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. 

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.

Natasha Baum

Natasha was co-opted onto the SECBE board in July 2018 for one year as winner of the G4C Future Leader at the 2018 Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards.  Joining Willmott Dixon four years ago as a sustainability manager, she successfully transitioned into her current role as Senior Project Manager with responsibility for project delivery in the preconstruction phase. Whether it is a £10m or £40m scheme; Natasha demonstrates the same focus, attention to detail and a positive and proactive approach. She understands the drivers of different audiences and can tailor her message – from inspirational pledges in bid submissions and tender interviews to practical solutions and technical advice in project meetings.

Ian Bailey

Ian is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Registered European Engineer, Registered PRINCE2 Practitioner, Member of the Association for Project Management and a Member of the Institute of Directors. His early career was spent in design and delivery of major infrastructure projects before a passion for Project Management led him into delivery of programmes of work for central and local government, the NHS and the commercial sector. Ian is responsible for developing business in the public sector, particularly health, education, residential and heritage. He also leads on Artelia’s Project Management Excellence initiative which has taken the company to Accredited status of the APM for its Project Management Development Programme. Ian runs Artelia’s Graduate Recruitment Programme, which targets not just graduates but technical apprentices too, and is mentoring a new generation of project managers and industry leaders, helping them gain Chartered Project Professional status.

David Weare

David started his career as a Legal Advisor to Trafalgar House Construction Limited and since has been at the forefront of many key developments in construction and commercial law. He provided input and views into Sir Michael Latham’s review of the Housing Grants Construction Regeneration Act 1996 and worked with the Construction industry Council on its first BIM protocol. Fladgate was actively involved in the extensive enquiries and reviews following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower and works closely with CIC and APS on related health and safety issues. David’s extensive construction law experience covers all industry sectors, PFI/PPP, renewable energy, infrastructure and the procurement and development of high rise commercial buildings. For the past four years, David has sat on the judging panel for the Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards and Fladgate continue to sponsor the awards Judging Day at their offices in London.

Kevin Ford

Kevin is an experienced construction logistics professional, committed to the development of new techniques and the adoption of main stream logistics practices to promote safety and efficiencies. He was the first known Traffic Manager within the Construction Logistics sector and the first to become a qualified Traffic Engineer to drive the adoption of highway engineering practices to the temporary construction site environment, providing technically proven site level planning. Kevin is originator and author of the CITB operated ‘Take Control Vehicle Marshall’ course and author of the original ‘High Speed Two Construction Logistics Strategy’ and is also an active member of the CLOCS Working Group, Construction Logistics Improvement Group and CILT Construction Supply Chain Forum.

Malcolm Clarke

Malcolm joined Baxall as a Contracts Manager in 1986 where he was instrumental in the successful management and delivery of multiple education, high quality residential and commercial projects. Within a year, Malcolm was promoted to Contracts Director and Managing Director thereafter, having since developed the role above and beyond a headship function. As a well-known and respected name across the industry, Malcolm was a key figure with the National Federation of Builders (NFB) with whom he has progressed from local membership to National Chairman. His active involvement has included representation at National and European Government levels and ongoing support for SMEs and localism.

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