Client Champions

The CIOB’s client initiative aims to support less-experienced construction clients by curating and sharing best-practice digital resources which will help them achieve improved project outcomes.

The work is led by the CIOB Client Steering Group (CSG), chaired by CIOB Past President Mike Foy OBE MBA FCIOB FCMI and supported by Linda Stevens, CIOB Head of Client Development.

We work closely with appointed CIOB Client Champions who are recognised for delivering excellence in their particular sector, who generously give up their time and expertise to help us create resources that will benefit less experienced clients, end-users and society at large.

Thank you to our CIOB Client Champions:

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President (2021-2022), Chair of Client Steering Group, CIOB Client Champion

Jennifer Makkreel MCIOB

Member of Client Steering Group, CIOB Client Champion, Deputy Head of Capital Projects, University of Oxford

Virginia Borkoski FCIOB, AIA, RIBA

Former CIOB Trustee, Member of Client Steering Group, CIOB Client Champion

Jon Enever

Chief Client Officer, Gleeds, Member of Client Steering Group, CIOB Client Champion

Kenneth Kinsella Hon.RIBA

Director of Capital Development, Estates Division, London School of Economics and Political Science, CIOB Client Champion

Ola Obadara BA(Hons) MSc FCIOB MAPM

Property Projects Group Director, City Surveyor’s Department | City of London, CIOB Client Champion

Paul Nash FCIOB

Director, Paul Nash Consultancy, Past-President CIOB (2016-2017), CIOB Client Champion

Sarah Williams BA (HONS), DIP ARCH, MA (CAMBS)

RIBA Client Adviser, CIOB Client Champion

Paul Morrell OBE

Former Chief Construction Adviser to UK Government, CIOB Client Champion

Kunle Barker MA

Property expert, writer and broadcaster, CIOB Client Champion


Director of Design, Technical and Innovation, Clarion Housing, CIOB Client Champion, Member of Client Steering Group

David Haimes MCIOB

David Haimes Consultants, CIOB Client Champion

Graham Watts OBE

Chief Executive, Construction Industry Council (CIC), CIOB Client Champion

Bill Davis CEng, MCIBSE

Ministry of Justice, Property Directorate, Technical Standards Team, CIOB Client Champion

Rebecca Thompson MA, BSc(Hons), FCIOB, IHBC, MQSi(Hon)

Director of Property, St Paul's Cathedral, CIOB Client Champion

Toby Ward

Head of Estates Development, Sheffield Hallam University, CIOB Client Champion

Jamie Quinn

Sustainability Director, Argent (Property Development) Services LLP

Jamie Strathearn MBA, MRICS, MCIOB

Head of Cost, Programme, Procurement, Pre- Construction, Marks & Spencer. CIOB Trustee

Graham Lewis MBA (Distinction) BSc (Hons) MCIOB

Managing Director, Estates 360, CIOB Client Champion, Member of Client Steering Group

Mohamed Elsayed MInstD FCIOB PMP RMP

Development Manager, Kainga Ora, New Zealand, CIOB Client Champion

Iain Thomas MCIOB

Head of Project & Construction Delivery, Metrolinx, Client Champion

Client Champion Interviews

In this series of short videos, our CIOB Client Champions share their insights and individual experiences across five key themes: Project Delivery; Quality & Safety; Net Zero & Whole Life; Contracts & Procurement; and Regulations.


Project Delivery: Setting and Developing the Project Brief

Architect and RIBA Client Adviser, Sarah Williams, outlines the importance of the Project Brief and advises how to get it right from the start.

Quality & Safety: Compliance with the Building Safety Act

Ayo Allu, of Clarion Housing Group, takes a pragmatic view of the Building Safety Act and shares tips on how to achieve quality and safety compliance.

Net Zero: Achieving target on a central London estate

Kenneth Kinsella, of the London School of Economics, shares some of the challenges and lessons learned and outlines some key pointers on how to meet your net zero targets.