Neil Thomson, Construction Director, Stewart Milne Homes
Neil has extensive experience within the construction industry, having started his career within a private architectural practice in Aberdeen. Neil then moved into the house building industry, spending 2 ½ years working in the South East of England, before joining Stewart Milne Group in a Project Management role. Neil’s current role within Stewart Milne Homes North, is Construction Director, and Director Responsible for Safety, as he is responsible for all construction and health & safety related activities across all housing developments. Neil has represented Trades Awards main sponsor, Stewart Milne Group for the past 3 years, including a role as a judge.
Jim Booth, Training Executive, Tullos Training
Jim Booth is a Training Executive with Tullos Training Ltd, a long established engineering and construction training organisation, providing advancement of vocational and further education training in the development of individual capabilities, skills and understanding.
As one of Scotland’s leading training providers, Tullos Training has trained thousands of apprentices for a variety of different jobs in different areas of engineering and construction.
After many years in both the construction and public sector, Jim felt that it was time to give something back to the industries and this lead him to apprenticeship training.
Having now trained many apprentices over the years and working closely with many local and national companies, Jim decided it was the perfect time to join the judging panel for the 2017 Trade Awards.
Mike Duthie, Owner, Flexistore Aberdeen
Mike Duthie owns the franchise for Flexistore Mobile Self Storage in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Mike has been in business since 2007 since and has been fortunate enough to serve hundreds of different customers, both business and domestic. Mike and his team know the importance of understanding a customer’s unique circumstances and delivering a high quality customer service. This is Mike’s third year of sitting on the judging panel, and it is his fourth year of sponsoring one of the award categories.
Cammy Keith, Business Manager – Trades and Technical, Thorpe Molloy
Cammy Keith, a Business Manager with Thorpe Molloy Recruitment, has been at the helm of the Trades & Tech team since joining the company in 2010. Realising the potential of this professional market, Cammy established the Trades & Tech specialism and in 2014 was awarded the company’s Recruiter of the Year accolade in recognition of his commercial success and account management skills. Running this team as his own “mini business” Cammy hopes his personal experience and appreciation for the challenges facing new start businesses in the construction sector will complement the skills and experience of his judging peers. Out with work, Cammy is an accomplished semi-professional footballer, currently playing in the Highland Football League with Keith FC.
Kevin Main, Director, Safety Scotland Ltd
Kevin has been a judge with Trades Awards since its inception, and has also sat on the steering group to ensure that the awards continue in the right direction. Kevin has spent his whole working career within the construction industry from an apprentice joiner, to Site Manager, to CITB and is now running a successful Construction Health and Safety Consultancy. He is a Chartered Safety Practitioner and is involved in some of the major housing and commercial developments in Aberdeen.
Raymond Simpson, Managing Director, Raymond Simpson Associates Limited
Raymond Simpson Associates Limited was established in 1986 by managing director Raymond Simpson FCIOB MRICS MAPM. Raymond is also the past chair of CIOB Scotland, and trained in Aberdeen with Private, Local Authority Architects and the Aberdeen City Planning and Building Control. He can also boast more than 40 years of experience within the build environment. The private practice opened in 1986 offering several services, including part or complete architectural services, project management, building surveying and consultancy on building Standards.
Kevin Urquhart, Construction Manager, Barratt Homes
Barratt Developments is the nation’s largest housebuilder and our business is acquiring land, obtaining planning consents and building the highest quality homes in places people aspire to live supported by our expertise in land, design, construction and sales and marketing.
Our vision is to lead the future of housebuilding by putting customers at the heart of everything we do and build the highest quality homes. This is recognised by our House Building Federations 5 star customer rating, the only major house-builder to have achieved this for the Seventh consecutive year.
Kevin brings over 20 years’ experience within the industry progressing from a Joiner apprentice, through site management, contracts management to his current position of Construction Manager, where he is responsible for all construction and customer services for the Barratt North Scotland Division.
Margaret Waldron, Solicitor and owner, The Law Practice
The Law Practice was born after an unexpected, opportunity after a diverse career history. After studying languages at University, Margaret had a short spell in banking, before marrying and moving abroad. Margaret then completed secretarial studies, and in her mid-thirties, started studying for a law degree before qualifying as a solicitor.
In 2005, Margaret launched The Law Practice, now entering its twelfth year, through ups and downs the business has flourished: it boasts a friendly hardworking, handpicked team, welcoming high-street premises and a sister company, The Law Practice Leasing.
The Law practice is a bit different, fusing the team’s trusted, traditional values with a fresh, energetic approach. There is real excitement for clients’ successes, a long-established tradition of ‘Cake Friday’ and a strictly optional attitude to stuffy suits.
Friendly, approachable, caring and jargon free are their buzz words. We like to think that our clients receive legal services with added “TLC” from “TLP”
Brian Warrender, Owner, Brian Warrender Plumbing and Heating
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Kim Woolner, FCIPD – HR and Corporate Services Director, Richard Irvin Energy Solutions
Kim is a senior HR professional with over 18 years’ experience of delivering practical and pragmatic HR solutions at both operational and strategic levels for a number of leading organisations in Aberdeen and London. These have included Discovery Communications, English National Opera, ASOS and Total Oil Marine.
Part of the Senior Management Team, Kim joined RIES as HR Director at the end of 2012 and works as a key advisor to the CEO and Board, with primary responsibility for the Group HR and HSEQ functions. Kim is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development which demonstrates that she meets the highest standards in HR and applies this when creating and developing strategies that are aligned to, and deliver on, the business objectives.