment. She trained as a civil engineer before becoming a journalist, and has also studied psychology to Masters level. During a 25-year career in journalism Margo has worked on a range of business magazines, journals and websites, as well as for PR agencies, trade bodies and blue-chip companies.

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For the last 10 years Margo has been a specialist judge for the Evening Standard New Homes Awards, and she has also been part of the judging panel for the ACE/NCE Young Engineer and Consultant of the Year Awards, as well as the heavy Haulage industry’s annual awards, The Heavies.

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Mark Lawton

Skanska Chief Engineering Surveyor

Mark Lawton is Skanska UK’s Infrastructure Chief Engineering Surveyor his role is Skanska Engineering surveying department head, and A14 lead survey manger.

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Mark has worked in the construction industry for most of his working life. Mark has assisted in the building of many large civil engineering projects covering highways, tunnels, rail, oil and gas refineries and water treatment plants. Mark gained Chartered Engineer status through the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineers and uses his experience and knowledge to assist academia in the education of Engineering survey, and how it is used in industry. 

Mark leads and chair a number of groups that are related to Academia, Professional membership, and best practice for the industry. Since November 2016, he has been working on the £1.5B A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement as part of the A14 Integrated Delivery Team as the lead survey manager.

He has deployed a variety of geospatial technologies to improve the efficiency, quality and safety of our engineering tasks. This ranges from site survey control to asbuilt scanning and handover, using GPS/GNSS/Total station/laser scanning/drone/AR /3DMC.

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Paul Whitehead

Highways England Category Manager for Construction Plant

Peter Brown

CPA Technical & Development Manager

Peter has an extensive background in plant and industrial technical-based operations, maintenance and educational activities, starting out as an apprentice R & D mechanic in plant and machinery engineering before joining the company’s training department as a trainer and product specialist.

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Following a period operating plant in industry, he spent a number of years in further education as a lecturer in plant-based education and training before taking up employment at the CITB, working as a standard-setter for plant occupational standards, qualifications, certification and training, and latterly as the CPCS Product Manager.

Peter joined the CPA in 2016 as the Technical Manager, helping members with their technical and health and safety queries as well as co-writing, developing and overseeing the association’s publications including Chairing the Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group, which produces plant-based safe-use guidance publications for the whole of the construction industry. He further chairs a number of CITB working groups and leading on the development of a number of the trailblazer apprenticeships.

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