Meet our Judges

The judging panel is comprised of some of the most experienced and respected professionals in the structural engineering industry.

Their collective knowledge spans a variety of specialities within the field including academia, architecture, construction, sustainability, innovation and research.

Professor David A Nethercot

Professor David A Nethercot

Chairman of The Structural Awards Judging Panel

For 12 years, up to September 2011, David was Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London, he is a past member of the Council of the Royal Academy of Engineering and received an OBE for services to Structural Engineering in 2006. David is Past President of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering, a Past President of the Institution of Structural Engineers and recipient of the Gold Medal Award 2009. David is a foreign member of the National Academies of Engineering of Australia and the USA.



Dr Michael Cook

Dr Michael Cook

Michael is a Partner of BuroHappold, having been Chairman from 2011 to 2017. He is well known in the industry for his significant contribution to designing innovative buildings and enhancing the reputation of the profession. Mike was a Vice-President of the Institution of Structural Engineers 2015/6 and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2009, he received the IABSE Milne Medal for his contributions to structural design and in 2017 received an honorary Doctorate of Engineering from the University of Bath for his contribution to the profession. He is Professor of Creative Design in the Department of Civil Engineering at Imperial College, London.



Kayin Dawoodi

Kayin Dawoodi

Kayin is a Lead Structural Engineer at Sweco in Sweden and a Founding Trustee of Bridges to Prosperity’s UK Charitable Trust. With an architectural background and a passion for anything unusual, his work focuses on delivering desirable solutions, including developing Bridges to Prosperity's Suspension Footbridge design processes. Kayin was the winner of the Institution's 2014 Young Structural Engineering Professional Award



Tanya de Hoog

Tanya de Hoog

Tanya is a founding director of Thornton Tomasetti’s London office.  Her professional experience spans Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Australia, where she has worked on a diverse range of projects that focus on Engineering creativity and innovation with an intent to foster good design. Celebrating the contribution structural engineering can bring to society, as well as the promoting the importance of continued education and application of sound engineering principles and their relevance to emerging technologies are of significant importance to Tanya.



Ian Firth

Ian Firth

Ian is currently a Director of COWI (formerly Flint & Neill). He is a world leading expert in bridge design and construction.

During his career Ian has been involved with world famous bridge projects like the strengthening of the Severn Bridge, Erskine Bridge and West Gate Bridge, and the concept design of Stonecutters’ Bridge in Hong Kong, as well as many smaller pedestrian bridges such as the new Inner Harbour Bridge in Copenhagen. He is also a leading advocate of bridge-building charity Bridges to Prosperity.

Ian is the current President of the Institution of Structural Engineers.



Tristram Hope

Tristram Hope

Tristram is the founder and Chairman of independent construction consultancy THiSolutions Ltd, with particular expertise in sustainable design. He is the Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Engineering Design and Sustainability for the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Leeds and a founder member of the Construction Industry Council regional branch for Yorkshire and the Humber.



Professor Tim Ibell

Professor Tim Ibell

Tim was President of the Institution of Structural Engineers in 2015, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He has a passion for celebrating creativity within our profession, and for using this creativity to inspire students. He is Associate Dean for Research in Engineering and Design at the University of Bath, UK, and a former Head of the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering.



Robert Jackson

Robert Jackson

Robert graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor’s Degree of Applied Science in Civil Engineering. Robert comes from a carpentry background, and has recently contributed to the success of several timber focused projects in Canada as a structural design engineer.

He is the recent recipient of two awards from the Institution of Structural Engineers in London. Most notably, The Young Structural Engineering Professional Award.



Dr Martin Knight

Dr Martin Knight

Martin is one of the leading UK architects specialising in the design of bridges and transport infrastructure.  He founded international bridge designers Knight Architects in 2006 following nine years at Wilkinson Eyre Architects, where he was responsible for bridges including the RIBA Stirling Prize-winning Gateshead Millennium Bridge.   His practice completed multiple bridges at Stratford City for the London 2012 Olympic Games and recently completed the £14m Hatea River Crossing in New Zealand, the Destructor Bridge in Bath, UK and twin 100m-long footbridges at Leverkusen in Germany. 

A passionate believer in the importance of good design in infrastructure, he is leading his practice’s work on the A303 Stonehenge bypass and sits on the HS2 Design Panel and the Design Commission for Wales Design Review Panel.

Martin was elected a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2016.



Toby Maclean

Toby Maclean

Toby was educated at Cambridge University, graduating with a first-class master’s degree in engineering. His career began in 1993 at Arup. In 2000 he left to establish a satellite office of Packman Lucas structural engineers at the design and architecture practice Heatherwick Studio.  During his five years at the Studio, he worked very closely with other professionals from very different backgrounds: architects, fine artists and product, industrial & graphic designers, amongst others. 

In early 2005, Toby established TALL, a structural engineering consultancy providing practical yet technically sophisticated solutions to diverse projects in the built environment and concentrating on design from first principles. In September 2016 TALL merged with Canadian structural engineering firm Entuitive and Toby continues to take a lead role in the UK.



Andrew Minson

Andrew Minson

Andrew is Executive Director at MPA responsible for The Concrete Centre and British Precast. He is currently chair of the Design Committee Design Practice, Risk and Structural Safety Committee of the Institution of Structural Engineers.

He joined The Concrete Centre in 2004 following 10 years with Arup in building engineering where he worked in multi-disciplinary teams.



Simon Pitchers

Simon Pitchers

Simon has over 40 years of construction industry experience.  Currently Simon is Director of Craddys, consulting structural engineers and Arc Bauen, construction managers.  He is a Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers Trustee Board, Council and Editorial Advisory Group.



Sam Price

Sam Price

Sam founded Price & Myers with Robert Myers in 1978.  His many award-winning new buildings and alterations include many of the colleges at Oxford and Cambridge.  He has provided advice on York Minster and on the cathedrals at Oxford and Canterbury, and on two Coptic monasteries in Egypt.  He has lectured at Cambridge, Glasgow, Trieste, Bergen, Hong Kong, and Vancouver.  He was for twelve years a member of the Architectural Panel of the National Trust.



Julia Ratcliffe

Julia Ratcliffe

Julia is a Director of Expedition Engineering. She has collaborated with leading architects and designers both in the UK and internationally on buildings ranging from towers and performing arts centres to private residences. She has been with Expedition since 2006, when she returned to London after working in New York and on development projects in Asia.

In 2015 she was appointed as a Design Council Cabe Built Environment Expert.



Tara Reale

Tara Reale

Tara works with Mott MacDonald in London and holds a PhD in bridge management from Trinity College Dublin, where she was involved in European wide research projects. She is Vice-Chairperson of the Young Members Panel and is extremely passionate about encouraging young people into engineering.



Roger Ridsdill Smith

Roger Ridsdill Smith

Roger Ridsdill Smith is the Head of the Structural Engineering team at Foster + Partners. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers and a licensed Professional Engineer and Structural Engineer in the United States. He won the Royal Academy of Engineering Silver medal in 2010.



Peter Terrell

Peter Terrell

Peter is founder and President of Terrell Group Consulting Engineers. After early years with Ove Arup, Peter set up as sole practitioner in 1982 in Paris, building a practice that is today recognised as one of the leading structural engineering consultancies in France, with over 100 employees.  He has been at the forefront of many successful projects including the Doha Tower (CTBUH Best Tall Building Worldwide 2012) and the DR Byen Concert Hall in Copenhagen.



Grant Tolley

Grant Tolley

Grant is Chief Engineer of Temporary Works, Balfour Beatty Major Projects and Founding Director, Temporary Works Forum (TWf)

He is a Chartered Civil Engineer with 32 years in the industry, a third spent in the building sector and two thirds within major civil engineering, Grant’s experience has been almost entirely directly connected with temporary works design for major building and civil engineering contractors in the following work sectors; infrastructure, power, highways, rail, airports, maritime, tunnelling, urban building developments etc.

Grant’s recent experience has been on the 2012 Olympic Park Aquatics Centre, Olympic Stadium Transformation, Crossrail tunnel and stations, major smart motorway upgrading, Sellafield nuclear process works, residential high rise towers and low rise new build office developments in London.