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 June, 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 fourteen 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 Conaway

Leanne Conaway

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.

Grace Collinson

Grace Collinson

Events Officer

Grace will look after the general admin of the office. Ensuring the smooth delivery of our busy events calendar along with providing adhoc support to the Chief Executive and Events Manager

Kate Lloyd

Kate Lloyd

Programme Manager

Kate oversees the project work for CENE including business strategy and finance.

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
  • Jack Brayford (G4C Co-Chair Representative)
  • Eve Wilson (G4C Co-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 – Engie
  • Stephanie Marshall – Turner & Townsend
  • Martyn Strong – Applebridge Construction
  • Richard Farrey – Silverstone Building Consultancy
  • Nik Turner – Thirteen Group
  • Paul Robinson – Turner & Townsend
  • Alex Rayner – Sintons LLP

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.

Constructing Excellence in the North East – be a part of our team

CENE is currently in a period of change to enable it to better serve the industry in the region whilst also aligning to our national and regional partners across the UK. These changes include the restructuring of the CENE Board, development of an industry Advisory Board, Sector Theme Groups and a North East Construction Client Group.

In order to apply, you must work for a CENE member company. Please go to our website for membership information.


All positions will be appointed at the forthcoming CENE AGM on the 20th June 2019, with the successful applicants formally taking up the post following the AGM.

To Apply

Please complete an application form and return with a supporting cv. Please return all documentation to catriona@cene.org.uk by the specified deadline.

Closing Date: 5pm, Thursday 6th June 2019

The Constructing Excellence in the North East AGM will be held on the 20th June 2019 at the Grand Gosforth Park Hotel.

To apply to become a CENE board member –  board-member-application-form

To apply to become a part of the CENE Advisory Board –   CENE Board Directors and Advisory Board 2019