About Us

Improving Industry Performance


CENE is a business support organisation for the North East construction industry, dedicated to delivering improved industry performance in order to achieve a better built environment.  We are committed to working with the industry, its customers and the government to make change happen and to deliver prosperity. We seek to improve performance, shift perceptions and, together with our partners, form a powerful voice for change.

Celebrating Achievement


However, we are not just about improving performance. We are also about celebrating what has already been achieved. Each year in May, we hold the Constructing Excellence in the North East Awards, a spectacular awards ceremony designed to showcase excellence and reward achievement from organisations and projects around the region. Now firmly established as one of the highlights of the business year, the Awards play an important role in raising the performance of those involved in delivering the built environment of today and tomorrow.


Through our busy events calendar, we deliver a programme of continuous improvement that highlights best practice available within the industry and provides solutions to some of the issues facing our sector. Issues that matter to you, like sustainability, design, innovation and collaborative working.


Held every year in May, the Constructing Excellence in the North East Awards are a celebration of everything the North East construction industry has to be proud of. Over the last ten years the Awards have grown to become one of the highlights of the business year, with over 500 people regularly turning out to witness the best of construction in our region.


Through our club membership, we offer access to a local network of business improvement through knowledge sharing and learning from other like-minded individuals and organisations. We are the only organisation which crosses all disciplines within the construction sector and we are therefore helping to improve the entire arena of the built environment.

The Team

Catriona Lingwood

Catriona Lingwood


Catriona has responsibility for the overall running of CENE.

Leanne McAngus

Leanne McAngus

Events Manager

Leanne is responsible for the events for CENE and Generation for Change as well as promoting the North East Club membership. Leanne also runs the North East and National Constructing Excellence Awards.

Amy Holmes

Events Assistant (Intern Role)

Amy is responsible for the administration and general running of the office. She also provides ad-hoc support to the Events Manager.

CENE Board & Club

The Constructing Excellence North East board oversee the running of CENE and we are delighted to have on board the following members.

  • John McGovern – Northumbrian Water – Chair
  • Darren Laybourn, Turner & Townsend
  • John Davies – Esh Group
  • Tim Bailey – xsite Architecture
  • Natalie Keyes – Watson Burton (G4C Chair Representative)
  • Barry Errington – Northumbria University
  • David Pearson – Elliott Associates
  • John Nielsen – CK21 Consultants
  • Jeff Alexander – Surgo Construction (NCBF Representative)

If you would like further information or apply to be on the CENE board please email enquiries@cene.org.uk. This role is voluntary.

Our CENE Club committee are responsible for the Club events which take place over the course of the year (your membership will include around 8 FREE Club events per year). We are delighted to have on board the following members:

  • David Pearson – Elliott Associates (Current Chair)
  • Lynda Thompson – NBS
  • Fred Hood – McNally & Thompson
  • Lee Francis – Keepmoat
  • Martyn Strong – Applebridge Construction
  • Richard Farrey – Silverstone Building Consultancy
  • Nic Turner – Thirteen Group
  • Paul Robinson – Turner & Townsend

If you are interested in being involved with the CENE Club, please contact us for further details. This role is voluntary and consists of attending bi-monthly meetings.