The Judging Panel for the JCT Student Competition has now been announced. See below to view details about this year’s judges:
Tony Bingham is a barrister and arbitrator at 3 Paper Buildings Temple, and is best-known as the legal columnist for Building magazine, which he has done for the last 25 years, and for his role in the Channel 4 series Don’t blame the builder. He was called to the Bar in 1992, completing his pupillage at 3 Paper Buildings, Temple, London, subsequently becoming a full member of chambers, where he has been ever since. He is a visiting lecturer at Reading University, College of Estate Management, and since 1996, he has been training new adjudicators for the CIArb and the Chartered Institute of Building.
Neil Gower is a solicitor and Chief Executive of the Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT). He was responsible for the launch of JCT’s successful Education and Training Initiative, which is now supported by JCT Contracts Discovery, a standard education and learning module on JCT contracts. Neil is a judge on the Construction News Specialist awards. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1984 and spent his early years in private practice dealing with commercial and residential property work and then moved to the Law Society as its property specialist. Neil has been heavily involved in the development of both standardised legal documentation and on line services, including the National Land Information Service and is leading JCT’s development of a new range of online services to meet the needs of the construction industry.
Alan Jones joined the College of Estate Management (CEM) in April 2012 and is course leader for the BSc in Building Services Quantity Surveying course. He also leads the RICS Professional Membership APC Adaptation Route 1 programme and the RICS Associate 600/900 hours study programme. Prior to joining CEM, Alan worked in both the public and private sectors dealing with all aspects of quantity surveying. His previous posts include the Strategic Property Adviser to the States of Guernsey Government and Head of Asset Management and Property Services at the Borough of Poole. Alan’s experience of teaching in higher education includes a role as senior lecturer at Southampton Institute (now Solent University), where he delivered measurement, contract law and construction economics modules for higher diploma and honours degree courses.
Daniel Kemp is features editor at Construction News. He covers a range of topics for the title’s website and magazine, including regular features on sustainability and the supply chain, and edits the publication’s legal section. Daniel also writes a number of Construction News’ weekly project reports, visiting sites in person to report on the technical challenges that contractors face, and covers innovation and technology for the magazine. He is the current International Building Press Construction/Infrastructure Writer of the Year. Prior to joining CN, Daniel worked in Sydney, Australia for UGL Limited, carrying out technical writing and providing other support to the company’s operations and maintenance bid team.
Christine Townley is a chartered civil engineer with experience in both construction and education having supervised major construction projects and helped in the development of national adult skills projects for the Basic Skills Agency. Combining these two passions, Christine is now the Executive Director of Construction Youth Trust, a charity working with industry to support young people from all backgrounds to inspire and enable the next generation of constructors.