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.

Constructing Excellence Board & Advisory Board

The Constructing Excellence Advisory 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:

  • Stephanie Marshall – Turner & Townsend
  • Malcolm Shiels – Summers-Inman
  • Paul Robinson – Turner & Townsend
  • Angela Carney – Carney Consultancy
  • John Cartwright – Hartlepool College / British Association of Construction Heads (BACH)
  • Andy Ray – Applebridge Construction
  • Tom Jarman – Waterstons
  • Paul Watson – Esh Group
  • Victoria Beattie – VSB Consulting
  • Kevin Turnbull – JDDK
  • Paul Dodsworth – Wates
  • Mark Gardham – Interserve Construction
  • Simon Murray – Northumbria University
  • Alex Rayner – Sintons LLP

If you are interested in being involved with the Advisory Committee, please contact us for further details.

This role is voluntary and consists of attending bi-monthly meetings.

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 Group – Chair
  • John Nielsen – CK21 / CIC – Vice Chair
  • Carol Cairns – Northumbrian Water Group
  • Kevin Byrne – Seymour Civil Engineering Contractors Ltd
  • Nik Turner – Believe Housing
  • Tim Bailey – xsite Architecture
  • Jeff Alexander – Surgo Construction / NCBF Representative
  • David Pearson – Elliott Associates
  • Fred Hood – McNally and Thompson

If you would like further information or apply to be on the CENE board please email enquiries@cene4.org.uk. This role is voluntary.