Management Board

Bob Heathfield – SECBE Chairman 

Bob has been Managing Director, Chief Executive and Chairman of leading construction companies, including Trafalgar House (UK Construction) and Ballast UK. In 2001 Bob formed his own consultancy (Novare), became Chairman of Appleyards Consulting in 2002 and later director of Artelia Projects UK Ltd. He is a Non-Executive Director of Bennett Construction and Independent Chairman of Optimise.  Bob played key roles within the Major Contractors Group, Construction Confederation, was President of the Chartered Institute of Building. He was a senior member of the ODA’s Independent Dispute Avoidance Panel, and Independent Chairman of the ODA's Health Safety and Leadership Team. 

Jonathan Rickard

Chartered Architect with more than 25 years’ experience in practice, currently working as an 'informed client' as part of a highly successful Development Team at Radian delivering a programme of 600 homes each year for sale, market rent and affordable rent throughout the South of England. Really enjoys combining his passion for design, sustainability, with architectural and project management skills; bringing a commercially focused approach to commissioning and delivering high quality developments. Jonathan leads SECBE strategic discussions on: offsite manufacturing (large scale solutions to deliver housing numbers without compromising quality); delivering value for money in construction through risk free development programmes that deliver flexibility, quality, profit & competitiveness for all; and better defining the product to deliver outstanding whole life cost and performance of our future assets.

Jacqueline O’Donovan

Jacqueline is MD of O’Donovan Waste Disposal, one of London’s leading waste management companies. She’s a passionate businesswoman who believes in leading by example. Her recognitions include IoD’s Family Director of the Year, FTA Everywoman in Transport & Logistics Award and Outstanding Woman in Construction Award. Jacqueline was the driving force behind O’Donovans being one of the first construction firms to become a CLOCS (Construction Logistics and Community Safety) champion and has achieved Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) Gold accreditation for the fifth consecutive year. 

Ian Lyon

Ian joined Oxford Properties in 2013 as Project Management Director with responsibility for delivery of Oxford’s development portfolio (currently £500m). Ian was with John Laing Construction (latterly Laing O’Rourke) from 1984-2007, then with M3 Consulting as development manager until 2013. Ian’s greatest character trait is questioning and is also passionate about training and individual development. Ian leads SECBE strategic discussions on pre-fabrication /design for manufacture and the challenges the construction industry faces on training.

Keith Whitmore 

Keith’s commitment & experience in delivering world class major retail & leisure space aligns perfectly with SECBE’s core values of inspiration, innovation and collaboration.

His broad experience includes the construction of commercial, retail and industrial units, roads, underground reservoirs, sewage works, infrastructure, building and civil engineering works including flood relief schemes. Keith joined Westfield Group in 2005 to build and develop a construction capability in the UK and his success is reflected in the world’s largest shopping centres, Westfield London and Stratford City, and a strong development pipeline including new developments in Croydon and Milan.

Despite his demanding complex and strategic responsibilities, he keeps close to day-to-day operations and still finds time to take on roles where he feels he can make a contribution to positive change in the industry.

David Miller

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.

Bill Flood

Through his 25 years in the housing sector, Bill has built up a wide knowledge of affordable housing from across the sector and developed expertise in commercial housing development, project management, housing strategy, change management and leadership. Bill is currently Managing Director of Wokingham Borough Council’s (WBC) three Local Housing Companies - Wokingham Housing Limited (WHL), a housing development company; Loddon Homes, a new For-Profit Registered Provider (FPRP); and Berry Brook Homes. Bill joined WHL from Grainger Trust, Grainger plc’s FPRP, where he led Grainger’s first moves into affordable housing as their Project Director. Prior to this, Bill worked in senior roles in both the Housing Association and Local Government sectors. Bill seeks to lead SECBE strategic discussions on getting Local Authorities to build more homes and play a greater part in achieving the number of annual housing completions the Country needs, as well as getting the right mix of build price to build quality.

Mike Heptonstall

Mike was co-opted onto the SECBE board member in July 2017 for one year as winner of the Young Achiever in the 2017 Constructing Excellence London & South East Awards.  He specialises in project management for the UK’s largest infrastructure projects.  He is also the operations and investment lead for Turner & Townsend’s infrastructure project management business in London.  The judges voted for Mike because they felt he had great potential to become a future leader in the industry. He demonstrates excellent all-round skills and ability as a Project Manager and also the soft skills and empathy required of a leader.   Mike is one of the industry’s rising stars and certain to bring many fresh ideas and contagious enthusiasm to the SECBE board, particularly focused on driving innovation and inspiring many more high ability young people to choose a rewarding construction career.

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