We have a team of Trustees with years of experience within the construction industry who help guide and advise the senior management team. Find out more about who they are.



Andy Wates Bsc MBA, Chairman

Andy joined the Wates Group in 1995 having spent six years gaining experience of the construction industry with Costain Construction and John Shreeves & Partners. Formerly the Managing Director of Wates Interiors, Andy was appointed to the Wates Group Board in May 2011 and he is also a member of the Remuneration Committee. He is Chairman of both the Wates Family Enterprise Trust and the Wates Foundation. Andy chairs the Wates Investment Partnership, which is the family’s long term investment portfolio outside of the Group.

In 2014 Andy was appointed Chairman of Construction Youth Trust. In the same year he also joined the IFB with UCG Policy Committee. He holds an MBA from Roffey Park Business School.


John Abbott BEng (Tech) CEng MICE MCIOB

John is a Chartered Civil Engineer and also a member of the Chartered Institute of Building. He recently retired from paid employment having spent some 43 years with Kier in the Construction Industry where he became a Construction Director with the London Division.  John’s experience covers schools, hospitals, offices, both new build and refurbishment, and has included all forms of procurement from traditional through to PFI. 

John has, throughout his career, always had an interest in recruiting young people into the industry and has championed and mentored both apprentices and graduates as they have commenced their journeys.


Mathew Baxter

Mathew has worked in the construction industry for over 28 years, the last 25 of which have been predominantly in the affordable housing sector as a client, a contractor and as a consultant. Mathew is the Managing Director and owner of Echelon Consultancy, a leading asset management and procurement consultancy working primarily in the public and private housing sectors. He is also the owner of a framework management company that is supporting numerous procurement hubs across the UK, and is also a published author.

As well as being a Trustee for CYT, Mathew is also a Trustee for Herts Young Homeless, a charity in Hertfordshire focusing on preventing homelessness through positive intervention. Outside of work, Mathew’s main passion is motorcycle racing and currently sponsors a British Superstock rider.


Victoria Brambini BA (Hons) MRICS

Victoria is a Managing Director in Scape Group, heading up the subsidiary company of Scape Procure. She sits on the Boards of both Scape Procure and Scape Procure Scotland, leading these Contracting Authorities as procurement expert of a £13bn suite of Build Environment frameworks being used by over 580 public sector organisations.

Having worked in in local government for 18 years, Victoria excels in project and team leadership with a broad experience of built environment and public service teams, building on her technical foundation of architecture and estate management.

Her role in Scape drives forward strategies for progressive, responsible procurement and best practice in framework management to achieve significant project and social value, contributing immensely to the delivery of the government Construction Strategy and Industrial Strategy. Scape has won Best Client to Work With at the Construction Enquirer Awards in 2017 and 2018, testament to the strength in leadership and collaborative approaches Victoria has adopted.

Victoria is a champion in inspiring young people and women into the industry, presenting and debating on national and regional platforms, winning Women In Construction category at the Nottingham Women in Business Awards in 2017. Victoria has just been nominated and is a shortlisted finalist in the English Women’s Award 2018 in the Creative Industries Leader of the Year category.


Stephen Brewer FCIOB, MAPM

As Director of Project Management for Grosvenor, Steve has a successful track record for completing complex and high profile development projects. Seconded full time to the new Defence & National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) project as Construction Executive, and Director of BS Stanford Limited, the operations and management company.

This project will provide future clinical rehabilitation in the UK for the armed forces and the nation. Chairman of the Programme Appointments Panel for the proposed new Royal Artillery Museum and Salisbury Plain Heritage Centre in Wiltshire.


Richard Laudy LLB

Richard is a qualified lawyer working in the construction and engineering industry, dealing with advisory work and procurement strategies.

He is currently the Construction Partner at Pinsent Masons, and has been with the firm since 1985.


Assad Maqbool

Assad is a solicitor specialising in Projects and Construction and a partner at the specialist real estate law firm, Trowers and Hamlins. He negotiates and drafts building and Engineering contracts and development agreements for commercial clients and public sector bodies.

Assad has particular experience of advising on education sector projects and integrating employment, skills and social value requirements in to project and asset management procurements.


Bill Meredith BA, FCA

Bill Meredith is an audit partner with KPMG and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has worked for KPMG for 29 years and been a partner for 17 years. He specialises in infrastructure and construction businesses and has been the lead audit partner for FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 Businesses.


Jane Nelson MSc

Jane Nelson has worked in the construction / building maintenance sector for 30 years.

Starting her career as a trainee painter and decorator, she is now is an Executive Director of Mears Group, the largest provider of building maintenance to social housing in the country.


Mark Southwell BSc, MSc MICE MAPM

Mark has previously worked for client, consultant and contractor organisations gaining 30 years’ experience primarily leading major programmes and businesses in the transportation sector. Currently, Mark works for Jacobs where he is Vice President for Rail and Geotechnical. He previously led the operations for CH2M State & Local in the South and was Global Practice Director for Transit and Rail.

Mark enjoys developing teams and organisations and this includes supporting CYT as a Trustee. He is a chartered civil engineer with a post graduate qualification in project management.


Jo Cooke FCIS, Company Secretary

Jo joined CYT in 2004.  She studied at Kensington College of Business where she qualified as a Chartered Company Secretary. Following an early career in the construction industry with Wates Group, Jo joined the National Trust as Deputy Secretary in 2006.

There she leads the governance team with responsibility for delivering secretariat support to the non-executive community and executive team.