Julie WhiteChairManaging Director,
D-Drill (Master Drillers) Ltd
Julie is Managing Director of ‘D-Drill’, a diamond drilling and sawing company, and the first woman to chair the Drilling and Sawing Association. She is a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Council, chairs Build UK's Education to Employment group, previously served on the CITB Nation Council and is a past president of the International Association of Concrete Drillers and Sawers (IACDS). She also won ‘Business Woman of the Year’ in 2011.
Paul BrownVice ChairChief Executive Officer,
John Sisk & Son
Paul joined Sisk in 2013 and became Chief Executive in 2022, having previously served as Chief Operating Officer for the UK Construction and Civil Engineering Division. He has led the development of a new corporate strategy, which includes the business committing to becoming a carbon zero company by 2030, and is dedicated to driving a culture of fully empowered teams whilst advocating for innovation and collaboration across the industry.
Paul GandyContractor DirectorChief Executive Officer,
Paul joined Tilbury Douglas (then known as Interserve) in 2019 and has led the re-design and re-branding of the business, which now stands as a leading regional contractor in the public and regulated sectors though its building, mechanical and electrical engineering, and infrastructure arms. He has held senior management positions within several tier one contractors, working on regional and major projects across the public and private sectors.
Gareth LewisContractor DirectorCEO for Construction,
Gareth was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Mace in 2007 and CEO for Construction in 2019. He has established Mace as one of the UK’s leading contractors and increased turnover to over £1.6 billion. With almost 40 years’ experience in the industry, he has been responsible for delivering many iconic projects - such as Heathrow Terminal 5, the Shard and Battersea Power Station - and is committed to making the industry safer, fairer and more productive.
Fabienne VialaContractor DirectorChair and CEO,
Fabienne joined Bouygues UK in 2016 and heads both the contracting and property development businesses, delivering award-winning construction, development and regeneration projects across the public and private sectors. As Board sponsor for ESG, she is a passionate advocate of diversity and inclusion and is driving ambitious targets around climate change and social value, as well as EDI. She is also President of the French Chamber of Great Britain.
David GakharTrade Association (Specialist Contractor) DirectorManaging Director, U&M Group, member of Association of Specialist Underpinning Contractors (ASUC)
David is Managing Director of U&M Group, specialists in underpinning, piling, RC works and structural tying. Having trained as a Chartered Surveyor and Project Manager, he joined the business in 1984 and has twice chaired the Association of Specialist Underpinning Contractors. He has also led sub-committees devising NVQs for Underpinning and Mini Piling Operations.
Matthew NesbitTrade Association (Specialist Contractor) DirectorBoard Director, William Hare Group, member of British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA)
Matthew is a Board Director of William Hare, responsible for client relationship management and the strategic direction of the business, having previously worked for 15 years in the Asset Management industry. He sits on the Steel for Life Advisory Board and is a member of the City Architecture Forum, as well as an Executive Vice President of the Story of Christmas Appeal.
Kay PorterTrade Association (Executive) DirectorChief Executive Officer,
The Tile Association (TTA)
Kay has been actively involved in The Tile Association since its formation and rose to become its Chief Executive Officer. She represents TTA at Build UK meetings, other industry forums, as well as in conversations with DBT, where she has a proven track record of highlighting key issues of industry concern. She has close links to several Build UK Trade Association members, and considerable expertise in product marketing.
Mark RobinsonCo-opted DirectorChief Executive,
Mark was appointed CEO of SCAPE in 2009, which has grown under his leadership to become a market-leading organisation for the public sector, with over 1,600 live projects and commissions valued at £6.5 billion. Having started as a YTS apprentice, he has enjoyed over 30 years in the public sector including Local Government and as Chief Executive of an ALMO, and is a champion of smarter procurement and best practice in efficient construction.