Meet CIAT's Executive Board

Executive Board

Alex Naraian PCIAT



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.


Eddie Weir MCIAT

President Elect and 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.


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.


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.

Paul Laycock MCIAT

Vice-President Education


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.


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.


Robert Davey MCIAT

Executive Board Trustee and Regional Councillor, Region 05 West Midlands

Stephen Nicholls MCIAT

Executive Board Trustee, Regional Councillor and Secretary, Region 03 North West


Stephen is the Councillor for North West Region. Former Vice-President Innovation and Research, Executive Board Member and Member of the Institute for over 30 years. 

Grant Steer MCIAT

Executive Board Trustee, Regional Councillor, Region 11 Channel Islands

David Traynor MCIAT

Executive Board Trustee and Regional Councillor, Region 15 Northern Ireland


David has been working as an Architectural Technologist in the built environment for over 40 years. He has worked across the UK and Ireland for various and diverse organisations ranging from Public Authorities to private Architectural Partnerships and privately owned Development companies.

He was admitted as a full member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) in 1995 and immediately joined the local Northern Ireland Region. David is a key contributor on the Regional Committee and held the post of CPD officer for 6 years prior to being elected as Regional Councillor for Northern Ireland in 2005, a post that he still holds today.

He currently sits on the Finance Committee, having been an Assessor for new Chartered Members and is Chairman/ Director of Architectural Technology Services Ltd. (ATSL) on behalf of CIAT. Additionally, David is an active Trustee on the Executive Board of CIAT since 2012 and was recently re-elected in November 2018 to serve for a further term.

In 2004, David was instrumental in bidding for and winning the honour of bringing the CIAT AGM to Northern Ireland for the first time in the Institute's history. This event included a Technical Conference that was attended by all the professional related bodies within the built environment. On the back of this success, Region 15 bid for the AGM to again be hosted in Belfast in November 2012, in conjunction with the centenary celebrations for the Titanic. This was held at the Titanic Signature Building where over 300 members and invited guests attended an evening of Technical Awards, the inevitable speeches, good food, great music and hours of joyous dancing. Over the weekend, Members attended pre-booked tours of the new Titanic Visitors Centre and enjoyed the fantastic range of exhibits including the state of the art interactive visitor experience housed in an iconic, 6-floor building at the heart of Titanic’s birth place.

This event proved to be very successful and has truly put Region 15 on the map as a must go destination for people to visit and sample all there is to offer in Northern Ireland.

David’s current post as Project Manager with a local Council proves how Architectural Technologists’ skills are transferrable within diverse sectors. Importantly, it demonstrates how CIAT has the ability to establish new partnerships and collaborations to educate others outside the construction industry and to develop and promote shared interest and benefit within the built environment.