2024 National Judging Panel Members
The Civic Trust Awards National Judging Panel Members are a representative group of experts who uphold the integrity and ethos of the Civic Trust Awards, AABC Conservation Awards & Selwyn Goldsmith Awards.
Each year, they scrutinise projects which have been deemed successful in their regions, before making the final decision on which of the Regional Finalists are to receive National/International Civic Trust Awards or are Highly Commended.
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
- Act as champions for the Awards schemes and promote the effectiveness of the scheme in recognising excellence in the built environment
- 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
We are proud that our National Judging Panel Members come from a wide range of backgrounds and industries, with skills and experience not only in architecture and design. This year’s judges bring expertise in areas such as masterplanning, urbanism, planning, sustainability, infrastructure, education, conservation, public realm, communications, journalism, housing, access, inclusion, project management, engineering, local government, regeneration and historical buildings…and many more.
Adina Bisek (Civic Trust Awards Panel)
Adina is a Grimshaw Principal and is skilled in Masterplanning, Urbanism, Sustainable Design, City design and planning, and Residential layout and design. She has a particular current focus on Airport urbanism, Infrastructure and cities and Community focussed design.
Adina has a Masters in Architecture focused on Urban Design from The University of Texas at Austin. along with a Bachelor in Architecture from Delhi, India.
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.
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 fourth year of being a Civic Trust Awards judge; her experience in the role has helped her shape how she advises her clients.
Eleanor Young (Civic Trust Awards Panel)
Eleanor is interested in the good-everyday and the extraordinary in architecture. As editor of the RIBA Journal, she visits the best UK buildings and interviews the most interesting people in the world of construction and design. She leads on editorial development prioritising climate action and the RIBA Journal's focus on design in the making.
Her background is in journalism having worked on tech magazines and later The Architects’ Journal, while studying for her MSc in architectural history at The Bartlett (UCL). Eleanor was a founding director of the Milton Keynes architecture centre, has been a board member of housing provider Circle 33 and regularly chairs events and roundtables.
Hari Phillips (Civic Trust Awards Panel)
Hari is a Founding Director of Bell Phillips, an architecture practice founded in 2004 with a strong reputation particularly in the delivery of local authority housing. Their work has been recognised with multiple awards including Civic Trust and RIBA National Awards and has been featured in multiple books and publications. Notable projects include Gasholder Park in King’s Cross, Marklake Court in Southwark, Greenwich Housing and pavilions in Southwark Park and Elephant Park.
Hari is co-chair of LLDC’s Quality Review Panel and Chair of the Camden Design Review Panel.
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.
Iain 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.
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.
Laura Stephenson (Civic Trust Awards Panel)
Laura is a Director at Allford Hall Monaghan Morris with over twenty years’ experience practising as an architect across a range of sectors.
Laura has played a key role and delivered a number of award-winning projects at AHMM including the Stirling Prize Shortlisted Westminster Academy and the William Street Quarter Masterplan in Barking, the first privately funded social housing scheme in the UK which was built using offsite construction.
Over the past ten years, Laura has focused on leading projects of a significant scale and complexity. This includes public sector projects which involve the transformation of listed buildings including the refurbishment of BBC Studios 1 to 3 at the world-renowned Television Centre where she oversaw the transformation of the Grade II listed building into new state-of-the-art broadcasting studios. Most recently Laura led the team working on proposals for a temporary House of Commons at Richmond House for UK Parliament.
Louise Priestman (AABC Conservation Awards Panel)
Louise is an IHBC and AABC conservation accredited architect specialising in ecclesiastical buildings and the sensitive conversion and restoration of historic buildings. She is Cathedral Architect to Blackburn Cathedral and is inspecting architect for a selection churches within the north. Louise has previously worked on the conservation of The Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben), Drapers Livery Hall and Huddersfield Train Station. She is now working on several church repair and re-ordering projects, as well as the conversion of a castle into a hotel. Louise is on the Fabric Advisory Committee of Ripon Cathedral and the AABC Management Team.
Malcolm Hankey (Civic Trust Awards)
Malcolm is a Director of BlueLight Management Ltd and is a civil engineer and specialist project manager. He is highly experienced in the management and delivery of flood defence programmes, major complex construction and engineering projects, with particular emphasis on project strategy/turnaround solutions for distressed projects, defects remediation, compliance solutions and legal/contractual disputes.
His expertise is in project delivery, commercial management, contract management, design management, defects management and legal management, providing a combination of services that deliver solutions to clients that are typically experiencing programme and commercial slippage or technical and/or contractual disputes. Malcolm gained a LLB (Hons) in Law in 2003, and was made an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA in 2012 in recognition of him rescuing the Civic Trust Awards scheme.
Malcolm is also the Executive Director of the Civic Trust Awards, having been involved with the scheme for over 20 years.
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.
Neil Smith (Civic Trust Awards & Selwyn Goldsmith Awards Panel)
Neil is the current Chair of the London Legacy Development Corporation’s (LLDC) Built Environment Access Panel (BEAP) and one of the Mayor of London’s Design Advocate promoting Good Growth by Design. He is the Inclusive Design Lead for HS2 Ltd and prior to that he was with Buro Happold Engineers for over 10 years, where he led the Inclusive Design team. Thanks to the team at Buro Happold his son was the first wheelchair user over the O2 Dome in Greenwich. He has worked for the Mayor of London, sitting in the strategic planning team as the Principal Access Officer and was the Head of Consultancy and Training at the Centre for Accessible Environments. He is the principal author of the Mayor’s Supplementary Planning Guidance ‘Accessible London: achieving an inclusive environment’, and the London 2012 Games and 2019 LLDC’s ‘Inclusive Design Standards’. He sits on the Advisory Group of the National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC) and represents the NRAC on the British Standards Institute Committee B/559 - Design of an Accessible and Inclusive Environment and the and the Construction Industry Council’s Diversity and Inclusion Panel.
Ngozi N Ugoji (Selwyn Goldsmith Awards Panel)
Ngozi is a highly proficient and certified project / programme leadership and management professional with a positively diverse career path and work experience across functions, sectors and industries. With a Master degree in Architecture and over 25 years of experience in management and leadership, Ngozi has taken on technical advisory roles for sustainable business growth and transformation, organizational strengthening and reform as well as project management roles on high profile construction projects.
Ngozi has continued to volunteer her time as a Universal Design Assessor for the SGA CTA since 2011 and was also a volunteer assessor in the recently concluded assessments this year 2023. She is a member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) and a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC).
Ngozi is passionate about promoting the ethos of accessible built environments including in emerging economies and, has delivered training and webinars on the subject for IAAP and other public and private sector organisations.
She is an empathetic and visionary leader with a strong affinity to the ethos of empowering individuals and groups, particularly the underrepresented and marginalized groups. A seasoned Accessibility Consultant, effective advocate, creator and implementer of diversity, equity and inclusion DEI initiatives.
Pascal Wensink (Civic Trust Awards Panel)
Pascal is EPR architects design director and oversees a diverse portfolio of building typologies including residential, workplace and complex mixed-use developments. He worked for several architectural practices in the UK and abroad and ran his own design studio in London prior to joining EPR in 1995. Pascal is responsible for one of London’s most significant regeneration projects, Ram Quarter in Wandsworth. The masterplan has preserved the strong brewing heritage of the historic site and created a new urban quarter in the heart of Wandsworth. He has worked closely with Open City to increase the prominence of architecture on the national curriculum and is also a judge for the ‘What House’ and ‘Homes Overseas’ Awards, a judge for the WAN Awards and has been a Civic Trust Awards Regional Assessor for many years.
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.