The 2021 Judges...more names to be announced soon!

Aaron Reid

Sustainable procurement and D&I specialist

Aaron is a sustainable procurement and D&I specialist who has gained valuable insights from working at the cutting-edge of the agenda in both the public and private sectors. 

He is currently the lead on Balfour Beatty’s sustainable procurement strategy and its award-winning supplier diversity programme. Aaron is also the immediate past chair of Balfour Beatty’s BAME employee network and was responsible for developing Balfour Beatty’s £1bn spending commitment to SMEs, which was recognised by the then prime minister, he also led Balfour Beatty to become the first company in the world to be assessed against the international standard for sustainable procurement (ISO20400).  Aaron is a current and longstanding member of the CITB and CECA Fairness Inclusion and Respect Steering group and Chairs the WMCA Construction Skills Taskforce as well as sitting on the WMCA Skills Board.

He has held senior D&I roles with the London Development Agency (LDA) at Diversity Works for London, and with Advantage West Midlands at Birmingham Professional DiverCity where he worked with blue chip organisations to help them adopt good practice

Asif Sadiq

Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging – Telegraph

Asif is Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging for The Telegraph. Delivering the strategic plan to drive a co-ordinated approach across the business to focus both investment and intent on the broader inclusion agenda. He is a Multi-Award Winning Diversity and Inclusion expert with a proven track record in achieving operational and strategic targets, managing quality, performance, risk and change through promoting equal opportunities and diverse cultures. 

He is a passionate and inspirational leader with the ability to empower individuals and create a truly inclusive environment for all. Asif is key in implementing D&I activities and programmes as well as connecting with stakeholders at all levels to build strong and influential relationships with business leaders and influencers. Asif acts as a role model, providing governance across the business on D&I and cultural change and is committed to creating a strong sense of belonging for all.

Asif has received a number of accolades for his professional and volunteering work that include the Mosaic (Prince’s Trust) Award for mentoring and NAMP Multi Faith Award, Police Officer of the Year Award, European, the Civil Servant of the Year Award, the prestigious Asian Professional Award and the highly commended Head of Diversity Award at the European Diversity Awards. Asif was honoured last year in the Queen’s birthday honours list with an MBE for his services to Policing and the Communities and is a member of the HR Guild and is a Freeman of the City.

He is currently the Chair of the London Hate Crime Board, an Ambassador for Remembering Srebrenica, Member of the APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group) on Hate Crime, Special Advisory to the charity Penny Appeal, a trainer for the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and a Special Sergeant with the City of London Police.

Barry Cullen

Diversity & Inclusion Director, RICS

Barry Cullen has over 20 years’ experience in inspiring, educating and supporting a range of people from a variety of backgrounds into work and careers. Responsible for developing unique programmes and projects that have local and international appeal, Barry’s expertise covers skills, employability, apprenticeships, and helping firms to reap the tangible benefits of a diverse and inclusive workforce.Barry is leading the delivery of RICS’s ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ strategy, which aims to build a 21st century professional body through equality, diversity and inclusion. 

Belinda Blake

EDI Manager, Highways England

Belinda Blake is one of the EDI managers within Highways England. 

She has specific responsibility to support both the business and supply chain in meeting Highways England’s ambition to embed equality, diversity and inclusion in all they do.

Belinda has worked in the equality field for over fifteen years, acting as a critical friend to the private, public and voluntary sectors to improve equality of access, experience and opportunity for employees, customers and communities.

Carys Rowlands

Head of Professional Standards, RIBA

Carys is a barrister and the Head of Professional Standards at the RIBA.

Carys’ work for the RIBA involves professional standards, professional conduct issues, dispute resolution and ethics in architecture. She has written publications in collaboration with the UN Global Compact titled ‘The UN Sustainable Development Goals in Practice’, ‘Ethics in Architectural Practice’ and ‘A Decade of Action’ and she supported the RIBA Ethics and Sustainable Development Commission throughout 2018.

Carys also co-wrote ‘Close the Gap’ – the RIBA’s research and guidance document relating to gender equality in practice. Carys is currently supporting the development of the mandatory competence framework identified in the RIBA’s ‘The Way Ahead’. She is passionate about raising standards of professionalism and driving forward ethical practice through debate and discussion.

Chris Keast


Chris is a Chartered Building Engineer, Fellow of The Chartered Association of Building Engineers, Fellow of Chartered Association of Building and Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.  Following a successful career in the public sector as a Building Surveyor Chris moved into education heading up the Postgraduate Building Surveying course at Nottingham Trent University.

Following an accident in 2006, where he suffered life-changing injuries, Chris became acutely aware that much of the Built environment remains inaccessible for people with disabilities, which has driven much of his current research.

Harish Bhayani

Senior Partner, PRM Diversity Consultants 

Harish has specialised as a diversity consultant, trainer and researcher since 2001.

His expertise is grounded in some 20 years of prior experience working in large corporations such as Exxon Mobil and Deloitte.

Harish has developed leading edge initiatives in areas such as Unconscious Bias, Diversity Strategy, Inclusive Recruitment, Diversity Benchmarking and Supplier Diversity.

Julie Musesoglu

Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Homes England

Julie Musesoglu is Homes England’s Diversity and Inclusion Manager. She began her diversity and inclusion journey in 2013, setting up Build Together; Homes England’s LGBT+ network.

She has since supported the creation of other networks at Homes England, as well a co-founding LGBT+ Property Professionals; a Manchester based network aimed at advancing LGBT+ inclusion in the property sector.

She is a committee member of Greater Manchester’s Building Equality, and a member of Freehold and HouseProud.

As part of her current role as Homes England’s Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Julie is exploring how Homes England can help to further embed equality, diversity and inclusion, both within the Built Environment and through the homes they deliver.

Mara Makoni

External relations lead, AFBE (UK)

Mara is the AFBE (UK) Corporate Partnerships Lead and a member of the England Executive board. She is a consultant with international experience (USA, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, SA) and over 10 years of professional experience. She is a qualified Systems Engineer who has managed and implemented complex projects in energy and transport, from feasibility to completion.  She brings a wealth of experience of operation monitoring and due diligence advisory across sustainable development, renewable energy and transport.  Mara is an active and contributing Member of the Institution of Engineering Technology and plays an active role in, Intelligent Transport Systems UK and AFBE (UK) activities.

Sharon Slinger

Director, Constructing Rainbows

Sharon Slinger is the Director of Constructing Rainbows and works with organisations to improve their business through implementation of diversity and inclusion strategies.

With a background in quantity surveying, Sharon has nearly 20 years’ experience of working in the construction industry for main contractors.

She is a member of the Construction Industry Council Diversity and Inclusion panel, and the RICS Women of the Future Network.

Sharon also co-founded STEER Support & Mentoring CIC, a social enterprise which provide industry mentors for built environment students.

Sharon has won a number of awards for her work in diversity and inclusion.

Livia Williams

Industry Director for Construction YouthBuild Ventures UK

Livia Williams MBA FIoR has over 20 years’ experience working in the construction industry both in private and public sector. She is currently working as Industry Director for Construction at YouthBuild Ventures UK which is a chartered member of the YouthtBuild International, a powerful global NGO leading on the youth movement and advocating for youth opportunity and social justice.

Previously, Livia has had several senior roles in both public and private sector and she has been an inspirational leader passionate about fairness, inclusion and respect as well as ethical leadership and cross sector collaboration.

She has also co-founded the national Women in Roofing Group, an ambitious platform which brings likeminded people together promoting skills and diversity in the roofing sector and driving a positive culture for change. She has not only managed to “break the ceiling”, but she has also helped other women to succeed, inspire them and promote role models in the industry.

Theresa Mohammed

Partner at Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Theresa specialises in contentious construction and joined Trowers & Hamlins in June 2010 from a boutique construction law practice. Theresa was promoted to Partner in 2015. 

Theresa has extensive experience of acting for Employers and Main Contractors, making High Court applications and the Enforcement of Adjudicators’ decisions in the Technology and Construction Court. She is familiar with both standard and bespoke forms of construction contracts. Theresa also has experience of running High Court trials, instructing experts on technical engineering matters, resolving construction disputes through mediation and drafting settlement agreements, claims, defences and adjudication submissions. Theresa has also acted for clients in domestic and international arbitrations and frequently works with international clients in contentious proceedings.

Theresa is a regular speaker at London Build and for the RICS CPD training programme and is a regular contributor to Building Magazine and Construction Manager. 

Theresa is the Chair of the National Association of Women in Construction, is on the Board of Women in Social Housing and was awarded Best Woman in Construction Law at the European Women in Construction & Engineering Awards 2017.

Vanessa Howell

Head of Professional Standards, CIH

Vanessa Howell is head of professional standards at the Chartered Institute of Housing – the sector’s professional body – where she leads on the organisation’s work to equip professionals with the skills, knowledge and expertise they need to excel.

She has worked in education for 25 years and has wide-ranging experience of developing and driving standards of practice across a range of professions.

Vanessa also played a crucial role in helping the government to shape the new housing apprenticeships as part of the trailblazer group and is now driving CIH’s work with employers to maximise the changes to bring through new talent.

Mushtaq Khan

Chief Executive, Housing Diversity Network

Mushtaq is Chief Executive of the Housing Diversity Network, helping organisations and people to develop inclusive and thriving businesses.

He is on the Boards of Manningham HA and Syncora (the commercial arm of Calico Group). He has worked for a number of housing and regeneration organisations throughout his career, as well as running his own consultancy business.

He was previously Director of Commercial Partnerships at the Jigsaw Group as well as Director of Aksa Homes.

He has also worked at a senior level in local authorities for the over fifteen years, including working for large metropolitan councils such as Oldham, Trafford and Lambeth.

Maria Coulter

Managing Director, Construction Coach

With a career spanning over 20 years in the industry as a Quantity Surveyor, Project Manager and Risk Manager, Maria’s interest in personal development led her to become a qualified personal and business coach in 2012.

Maria is passionate about bringing positive and lasting change to the industry and launched Construction Coach in 2014 working with SME’s and micro-businesses to grow themselves, their businesses and their people through coaching and training

Maria is also a Non-Executive Director for the Construction Industry Council and chairs their Diversity and Inclusion panel.

Sam Stacey

Challenge Director – Transforming Construction, UKRI

Sam Stacey is Challenge Director – Transforming Construction at UKRI. He is leading the Transforming Construction challenge, a £170 million research and innovation investment, matched by £250 million from industry, to create new construction processes and techniques for building manufacture in the UK. Linked to the Construction Sector Deal, the programme includes funding for research, a new construction network and the creation of an active building centre and innovation hub.

Before joining UKRI, Sam was Director of Innovation, Industrialisation and Business Improvement at Skanska UK, a Trustee of the Building Research Establishment, and Chairman of the National Platform for Construction. Sam has also worked for Wates Construction and Buro Happold Engineering. He is a Chartered Structural Engineer with an MBA from Henley Business School and degrees in Civil Engineering, Architecture and Philosophy from Imperial College and Cambridge University.