Benevolent Fund Trustees


Robert started work with Bison Concrete Ltd in 1971 and worked as a design engineer on a wide range of precast concrete developments. He spent seven years in the Greater London Council’s District Surveyors’ service, which culminated with his appointment as District Surveyor for Hackney (Head of Building Control). Robert was one of the last two statutory District Surveyors appointed under the London Building Acts. Following the demise of the GLC, Robert entered local government service, becoming Head of Engineering, Director of Regulatory Services and subsequently Director of Environmental Services, all at Hackney LBC.

Returning to the private sector in 2001, Robert’s set up his own business and is now Managing Director of Robert Biggs Associates Ltd. His company specializes in building engineering and management consultancy and has particular expertise in building regulations, carrying out plan checking (including structural checking) and site inspection services on a wide range of building types. In addition to this the company assists organisations with their business plans, human resource and health and safety policies and with quality assurance accreditations.

Robert is a former Trustee of the Shoreditch Town Hall Trust (a Trust set up to refurbish and manage the old Town Hall). He is a former Board Director and Chairman of the National Considerate Constructor Scheme and continues to take an active part in Scheme affairs.

Robert is a professional interviewer for the CABE, assists the CICAIR in AI Appeals and audits and is a member of the CIC Appeals (deputy Chair) and Monitoring and Re-approvals (Chair) Committees.

Arwel Griffiths


I am a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), and a former President of the Association of Building Engineers (ABE).

As ‘Senior Partner’ of Robert Sterling Surveyors LLP, I am responsible for the overall strategic direction of the practice. My day to day ‘surveying’ work involves the inspection, survey and valuation of residential and commercial properties and includes, in many instances, expert witness work, including appearances in court.

In the media, I am a regular contributor to both national and local press and trade publications. I have appeared on many occasions on BBC Wales Jamie Owen Radio Show as a Property Expert, and have contributed to BBC2 Television’s Newsnight Programme referring to the Decent Homes Initiative, and BBC1s ‘The One Show’, as an expert in Council Tax.




Joseph Tworney


I am a Chartered Building Engineer and a Chartered Building Surveyor and have the honour to be a Past President of ABE.

I became a Student Member of IAAS in 1963 and an Associate Member in 1966 while working in the Liverpool City Building Surveyor’s Office. I returned to Ireland in 1967 to a post in the National Institute for Physical Planning and Construction Research, then to the Department of the Environment and Local Government in 1984. I was seconded to the European Commission in 1989 for 3 years to work on the development of the Construction Products Directive (CPD).

I regularly presented papers at conference and seminars on Building Regulations in Ireland and relating to the CPD in all of the EU member states and in the USA.

I retired in 2003 and set up in practice as a consultant in Fire Engineering, retiring completely in 2015.

I now enjoy listening to music particularly Brass Bands and DIY. Our seven grandchildren also keep us busy.



Michael is a practicing Building Control Surveyor and started work in 1989 with the London Borough of Brent before moving to the London Borough of Southwark in 2004 as Principal Surveyor and Deputy Manager. In 2007 he was appointed a Director at MLM Building Control Ltd, which is part of the MLM Group, where he continues to practice as an Approved Inspector.

Michael has been an active member of the Association since he commenced his career and has represented members’ interest on both Branch/Regional committee and as an elected Board member at National level, as well as being a long standing Trustee of the Benevolent Fund. Michael is a Past President of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers, where he held office between 2014 – 2015.
Outside of his work and Association activities, Michael is a Foundation Governor at a local primary school, he is also a registered mentor at the University of Westminster. Once a week he sings Tenor with the “Garden City Singers”, who perform charity concerts twice a year. During the spring and summer he also enjoys a round of golf in the morning at weekends, where he’s tries to improve his game - during every swing.


I am a Chartered Building Engineer, Incorporated Structural Engineer and Party Wall Surveyor and have the honour to have been a Past President of CABE.

As a Director of Taylor Tuxford Associates, I am responsible for all Engineering-related work undertaken by the company; my typical workload includes Structural Inspections of residential, industrial and commercial buildings of all types, together with structural design work. I also regularly act as an appointed Surveyor in resolving disputes under the Party Wall etc Act 1996 and as Expert Witness on legal cases.

I regularly present CPD seminars on Structural Pathology and the Party Wall etc Act 1996 and in addition to my role as a Trustee of the CABE Benevolent Fund, I am currently also a member of the CABE Professional Interview and Disciplinary Panels.

I was a co-author (along with my co-Trustees Arwel Griffiths, Michael Wadood and the late Patrick Reddin) of the textbook “Specifying Minor Works” and I have provided structural design input to three projects for BBC TV’s “DIY SOS” programme.

Outside of my professional work, I recently also acquired the additional (and very enjoyable) job title of “Grandfather” to two beautiful little girls.

Jayne ben fundJAYNE HALL BSc (Hons), C.Build E, VPCABE, FCABE

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.