Association Briefing February 2017

In order to prepare the Association for the future a review was completed at the end of 2016 to decide how best to ensure we continue to increase membership and have the resource to support increasing Regional activity including new Regional Conferences in addition to the regular CPD activity. Many Regions are also offering to help with our Accreditation of degrees/diplomas at Universities/Colleges and will work with our Academic Affiliates, with HQ support to ensure student members get improved support from the Association and Members also get involved in Student Awards.

Here is the new Executive Board and a summary of what they do to deliver the strategy set by the main Non-Executive Board of Directors who are elected by the Members or co-opted. If you have any questions on the changes or would like additional information please contact me on

Dr John Hooper BSc MSc PhD C.Dir FIOD FCMI Hon FCABEAB Feb 17
Chief Executive

John started his career as an Electrical and Electronics Engineer with the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority. He gained a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and worked for United Glass as a Project Engineer. He became a Chartered Engineer and moved to Cadbury Schweppes working in Dominica as a Senior Project Engineer before joining Glaxo as Deputy Group Chief Engineer. During this period he completed an MSc in Chemical Engineering and a PhD thesis in 'Energy Management in the Pharmaceutical Industry'.

He decided to pursue his career in charities and not-for-profit organisations and has held CEO positions in a range of organisations including the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA), and the Institute of Clinical Research, setting up the Institute of Clinical Research Professionals in India.

John is currently Patron of Lifeskills Charity and a Trustee of the BRE Trust.He has had numerous voluntary roles including Member of the Sydney Olympics Task Force,Trustee,Keep Britain Tidy Campaign,Chartered Director Assessor,Examinations Board Institute of Directors,Trustee Thera Learning Disability Charity,Trustee and Examination Board, The Royal Society of Public Health, Non Executive Director and Diversity and Equality Committee, Science Council, Advisor Business in the Arts,Finance Committee,Construction Industry Council and Board of the Electrical Contractors Certification Council.

John returned to Engineering in 2011 when he joined ABE as Chief Executive and has led the Association to achieve Professional Affiliate of the Engineering Council, increased membership and granted a Royal Charter by Her Majesty the Queen.

AB Feb 17Kate Ilott BA (Hons) DipM CMgr FCMI ACIM
Operations Director

With a background in marketing, Kate joined the Association in 2001 as Marketing Assistant. Over the years, Kate has progressed to Marketing and Events Manager, and, in 2008 was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive (Operations). Kate has direct line management responsibility for the events, marketing and central services departments and is broadly responsible for all operational matters including human resources, service delivery and systems.

Kate represents the CABE on the Construction Industry Council (CIC) if John Hooper is unavailable.

Kate has a degree in European Marketing, which is supported by a post graduate Diploma in Marketing. In addition Kate is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Kevin Blunden C.Build E FCABE CEnv FCMI EurBE MWOBOAB Feb 17
Technical Director

Kevin has direct responsibility for all technical matters, including the creation and delivery of professional development and education programmes, establishing the membership criteria and dealing with professional standards and conduct. In addition, Kevin has line management responsibility for the finance, publications, technical and education departments as well as providing support to all other elements of the business.

A major part of Kevin’s role is to represent the Association and its members of industry panels and working groups, influencing legislation, policy and standards as well as promoting Building Engineering and the Association by speaking at industry events, conferences and exhibitions. Kevin also provides technical advice and support to all directorates, members and the public.

As well as being registered as a Chartered Building Engineer and a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers, Kevin is a Council Member of the Society for the Environment and a Chartered Environmentalist. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and registered as a European Building Expert under the scheme operated by AEEBC.

AB Feb 17Tony Ginda BA (Hons) FCMI
Membership Development Director

Tony has over 18 years working within the private and not for profit sectors and is a graduate in marketing. He joined CABE in 2016 and has experience of acquisition, retention and engagement strategies within membership organisations. To assist with shaping the future of the built environment Tony also sits on the Construction Industry Council Membership Panel and the Diversity Panel. He also encourages representation though members on the 2050 panel that engages with young people.

As a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute he has a wealth of management experience and leads the membership team based in the head office. He has direct responsibility for all areas within membership. 

Sarah Sivyer MCMISarah Sivyer
Regional Development Director

A member of the Chartered Management Institute, with a background in administration and project management, Sarah joined the Association following several successful years of running her own business, as the liaison between the then newly established UK regions and headquarters. Following her achievements and progression within the CABE since joining in 2010, Sarah was appointed as Regional Development Director on 01 January 2017.

The role looks to continue the development of support offered to CABE’s regional committees and in particular regional officers in order to ensure that service provision to members is maintained and enhanced via our excellent network of volunteers. This is a model which is now being replicated in our International Chapters as we look to further engage with our members overseas. 

Sarah’s key responsibilities are:
● Development of the UK Regions and International Chapters including: Regular CPD Provision, regional committee meetings & AGM’s, design & delivery of the regional officer training & induction days, establishing new centres of excellence, networking, membership engagement & retention
● Management of Regional & Chapter Conferences and large events such as buildeng / designeng
● Development of the Academic Affiliate scheme and the University Accreditation Programme
● Development of the Student Awards Programme, linking these to the regional network
● Development of the Training Affiliate scheme and the CPD Accreditation Programme
● Management of the annual CABE Subscription Renewal Programme
● Collaborative working with a number organisations in respect of memoranda of understanding, jointly run events & conferences and developing our local relationships between them, HQ and our regions.

John Hooper

Chief Executive