Judging Panel

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, 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

Mike Duthie owns the franchise for Flexistore Mobile Self Storage in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Mike has been in business since 2007 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 fifth 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.


Michelle Forth, Director, Safety Scotland Ltd

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Michelle is an Associate Director at local independent safety consultants Safety Scotland Ltd.   Michelle graduated from Robert Gordon University in 2005 having gained a Batchelor of Science degree in Construction Management.  She then began her career within the industry as a Graduate Site Manager with Mansell Construction Services Ltd working on various multi-million pound projects.  In 2008 Michelle took on the role of Project Engineer with Bailey Building Services where she made up part of the management team leading the £10million mechanical and electrical contract at Union Square.  By this point in Michelle’s career it had become clear to her that she wished to progress in the field of health and safety and in 2011 was offered the position of Health & Safety Advisor at Safety Scotland Ltd.  Within four years of taking on this role Michelle progressed from an entry level position to an integral part of the senior management team.

Michelle is an active member of both the local branch of Women in Property (Past Chair) and Aberdeen Association of Construction Professionals (Vice Chair)


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 Director, Barratt Homes

Kevin Urquhart

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 eighth 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 Director, where he is responsible for all construction and customer services for the Barratt North Scotland Division.


Margaret Waldron, Practice Manager, Vee Thom Wealth Management

Margaret Waldron
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Brian Warrender, Owner, Brian Warrender Plumbing and Heating

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Kim Woolner, HR and Corporate Services Director, Richard Irvin Energy Solutions

Kim Woolner

Kim is a senior HR professional with over 20 years’ experience of delivering pragmatic HR solutions at both operational and strategic levels for a number of leading organisations in Aberdeen and London. These have included Discovery, 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 Board, with primary responsibility for the Group HR, HSEQ and Administrative functions. Kim is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (FCIPD) 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.


Syd Birnie, Director, Glulam Solutions


Having worked in the construction industry since leaving school, Syd gained extensive experience in architectural, project management and sales before taking the reins at Aberdeen Window & Door Systems. He went on to sell that business to key suppliers NorDan and after a spell as their managing Director in the UK, went on to set-up Glulam Solutions Ltd. in 2011. Seeing a trend back towards the use of natural sustainable materials and the expansive use of engineered timber across Europe, the company has developed solutions for both residential and commercial projects across the length and breadth of the UK from it’s base in Inverurie.


Richard Murdo, Director, Revive The Finish

Richard left school in 1981 and started a joinery apprenticeship with Doric Construction in Aberdeen.  He then spent the next 20 years working as a joiner on various construction sites in the North of Scotland and Tayside.  In 2001 Richard became the original multi-surafce repair specialist in the North of Scotland through ‘The Plastic Surgeon’.  Richard subsequently became the Regional Scottish Manager with a team of 20 technicians serving Inverness to Carlisle.  In 2010 Richard started his own multi-surface repair company ‘Revive The Finish’ which thanks to all his cutomers is still going strong today.

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Mike Macaulay, Chairman, GPH Builders Merchants


Chris Clarke, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors



  • Stewart Milne Group
  • www.wmdonald.com
  • AACP
  • Barratt Homes
  • Cala Homes
  • Evening Express
  • Flexistore Aberdeen
  • Glulam Solutions
  • GPH Builders Merchants
  • Life property Management
  • Nicol of Skene
  • Richard Irvin
  • Safety Scotland
  • Thorpe Molloy
  • Mearns and Gill