National Panel

The Civic Trust Awards National Panel is a representative group of experts who firstly uphold the integrity and ethos of the Civic Trust Awards, but are also required to make the final decision on the level of awards to be given, ensuring national (and international) consistency.

The main objectives of the group are:

  • To ensure the integrity and ethos of the Civic Trust Awards scheme is maintained
  • To act as a reference group to represent stakeholders and advise on the strategic development and direction of the Civic Trust Awards scheme (including application, assessor and judging criteria)
  • To help to promote, support and provide guidance to the Civic Trust Awards scheme

Each of the National Panel Members have agreed to:

  • Attend National Panel meetings arranged at a suitable frequency 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 Civic Trust Awards scheme 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
  • Ensure the scheme is complementary to other built environment activity and awards

Keith Williams (Chair)

Keith became chair of Civic Trust Awards National 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.

David Prichard

David is a director of Metropolitan Workshop LLP. The practice’s recent work embraces architectural, urban design and regional planning commissions for government agencies, local authorities and major developers in Ireland, Norway, Jordan, Libya, Sudan and the UK. David has been a RIBA external examiner, guest critic and lectured at numerous universities and judged several awards and international competitions. As a Civic Trust Awards assessor for many years, David was invited onto the National Panel of judges which he has chaired since 2004.

Simon Turton

Simon is a Director at Aperis Building Consultancy, a Chartered Building Surveyor and a consultant member of the National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC); he has been involved in Access Consultancy for the last 15 years. He is the current Chair of Management Board of The National Register of Access Consultants and he regularly sits on their interview panel for new members.  Simon is also a member of the RICS Inclusive Environments Working Group.  Through his role at the NRAC, he has been involved in the lobbying of The Government to promote the role and value of Access Consultancy.  His experience comes from a wide variety of differing Client Sectors covering new and existing buildings and he has provided CPD seminars to a variety of organisations and has spoken at national exhibition events, promoting Universal Design and Disability Awareness.   He provides consultancy advice on many areas, including Disability Policies and legislation, with advice on the reasonableness of implementing works related to access improvements.  Advice on the application of best practice is provided for the design of new buildings and its interpretation in relation to existing environments. 

Iain Tuckett MBE

Iain is Group Director of Coin Street Community Builders (CSCB), a development trust and social enterprise which owns and is responsible for developing and managing 13 acres of London’s South Bank.  Iain has overseen all Coin Street developments to date including the refurbishment of Oxo Tower Wharf for mixed uses; Coin Street neighbourhood centre; Gabriel’s Wharf; the completion of the South Bank riverside walkway and laying out of Bernie Spain Gardens; and housing developments for Mulberry, Palm, Redwood and Iroko Housing Co-operatives.  Iain is chairman of South Bank Employers’ Group, a not-for-profit company bringing together 18 major organisations based in the South Bank including Shell International, the London Eye, ITV, Guys & St Thomas's NHS Hospital Trust, Network Rail, Southbank Centre, British Film Institute, National Theatre, Kings College and London South Bank University. Iain was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architecture in 1999 and awarded an Honorary Fellowship at London South Bank University in 2003.   Coin Street Community Builders won the Royal Institute of British Architecture's 2008 Client of the Year Award "for transforming the South Bank by building a genuine community in London's cultural quarter.” For 8 years Iain was a board member of The Young Vic Theatre with responsibility for overseeing the successful re-development of the theatre.  In 2012 Iain received a MBE for services to architecture and regeneration.

Peter Studdert

Peter is an independent adviser on city planning and design based in Cambridge.  Qualified as an architect and town planner, he was formerly Director of Joint Planning for Cambridge’s Growth Areas and Planning Director at Cambridge City Council, where he was involved in a number of award-winning projects including the Accordia housing development that won the Stirling Prize in 2008.  In the early part of his career he worked for the City of Westminster and the London Boroughs of Islington and Tower Hamlets. He chairs Quality Review Panels for the London Legacy Development Corporation and the London Borough of Haringey as well as serving on a number of local design review panels. He is an adviser to Historic England and the Design Council, and is a past Chair of the Historic Towns Forum.  He is an Associate at Cambridge Architectural Research and a member of the Highbury Research Group in Housing and Planning at the University of Westminster. 

Hugh Pearman

Hugh is editor of the RIBA Journal, and an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA. He was instrumental in establishing the Stirling Prize for architecture in 1996. He writes for many other media on architecture, art and design, ranging from RA Magazine to the Spectator, and is a frequent contributor to Architectural Record in the U.S.A. His books include the bestselling “Contemporary World Architecture”, published by Phaidon. Hugh was architecture and design critic of The Sunday Times for 30 years until January 2016, and has served as a vice-president of the Architectural Association and as a Visiting Professor in architecture at the Royal College of Art. 

Aileen Wiswell MBE

Aileen has had a long career in the civil service covering over 35 years in a variety of roles and departments. Joining the Government Property Unit in 2011, she is currently the Regional Lead for the Western Region and Wales where she has responsibility for strategic development of the Cross Government Hubs programme. Aileen works with a large range of LAs to support them in achieving a public sector estate in a locality which is cost effective and support delivery of integrated public services and exploits surplus land and property for growth (part of the OPE 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. The success and benefits of the government’s property policies since 2010 have resulted in reductions of the annual running costs of the government estate by nearly £750m and raising of £1.8b in capital receipts. Aileen received an MBE in 2010 for her contribution to charities and is currently a trustee with a local academy and the Irish Community Care Merseyside.

Chris Harding

Chris, a Principal at BDP, has over 25 years’ experience designing master plans and buildings for all life’s activities. In his role as Chair of the Architectural Profession for the practice he champions a place making for the modern world approach. He was previously Head of the Education Sector for the practice and is particularly passionate about creating user centred environments. His work in has received the highest acclaim winning major design awards including Civic Trust. He has worked on some of the firms major projects ranging from the Channel Tunnel UK Terminal, the All England Lawn Tennis Championship facilitates and multiple education projects including campus master plans and buildings for the University of London, Canterbury Christ Church University, University of Cambridge, University of Bournemouth, University of Sunderland, London South Bank University, Anglia Ruskin University and University of South Wales. Chris regularly speaks at conferences including the OECD Innovative Spaces for Learning International Conference in RIGA, and INTAs Roundtable Design Workshop exploring the transformation of the SGH School of Economics campus in Warsaw, Poland. Chris was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the University of South Wales for his pivotal role in the design and construction of the multi award-winning City Campus in 2012.   

Jane Simpson

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 and CPD committees. Jane has acted as an Inclusive Design Assessor for the Civic Trust Awards for several years and has been a member of the Selwyn Goldsmith Award for Universal Design panel since its inception. 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. 

Neal Charlton

Neal is a Director at Buttress Architects and an AABC registered conservation architect. After receiving a Civic Trust AABC Conservation Award in 2015 for the Glasshouse at Wentworth Castle - Barnsley, Neal was asked to join the AABC Board and judge the Conservation Awards in 2016. In addition, he has joined the National Panel this year.  Neal 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. 

John Davies

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.

Isabel Allen

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.