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. He is a Trustee of the Wates Family Enterprise Trust. Andy 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, a Chartered Member of the Institute of Building and is a Director with Kier London. John currently leads the preconstruction team at Kier London and actively supports and mentors young trainees and graduates in the business.
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.
Dr John Connaughton BSc PhD MRICS CEnv
John is Head of Davis Langdon Management Consulting and is also responsible for the development and delivery of the firm’s Sustainability Services. He is currently a member of the UK Green Building Council Task Force (Core Group) on the Code for Sustainable Buildings.
Richard Laudy LLB
Richard is a qualified lawyer working in the construction and engineering industry, dealing with advisory work and procurement strategies. He is currently the Construction Partner at Pinsent Masons, and has been with the firm since 1985.
Jane Nelson MSc
Jane Nelson has worked in the construction / building maintenance sector for 30 years. Starting her career as a trainee painter and decorator, she is now is an Executive Director of Mears Group, the largest provider of building maintenance to social housing in the country.
Mark Southwell BSc, MSc MICE MAPM
Mark is a Chartered Civil Engineer working predominately in the Rail Sector for nearly 30 years working in the client, consultant and contractor organisations. Mark joined CH2M as Rail Director Europe in January 2016.
With 25 years experience in main contracting, Terry has worked extensively across all markets in both the private and public sector. Terry joined Mace Plus as Construction Director in May 2005 and is a member of the Mace Construction Board.
Michelle has been in construction for 23 years managing the design and construction of large scale projects from inception through to completion. Michelle is now Director of Quality and Compliance at Associated British Ports.
Jo Cooke ACIS, Company Secretary
Jo studied at Kensington College of Business where she qualified as a Chartered Company Secretary. She joined Construction Youth Trust as Company Secretary in 2004. Following an early career in the construction industry with Wates Group, Jo was appointed Deputy Secretary at the National Trust in 2006. There she leads the governance team with responsibility for delivering day to day secretariat services to the Board, Council, Executive Team and governance community. Jo is also responsible for overseeing the National Trust’s Council elections and is project manager for the members’ Annual General Meeting.