Meet CIAT's Council members

Council

Eddie Weir PCIAT

President

 

The President is 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.

Serving for a period of two-years, the President will, amongst other duties,:

  • Chair the AGM (x2) and Council meetings (x4);

  • Chair Executive Board (4 per year);

  • attend as a guest and representative of the Institute at various industry events;

  • meet with Presidents, industry bodies and Government Ministers (from different nations) and personnel;

  • undertake a Region/Centre tour (not mandatory, but to respond where invited); and

  • present on the Institute’s key strategies and the Strategic Plan.

  • Email:president@ciat.org.uk

Alex Naraian PPCIAT MCIAT

Immediate Past President

 

Alex Naraian PPCIAT MCIAT is the Institute’s Immediate Past Present following the close of the 2019 Annual General Meeting.

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.

He is currently Senior Associate Director, Head of Architecture & Building Surveying PPP (Private Property Portfolio) at Strutt & Parker Services. He was previously an Associate Director at Ascot Design and 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.

Gordon Souter MCIAT

Honorary Secretary

 

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 Gordon was in private practice with three small practices. As the practices were small, he gained a wide and varied experience quickly which has stood him in good stead through my career. During those years, Gordon was involved in projects from an attic conversion to a new hospital as well as bars, restaurants, factory units, health clubs.

In 1995, he joined a national housebuilding company and since then has remained within the housebuilding industry and is currently with Persimmon Homes West Scotland.

Having spent the majority of his career in the housebuilding industry it follows that Gordon's speciality will be housing of all descriptions, from multi storey flats to individual dwellings. Primarily he is involved in timber frame construction but traditional build poses no problem.

Gordon does not consider the projects he has worked on exceptionally noteworthy with the exception of one project which is the first six storey timber kit housing development in Scotland. He considers his main achievements to be ensuring the projects he works on are from an architectural prospective well managed.

Gordon thoroughly enjoys working in the building industry. It has a great variety of characters and no two projects present the same problems – thus he feels it is essential that he keeps fully abreast of changes to legislation, new products and construction techniques.

He never tires of promoting CIAT at any opportunity and he represents CIAT on a number of committees. Gordon believes 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. He feels 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 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.

Dr Matthew Brooke-Peat MCIAT

Vice-President Education

 

The role of Vice-President Education, working with the Education Director and Membership Director, is to ensure that the Institute’s standards for education and membership are maintained, retain currency and promoted. The Vice-President Education is invited to attend all meetings administered by the Education and Membership Departments and will represent the Institute at relevant external meetings and events.

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

Rob Thomas MCIAT

Vice-President Practice

 

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

Steven Hedley MCIAT

Vice-President Technical

 

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

Kirsty Murray MCIAT

Overarching aspirATion Chair

 

Kirsty qualified as a full member of CIAT in 2015 and has been heavily involved in the Institute ever since. Kirsty was one of the first aspirATion Chairs, representing Scotland East and establishing an active networking group. She has since moved on and will take on the role of Chair for the aspirATion Group this November. She is also an Assessor for progression to Chartership within CIAT. 

Other than her active roles in CIAT Kirsty has a wide range of working experience, from designing large scale engineering projects (oil and gas Platforms) to residential projects. She is currently studying for a Masters in Interior Design.

Dan Clements MCIAT

Executive Board Trustee, Regional Councillor, Region 01 Northern

Natasha Coles MCIAT

Regional Councillor, Region 02 Yorkshire

 

Natasha is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and is employed by Whittam Cox Architects as a Project Leader. Her current role focuses on the Retail sector delivering projects nationally across the UK.

Her career began at Sheffield Hallam University in 2004 where she studied for a BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology. Here, she gained a 2:1. As part of her studies she undertook a work placement at Humphreys Teal Partnership working on a variety of projects across commercial, retail, residential and specialist conservation projects.

She later completed a PGCE Secondary Design and Technology Education at Sheffield Hallam University gaining a first and later returned back to Humphreys Teal where she continued her career as a graduate. At this point Natasha became a proactive member of the Yorkshire Region and has held a number of roles since, including; Deputy Regional Councillor, Education Officer, aspirATion Chair and now currently holds the position of Regional Councillor and CIAT representative on the CIC Yorkshire and Humber Committee.

As part of a practice merger she joined the team at HTC Architects focussing on retail and housing developments and later joined Whittam Cox Architects undertaking a variety of roles focusing on student accommodation and retail.

Natasha has also recently completed an MSc Technical Architecture at Sheffield Hallam University where she focussed on Community Projects, Vertical Farming, Technical Design Innovation, Natural Disasters Architecture, BIM, Environmental Design and the UK’s Housing Shortage.

Natasha was shortlisted in 2017 for Best Woman in Architectural Technology at the WICE Awards.

Nooshin Akrami MCIAT

Regional Councillor, Region 03 North West

 

With years of experience and background in industry and academia, Nooshin is a Chartered Architectural Technologist, a Fellow Member of Higher Education Academy, and a Practitioner Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. Currently employed by the University of Bolton as the strategic property projects officer, Nooshin is also a director at Envis Consultancy Limited providing architectural, environmental and sustainability solutions.

Nooshin is a Member of the North West Regional Committee and the Regional Councillor, who represents the Committee at the regional CIC committee, where she holds the Vice-Chair role. Nooshin was previously the Regional CPD officer (2012-2018) and is an enthusiastic STEM ambassador who engages in initiatives to promote Equality and Diversity in AEC industries on behalf of the Regional Committee.

Chris Yorke MCIAT

Deputy Executive Board Trustee, Regional Councillor, Region 04 East Midlands and Regional Education Officer (NTU)

 

Chris is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and, having spent 19 years working for Doncaster Architects Department, has been running his own private practice (Yorke Architecture) since 2006.

Chris qualified as a Chartered Member in 2003 and in addition to ONC and HNC Building Studies he also gained a BSc(Hons) in Architectural Technology from Sheffield Hallam University.

Carl Mills MCIAT

Regional Councillor, Region 05 West Midlands

Stacey Taylor MCIAT

Regional Councillor, Region 06 Wessex and Regional Secretary

 

Stacey qualified as a Chartered Member in 2013 having completed her ONC and HNC in Construction on a part-time basis. Stacey has been practising since 2004, working for award-winning practises in Kent.

Stacey is currently an Associate for a medium-sized practice based in the Weald of Kent, focused on delivering high-end residential projects along with conversions and adaptations to existing buildings throughout the South East. Stacey works very closely with private and developer clients alike to ensure every project is delivered to the highest quality, offering support and guidance throughout a project's duration. She has a keen eye for detailing, paying particular attention to the coordination of the project team. 

Stacey joined the South East Committee in 2013 and held the position of CPD officer before becoming the Regional Councillor in 2016. Stacey has sat on professional interview boards as well as being on the membership review panel and currently holds a position on the Finance Committee. Stacey also attends several networking events across the region.

Stacey was nominated and became a finalist in 2017 for the WICE Awards (Women in Construction) for Best Women Architectural Technologist.

Stacey hopes to continue to work with the Institute to promote the discipline of technology and encourage new members to engage with their local committees.

Adrian Fleet MCIAT

Executive Board Trustee, Regional Councillor, Region 07 East Anglia, Regional Secretary and CPD Officer

 

AJ is a passionate Chartered Architectural Technologist based in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. He has been in practice since 2005 and earned his Chartership in 2015 via the Professional Assessment route. Completing his Architectural Technology Bsc (Hons) studies under the guidance of Richard Longstaff at Anglia Ruskin University, AJ is able to offer his experience of practice and education regionally. AJ has represented the Region and Institute at the Institute AGM, career fairs, Build It exhibition and careers talks.

AJ is an ardent proponent in the pursuit of sustainable design as a mechanism to assist in limiting the Climate Crisis. His undergraduate studies focused around the implementation of the Passivhaus comfort standard with the existing labour force. He has since gone on to study under the AECB CarbonLite Retrofit course as he views this area of practice as critical to the reduction of overall energy consumption in the national housing stock. He views education of professionals, clients and the industry as crucial in response to the Climate Crisis.

Further to this, AJ is inquisitive regarding how technology can positively impact business processes in the pursuit of more efficient, effective and delightful projects. He hopes to implement a programme of business education to promote best in class business practice.

  • Email:aj.fleet@andrewfleet.co.uk

David Handcock MCIAT

Regional Councillor, Region 08 Central and Regional Secretary

 

David has been a Chartered Member of CIAT since 2003 and has worked in surveying and architecture since 1981.

He worked with private practices in Central London, Northampton and Slough, local government in North Warwickshire before starting his own practice in Marlow at the end of 1996.  Projects consist mainly of housing projects and remodelling in the private sector, with clients ranging from individual home owners to small developers.  He also undertakes hand-drawn presentation work.

David has been involved with Central Region since 2003 and has been Secretary, Chairman and Councillor at various stages.

  • Email:david@pentiread.co.uk

Adam Newell MCIAT

Deputy Executive Board Trustee, Regional Councillor, Region 09 Greater London

 
  • Email:a.newell@mcbainscooper.com

Josie Hodges MCIAT

Regional Councillor, Region 10 South East

 

Josie has been a Director of a small family-run practice since 2005 - DPS Sussex Ltd - which was established over 35 years ago. She focuses on residential projects, helping clients negotiate the planning and building regulations process. Josie became a Chartered Member of CIAT in 2017 and a member of the South East Region later that same year.

Grant Steer MCIAT

Executive Board Trustee, Regional Councillor, Region 11 Channel Islands, Regional Chair and Regional Treasurer

Ian Newcombe MCIAT

Regional Councillor, Region 12 Western

Tom Warren MCIAT

Regional Councillor, Region 13 Scotland West

David Smith MCIAT

Regional Councillor, Region 14 Scotland East

 

David has been working in the built environment for almost 30 years, having worked across both Scotland and England for a number of organisations in differing sectors. He has experienced a variety of Architectural roles including those for Housing Developers, Housing Associations and Private Practices. He studied at Inverness College of Higher and Further Education qualifying with an ONC in Building Studies and then an HNC in Architectural Technology.

David became a fully Chartered Member of the Institute on 19 April 2011. He has been an active member of the Scotland East Region since 2009, taking on a variety of positions over the years at regional committee level including CDP Officer, Secretary and elected to Regional Councillor in 2017.

  • Email:Herkalion@gmail.com

William Holland MCIAT

Regional Councillor, Region 15 Northern Ireland, Regional CPD Officer and aspirATion Group Chair

 

William Holland has over 7 years experience within the field of Architectural Technology, working across a wide range of projects spanning the full spectrum from residential to commercial, working with local and multinational brands. William started out his professional career after graduating from Ulster University in 2015 with an honours degree in the CIAT Accredited BSc Architectural Technology & Management course.

William began working at Architectural Design Partnership (CIAT Registered Practice) during his placement year at university and secured a full-time position within the Partnership upon graduating. He has progressed within the practice to an Associate Partner.

William's specialism lies in Healthcare Design, working closely with RQIA and other statutory bodies to deliver functional and compliant care and medical facilities. William leads design teams from conception to completion on site to maximise and ensure efficiency, collaboration and compliance with CDM regulations. William's understanding of the RQIA standards, policies and clients' requirements ensures that designs are both functional and commercially viable.

William received his Chartership in August 2017. Since then, he has gone on to become a Regional CPD Officer for the Region 15 Committee and has recently been elected as the Region 15 Councillor, which will take effect in November 2019. William took up his position as Chair for the Northern Ireland aspirATion Group in 2013 whilst studying for his degree. He has been a key contributor to growing the group substantially since conception, working alongside industry leading companies to connect students with employers and to create networking opportunities.

William speaks regularly at Ulster University and local colleges promoting careers in Architectural Technology and communicates the importance of progression within CIAT from student to Chartered Membership. William will become Vice-Chair of the aspirATion Group in 2019.

Dan Rossiter MCIAT

Regional Councillor, Region 16 Wales

 

Chartered Architectural Technologist Dan Rossiter MCIAT joined the BRE after providing architectural, project management and BIM services to the City of Cardiff Council for a number of years working predominantly within the Educational, and Community sectors.  Dan’s Architectural work has been consistently completed in an object based authoring tool ‘Revit’ by Autodesk for a number of years allowing him to produce a variety of intelligent 3D models which have been used to produce design deliverables such as detailed 2D drawings, schedules, specifications, room data sheets, walk-through animations and visualisations.  Dan also championed BIM by providing staff awareness seminars, presentations and BIM workshops.  A key role of Dan’s was also implementation where he worked alongside the City of Cardiff Council’s Quality Assurance staff to aligning the office workflow and documentation to suit a processes outlined within key BIM documentation without negatively impacting on currently quality assurance certification.  In addition, Dan produced and maintained agreed standard software templates for colleagues and external partners to use based on the Council’s agreed naming conventions, standards, methods, and procedures.  

Impacting across Wales, Dan has been a member of both the Construction Excellence in Wales BIM task group which reported recommendations on BIM compliance to Welsh Government, and the Consortium of Local Authorities in Wales (CLAW) BIM Toolkit steering group which reviewed and formed a BIM toolkit to be used by all twenty two local authorities in Wales to achieve a consistent BIM approach for the public sector in Wales.  Dan has also been in communications with Welsh Government regarding the revitalisation of Wales BIM Region community group.  For his contributing to Welsh Construction, Dan was awarded Constructing Excellence in Wales’ Young Achiever of the Year award in 2014.

Within the wider UK, Dan been a key member of buildingSMART UK & Ireland contributing to research projects for clients such as Government departments as well as contributing to the development of a buildingSMART UK & Ireland template for Employer’s Information Requirements (EIR).  Dan is also a member an the process lead for the Construction Industry Council’s (CIC) BIM2050 group, a cross-discipline group of young BIM professional looking at how the industry needs to change though innovative and collaborative means.  

Internationally, Dan has co-developed an international BIM foundation course for BRE Academy and is contributing on behalf of the UK to an international BIM competency framework scheme through buildingSMART International.  Through Dan’s pursuit of BIM knowledge he has gained recognition by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) as a certified BIM manager.  

Dan is currently involved in all of BRE’s BIM services including: Education, where Dan has been developing and delivery training courses, seminars, & webinars; Consultancy, where Dan has been providing support to design and construction firms in the UK regarding their compliance to UK BIM standards; and Certification, where Dan has been auditing design and construction firms assessing their BIM capability.

Michael O'Keeffe MCIAT

Executive Board Trustee, Centre Councillor, Centre C2 Republic of Ireland and Centre Education Officer

 

Following graduation with honours from Waterford I.T. in 2009, Michael has worked on a wide variety of projects in the south-west of Ireland and Greater London area. He joined CIAT as an Associate member in 2010 and became a Chartered Member in 2014. He is also a Chartered Construction Manager (MCIOB), Chartered Building Engineer (MCABE) and a Certified European Passive House Designer. 

Michael is a director of design-led architectural technology practice healycornelius design, with offices in London and Kerry, Ireland. His experience includes delivery of high-end residential refurbishments and new-builds in London and Ireland to the restaurant, entertainment and retail sectors in the Greater London area, including acting as technical lead as part of the D&B team for the external refurbishment works to the Imperial War Museum, London, designed by Foster + Partners.

Michael was the Principal Designer for the development of 3no. 2-bedroom mews house development in Camden, London, which was Commended in the Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology at the AT Awards in 2019.

Michael often represents the Institute at trade shows and conferences, including speaking on the Architecture, Design and Planning Stage at the National Construction Summit, Citywest, Dublin in 2018 and 2019.

  • Email:mike_okeeffe87@yahoo.com

Mark Scott-Jeffs MCIAT

Centre Councillor, Centre C3 Australasia and Centre Treasurer

 

Current location: Perth, Western Australia

Current Employer: Campion Design Group

Associate Design Director for Campion Design Group. One of three directors working closely with their cosmopolitan team of 20 graduate architects and designers. Mark's role is usually as lead designer for a given project.

Louise Drysdale MCIAT

Centre Councillor, Centre C4 The Americas

David Wright MCIAT

Centre Councillor, Centre C5 Asia

Paula Bleanch MCIAT

Centre Councillor, Centre C6 Europe

 

Paula studied Architecture and Construction Project Management at University and her main field of expertise is in Design Management. In industry she worked for various large contractors as a Design Manager and then led a team of Architects and ATs in a large architectural practice. Much of her work in industry concerned the design and build of large PFI (Private Finance Initiative) projects, including award winning schools, offices, hospitals and library buildings. 

In 2008 Paula left industry to join the teaching team at Northumbria University where she was final year tutor on the AT and CM courses and led the final year professional practice project, as well as teaching Building Technology and Design Management at various levels.

She has previously undertaken mentoring training as part of a scheme set up by the National Association of Women in Construction and has particular experience working as a woman in construction. She is very happy to be part of the new CIAT Europe Centre committee and hopes the Committee can work together towards promoting the discipline of Architectural Technology in the Region. The Europe Centre represents the profession of Architectural Technologist across nineteen different countries (Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland) and therefore covers a wide area with many diverse approaches to Architectural Technology. They are keen to develop initiatives that will increase the profile and visibility of all our members in Europe.

Please join in whatever capacity you can offer and help us to build a strong voice for Architectural Technologists in the Europe Region! Please feel free to contact her on paulableanch@gmail.com.

 
  • Email:paulableanch@gmail.com