Below are details of the current members of the CIPR Construction & Property Group's committee.
Chair, Paul Wilkinson FCIPR
Paul is the founder of pwcom.co.uk Ltd, a specialist PR, marketing and construction technology consultancy. He has been working in construction industry marketing and public relations since 1987, in-house at Halcrow, Tarmac Professional Services, and BIW Technologies, and as a consultant with some of the sector's best-known names in professional services and information technology. He is also a leading authority on the use of construction collaboration technology platforms, deputy chair of the Information Systems Panel of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and a steering group member of Constructing Excellence and of Construction Opportunities for Mobile IT. A Wikipedian and member of the CIPR's social media panel, Paul is a B2B exponent of social media, having co-founded the built environment social media community Be2camp in 2008.
Vice-Chair, Daniel Gerrella MCIPR
2 Southwark Bridge Rd,
Dan is Head of Communications Asia Pacific for international architecture practice Broadway Malyan.
He is responsible for the development and delivery of the marketing and PR strategy for the APAC region and works closely with the regional board and studios in Singapore, Shanghai and Mumbai.
As part of the global marketing team Dan also delivers a number of international initiatives, with specific focus on brand and digital communications.
He has worked both in-house and in agency, specialising in property and professional services clients throughout his career and has experience delivering a number of multi-channel campaigns in EMEA and Asia Pacific.
Treasurer, Marie-Claude Hemming
Industry and Public Affairs Manager,
Civil Engineering Contractors Association,
1 Birdcage Walk,
Marie-Claude began her career in political consultancy focusing on a FTSE-100 and multinational clients, but also taking on a wide range of pro-bono work in the charitable sector.
She joined the Civil Engineering Contractors Association in 2012 as Industry and Public Affairs Manager. In April 2014 she started a new role at CECA as Head of External Affairs.
Before joining CECA, Marie-Claude worked as a Policy Advisor at the Federation of Small Businesses. She has also worked for The Times, The Guardian, the BBC and for two think tanks.
Secretary, Sarah Ball MCIPR
The Old Chapel,
1C, Welbeck Grove,
In 2010 Sarah set up Balls2 Marketing, a specialist PR and marketing agency with its roots in construction and glazing, with Andy Ball. Sarah is an accredited CIPR practitioner and works as Client Strategy Director. The fast growing agency has been a finalist in the CIPR PRide awards three years running and hosts an annual Cheese and Ale event for CIPR Midlands.
Sarah started her PR career at a specialist agency in glazing. This was followed by an in-house role as Communications Manager for Synseal Extrusions, a plastic extrusions company for windows, doors and conservatory roofs. Sarah is well known in the industry and runs PIGS, the networking group for People in Glazing.
Sarah is also an advocate for art centre and independent cinema, Derby QUAD. Through this she has volunteered at the FORMAT international photography festival and Dementia Friendly screenings.
Curtin & Co,
299, Oxford Street,
Catherine is managing director of public affairs specialist Curtin&Co. She has run community consultation and communications campaigns for housebuilders, strategic land promoters, renewable energy providers and retailers across the country. Catherine also specialises in crisis management, having run training programmes for multi-nationals, as well as encouraging senior management in firms of all sizes to focus greater attention on the need to enhance brand reputation.
Other committee members
Max joined the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in 2015 where he manages the PR, public affairs and policy of the London and South East region.
Before he joined ICE, Max worked at an agency in the City providing corporate affairs services to a range of clients in the aviation, property and hospitality industries.
Max has experience in politics and public affairs and has previously assisted London Assembly Members in City Hall, worked for a US Congressman in the House of Representatives and managed a Conservative candidate's campaign in the 2015 General Election.