An expert panel of judges has been assembled from construction disciplines including construction management, engineering, architecture, and cost management.
Exclusive to the Irish Construction Excellence Awards, our judging process will include an Interview Stage for the project categories where the finalists will present to our expert judges and showcase their projects and have Q&A sessions. This level of engagement is not only of great value to the entrants but also puts our judging process on a par with best international professional competition practice.
BArch, PgDip Project Management, PgDip Construction Law, PgDip Arbitration
Dorothy Jones is a project manager with a great knowledge of the German Construction Industry having worked in the country regularly for nearly three decades, traveling to and from Germany on a regular basis, she now works for Turner & Townsend. She brings a wealth of international project management experience to the panel. Since 2002 she has worked as a project manager in Germany and Ireland and has worked on a number of high-profile projects.
Dorothy worked for The Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR) in Germany and has worked on The Goethe-Institut in Dublin, and also for Rob Krier Architekten, Berlin; ipc Talkenberger GmbH, Lübeck; de Architekten Cie, Berlin; and Primark. Dorothy is also a part-time lecturer at University College Dublin.
Chartered Engineer, Fellow of Engineers Ireland and of the Irish Academy of Engineering. Career specialist in the water utility sector, most recently Managing Director of Irish Water from February 2016 to September 2018, with annual turnover of €1.3 billion, leading a team of 750 direct staff and over 3,200 local authority staff working under service level agreements. Prior to that, he was the first Head of Asset Management in Irish Water from its inception in 2013, taking control of a capital programme pipeline of over €3 billion.
Prior to Irish Water, he was Managing Director of RPS Consulting Engineers for 10 years and prior to that, Director of MCOS, responsible for its water sector consultancy business. Jerry is a recognised business leader in major public & private sectors, is an experienced communicator in national media and has a proven record in engaging with political & public service stakeholders at national level.
Dermot Clohessy is a Structural Engineer by profession with post-graduate qualifications in both Business Strategy and Financial Accounting. Dermot was COO and Executive Director of IDA from 2006 to 2015 and has an extensive understanding of Foreign Direct Investment having spent 28 years with IDA Ireland. His IDA leadership responsibilities included managing the Agency’s extensive property activities across the country working collaboratively with both the public and private sectors in the delivery of property solutions for both IDA and Enterprise Ireland client companies.
Dermot brings engineering, construction and business expertise to the judging panel. Since leaving IDA Ireland in 2015, He has been working as a strategic advisor to a number of companies and institutions both in Ireland and overseas. He is also a Board Member of the Marine Institute.
Keith Elliott is an Associate Director of PM Group, Ireland’s largest Architecture and Engineering consultancy specialising in the delivery of complex projects in a variety of industry sectors. He has over 40 years’ experience in the design, project management and construction management of large projects including pharmaceutical facilities, power stations, data centres, natural gas infrastructure and Energy from Waste facilities.
Keith is currently Office Projects Manager for PM Group’s Dublin office, with responsibility for the delivery of a portfolio of challenging projects both in Ireland and abroad. Previously, he has held the position of Construction Project Manager on a number of infrastructure projects of national importance, including the Corrib Onshore Gas Terminal in Co. Mayo and the Dublin Waste to Energy Facility in Poolbeg, Dublin. At the peak of construction, each of these two projects ranked as the largest construction project in Ireland at the time.
Keith brings to the panel a wealth of experience of best practice in construction project management, which is critical to the success of any complex construction project.
Emma Hayes is Managing Director of Digital Built Consultants, a BIM and Digital Information Management Consultancy. She is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Technology from DIT Bolton Street and a Master’s Degree in BIM Management from Middlesex University.
Previously, Emma was the Group BIM Manager with the project delivery specialists, PM Group. Emma has presented research papers at
international conferences such as the CitA BIM Gathering, is a Board member of the Construction IT Alliance (CitA) as a non-executive
director and is involved in the BIM Innovation Capability Programme (BICP). She mentors and supports the development of women’s careers in BIM through her involvement in the Women in BIM (WiB) network. She is also a part-time lecturer on the Middlesex University BIM Management Master’s Programme and on the Dublin Institute of Technology MSc in Applied BIM and Management Programme.
Phelim Devine is Design Director/Deputy Project Director of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board. The new children’s hospital is the largest single investment in any healthcare capital project in Ireland. He brings to the panel his vast experience over the past twenty years in social infrastructure projects such as healthcare and also commercial projects.
Before his present role, Phelim was a Director at Arup, leading the design of multidisciplinary building projects across multiple sectors but in particular healthcare projects such as Mater Adult Hospital redevelopment, the redevelopment of St Vincent’s University Public Hospital, the new St Vincent’s Private Hospital, and projects in the National Rehabilitation Hospital and St James’s Hospital. Phelim was Honorary Secretary of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland from 2011 to 2014, and sat on the Executive Committee from 2008 till 2014.
Brian McClinton has a proven track record as a business leader, project/programme director and design specialist, with 25 years’ experience in the execution of a wide range of complex large scale design, engineering and construction projects in Ireland, the United Kingdom and the Middle East.
As a Director at Linesight, Brian benefits from a wide-ranging skill set, which includes managing complex projects, leading large multidisciplinary engineering and management teams, ensuring best practice in sustainable and innovative design, and project governance.
Seán McCarthy’s impact on the Irish construction sector cannot be overstated. He has had a prolific career, with 40 years’ experience of successfully delivering extensive programmes and major projects with multinational corporations in the semiconductor, pharmaceutical and heavy chemical sectors, including having headed major construction projects at Intel and Eli Lily.
Notably, Seán worked on the Intel Ireland Leixlip Campus for over 20 years, and was the Site Manager of Projects and Construction with responsibility for leading and managing all project construction activity on the campus.
Seán now works with multiple clients as a consultant and mentor on Project Management & Leadership; Lean & IPD; and Quality & Safety.
Ruth is Professor of Architecture and Director of Impact in the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen’s University Belfast.Ruth previously practiced as an Architect in Belfast, Manchester, and Berlin.
Ruth brings a great knowledge of collaborative design, innovation, and community involvement to the panel.A greatly accomplished academic, her recent work focuses on applied research based on an understanding of creative processes, inclusive strategies and pedagogical methodologies.Ruth is Director and Co-Founder of the Tactility Factory, an innovative award winning material development company. She is curatorial advisor to a Belfast-based arts organisation PS2 on two long-term projects with communities in Northern Ireland’s post-conflict context and in Street Society.
Mark is the Senior Safety, Health and Wellbeing Manager for ESB Networks. His work involves managing all aspects of ESB Networks Safety Management System as it applies to ESB Networks staff, contractors, members of the public and others who may be affected by ESB activities. Prior to his current position, Mark spent 10 years in the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) where he fulfilled a number of key Inspector roles including the last 5 years in the Special Investigation Unit (SIU). In cases where the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions directed criminal prosecution, Mark has fulfilled the role of expert witness during court proceedings.
Appointed Head of Department of the Built Environment at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in 2013, Derek is responsible for the management and strategic development of the Department, which offers programmes from Craft Apprenticeship to PhD level.
He worked on large infrastructural projects before joining WIT as a lecturer in 2005. Derek has a broad ranging experience in Civil and Energy Engineering lecturing and research. He was Course Director and Industrial Placement Coordinator for the BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Civil Engineering, where he built strong industrial links.
Actively engaged in national and international consultancy and research, Derek brings to the panel an extensive knowledge of Civil Engineering, Energy Management and Efficiency.
James Harty is a docent at KEA, Copenhagen School of Design & Technology. His PhD, researched “The Impact of Digitalisation on the Management Role of Architectural Technology”, (OpenAir RGU).
James was instrumental in the school’s adoption of BIM in 2006, with the implementation of collaborative methodologies and in dealing with disruptive technologies. He has co-authored a book about this, “Getting to Grips with BIM”, Routledge 2016. He sees BIM as instrumental in tackling climate change, sustainability, especially embodied carbon, and performance based design.
Kim Hegarty has 25 years’ industry experience, spanning across both Ireland and Australia. As an Associate Director at Linesight, Kim leads one of Linesight’s dedicated Cost Management teams, overseeing the provision of early cost advice, cost control, value engineering and procurement services. She has delivered innovative solutions to some of the world’s leading international clients, and her wealth of experience includes working on large-scale projects for clients such as Hardwicke, Kennedy Wilson and Arthur Cox.
Having worked on a large variety of diverse projects, she brings to the panel particular expertise in commercial development and fit-out projects, as well as high-rise residential, high-tech industrial, warehousing and clean rooms, and extensive public parks.
Niall Kane is Head of Digital Engineering at VINCI Construction UK. He brings international digital construction experience to the judging panel.
Niall studied Architecture at Dublin Institute of Technology. Previous to his current role he was a GIS Specialist and Data Scientist at Skanska UK, and when he was in Ireland worked at Murphy Surveys as Head of Innovation and BIM Manager.
Niall will bring excellent assessment skills to the application and use of Digital Construction Technology.
Kieran is the Health & Safety Consultant at Waterman Moylan Engineering Consultants with 30 years’ experience across AEC projects, he has engaged as PSDP for a number of major building and infrastructure projects. Prior to his current position, Kieran was the Tool Install Design Manager for construction projects on the Intel Ireland site for 15 years.
Kieran was also responsible for the PSDP (and PSDS), coordinating safety in design across multiple concurrent Basebuild and Tool Install design teams, peaking at circa 350 designers. On Kieran’s last major project, (a Lean and BIM project), the Tool Install team achieved a NISO distinction award in recognition of the strong safety leadership and a recognition of the workplace health and safety excellence at a national level.
Tim Segal is the course coordinator for the Certificate in Building Information Modelling at IT Tralee.He has been lecturing at IT Tralee for 13 years, including a spell as Head of Department for Science and Engineering. He previously spent approximately 10 years working professionally as an Architect in Ireland and abroad.
Tim is currently the Building Information Modelling Coordinator for the Estates Department at IT Tralee and is Co-Chair of the CitA South West BIM Region.
A leader for BIM in the South West and an experienced professional and academic he will bring his broad industry knowledge to the panel.