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 Science, Engineering and Environment at the University of Salford.

Jared Allen

Director of Capital Programmes, Manchester City Council

Jared is responsible for the direct delivery of Manchester City Councils construction activities and the management of the City’s £1.4bn Capital Programme. He has over 20 years of Director level management experience and over 30 years of property andconstruction experience. Jared is Chair of the NWCH Board.

Gwen Beeken

Managing Director, Procure Plus

With a passion for collaboration and continuous improvement, Gwen is MD of Procure Plus, set up by the social housing sector to support them in improving their homes and communities.

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 City Enterprise Zone.

James Flannery

Member of the Liverpool City Region Built Environment Board

James has 25 years experience in specialist market sectors in Construction, Education and Regeneration. He is a member of the Liverpool City Region Metro Mayors Skills Commission and is a member of the Nation Council for the Sector Skills Council for the construction industry.

Lucy Farrer

Generation 4 Change (G4C) North West

Lucy is a Project Quantity Surveyor at Solomons Europe LTD. She provides commercial and contractual support services on various infrastructure projects. Having studied law and working in residential/commercial conveyancing and private client sectors, Lucy remains determined to apply best practice advocated by various professional bodies.

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.

John Marland

Director of Building & Construction, Bruntwood

John is responsible for all construction activity that Bruntwood and its subsidiaries undertake. He has overseen the challenge of delivering many significant projects through the pandemic with the recent completion of Circle Square in Manchester being a particular highlight.

Charmaine O’Connor

Regional Chairman, National Federation of Demolition Contractors

Charmaine has developed and implemented a growth strategy across the civil engineering business specialising in bulk earthworks, remediation, complex demolition and deconstruction, sustainable disposal and aggregate supply.

Susan Patterson

Member of the Liverpool Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Built Environment Board

From a career working with contractors, Sue is now industrial liaison lead for the Construction Sector at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (The MTC). With UK government support the MTC is supporting a vision of a world-leading construction and infrastructure sector, delivering long-term environmental, economic, and social benefits for the UK.

Dr Michael Potts

Head of Regulatory Procurement and Purchasing at United Utilities

Mike is a specialist in procurement and organisational change. He is responsible for the delivery of all procurement activity within the regulated UU business, inclusive of the purchasing team, policy & governance and strategic projects.

Brian Quinn

Non Exec Director, Seddon Construction

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

Emeritus professor at the School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment, Liverpool John Moores University, Andrew is an author, pubic speaker and a construction industry consultant. His scholarly interests lie in the area of financial management and main contractor/supply chain relationships.

Professor Jason Underwood

Constructing Excellence Manchester Best Practice Club

Jason is a Professor in Construction ICT & Digital Built Environments at the University of Salford and Programme Director of the MSc. in Building Information Modelling (BIM) & Digital Built Environments. He is also Chair of the UK BIM Academic Forum.