Eastern Region

  • Nicholas Bewes

    Chairman

    Nicholas is the Chief Executive of Howard Group, and for the past 20 years has led this Cambridge based, family-owned business.  

    The Group comprises the Howard Property Group, a real estate business specialising in investment, development and regeneration, and Howard Capital partners, focused predominantly on early stage technology investment.

    Nicholas has been working with a range of local charity and industry partners to launch a training and apprenticeship programme for young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness within the construction industry. 

    A founder Board member of Cambridge Ahead, Nicholas currently sits on the Policy Committee of the Institute for Family Business, and, as a keen musician, is on the Board of the Cambridge Music Festival.  He serves as Trustee of various charities.

  • Rebecca Britton

    Board Member

    Rebecca is the Head of Communities and Partnerships for masterdeveloper Urban&Civic, who are a foundation partner of Land Aid. Rebecca leads Partnership work across the company as well as focussing on the three strategic sites in development in Cambridgeshire at Alconbury Weald, Wintringham, St Neots and Waterbeach, just north of Cambridge.  These will deliver up to 15,000 homes, 11 schools, many miles of cycle tracks and other infrastructure and thousands of acres of landscape for nature and people.

    Urban&Civic have committed that these projects will minimise their impacts on local communities and maximise the economic, environmental and community benefits within their wider areas. As part of this Rebecca has led work the work on jobs and skills, including setting up a jobs brokerage with partners for Huntingdonshire, and supported a range of local projects and charities which support local people into sustainable employment. She is also a Board member for Groundwork East, which works locally to transform lives in disadvantaged communities.

     

  • Juliet Clark

    Board Member

    Juliet is a Health and Social Impact Specialist and leads the development of these services at Stantec in Cambridge.

    She specialises in social value, health and socioeconomic assessment as well as advising clients on site development potential and how to maximise the social benefits. She is driving forward the health, wellbeing and inclusion agendas within the development industry, to create healthy living and working environments and ensure our emerging urban heritage works for everyone.

    Prior to joining Stantec Juliet worked in the Planning Division at Bidwells, following an earlier career in property research, regeneration and town planning. 

  • Colin Brown

    Board Member

    Colin is a Partner and was appointed Head of Planning & Development Division at Carter Jonas, Cambridge, in November 2020. He has over 25 years’ experience of planning consultancy and has a broad sphere of work. He acts for a wide range of private, institutional and developer clients and has worked on significant planning applications and appeals.

    Away from work, Colin is Chairman of the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry and Trustee of the Cambridge branch of Interact. He is also Chairman of the Dining Rights Committee at the Hawks’ Club, a sporting club in the City for Cambridge University sportsmen.

  • Bob Ensch

    Board Member

    Having led Morgan Sindall Construction’s business in Cambridge for over 10 years, Bob has recently moved into a part-time business development role assisting the new Area Director.  The company operates across the public and private sectors to deliver the social infrastructure around us – from schools, universities and hospitals to retail, office and leisure environments.

    Bob has also been a non-executive director of TrAC, an apprenticeship training agency in the construction industry in the East of England for the last 7 years, and is a Trustee of the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry.  Bob represents Morgan Sindall Construction as a member of Cambridge Ahead, and also sits on the Employment and Skills Board for the Cambridge & Peterborough Combined Authority.

  • Jonathan Martin

    Board Member

    Jonathan has worked in the Voluntary Sector for over 25 years; most of that time has been spent at YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, now YMCA Trinity Group covering Cambridgeshire & Suffolk. Currently, Jonathan serves on the County’s Health & Wellbeing Board and the Safeguarding Board as a Voluntary Sector representative. He also acts as a Trustee to a small local Community Development Charity.

    He was asked to be part of the UK’s Department for Education Task Force on School Exclusions representing the whole Voluntary Sector. He is currently on the YMCA’s World Urban Network Executive Council and an Honorary Fellow of Anglia Ruskin University. Jonathan remains passionate about Children and Young People & about the role the VCS can play in supporting, enabling & inspiring them to reach their full potential.

  • Joel Fayers

    Board Member

    Joel is a Director at MPC, based in the Eastern region. He has supported clients such as Bellway Homes, Addington Capital, Hill, CALA Homes and PGEL on projects across the region including a major town centre regeneration scheme in Harlow and a £350 million energy-from-waste facility in Peterborough. He has extensive experience working on construction communications as well as the promotion of strategic sites, liaising closely with the local community to reduce potential risk to the site whilst finding possible supporters for the scheme. 

    Prior to working in this industry, Joel worked in Westminster for a senior Member of Parliament where he assisted with the West Anglia Taskforce which was set up by the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Mayor of London. During his time working for the Conservative Party, he ran various local government campaigns in Uttlesford and Chelmsford, with roles including Election Agent and Campaign Director for the 2015 General Election.

  • Elliot Page

    Board Member

    Elliot Page is a Director of Transport at Stantec. Based in the Stantec Cambridge office, he has worked on numerous significant land development projects throughout the region. Stantec design places that are adaptable to change, in order to create sustainable environments with both present and future needs in mind. This is reflected in our extensive portfolio including land development, retail, leisure and local authority led regeneration schemes.

    Through his work he is an advocate for well planned growth predicated on sustainable transport and movement. Elliot enjoys developing strategies that can unlock complex sites for new communities but also ensuring that investments and decisions made will also benefit the existing communities in the area.

    Elliot lives in Cambridge with his young family. He has long standing ties to the area and is passionate about how he can influence the City and region to grow more equitably with the benefits of growth being enjoyed by all rather than the few.

  • Katherine Rodgers

    Board Member

    Katherine is a property development professional with experience working for leading real estate investment and development specialists across residential and commercial sectors in the UK.

    Katherine serves as Director of Property Development at the University of Cambridge and leads on the development of the university’s operational and commercial estate, including the major projects at Eddington and the West Cambridge Innovation District.

    Her previous roles spanned strategy, investment and development as Head of Strategy and Business Planning and Major Projects Development Director at Grosvenor, and Director of Development for Lendlease’s 22-acre commercial regeneration district in Stratford, London. Katherine also serves as Non-Executive Director on the Group Investment Committee and Group Board for The Hyde Group housing association and is Trustee of the Hyde Charitable Trust.

  • Sophie Thornley

    Board Member

    Sophie is an associate solicitor at Birketts LLP in Cambridge, and advises on all aspects of non-contentious construction and engineering transactions (and has previous experience in commercial property).  Her clients are varied, and include all parties involved in construction deals including employers, contractors, consultants, sub-contractors, funders and end users such as purchasers or tenants. Working to help clients to actively manage and mitigate risks, Sophie can assist clients to procure or finance a project and achieve their overall aim of seeing something built. Sophie particularly enjoys working as an extended part of a project team to ensure that clients’ interests are protected, and particularly thrives on project management.