We have hand picked some of the leading figures within the industry to judge this year's awards. More information coming soon.
David’s 20+ years of experience in the railway industry have primarily been spent working closely with new technologies and developments, both within the supply chain and, since 2007, with Network Rail.
His career began as part of the team developing the original WCML Train Control System proposals, which came full circle when he undertook the role of
Programme Engineering Manager for NR’s ETCS and Traffic Management delivery team in Infrastructure Projects. In between these assignments he has
been involved throughout the project lifecycle on a number of infrastructure and systems development projects with a signalling and systems bias but regularly involving multidisciplinary elements, building a breadth of experience and
understanding of project delivery, and leading on adoption and embedding of Systems Engineering principles throughout NR’s project delivery organisation.
His current role heading up the Signalling Innovations Group was a natural
progression, providing the perfect opportunity to support and influence the introduction of new technologies and processes, not just in signalling but for products and design technology across multi-discipline applications.
Responsibilities range from the day to day delivery of infrastructure surveys using the latest technologies designed to remove the workforce from the operational railway, and support of a range of innovative design tools, through to advanced research and development activities looking at adopting the latest technologies from outside the railway industry to achieve further advancements
in design tools and signalling products.
David has also taken on the role of Assurance Lead for the EULYNX project, which brings together a dozen European Infrastructure Managers in developing standardised interfaces between signalling equipment, leading the assurance
activities to enable all IM’s to adopt the specifications directly and shaping the
certification and testing processes that will endorse the systems that implement these interfaces.
Susan is Chief Executive and Founder of Primary Engineer, which she founded in 2005 after training as a graphic designer and later as a secondary school teacher. She has developed a sophisticated programme of award-winning teacher training courses. ranging from one day courses to masters level postgraduate certificates, and has designed national competitions and educational programmes involving some of the best known UK companies, universities, councils and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The programmes reach thousands of teachers and tens of thousands of pupils annually. These programmes have demonstrated significant annual growth addressing issues of diversity and STEM skills.
Susan is the recipient of Honorary degrees from Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Strathclyde in recognition of her work and is the Construction Equipment Association Honorary Patron for Education.
Graham spent the first decade of his working life working for the Crown Agents as an aid project administrator in Africa, principally managing significant capital goods procurement projects.
He then spent 10 years within the marketing department of construction and agricultural manufacturer Case. For the past 13-years, he has been the editor of Earthmovers Magazine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nick is Technical Innovation Director at Balfour Beatty’s Major Projects & Highways division and is a chartered engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers with over 30 years’ experience in civil engineering infrastructure. He is passionate about integrating design and engineering and utilising digital technologies to achieve the best overall solution for all, enabling communication in a common language.
Nick chairs Balfour Beatty’s Safety by Design & Engineering forum, which was established in 2009 to share best practice, lessons learnt and innovations – both technical and digital – across the company and wider industry in the UK and worldwide. He is a member of Balfour Beatty’s Engineering Leadership Group, leading and promoting the use of the latest digital tools and techniques.
Nick is an active participant in various industry and client forums, including the Infrastructure Industry Innovation Platform (i3P), which is leading the way in collaboration across the whole industry, the Temporary Works Forum, and the Construction Industry Research and Information Association.
Patrick is Managing Director of Flannery Plant Hire. He joined the family business in 2001 when it had an annual turnover of £5 million. Working alongside his two brothers, the business has been transformed from a small regional player to the largest provider of operated plant and heavy equipment in the UK, with a turnover of £82 million and five bases nationwide.
The driving ambition of the company is to be forward thinking and embrace innovation, making Flannery Plant Hire a standard-setter in the industry on plant specification that continues to raise the bar. The company was the first to introduce new technologies and safety features such as next generation twin lock hitches, external quick hitch release alarms, 360o cameras and anti-tipping inclinometers. Alongside hybrid plant and the next generation dual view dumpers. the Flannery fleet of over 3,000 assets boasts the latest and most advanced equipment available.
The business is proud to have worked on projects including the Olympic Park, the M25, Heathrow Airport, The Aberdeen Bypass, Crossrail and the A14 improvement scheme.