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Meet Our Team

The role of CABE’s Presidential Team and Board is to set out the strategic objectives and aims of the Association and to ensure their delivery.

All representatives on the board are members of CABE are nominated to the position by Chartered Members. They represent a mixture of views from different specialities and areas across the industry making sure there is a variety of perspectives to help shape CABE’s unifying voice.

On a day-to-day basis the Association is run by the Senior Executive Team and the staff at Lutyens House, so if you have any questions please get in touch.

Lord Lytton

In his role as patron of CABE, Lord Lytton will act as an influential figurehead, creating valuable partnerships with organisations across the globe through his extensive network of industry and Governmental contacts and assisting the Association in raising its profile and influence within the building and construction industry.


Lord Lytton is a leading chartered surveyor and an active contributor to the House of Lords. He is chairman of the boundaries and party walls professional panel of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Vice Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment as well as being newly appointed to the House of Lords Information Committee. He has been an Honorary Fellow of ABE since 1997, and CABE since its formation in 2014.


Ant Burd FRICS MIFireE PCABE FCABE – President

Since 2014 Ant has headed up the Built Environment Sector at BSI, the UK’s national standards body, as Associate Director. Ant leads a team overseeing BSI’s construction and fire-related technical committees; he also has responsibility for BSI’s built environment sector publishing programme.


Ant has more than 30 years’ experience in the industry, having worked as both an enforcer and then head of technical policy for the English Building Regulations. Ant has considerable experience in working directly for UK Government Ministers, Senior Government Officials and representing the UK at European Commission level on construction related discussions and negotiations. Ant is also a member of the Government’s statutory Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC).



Jayne Hall, BSc (Hons) VPCABE FCABE – Senior Vice-President

Jayne is an experienced Building Surveyor with a demonstrated history of working in the construction industry. Jayne worked as an architectural technician before establishing her own architectural design and wayfinding consultancy. She transferred her skills to Building Control in 2003 and was promoted to Building Control and Land Charges Manager at West Somerset Council. She is currently Building Control and Planning Enforcement Manager at South Gloucestershire Council.

The highlight of her career to date was her election as the first woman President of LABC, a post she held until December 2016. She is now VP at CABE and will take over the Presidency in May 2020. As a woman in construction she is keen to promote and encourage girls to consider construction and engineering as a worthwhile and rewarding career.



Stewart C McArthur BSc (Hons) VPCABE FCABE RICS Dip BC – Vice-President

Stewart has 30 years’ experience in the house building industry. He has a degree in Fire Risk Engineering from Glasgow Caledonian University. During his studies he also attended seminars at Maryland University and had the privilege of being tutored by some of the most widely respected experts in the fire engineering sector.


Stewart began his career in building standards before moving into the warranty sector. He also has recent experience as a site manager. This broad experience has given him a greater understanding of the house building industry from all perspectives.He has been a member of CABE since 2001 and has played an active part in the regional committee for the past ten years as Chairman of Scotland Region. He is now Vice President and will begin his Presidential Year in May 2021.




David Taylor BA (Hons) PPCABE FCABE MCIAT (Hon) FAPS – Past-President

David is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and Fellow of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers. He is also a professional interview assessor for both CIAT and CABE. David’s career began at the National Coal Board before moving on to specialise in the healthcare sector, designing for home and commercial care. In 1993 he formed his own practice, David Taylor Associates (UK) Ltd, which has contributed to many high-profile projects and David himself is the recipient of numerous design awards.

David became President of CABE in 2017 and unusually served two terms as President. He initiated a series of reforms including the expansion of our overseas presence, a rebrand project and Engineering Council application. He still sits on the board as immediate Past-President and continues to be involved in CABE. 

    Kevin Blunden CEnv FCABE
Michael Wadood PPCABE, FCABE
Richard Smith FCABE
Darren Burrell FCABE
Richard Wilks FCABE
    Jamie Davis MCABE
Richard Flynn CEnv FCABE
     Jake Simpson  MCABE

Dr Gavin Dunn BSc (Hons) MSc PhD FCABE – Chief Executive

Originally trained as an Architect, Gavin initially practised in North America with a large construction engineering consultancy before returning to the UK to specialise in the energy and environmental performance of buildings in 1998. Gavin advanced this specialism through positions at the Welsh School of Architecture as a researcher and Elmhurst Energy as Operations Director where he helped develop some of Europe’s leading building energy certification and labelling systems.In 2013 Gavin was appointed Director of Building Performance at the Building Research Establishment (BRE) where he was responsible for a portfolio of BRE's globally leading services.


In 2018, Gavin was appointed as Chief Executive of CABE where he works to enable a professional construction sector that works to create better, safer and more sustainable buildings that enhance people’s lives.Gavin is a member of the Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC).



Jackie Macaulay – Chief Operations Officer

Jackie is responsible for all aspects of the organisations operations and internal processing. Her remit includes compliance, legal services, HR, OD & change management, IT, facilities, PR & communications, membership processing and deputising for the CEO in his absence.


Her experience spans a range of manufacturing, construction and not-for-profit organisations with her first Director position as HR Director for Electrolux in 2004. Jackie has worked across the UK, Ireland and internationally across Europe and Asia managing diverse and multi-disciplined teams. She brings to CABE the senior expertise that will develop the organisation as it moves forward with its modernisation and development strategy.


Richard Harral BA BArch FCABE RIBA – Technical Director

Richard trained as an Architect at Newcastle University prior to working for Cumbrian County Council Design and Build, Ushida Findlay Architects and Bushcow Henley Architects before running his own private practice for four years. In 1997, he became Principal Architect at the Department for Communities and Local Government and then head of Technical Policy in the Building Regulations Division in 2014.


Richard was responsible for the development and introduction of Optional Requirements into the Building Regulations, including the development of age-friendly and wheelchair housing standards in Part M (Access to and use of buildings). He also oversaw the development and introduction of the Nationally Described Space Standard and new regulations for domestic security standards in Part Q of the Building Regulations.


Sarah Sivyer MCMI – Training, Events & Regional Services Director

Sarah joined the Association as the liaison between the then newly established UK regions and headquarters following several successful years of running her own business. Her achievements and progression within CABE since joining in 2010 resulted in Sarah’s appointment as Regional Development Director on the 1st January 2017.


Sarah is responsible for developing the support offered to CABE’s regional committees and regional officers in order to ensure that service provision to members is maintained and enhanced via our excellent network of volunteers. This includes provision of the ‘buildeng’ suite of 16 regional technical conferences. Her remit includes responsibilities for the provision of the flagship Annual Conference, CABE Awards for the Built Environment, Presidential Inauguration and Training Delivery.


John Barfoot FCABE – Learning, Education & Academic Director

John is a Fellow of CABE, a Chartered Surveyor and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has worked as a quantity surveyor, project manager and at director level for contractors, developers and other large firms in the UK and internationally. After 25 years John left industry to join academia, working in further education at Highbury College Portsmouth and then in higher education in 2009, becoming Head of Design and the Built Environment at Solent University.


While at Solent John was responsible for an academic team with over 500 full and part-time students and apprentices. John developed partnerships with employers, professional bodies and other universities in the UK and overseas and he was at the forefront of the university’s higher and degree apprenticeship programme development. Having served on the CABE board for two years, John joined the Executive Team in order to develop our educational offering, along with strengthening our partnerships with academic institutions.


Paul Comben BSc (Hons), MBA, Assoc CIPDBusiness Development Director

Paul is responsible for Business Development in the UK & the ROI, the Membership Benefits programme, Company Partners, Regional Network liaison, Middle East & US Chapter Development and the Young Professional Networks. He has an MBA from Loughborough University Business School and is an Associate Member of the CIPD.


After graduating from Reading University, he joined the manufacturing sector progressing through several companies before starting his own business providing outsourced HR services, including recruitment and career development programmes to clients in the public, private and not for profit sector. With a keen interest in careers and experienced in the use of competency-based frameworks, he has recruited at all levels across multiple disciplines including engineering, research and knowledge transfer.

Membership Operations Team –

Our friendly, experienced membership team is always on hand to offer the best possible advice on becoming a member of CABE, advising you on the best route to membership and helping you to progress through our grades as your career develops.

  • Diane Westall – Membership Operations Manager
  • Amy Chatfield – Professional Interview Administrator
  • Sarah Howell – Membership Operations Administrator
  • Tara Talley – Membership Operations Administrator

Training, Events & Regional Services Team -

CABE provides a range of services to our members and the wider industry to assist in the expansion of knowledge in respect of the built environment. Our Training, Events & Regional Services team facilitate this by ensuring opportunities such as our suite of regional conferences, annual conference & exhibition, training courses, built environment awards, local/regional CPD and our 12 UK & ROI regions run smoothly and offer the highest possible quality in their delivery.

  • Kirri Porter-White– Training & Events Manager
  • Jo Goring – Training & Events Administrator
  • Jordan Sutton – Training & Events Administrator
  • Adam Bullock – Regional Services Co-ordinator

Operations Team –

The operations team are involved in the day-to-day activities of the Association, to ensure the smooth running of all CABE’s activities including communications, the IT infrastructure and management of HQ.

  • Rachael King– Head of Finance & Payroll
  • Katie Di Stefano – Head of IT & Digital Infrastructure
  • Laura Richardson – Head of PR & Communications
  • Carl Pearson – Senior Legal Adviser & Association Clerk
  • Carol Langham – Archivist
  • Alison Dowsett – Executive Assistant
  • Samson Alawode – PR & Digital Communications Co-Ordinator
  • Hollie Darby – Receptionist & Facilities Co-ordinator
  • Michelle Boyce – Membership Database Administrator
  • Donna Eason – Academic Liaison Officer