Who we are

Officers June 2017

Phil Wilbraham, Co-Chair

Director of Expansion for Heathrow Airport Ltd, where he has worked for over 15 years as a champion of collaborative working and intelligent client capability. Phil is also a leading member of the Infrastructure and Project Authority’s Infrastructure Clients Group.

Mark Farmer, Co-Chair

Founding Director of Cast Consultancy. Author of Modernise or Die, the independent Review of the UK Construction Labour Model published by the Construction Leadership Council in October 2016. This challenged the sector to embrace innovation in delivery models which reduce both waste and demand for traditional on-site labour.

David Whysall, Co-Chair

On the UK Board of Turner & Townsend where he is head of national cost and commercial services and runs its UK Southern infrastructure business. Between 2008-2010 he was chair of G4C, the next generation movement of Constructing Excellence and worked with Andrew Wolstenholme OBE on CE’s 2010 report Never Waste a Good Crisis.

Murray Rowden, International Chairman

Global Head of Infrastructure and Managing Director Americas for Turner & Townsend. Chairman of Constructing Excellence from January 2015 till June 2017 when he succeeded Ian Reeves CBE of Synaps LLP as International Chairman of Constructing Excellence from his base in New York.

Don Ward, Chief Executive

Chief Executive since 2007, a passionate champion of collaborative working and industry change. Closely involved with many UK government and industry bodies, including the Strategic Forum for Construction and the Infrastructure and Projects Authority within the Cabinet Office, where he chairs a committee on new models of procurement for construction.

Phil Wilbraham

Phil joined Heathrow in 2003 and became Expansion Programme Director in 2017 accountable for delivering Heathrow’s third runway along with the infrastructure to support it. Previously as Development Director, Phil was accountable for all the Capital works at Heathrow. As Eastern Campus Programme Director, Phil, was accountable for the delivery of the airport’s new Terminal 2. This £2.5bn programme has provided passengers with a new, ‘state of the art’, terminal.

Before Terminal 2, Phil led the completion of the £4.3bn construction of Terminal 5 and prior to that he led the £350 million Terminal 5 Landside Development Project which included the successful completion of the Twin Rivers Diversion and M25 Spur ahead of programme and under budget.

Phil was previously Director of Civil Engineering with TPS Consult, where he was involved in private and public sector schemes from feasibility stage through to design, construction and completion. This included working for BAA on Terminal 5 and many other projects at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, as well as with many other clients. Phil has also worked both overseas and in the UK as a civil engineer for DHV and Mott MacDonald.

Mark Farmer

Mark has 28 years of experience in the construction and real estate sectors, 15 of those served as a partner of EC Harris / Arcadis. In 2016, he established Cast, a specialist real estate and construction consultancy. He is a member of the RICS, and is a Vice Chairman of the Urban Land Institute UK Residential Council and a member of the BPF Build to Rent committee.

Mark is the author of the October 2016 independent review of the UK Construction Labour Market Model entitled ‘Modernise or Die’ jointly sponsored by BEIS and CLG and published via the Construction Leadership Council. On the back of this report, Mark is championing a gradual move in the UK towards more pre-manufacture led construction delivery to improve productivity and predictability for clients. In this regard, his work includes supporting the evolution of central and regional government policy as well as direct involvement with clients deploying market leading innovation in the UK.

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David Whysall

David is Managing Director of Turner and Townsend Infrastructure Business UK. He is a member of Turner & Townsend’ UK Board and has previously been responsible for global Research & Innovation. He has spent 14 years within the UK business working across a number of sectors including aviation, rail, water and utilities. As part of this he has and continues to support the set up and delivery of major programmes for Heathrow, Crossrail, HS2, HPC, Tideway, Anglian Water and TfL. At Crossrail he was Head of Commercial and Performance Assurance, working collaboratively across the supply chain to facilitate a step change in performance.

David is passionate about industry performance improvement and has led research into effective commercial performance and assurance on major projects and programmes. Throughout his time with Turner & Townsend, David has actively contributed to industry improvement initiatives, including being part of the team who authored the Constructing Excellence report, Never Waste a Good Crisis,  he has sat on UK Government task groups forming a 2050 strategy, chaired the industry collaboration group Generation for Change and has sat on the RICS Infrastructure Forum. He also played a major role developing IPA’s Infrastructure Routemap, being part of the team who authored the procurement module

Don Ward

Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence since 2007. Closely involved with many UK government and industry bodies, including the Strategic Forum for Construction, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority within the Cabinet Office, where he chairs a committee on new models of procurement for construction, and the British Standards Institution (BSI), where he is secretary to the committee on construction procurement.

Don has over thirty years’ experience of best practice in the building, engineering and construction industry, specialising in policy making, industry change, supply chain integration, collaborative working and sustainability across all sectors from housing to infrastructure. One of the leading figures in the UK construction industry ‘reform movement’, he was previously chief executive of the Design Building Foundation and the Construction Industry Board after an early career at the Building Research Establishment. In 2016 he was awarded a Simon Industrial Fellowship by the Alliance Manchester Business School to support their research and industry engagement activities in the infrastructure sector. Don has travelled widely around the world, providing strategic advice in over 30 different countries.

Murray Rowden

Murray joined Turner & Townsend as a graduate in 1990, and was appointed to the Executive Board in 2015. He also leads the CSR Committee. As global head of infrastructure he is responsible for setting strategic direction to drive growth in the transport, utilities and power sectors. In 2017 Murray was also appointed managing director Americas.

Murray was Chairman of Constructing Excellence from January 2015 to June 2017. He has also worked extensively with government and industry organisations in Asia, Australia and the UK on industrial strategies and improvement initiatives.