Alex Naraian PCIAT
President is a two-year term
Alex Naraian PCIAT is the President and head of the Institute and as such is the principal external face for CIAT, the discipline and the members. The position is representing and promoting the Institute's vision, mission, strategic aims and brand.
Alexander Naraian is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and a proud ambassador of his profession. Committed to see the continuous improved global awareness and recognition of the discipline of Architectural Technology.
He studied at Southampton Institute of Higher Education (now Southampton Solent University) and started his career in the late 1980s.
Alex was appointed as an Associate Director at Ascot Design after a short sabbatical. Previously an Associate Director at ADAM Architecture, where he spent just under a 20-year term of progressive employment. He possesses a broad knowledge of traditional and classical architecture, though he admits that he is not wedded exclusively to these styles of architecture. Architectural Technology of the highest standards is of the utmost importance to him, which is an ethos shared by Ascot Design. In his role at Ascot Design, based in Ascot, Alex heads up the technical department of the business.
Alex has a reputation for his expertise in progressive, classical and traditional design and delivering complex projects to exacting standards, particularly in the ‘high end’ market. He is motivated and resourceful with a focus on business, staff and personal development. His expertise extends to contract administration, technical solutions, process improvement, project management, communications, architectural interiors, client/design team and industry engagement. His career has seen him deliver many multi-million value projects for new build, refurbishment, retail, institutional, leisure and commercial buildings.
For the last decade, he has worked closely with Southampton Solent University in an employer liaison capacity, as well as on a collaborative academic basis for their Architectural Technology Honours degree programme. He believes that industry has a social and academic responsibility and it is his conviction over this belief, and a passion to help those studying, that drives him to support education.
Previously he has served as Councillor and Chairman for the South-East Region of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT). He was instrumental in developing its current five-year Strategic Plan as a Trustee of the Institute and a member of its Executive Board. Successfully elected as the Institute’s President Elect in November 2016. He was inaugurated as President on 18 November 2017 and will serve a two-year term in this role.
He has sat on various CIAT Accreditation panels for universities offering Honours Degree programmes in Architectural Technology. Alex has also spoken, and continues to speak, publicly on a variety of subjects at universities, exhibitions and events, such as UK Construction Week, Homebuilding and Renovating Show and Grand Designs Live, to name but a few. He has also sat on steering groups for leading exhibitions. As an author, his articles have appeared in various industry publications.
Participating as a part of an Institute delegation visit to India in 2016, he represented Architectural Technology in practice and industry, ensuring the continued the spread and reach of CIAT and the discipline globally.
Outside of Architectural Technology, Alex is committed to philanthropc interests. He has served various charities and clubs, assisting in fundaraising, the giving of his time and expertise where he can. He has previously held the position of Chair of the 5th New Forest East South Executive Committee and Vice Chairperson of Applemore and Waterside Swimming Club. He puts his skills to use to assist with community projects, and was responsible for designing an Amphitheatre for Marchwood Junior School and a new shared Guide and Scout Building in Marchwood.
Gary Mees PPCIAT
Immediate Past President
Gary Mees PPCIAT is the Immediate Past President of the Institute
Gordon Souter MCIAT
The Honorary Secretary is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the Council, Executive Board, AGM and Conduct Committee in line with the Laws of the Institute
Together with the President and Chief Executive, the Honorary Secretary is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the Council, Executive Board, AGM and Conduct Committee in line with the Laws of the Institute (the Charter, the Bye-laws, the Regulations and Code of Conduct and other forms of regulatory provision made by the Institute).
For the first eight years of employment I was in private practice with three small practices. As the practices were small, I gained a wide and varied experience quickly which has stood me in good stead through my career. During those years I was involved in projects from an attic conversion to a new hospital as well as bars, restaurants, factory units, health clubs.
In 1995, I joined a national housebuilding company and since then I have remained within the housebuilding industry and I am currently with Persimmon Homes West Scotland.
Having spent the majority of my career in the housebuilding industry it follows that my speciality will be housing of all descriptions, from multi storey flats to individual dwellings. Primarily I am involved in timber frame construction but traditional build poses no problem.
I do not consider the projects I have worked on are exceptionally noteworthy with the exception of one project which is the first six storey timber kit housing development in Scotland. I consider my main achievements to be ensuring the projects I work on are from an architectural prospective well managed.
I thoroughly enjoy working in the building industry. It has a great variety of characters and no two projects present the same problems – thus it is essential that I keep fully abreast of changes to legislation, new products and construction techniques.
I never tire of promoting CIAT at any opportunity and I represent CIAT on a number of committees. CIAT belongs to it’s members and it is only with self promotion by the members that it will continue to flourish in the future. We should all be proud of how much CIAT has achieved in such a short time.
Doug Fewkes MCIAT
The Honorary Treasurer is Chairman of the Finance Committee
Paul Laycock MCIAT
The Vice-President Education ensures that the Institute’s standards for education and membership are maintained, retain currency and promoted.
The role of Vice-President Education is to ensure that the Institute’s standards for education and membership are maintained, retain currency and promoted.
The Vice-President Education works with the Education and Membership Departments on issues such as qualification development and Accreditation, standards maintenance and membership recruitment, retention and progression.
Kevin Crawford MCIAT
The Vice-President Technical oversees the technical issues relevant to the Institute, which ensure the maintenance and improvement of standards within Architectural Technology and the built environment.
The Vice-President Technical works closely with the Vice-President Practice, Practice & Technical Director and Practice Department and its relevant Taskforces in overseeing the technical issues relevant to the Institute, which ensure the maintenance and improvement of standards within Architectural Technology and the built environment. The role also embraces current industry issues and the Institute’s practice Awards; the Alan King Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology and the Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology.
Eddie Weir MCIAT
The Vice-President Practice promotes the Institute’s practice standards and policies for members practising the discipline of Architectural Technology
Steven Hedley MCIAT
Executive Board Trustee and Councillor, Region 01
Mark Wilson MCIAT
Councillor, Region 02
Stephen Nicholls MCIAT
Councillor, Region 03 and Chairman
Stephen is the Councillor for North West Region. Former Vice-President Innovation and Research and Executive Board Member. Member of the Institute for over 20 years. Project Manager for a leading high street solicitors responsible for their expansion programme. Married with one son based in Stockport.
Robert Aspey MCIAT
Councillor, Region 04
Robert qualified as a Chartered Member of CIAT in 1991. He studied at the University of Wolverhampton gaining HNC Building studies and BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology.
Robert is employed by Derby City Council as a Project Manager. The work mainly involves the survey, design, and project management of alterations, refurbishments and extensions to public buildings.
Robert Davey MCIAT
Executive Board Trustee and Councillor, Region 05
Simon Ward MCIAT
Councillor, Region 07
Simon has been a Chartered Member of CIAT since 1993 and has worked in the field of architectural design since 1979.
He won the Housing Design category of the ‘Technician of the Year’ Award in 1991 and was voted ‘Technician of the Year’ in 1993.
After 23 years of working with architecture in local government, Simon started his own practice at the end of 2002. Current works consist of mainly housing projects in both the public and private sectors with clients ranging from individual home owners to Housing Associations.
Works undertaken typically range from new build to extensions, alterations and refurbishments of older properties.
Richard Briffa MCIAT
Councillor, Region 09
Stacey Taylor MCIAT
Councillor, Region 10
Grant Steer MCIAT
Councillor, Region 11 and Chairman
Paul Chapple MCIAT
Regional Councillor, 12
Mike Drever MCIAT
Councillor, Region 13
Andrew Scott MCIAT
Councillor, Region 14
David Traynor MCIAT
Executive Board Trustee and Councillor, Region 15
Wayne Hopkins MCIAT
Councillor, Region 16
Wayne is an Associate with Holder Mathias in Cardiff where he has been employed for many years and works in a number of sectors producing information and administrating contracts as well as taking the lead as Principal Designer for certain projects on behalf of the practice.
He has worked all his adult life in the construction Industry and has acquired a varied but extensive knowledge within all sectors of the industry.
Wayne has a strong technical understanding of; many aspects of the industry such as Building Regulations, Construction, Design & Management Regulations (CDM), Building Information Modelling (BIM) etc.
He has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists for over 30 years and currently acts as the Regional Treasurer for the Wales region. He is also currently Regional Councillor and Treasurer for APS Wales Region.
Wayne is also a Local Authority Governor at a local Primary School as well a Community Councillor for the Ward of Onllwyn where he lives. In his spare time, Wayne enjoys watching rugby, listening to music, reading and playing the odd game of football.
Denise Germaine MCIAT
Executive Board Trustee, Councillor and Chairman, Centre C2
A native of Dublin, I am 70 and married with no children, a Chartered Member of CIAT since 1987 and registered as an Architect in Ireland since 2009 and so have two qualifications – Chartered Architectural Technologist and Architect.
In private practice, my particular areas of expertise are disabled access, Building Regulations, fire safety and the Health & Safety (Construction) Regulations as well as contract administration and defects liability monitoring.
I have experienced a long and varied career during 45 years in the architectural field, both in Ireland and New Zealand and have successfully dealt with projects from domestic extensions to large, multi-million developments.
Members can contact me on: 00 353(0)86 3861386
John O'Sullivan MCIAT
Councillor, Centre C3
Current location: Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
I am also responsible for the asset management of the City’s infrastructure assets. I coordinate between the officers responsible for the operation and maintenance of the various assets classes and the Finance Department. I prepare asset management plans with projections for future expenditure to maintain the assets at their current service levels or identify which ones need to be replaced or renewed. I assist with the asset related elements of the City’s reporting requirements of the Department of local Government’s Integrated Planning Framework process which is intended to keep local Government’s finances sustainable in the long term.
Louise Drysdale MCIAT
Councillor, Centre C4
David Wright MCIAT
Councillor, Centre C5
Paula Bleanch MCIAT
Councillor, Centre C6
Joseph Healey MCIAT
Councillor, Centre C7
Joseph has eight years postgraduate experience, after his Architectural Studies degree, in London with EPR Architects and DMP Architects. He moved to Abu Dhabi in UAE as a Technical Coordinator with Gensler at the start of 2015 and began heading up the Middle East and Africa Centre for CIAT shortly after that.