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 38 years in a variety of roles and departments. Joining the Government Property Unit in 2011 (Now the Government Property Agency) , she is currently the Whitehall Campus Lead working with all departments across Whitehall. Aileen previously held the role of Regional Lead for the Western Region and Wales where she had responsibility for strategic development of the Cross Government Hubs programme.  She also works across all government departments helping to drive savings through rationalisation of the mandated civil estate in order to achieve a fit for purpose estate that is best value and contributes to growth. Aileen received an MBE in 2010 for her contribution to charities and is currently a trustee with Citizens Advice and the Irish Community Care Merseyside. She also currently works for Landaid and the Charles Halle Foundation. 

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 has been a partner at Haverstock since 2006 and leads the consultation aspects of all projects. 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. She has led many award-winning projects such as Blackrock Quarry Police Training Centre, Parliament Hill School, Agar Children’s Centre, Knowle DGE  and Columbus School and College.Claire also acts in a Client Advisory role and as a technical advisor on Priority School Building Programme and Free Schools working directly with the EFSA.  She is a Chair of Governors at Thomas Fairchild Community School, Hackney and continues to lecture and tutor on the Part 3 Course. Claire is the partner in charge of Marketing and Environmental procedures and implementation.

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’s specialism, as an associate in BuroHappold Engineering Inclusive Design team, is delivering strategic consultancy to masterplanning and architectural teams, providing a range of services across business sectors for new and existing developments, including design appraisal, technical guidance, access strategy and policy in the UK, Eire and Middle East. 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. David is a Consultant Member of the National Register of Access Consultants and a Certified Interior Designer in the State of California.  He is co-author of the Metric Handbook chapter on access and inclusion and was a contributor to the Olympic Delivery Authority Inclusive Design Standards. He has sat on the judging panel for the RSA Student Design Awards ‘Inclusive Cities’ award and supports the Civic Trust as a Universal Design Assessor and sits on both the Civic Trust Awards and Selwyn Goldsmith Awards Judging Panel.

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.

Isabel Allen (Civic Trust Awards Panel)

Isabel Allen is the Design Director of HAB Housing, a design-led residential development company which she co-founded with Kevin McCloud in 2007. She was the Editor of The Architect’s Journal from 1999 to 2007; a member of the Stirling Prize jury from 2003 to 2006; a consultant to the London Development Agency from 2007 to 2012 and has curated and co-curated a series of national and international exhibitions on urbanism and the public realm. She is an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA.

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.

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 Knight is one of the leading UK architects specialising in the design of bridges and transport infrastructure.  A passionate advocate of the value of good design in infrastructure, he founded specialist bridge designers Knight Architects in 2006.  The practice has achieved widespread recognition in the UK and internationally, including being named Specialist Consultant of the Year in the NCE/ACE Consultants of the Year Awards 2015 and BD Infrastructure Architect of the Year 2017. Knight Architects is known for award-winning projects include the Lower Hatea Crossing in New Zealand, Merchant Square Footbridge in London and the 2.2km-long Mersey Gateway in Runcorn.  Martin is leading his practice’s work on projects as diverse as the East Leeds Orbital Route, the Third Menai Crossing, the replacement of the iconic Pooley Bridge in the Lake District National Park and the competition-winning 1100m-long Kruunusillat Bridge in Helsinki. A Chartered Architect since 2001, Martin was elected a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2016 and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineering in 2019.  He is a Fellow of the International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) and sits on the Design Review Panel of the Design Commission for Wales. 

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.