About Us

Improving Industry Performance

Constructing Excellence in the North East 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 April & June, we hold the Constructing Excellence in the North East Awards. a Generation4Change 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 and Awards for CENE and Generation for Change as well as promoting the North East Club membership. Leanne also supports Constructing Excellence National with the organisations of the National Constructing Excellence Awards.

Kate Lloyd

Kate Lloyd

Programme Manager

Kate oversees the project work for CENE including business strategy and finance. Kate is also leading on the North East England Construction Strategy

Constructing Excellence Board & Advisory Board

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

  • Tim Bailey – xsite Architecture – Chair
  • Carol Cairns – Northumbrian Water Group – Vice Chair
  • John Nielsen – CK21 / CIC – Finance Director
  • David Pearson – Elliott Associates – Membership Director
  • John McGovern – Northumbrian Water Group
  • Nik Turner – Believe Housing
  • Jeff Alexander – Surgo Construction / NCBF  & CAN Representative
  • 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.

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 – Costain
  • Paul Robinson – Turner & Townsend
  • Angela Carney – Carney Consultancy
  • John Cartwright – Hartlepool College / British Association of Construction Heads (BACH)
  • Andy Ray – Applebridge Construction
  • Tom Jarman – Low Carbon Journey
  • Paul Watson – Esh Group
  • Victoria Beattie – Port of Tyne / Northumbria University
  • Kevin Turnbull – JDDK
  • Paul Dodsworth – Wates
  • Mark Gardham – Interserve Construction
  • Simon Murray – Northumbria University
  • Alex Rayner – Sintons LLP
  • David Gardner – Faithful+Gould

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.

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