Management Board

Chris was the Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Building until May 2019 and in 2017 he received an OBE for services to the ‘Construction Industry and Government. Chris has extensive experience in campaigns and initiatives aimed at and successfully improving standards in the construction industry, including helping set up Trustmark – the only government endorsed scheme for consumer protection – with the DTI and a number of trade bodies. 

At SECBE, Chris is interested in promoting the awareness and adoption of CLOCS (Construction Logistics and Community Safety) across the industry.

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.

Natasha Baum

Natasha has extensive experience in both developed and emerging markets within the construction industry, having delivered projects in the UK, Russia and former CIS. Natasha is currently delivering preconstruction project management services for Design and Build projects across Public and Private Sectors. 

Natasha is keen to raise awareness and promote the construction industry to younger people to bridge the skill shortage gap. She is also an active Women in Construction ambassador working on promoting inclusion and diversity within the industry.

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.

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.

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.

Steven is a chartered electrical engineer and fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He has extensive experience within the building services industry, particularly with consultants and contractors. Steven founded Crofton in 2000 and his current responsibilities include leading major framework projects for a number of notable clients. 

Steven is keen to ensure the construction industry faces its challenges in meeting governments construction objectives and the adoption of digital technologies, and he is looking forward to sharing learnings and supporting the work of SECBE.

Simon is a senior consultant with a demonstrable track record in leading organisational transformation, delivering outcomes and services in large and complex multi-stakeholder organisations. 

Simon had spent 25 years at the Environment Agency, working up to Area Director of Operations in water, environment and flood risk management sectors. Simon has a strong commitment to the role of the private sector in delivering public goods, creating benefits to the environment, and enabling the UK’s economic growth. 

Simon is keen to promote collaboration within the construction industry to help solve even the most intractable problems by bringing people together.

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.

Ben is keen to see the construction industry do great things, including promoting and increasing economic and social value.

At Invennt, Ben supports customers to identify value and how to unlock it, through operational improvement, strategic insight, and revealing areas of innovation to claim R&D tax credits. Over the past 12 months, Ben has been involved in a range of projects that have unlocked circa £5m for his clients, and has demonstrated his leadership capability by playing a key role in their expansion into Canada.

As well as driving value in his day job, he looks to play an active role in improving the industry's image and championing the uptake of new technologies to improve the outcomes created by industry. He regularly takes part in industry forums, leading him to be selected by UK Construction Week as a Construction Role Model.

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.

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.

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