The CIC is run by a Board of Directors, which meets up to six times per year. The Board comprises:
- The Chair
- Chief Executive
- The Deputy Chair
- The Chair of CICAIR Ltd
- The Honorary Treasurer
- Three directors appointed by the Members of CIC
- Up to four additional directors, appointed by the Board
Dr Wei Yang
CIC Chair (until June 2025)
Dr Wei Yang FAcSS, FRTPI, MCIHT, AOU, RIBA CLIENT ADVISER
Dr Wei Yang is an internationally renowned town planner and urban designer who champions a place-based whole systems approach to tackle the grand challenges of our times. She is an influential thought leader and a powerful advocate for climate actions, nature-based solutions, health & well-being, and social equality.
Wei has extensive experience in leading multi-disciplinary teams and implementing large-scale regeneration and low carbon master planning projects in Britain and internationally. Her professional strengths lie in combining innovative planning inspirations with feasible implementation solutions. She is also a popular keynote speaker, an author, and a scholar.
Wei was President for 2021 of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). She champions a revival of spirit and a modernised planning profession to tackle the global challenges in a systematic way, and thus to achieve collective wellbeing and fulfilment for all.
Wei is a lead figure in researching, promoting, and implementing 21st Century Garden City and green & low-carbon development approach worldwide. She is co-author of a bestselling book, Humanistic Pure Land and Garden Cities (Shi & Yang, 2021).
Wei is also co-founder and CEO of the Digital Task Force for Planning and co-author of A Digital Future for Planning – Spatial Planning Reimagined (Batty & Yang, 2022) which outlines blueprint for digital transformation of spatial planning and the sector’s future.
Through her leadership in various areas, Wei builds a bridge between research, development and policy via her understanding of and belief in the full potential of spatial panning as a pivotal applied science discipline.
She is a Fellow of Academy of Social Sciences, a Fellow of the RTPI, a Member of Chartered Institute of Highway and Transportation (CHIT), a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Client Advisor, and an Honorary Professor at University College London.
Wei also holds a number of board-level and advisory roles across different sectors. She is a board member of the British Library and Chair of its Capital Portfolio Committee, a Global Planner Networks (GPN) representative at the UN Habitat Professional Forum, and a Professionals Co-Chair of the UN Habitat World Urban Campaign Steering Committee.
Graham Watts OBE
Graham Watts OBE BA(Hons), HonFRIBA, HonRICS, HonFCIBSE, HonFICWCI, HonFBIID, HonMCIAT, Hon FCABE, HonFFB, HonFCInstCES FRSA, MCMI
Graham has been involved with CIC since 1989. Initially, as a member of the Council, it’s Executive Board and then as a Director. He was appointed Chief Executive and Secretary in October 1991. Prior to joining CIC, Graham was Chief Executive of the British Institute of Architectural Technologists (a member of CIC) from 1983.
Graham is responsible for the general policy and direction of the Council, for maintaining effective communication with Government, other external agencies and with members and for establishing and maintaining the CIC Secretariat and office.
Graham is an Honorary Fellow of RIBA, CIBSE, CABE, ICWCI, BIID, CICES and the Faculty of Building and an Honorary Member of the RICS and CIAT. He was awarded the President’s Medal of the CIOB in 2000 and the Peter Stone Award of the Association of Building Engineers in 1996.
Graham is currently a director of CIC Approved Inspectors Register (CICAIR Ltd); Construction Umbrella Bodies (Holdings) Ltd; the Considerate Constructors’ Scheme; and Constructionarium Ltd. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Northumbria for twelve years from 2000. He has been Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment since 2010.
Graham is a member of the Industry Response Group, set up by the MHCLG in the immediate aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and Chaired the Competence Working Group set up to assist Dame Judith Hackitt’s Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. Following the report publication he is now Chair of the Steering Group charged with implementing the recommendations on improving competence for all those engaged in designing, construction, managing and maintaining higher-risk residential buildings, this includes oversight of the competence work being carried out in the Fire and Rescue Services.
Graham had a long involvement in the sport of fencing and his competitive career culminated with a Commonwealth Medal in 1990. In 1992, he captained the British Sabre team at the Barcelona Olympic Games. He was the Manager of the British Fencing Team from 1996 and the Performance Director of the British Olympic Fencing Team for 10 years from 2000 to 2010, and Team Leader at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics Games.
Outside of CIC, he is an established international dance writer and critic. He is a member of The Critics’ Circle, the UNESCO Dance Council, Dance UK and the Society of Dance Research. He has been Chairman of the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle since 2009 and of the National Dance Awards since 2010. In 2012, he was author of Daria Klimentová’s Autobiography “Agony and Ecstasy: My Life in Dance”.
Graham received an OBE in the New Years Honours in 2008 for his services to the construction industry.
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Immediate Past Chair (until June 2024)
Justin Sullivan BSc.QS FRICS ACIArb MEWI
Justin is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry and founded Adair in 1994. Recently appointed Deputy Chair of the Construction Industry Council (CIC), he is also a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and a RICS Accredited Expert plus Chair of the International Construction Measurement Standards Coalition (ICMS).
Justin divides his time between running the firm and client work and strongly believes in the importance of developing and maintaining professional qualifications and standards.
Justin specialises in project management, quantity surveying and project monitoring for commercial projects and international super-prime residential projects in London, Gibraltar, Barbados, the Cayman Islands and UAE for example. He also acts as an expert witness for construction claims, adjudications, arbitrations and civil proceedings in court and has given
evidence in the UK Technology and Construction Court. He has acted as expert and single joint expert on numerous occasions and is renowned for his skill and expertise in construction disputes, including giving oral evidence in court and in arbitration proceedings.
Justin has chaired and spoken at many conferences for the RICS and the CEEC and is skilled at organising and facilitating networking clubs and events.
Jessica Taylor is a Partner and heads up the London Construction and Infrastructure Team of Ashfords LLP solicitors.
She has over 28 years’ experience in advising on construction and engineering law. Her expertise includes working with property investors, institutional clients, banks, contractors and consultants as well as for housing providers and local authorities on a wide range of projects in a number of sectors including the residential sector as well as in the commercial, hotels and leisure and healthcare sectors.
Her work involves the drafting and negotiation of major strategic and operational commercial and construction contracts.
Nick Raynsford was a Member of Parliament for Greenwich and Woolwich since 1997 (Greenwich 1992-1997). He joined the Government in 1997 and held responsibility for housing, planning and construction as well as being Minister for London. He was Minister for Local and Regional Government in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister from 2001 to 2005. He was made a privy councillor in the 2001 New Year’s Honours.
He was Shadow Minister for Housing and Construction from 1994 and front bench spokesperson for London from 1993. He was a member of the Environment Select Committee from 1992 to 1993.
He was Member of Parliament for Fulham from 1986 to1987 and was a councillor for the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham from 1971 to 1975.
He was Director of SHAC, the London Housing Aid Centre from 1976 to 1986, and Director of Raynsford & Morris Housing Consultants from 1987 to 1992.
Nick Raynsford is a Vice President of the Town and Country Planning Association, an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and of the Royal Town Planning Institute. He is President of the Labour Housing Group and Chairman of the NHBC Foundation, the Fire Protection Association Council and the London Open House Supporters at Large Group. He is a Non-executive Director of Rockpools and of Hometrack.
Julia Evans OBE
Member Appointed Director (until June 2023)
Julia Evans OBE
Julia took up the role as CE of BSRIA in 2014 and leads the organisation as it seeks to ‘make buildings better’. Since 1955 BSRIA has worked in the field of HVAC and is an integral part of the response to the sustainability and environmental challenges of the modern day. Simply thinking of BSRIA as improving the built environment does not do justice to the expertise and extent of the services available or the knowledge on offer to members and ergo to wider industry.
BSRIA also extends its influence and reach by collaboration within the representative bodies in the sector. Accordingly, Julia sits on the Board of the Construction Industry Council (CIC) where she led the 2021 Strategic Review. She supports the Construction Industry Training Board on its Industry Funding Committee and supports education most recently as a Governor and Chair of Leeds College of Building.
She supports the relevant Minister of the day by her appointment to the Building Regulation Advisory Committee where she sits as in independent member and Deputy Chair.
Passionate about Inclusion and Diversity, Julia was awarded an OBE in 2018 for her work in the sector.
Member Appointed Director (until June 2024)
Lorna’s career in Public Service Building Control spans over 30 years where she has held roles from building control surveyor up to senior managerial positions. Lorna joined LABC in 2008 as Business Development Director, advancing to Deputy Managing Director in 2015 and Chief Executive in 2019.
As LABC’s Chief Executive, Lorna leads the implementation of LABC’s strategic programmes on quality, standards, competencies and learning, including accredited qualifications and informal continuous professional development programmes.
Lorna is a member of the Joint Regulators’ Group working with MHCLG and HSE, National Fire Chiefs Council and the Local Government Association to define, pilot and test the new regulatory approaches outlined in Dame Judith’s Final Report. She sits on the Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) and the Interim Industry Competence Committee; the BSI technical committee for competence in the built environment and other professional committees focussed on improving standards and outcomes in the construction industry.
Member Appointed Director (Until June 2025)
Jennifer Dixon B Arch Dip. Arch RIBA
An experienced Architect and Lead Designer, Jennifer works as a Client Adviser to a wide range of public, private and third sector clients.
Between 2013 and 2019 she headed the architecture discipline at consultancy AECOM across the EMEA region, directing the design teams
servicing public and private sector organisations including Network Rail, Schiphol Airport, Royal Dutch Shell, Novartis, Lend Lease, Heathrow, Dyson, Amazon and Moorfields Eye Hospital. A dual British and Australian citizen,
Jennifer has also worked for clients in South East Asia, the US and the Middle East.
Jennifer read architecture at the Mackintosh School of Architecture and University of Westminster. She set up her London architecture practice in 1993, which joined Austin-Smith:Lord in 2003, and became principal of Austin-
Smith:Lord's London studio. Achievements include AJ Practice of the Year in 2010 and an RIBA Regional Award for a new concert hall in Guildford, in 2011. She has directed teams in a broad range of sectors, including infrastructure, healthcare, arts & culture, heritage and regeneration, hospitality, residential and mixed use.
She maintains a wide perspective of the built environment professions
worldwide, and has led global design frameworks for multinational clients. She is known for her energetic and proactive leadership style, combining strategic vision with a capacity for fine detail where required.
Passionate about professionalism and the advancement of architectural practice, Jennifer is an elected Councillor of the Royal Institute of British Architects. She speaks regularly at industry events on the role of architects in the multi-disciplinary environment. She was appointed to the RIBA Board of
Trustees in January 2022.