We have a team of Trustees with years of experience within the construction industry who help guide and advise the senior management team. Find out more about who they are.
Andy Wates Bsc MBA, Chairman
Andy joined the Wates Group in 1995 having spent six years gaining experience of the construction industry with Costain Construction and John Shreeves & Partners. Formerly the Managing Director of Wates Interiors, Andy was appointed to the Wates Group Board in May 2011 and he is also a member of the Remuneration Committee. Andy is Chairman of both the Wates Family Enterprise Trust and the Wates Foundation. He chairs the Wates Investment Partnership, which is the family’s long term investment portfolio outside of the Group.
In 2014 Andy was appointed Chairman of Construction Youth Trust. In the same year he also joined the IFB with UCG Policy Committee. He holds an MBA from Roffey Park Business School.
John Abbott BEng (Tech) CEng MICE MCIOB
John is a Chartered Civil Engineer and also a member of the Chartered Institute of Building. He retired from paid employment recently having spent some 43 years with Kier in the Construction Industry where he became a Construction Director with the London Division. John’s experience covers schools, hospitals, offices, both new build and refurbishment and has included all forms of procurement from traditional through to PFI.
John has, throughout his career, always had an interest in recruiting young people into the industry and has championed and mentored both apprentices and graduates as they have commenced their journeys.
Mathew has worked in the construction industry for over 28 years, the last 25 of which have been predominantly in the affordable housing sector as a client, a contractor and as a consultant. Mathew is the Managing Director and owner of Echelon Consultancy, a leading asset management and procurement consultancy working primarily in the public and private housing sectors. He is also the owner of a framework management company (Pretium Frameworks Limited) that is supporting numerous procurement hubs across the UK and is also a published author.
As well as being a Trustee for CYT, Mathew is also a Trustee for Herts Young Homeless, a charity in Hertfordshire focusing on preventing homelessness through positive intervention. Outside of work, Mathew’s main passion is motorcycle racing and currently sponsors a British Superstock rider in the British Superbikes series.
Victoria Brambini BA (Hons) MRICS
Victoria is a Chartered Surveyor and Managing Director at Perfect Circle, a property, construction and infrastructure consultancy formed as a joint venture to deliver consultancy services to the public sector via Scape Group's Built Environment Consultancy Services (BECS) framework. Leading and expanding the business, she is an advocate of social value driving the use of SMEs in the supply chain, working with local businesses to make greater contributions to government targets.
Prior to joining Perfect Circle in January 2019, as MD at Scape Procure she specialised in driving collaboration and creating value through working with industry leading contractors to deliver projects for the public sector. Having worked in local government for 18 years, Victoria excels in project and team leadership with a broad experience of built enviornment and public service teams, building on her technical foundation of architecture and estate management.
Victoria is a champion in inspiring young people and women into the industry, through coaching individuals and presenting and debating on national and regional platforms, winning the Women in Construction category at the Nottingham Women in Business Awards in 2017.
Stephen Brewer FCIOB, MAPM
As Director of Project Management for Grosvenor, Steve has a successful track record for completing complex and high profile development projects. Seconded full time to the new Defence & National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) project as Construction Executive, and Director of BS Stanford Limited, the operations and management company.
This project will provide future clinical rehabilitation in the UK for the armed forces and the nation. Chairman of the Programme Appointments Panel for the proposed new Royal Artillery Museum and Salisbury Plain Heritage Centre in Wiltshire.
Assad is a solicitor specialising in Projects and Construction and a partner at the specialist real estate law firm, Trowers and Hamlins. He negotiates and drafts building and Engineering contracts and development agreements for commercial clients and public sector bodies.
Assad has particular experience of advising on education sector projects and integrating employment, skills and social value requirements in to project and asset management procurements.
Bill Meredith BA, FCA
Bill Meredith is an audit partner with KPMG and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has worked for KPMG for 29 years and been a partner for 17 years.
Bill specialises in infrastructure and construction businesses and has been the lead audit partner for FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 Businesses.
Mark Southwell BSc, MSc MICE MAPM
Mark has previously worked for client, consultant and contractor organisations gaining 30 years' experience primarily leading major programmes and businesses in the infrastructure and transportation sector. Currently, Mark works as the Managing Director for Civil Infrastructure within AECOM.
He previously led the operations for Jacobs as the Head of Rail and Geotechnical.
Mark enjoys developing teams and organisations and this includes supporting CYT as a Trustee. He is a chartered civil engineer with a post graduate qualification in project management.
Edward joined Sir Robert McAlpine in 2000 having graduated in construction management and engineering from the University of Reading. He has been a Director of Sir Robert McAlpine since 1st March 2009.
Edward has been Chairman of Sir Robert McAlpine's Executive Board since January 2019. He also chairs the company's Remuneration Committee.
Manon is the Development Director of the Major Projects Association, the purpose of which is to improve the initiation and delivery of major projects. Over the past 14 years Manon has been involved in every aspect of delivering that vision: from the production of thought leadership publications to the development of the Major Project Knowledge Hub.
Manon established the Major Projects Association's Gender Balance initiative which frames the issue of diversity as a challenge for the whole sector to improve performance . Through this approach the Association has been able to engage a very male-dominated group of business leaders in a tough conversation, enabling them to take ownership of their own responses. In this capacity Manon also Chairs the Infrastructure Client Group Equality, Diversity and Inclusion group. She is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Women in Construction Summit, serves on the Steering Committee of UCL research study into women in major projects leadership.
As a competitive drug-free power-lifter Manon is used to being in male-dominated environments such as infrastructure. In the 14 years that she has been competing she has won 13 World Championships, 9 European Championships and held 7 World Records and a host of British titles and records.
She is a keen writer and a practiced speaker and Chair. She has written on topics close to her heart in a number of online publications including "Infrastructure Intelligence", "The Guardian" and in online publications as well as via her own blog "Passionate about Powerlifting" and she has contributed to a number of events as speaker and Chair including the Women in Construction Summit 2018; the 2018 and 2019 Oxford Literary Festival; All Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure panel on The Feminist City and the Global Engineering Congress (Oct 2018}.
Since 2017, Russell has been the Head teacher of Robert Clack School in Dagenham, which he attended as a pupil between 1989 and 1996. He gained a first-class degree in economics at Queen Mary and trained as a teacher at the Institute of Education. He joined the Robert Clack staff in 2002 with the intention of making a difference to the lives of young people in the community where he grew up.
Russell lives locally to the school with his family and enjoys spending as much time with them as his job allows! He likes to keep fit, and daily walks with Oscar, his Hungarian Vizsla, facilitates this!
Having started her career as a Quantity Surveyor, Katy is now Executive Vice President at leading development and construction business Skansa UK. She was the 2013 Women in the City Woman of Acheivement and 2015 BIFM Leader of the Year.
Katy is passionate about equality, diversity, inclusion and building for a better society.
Holly has been the Training and Development Director at Keltbray Group since 2007, playing a crucial role in engineering sustainable and considerable growth through getting the right people in the right place at the right time. Holly started her career in the construction industry at just 17, training to be an Engineer, and went on to become Europe’s only female Explosives Engineer in the sector. She is also President of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors.
Holly actively promotes the need to widen the talent pool by embracing diversity and attracting newcomers from all backgrounds to the industry, and she tirelessly campaigns for continuous improvement of industry standards. Having witnessed the challenges that the industry was facing in terms of a potential skills shortage, she decided to move into a more people focussed role and is helping Keltbray go from strength to strength.
Jo Cooke FCIS, Company Secretary
Jo joined CYT in 2004. She studied at Kensington College of Business where she qualified as a Chartered Company Secretary. Following an early career in the construction industry with Wates Group, Jo joined the National Trust as Deputy Secretary in 2006. There she leads the governance team with responsibility for delivering secretariat support to the non-executive community and executive team.