National Judging Panels

The Civic Trust Awards National Judging Panels consist of a representative group of experts who firstly uphold the integrity and ethos of the Civic Trust Awards, Civic Trust AABC Conservation Awards & Selwyn Goldsmith Awards but are also required to make the final decision on the level of awards to be given, ensuring national (and international) consistency.

Each of the Judging Panel Members have agreed to:

  • To ensure the integrity and ethos of the Civic Trust Awards, Civic Trust AABC Conservation Awards & Selwyn Goldsmith Awards schemes is maintained
  • To help to promote, support and provide guidance to the Awards schemes
  • Attend Panel meetings and use email to share interim issues and decisions
  • To comment on operational delivery plans and other governing documents including the communication strategy, publicity and assessor materials
  • Act as champions for the Awards schemes and promote the effectiveness of the scheme in recognising excellence in the built environment and inspiring higher standards of urban design, planning, management and maintenance
  • Help seek sponsorship opportunities for the Civic Trust Awards, Civic Trust AABC Conservation Awards & Selwyn Goldsmith Awards
  • Ensure the scheme is complementary to other built environment activity and awards


Aileen Wiswell MBE (Civic Trust Awards Panel)

Aileen has had a long career in the civil service covering over 40 years in a variety of roles and departments. She is currently a strategic lead at the Intelligent Client Function at Cabinet Office with responsibilities for move/exit plans across Central London buildings specifically Whitehall. She previously worked for the Government Property Unit from 2011 (Now the Government Property Agency) and was responsible for the design and delivery of the Whitehall Campus in line with the Govt Estates Strategy (2018). Aileen also has regional experience previously holding the role of Regional Lead for the Western Region and Wales where she had responsibility for strategic development of the Cross Government Hubs programme. Aileen received an MBE in 2010 for her contribution to charities and is currently a trustee/NED with Citizens Advice, The Halle Orchestra, Makerfield Academy Trust , Irish Community Care Merseyside and Woman of Irish Heritage. 

Albert Taylor (Civic Trust Awards Panel)

Albert grew up between London, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, and received his master’s from Bradford University in the 1980s, before co-founding the design-led engineering practice AKT II (as Adams Kara Taylor) in 1996. Today, he provides technical direction for the firm’s work throughout 50 countries. Highlights include the Bloomberg European Headquarters (Foster + Partners), the upwards extension of South Bank Tower (KPF), the Sainsbury Laboratory for the University of Cambridge (Stanton Williams Architects), and the British Pavilion for Expo 2010 Shanghai (Heatherwick Studio), while Albert’s ongoing work includes the regeneration of Smithfield Market (Stanton Williams Architects and Asif Khan) and the new Google Headquarters in King’s Cross (Heatherwick Studio and BIG). His international portfolio meanwhile ranges from the Central Bank of Iraq (Zaha Hadid Architects) to the new National Cathedral of Ghana (Adjaye Associates). Albert tutors with London’s Architectural Association, and is an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). He also leads AKT II’s work in encouraging young BAME people into STEM careers.

Chris Harding (Civic Trust Awards Panel)

Chris is an architect and has been Chair of BDP since January 2017.  He is responsible for giving direction to the practice and its future vision as a progressive design firm place making for a modern world.  The practice has developed into an international network of city studios which are design hubs in the cities and regions they serve.  He is passionate about collaborative working and breaking down barriers across the built environment.  Chris has enjoyed being part of design team/client collaborations working on major award winning projects for many of life’s activities.  Today the practice is focussed on the challenges of climate change and rapid urbanisation.

Claire Barton (Civic Trust Awards Panel)

Claire is a second generation partner at Haverstock and has practiced architecture since 2000. Claire has a particular strength in her approach to consultation ensuring that on all projects generate positive engagement to support design outcomes and achieve a shared stakeholder solution. Claire has designed and worked on a variety of spiritual, education, community, and transport projects throughout her career at Haverstock. She has a great deal of experience of working with local authorities and client teams with multiple stakeholders within a variety of procurement routes.  As well as providing architectural design, Claire also acts as a client design advisor and provides technical advisor services including for the Department for Education.  Claire has led many award winning projects, including Black Rock Quarry Police Training Centre, Linden Farm Supported Living, The Belham School and The Alexandra Centre. Claire continues to externally examine for the Part 3 Professional Course at the University of Westminster and the University of Brighton.

David Dropkin FRSA (Civic Trust Awards & Selwyn Goldsmith Awards Panel)

As a practitioner with an interest in access, inclusion and user-centric design for over 20 years, David has delivered strategic inclusive design consultancy to master-planning and architectural teams across business sectors for new and existing developments. He has a keen interest in challenging perceptions about disability and believes in delivering projects that embrace seamless provision for disabled and non-disabled people alike. His expertise includes design appraisal, technical guidance, stakeholder involvement and the development of access strategy and policy in the UK and internationally. Co-author of the Metric Handbook chapter on access and inclusion, he is a Consultant Member of the NRAC and a Certified Interior Designer in the State of California, a member of the HS2 Independent Design Panel and a Design Council Expert.

Dearbhail Keating (AABC Conservation Awards Panel)

Dearbhail is a director at John Coward Architects in Cartmel, Cumbria and an AABC registered architect. She also sits on the AABC Board. In 2014 Dearbhail was awarded the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) Lethaby Scholarship. This intensive nine month travelling scholarship allowed Dearbhail to develop her technical understanding of building conservation both practically and philosophically. Her work is focused throughout Cumbria and Yorkshire on both ecclesiastical and secular buildings working with a variety of public and private clients. Dearbhail sat on the SPAB Technical Panel between 2016 and 2018. She also runs the SPAB North of England Regional Group.

Dominique Staindl (Civic Trust Awards Panel)

Dominique is a communications consultant specialising in the built environment for clients in the UK and Australia. Hailing from Melbourne, she holds nearly 10 years’ experience in London working with environmental engineers Max Fordham and as Senior Account Manager at leading PR and communications agency ING Media. Upon landing in the northern hemisphere Dominique began co-managing community group BuildUp, delivering quality networking and events to its 800 members comprising marketing and communications professionals in the built environment. In 2019 she joined the Real Estate Women committee and in 2020 began contributing to the Quality of Life Foundation, all of which she continues her work with today.This is Dominique's third year of being a Civic Trust Awards judge; her experience in the role has helped her shape how she advises her clients. 

Iain McKinnon (Selwyn Goldsmith Awards Panel)

Iain McKinnon has specialised in the creation of inclusive environments since 2005 and has worked on many prestigious projects including the Olympic Park in east London, UK.  He co-founded the Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub) and leads their inclusive design work across research, practice and teaching.  He works internationally and leads GDI Hub’s ‘Inclusive Infrastructure’ research in six cities in developing countries as part of GDI Hub’s UK Aid funded ‘AT2030’ programme that is yielding unique and intersectional outcomes.  Iain also teaches a module, ‘Inclusive Design and Environments’ on GDI Hub’s UCL awarded MSc Disability, Design and Innovation.  A product design engineer by training, Iain is passionate about good inclusive design across all sectors, benefiting all users.  

Isabel Allen (Civic Trust Awards Panel)

Isabel Allen is the editor of Architecture Today and editorial director of Built Environment and Architecture Media and a former editor of  The Architects’ Journal and Citizen magazine. She has won numerous awards for journalism and editing. She took a ten year break from publishing to launch HAB Housing with the broadcaster Kevin McCloud, a volume housing company with the express aim of working with the UK’s best architects and landscape architects to build low-carbon residential projects that allow residents to live more sustainable lives. She also spent three years as Head of Communications for Design for London, Ken Livingstone’s Design and Architecture Unit and has curated and co-curated national and international exhibitions on architecture, urbanism and the public realm including the London’s Largest Living Room at Somerset House, London Open City in Bucharest, the London pavilion at Shanghai Expo and the London pavilion at the Seoul Biennale. She has served on numerous juries for architectural awards including four years as a judge for the Stirling Prize. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Jane Simpson (Selwyn Goldsmith Awards Panel)

Jane is Director of Jane Simpson Access Ltd is an Architect and a consultant member of the National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC). Throughout her career Jane has developed a broad range of expertise, working within a local authority background, private practice and planning department and has over two decades of experience in inclusion. She is a Built Environment Expert Design Council Cabe, is the RIBA’s Specialist Practice Advisor on inclusion, representing the RIBA on the BS8300, UIA Architecture for All group Western Europe region 1, Regulations & Standards, Architects for Change (AfC) and CPD committees. She has acted as an Inclusion Design Assessor for the Civic Trust Awards for several years.  She provides advice on a broad range of issues, often clarifying complex aspects of the Equality Act 2010, the Special Education Needs and Disability Act 2001 and other statutory and legislative information.

John Davies (Civic Trust Awards Panel)

John Davies is the Head of Sustainability at Derwent London plc, and is responsible for creating and leading the company wide sustainability agenda. John is a highly experienced sustainability management professional, and is recognised as an expert in several sectors, in particular commercial property, and has developed and led the creation of many industry leading sustainability programmes and strategies.  He writes extensively in the sustainability press and sits on many industry panels and committees. Prior to joining Derwent London John was Head of Sustainability at Davis Langdon LLP where was responsible for developing and delivering its range of sustainability services and forming strong relationships across its key client base. Before joining Davis Langdon John worked in the client domain as a sustainability advisor on range of major projects and organisations, most notably at BAA plc, where he lead the sustainability agenda within the T5 design phase and the £10bn Capital Projects function.

Josh Fenton (Civic Trust Awards Panel)

Josh is a pr and communications manager advising clients on how to amplify their values and effectively convey their expertise. Josh also has a number of years of experience working in architectural practice working within design-led studios across design stages to secure client value. Josh was one of the inaugural members of the Architecture Foundation's New Architectural Writers Programme with the Architecture Foundation. Following on from this, he has written for architectural publications on topics that are critically important to contemporary practice; including sustainability and community consultation. Josh is also the digital editor for the London Society journal.

Julian Robinson (Civic Trust Awards Panel)

Julian is Director of Estates at the London School of Economics, responsible for the delivery of capital development, facilities and project management. Formerly Project Director of Queen Mary University of London. Projects delivered include an award-winning medical school at Queen Mary and the RIBA London Building of the Year 2014, the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre at LSE. LSE was named AJ100 Client of the Year 2014. Julian was a CABE Enabler, is a Trustee of the Higher Education Design Quality Forum, Trustee of Eko Multi Academy Trust in east London and Vice Chair of the Northbank Business Improvement District. He was made an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA in 2016.

Keith Williams (Civic Trust Awards Panel Chair)

Keith became chair of Civic Trust Awards Judging Panel in December 2015, after first joining the Panel in 2011. He is a chartered architect and urban designer, and is the founder and director of design at Keith Williams Architects in London. Keith’s firm works internationally across a broad range of sectors, and has received nearing 40 national and international design awards for his projects, which include a number of Civic Trust Awards. Noted for his work on cultural and civic buildings, his many projects include inter alia the Unicorn Theatre, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Wexford Opera House, Ireland and the Novium Museum, Chichester. Keith is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a member of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He sits on numerous design review and awards panels, has judged a great many architectural competitions, and his work has been published worldwide. He has lectured widely on architecture and his firm’s work, and in 2009 was made Honorary Visiting Professor of Architecture at Zhengzhou University, China.

Martin Knight (Civic Trust Awards Panel)

Martin is one of the leading UK architects specialising in the design of bridges and transport corridor infrastructure and is a Fellow of the RIBA and the Institution of Civil Engineers and an Honorary Fellow of IStructE. He founded international bridge designers Knight Architects in 2006 and his award-winning practice has completed more than forty bridges in the UK and internationally. Their approach to design has been hailed as innovative and exemplary by bodies including the National Infrastructure Commission and the Design Council in the UK and Baukultur Bundesstiftung in Germany. Martin frequently serves as a client and industry advisor, including as member of the Design Review Panel of the Design Commission for Wales since 2006. He sits on the RIBA International Committee, is a member of the National Judging Panel of the Civic Trust Awards and is a judge for the BCIA Awards and the Structural Awards. He regularly lectures on bridge design and has enjoyed teaching roles at schools and universities in the UK and overseas, including at TU Delft in the Netherlands and as Guest Professor at TU Graz in Austria.

Michelle Horn (Selwyn Goldsmith Awards Panel)

Michelle is a senior access consultant at Arup and a consultant member of the National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC). She is passionate about high quality design and has specialised in accessibility and inclusive design for over 18 years, working in an architects practice, Local Authority and at the Centre of Accessible Environments. Michelle has significant experience working on listed buildings and regeneration schemes as well as providing design appraisals, writing inclusive design standards and providing technical guidance. She has been an active member of the London Region of the Access Association for a number of years and was a co-author of the wheelchair housing design guide 3rd edition.

Neal Charlton (Civic Trust Awards & AABC Conservation Awards Panel)

Neal is a Director at Buttress Architects and an AABC registered conservation architect. After receiving a Civic Trust AABC Conservation Award in 2015, Neal was asked to join the AABC Board and judge the Conservation Awards in 2016. Neal also represents conservation at the Civic Trust Awards Judging Panel. He has undertaken many projects in sensitive historic environments, including modern interventions on scheduled monuments. The Buttress studio’s work includes the public and private sectors, the urban and the rural, the residential and commercial, the traditional and the contemporary, and is internationally renowned for exceptional skills in heritage and conservation. 

Neil Burton (AABC Conservation Awards Panel)

Neil has been a director of The Architectural History Practice since 2001. He is an architectural historian with over thirty-five years experience of the listed building and planning control process. After reading History at Oxford and History of Art at Edinburgh Neil began work for the Council for Places of Worship, assessing the architectural merit of redundant churches, and then joined the Greater London Council Historic Buildings Division as a member of the historians’ team. After the abolition of the GLC he became an Inspector of Historic Buildings within English Heritage, at first with responsibility for churches in the north of England and subsequently for all buildings in the East Midlands region. In 1994 he left English Heritage to become Secretary of the Georgian Group, one of the national architectural Amenity Societies, where he remained until joining AHP.

Rachel Glenny (Selwyn Goldsmith Awards Panel)

Rachel qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1970, and went on to complete an MSc in Pain at Kings College London in 2003/4.  She first became interested in design for special needs in her work with Social Services when the concept of Inclusive design was in its infancy. She was able to further this interest over 20 years whilst writing Rehabilitation Cost Reports for the Courts, identifying the additional needs of people who had suffered trauma and loss of function as a result of accidents. She worked in private practise where she became involved with Housing Associations, Care Homes and  Architects advising on special equipment and design, usually  for individual needs.  She has been a Universal Design Assessor for the Civic Trust Awards since 2010.

Simon Malam (AABC Conservation Awards Panel)

Simon is a Practice Director at Donald Insall Associates, an AABC registered architect and AABC Board member.  He has 18 years’ experience working as a conservation architect on the repair, alteration and adaptation of some of the country’s most important historic buildings.  His specialisms include timber-framed structures and places of worship, and he is incumbent architect at Bangor Cathedral.

Simon Turton (Selwyn Goldsmith Awards Panel Chair)

Simon is a Director at Aperis Building Consultancy, a Chartered Building Surveyor and has been involved in Access Consultancy for the last 20 years. His experience comes from a wide variety of differing Client Sectors covering new and existing buildings.  He was the immediate past Chair of The Advisory Group of The National Register of Access Consultants and he regularly sits on their interview panel for new members.  Simon has provided CPD seminars to a variety of organisations and has spoken at national exhibition events, promoting Universal Design and Disability Awareness.   Through his role at the NRAC, he has also been involved in the lobbying of Government to promote the role and value of Access Consultancy.  He provides consultancy advice on many areas, including Disability Policies and legislation, with advice on the reasonableness of implementing works related to access improvements.  Simon is also a visiting Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University where he is part of the Property Management and Development faculty delivering lectures to the Building Surveying Undergraduates

Teresa Rumble (Selwyn Goldsmith Awards Panel)

Teresa has a BA in 3-Dimensional Design, MA in Gender and Society and a City and Guilds qualification in Garden Design. She has worked in access since 2015, first with the National Register of Access Consultants and, since 2016, within the Centre for Accessible Environments. Now a Senior Access Advisor, Teresa has extensive experience of access assessments, inclusive design standards, design appraisals and access audits of listed and heritage buildings; museums and galleries; offices; education campuses; railway stations; external environments; parks and gardens, and believes that inclusion is about creativity. Teresa’s career background includes 14 years of temporary exhibition and permanent gallery design work at the British Museum in London, and has particularly applied this to the creation of inclusive visitor experiences.