Executive Board

Alex Naraian PCIAT

President

President is a two-year term

Alex Naraian PCIAT is the Institute’s President, inaugurated on 18 November 2017 and will serve a two-year term in this role.

He is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and studied at Southampton Institute of Higher Education (now Southampton Solent University) and started his career in the late 1980s.

Currently an Associate Director at Ascot Design, Alex heads up the technical department of the business. He was previously an Associate Director at ADAM Architecture. 

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. Alex became an Honorary Fellow of Southampton Solent University in 2016.

Alex has served as Councillor and Chairman for the South East Region.  He has sat on various CIAT Accreditation Panels for universities offering Honours Degree programmes in Architectural Technology. He speaks publicly on a variety of subjects at universities, exhibitions and events, such as UK Construction Week, Homebuilding and Renovating Show and Grand Designs Live. He has also sat on steering groups for leading exhibitions. As an author, his articles have appeared in various industry publications.

Outside of Architectural Technology, Alex is committed to philanthropic interests. He has served various charities and clubs, assisting in fundraising, the giving of his time and expertise where he can.

Email:president@ciat.org.uk

 

Gary Mees PPCIAT

Immediate Past President

Gary Mees PPCIAT is the Immediate Past President of the Institute

Gary Mees PPCIAT is the Immediate Past President of the Institute.
 
Gary runs his own practice, Gary Mees Architectural Technology, providing services to commercial and private clients on projects ranging in value from £5,000 up to £3.5m. He is a Registered CDMc; Energy Assessor and Certifier of Design [Energy]. He has been involved with the built environment sector for over 40 years, having worked with, and for, contractors and semi-local authority (Scottish Special Housing Association) and within private architectural practices in Edinburgh.
 
For CIAT, Gary has been Regional Councillor for Scotland East Region, Vice-President Technical and Vice-President Practice. He became President at the AGM held in Edinburgh on 28 November 2015.
 
Gary represents CIAT on a number of working groups: CIC Health & Safety Committee, BSi Committee, CIC Scotland Regional Committee and CIC BIM Hub. He is a member of the RIAS Energy Certification Scheme Panel and was a member of the Building Standards Advisory Committee (Scotland).

Email:info@ciat.org.uk

 

Gordon Souter MCIAT

Honorary Secretary

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.

Email:honsecretary@ciat.org.uk

 

Doug Fewkes MCIAT

Honorary Treasurer

The Honorary Treasurer is Chairman of the Finance Committee

The principal role of the Honorary Treasurer is as Chairman of the Finance Committee. The Finance Committee, works with the Chief Executive and Finance and Operations Manager, to oversee the financial matters relating to Institute business such as the budget, the setting of subscription rates and reviewing and approving the independently audited accounts; and makes recommendations regarding finances to the Council and Executive Board. The Honorary Treasurer also presents to members at the AGM and reports via the Annual Review.
 

Paul Laycock MCIAT

Vice-President Education

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.

Email:vpeducation@ciat.org.uk

 

Eddie Weir MCIAT

Vice-President Practice

The Vice-President Practice promotes the Institute’s practice standards and policies for members practising the discipline of Architectural Technology

The Vice-President Practice promotes the Institute’s practice standards and policies for members practising the discipline of Architectural Technology. As such, the Vice-President Practice works closely with the Vice-President Technical, Practice & Technical Director and Practice Department in overseeing the work of the relevant Taskforces and working groups. These groups cover topics on liability, practice and technical documents, building regulations and legislative issues.

Email:vppractice@ciat.org.uk

 

Kevin Crawford MCIAT

Vice-President Technical

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.

Email:vptechnical@ciat.org.uk

 

Robert Davey MCIAT

Executive Board Trustee and Councillor, Region 05

Stephen Nicholls MCIAT

Executive Board Trustee, Councillor and Chairman, Region 03

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.

 

Steven Hedley MCIAT

Executive Board Trustee and Councillor, Region 01

David Traynor MCIAT

Executive Board Trustee and Councillor, Region 15