Meet CIAT's Executive Board

Executive Board

Eddie Weir PCIAT



The President is head of the Institute and as such is the principal external face for CIAT, the discipline and the members. The position is representing and promoting the Institute’s vision, mission, strategic aims and brand.

Serving for a period of two-years, the President will, amongst other duties,:

  • Chair the AGM (x2) and Council meetings (x4);

  • Chair Executive Board (4 per year);

  • attend as a guest and representative of the Institute at various industry events;

  • meet with Presidents, industry bodies and Government Ministers (from different nations) and personnel;

  • undertake a Region/Centre tour (not mandatory, but to respond where invited); and

  • present on the Institute’s key strategies and the Strategic Plan.

Kevin Crawford MCIAT

President Elect


Kevin has been a Chartered Architectural Technologist for over 20 years with experience in both residential and commercial design.  Prior to forming his own practice, Crawford Architectural Design in 2009, Kevin was Architectural Manager for Bellway Homes (Scotland East) and Bett Homes in Scotland.

Crawford Architectural Design is based in the south side of Glasgow with an expanding network of clients. The practice specialises in residential and commercial design, and provides a full and tailored design package individual to each project, and offers bespoke advice for the production of SAP Calculations, thermal modelling and Energy Performance certificates that are legally required for new build domestic property. 

Gordon Souter MCIAT

Honorary Secretary


Together with the President and Chief Executive, the Honorary Secretary is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the Council, Executive Board, AGM and Conduct Committee in line with the Laws of the Institute (the Charter, the Bye-laws, the Regulations and Code of Conduct and other forms of regulatory provision made by the Institute).

For the first eight years of employment Gordon was in private practice with three small practices. As the practices were small, he gained a wide and varied experience quickly which has stood him in good stead through my career. During those years, Gordon was involved in projects from an attic conversion to a new hospital as well as bars, restaurants, factory units, health clubs.

In 1995, he joined a national housebuilding company and since then has remained within the housebuilding industry and is currently with Persimmon Homes West Scotland.

Having spent the majority of his career in the housebuilding industry it follows that Gordon's speciality will be housing of all descriptions, from multi storey flats to individual dwellings. Primarily he is involved in timber frame construction but traditional build poses no problem.

Gordon does not consider the projects he has worked on exceptionally noteworthy with the exception of one project which is the first six storey timber kit housing development in Scotland. He considers his main achievements to be ensuring the projects he works on are from an architectural prospective well managed.

Gordon thoroughly enjoys working in the building industry. It has a great variety of characters and no two projects present the same problems – thus he feels it is essential that he keeps fully abreast of changes to legislation, new products and construction techniques.

He never tires of promoting CIAT at any opportunity and he represents CIAT on a number of committees. Gordon believes CIAT belongs to it’s members and it is only with self promotion by the members that it will continue to flourish in the future. He feels we should all be proud of how much CIAT has achieved in such a short time.

Doug Fewkes MCIAT

Honorary Treasurer


The principal role of the Honorary Treasurer is as Chairman of the Finance Committee. The Finance Committee, works with the Chief Executive and Finance and Operations Manager, to oversee the financial matters relating to Institute business such as the budget, the setting of subscription rates and reviewing and approving the independently audited accounts; and makes recommendations regarding finances to the Council and Executive Board. The Honorary Treasurer also presents to members at the AGM and reports via the Annual Review.

Dr Matthew Brooke-Peat MCIAT

Vice-President Education


The role of Vice-President Education, working with the Education Director and Membership Director, is to ensure that the Institute’s standards for education and membership are maintained, retain currency and promoted. The Vice-President Education is invited to attend all meetings administered by the Education and Membership Departments and will represent the Institute at relevant external meetings and events.

The Vice-President Education works with the Education and Membership Departments on issues such as qualification development and Accreditation, standards maintenance and membership recruitment, retention and progression.

Rob Thomas MCIAT

Vice-President Practice


The Vice-President Practice promotes the Institute’s practice standards and policies for members practising the discipline of Architectural Technology. As such, the Vice-President Practice works closely with the Vice-President Technical, Practice & Technical Director and Practice Department in overseeing the work of the relevant Taskforces and working groups. These groups cover topics on liability, practice and technical documents, building regulations and legislative issues.

Steven Hedley MCIAT

Vice-President Technical


The Vice-President Technical works closely with the Vice-President Practice, Practice & Technical Director and Practice Department and its relevant Taskforces in overseeing the technical issues relevant to the Institute, which ensure the maintenance and improvement of standards within Architectural Technology and the built environment. The role also embraces current industry issues and the Institute’s practice Awards; the Alan King Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology and the Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology.

Nooshin Akrami MCIAT

Councillor Trustee, Regional Councillor, Region 03 North West


With years of experience and background in industry and academia, Nooshin is a Chartered Architectural Technologist, a Fellow Member of Higher Education Academy, and a Practitioner Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. Currently employed by the University of Bolton as the strategic property projects officer, Nooshin is also a director at Envis Consultancy Limited providing architectural, environmental and sustainability solutions.

Nooshin is a Member of the North West Regional Committee and the Regional Councillor, who represents the Committee at the regional CIC committee, where she holds the Vice-Chair role. Nooshin was previously the Regional CPD officer (2012-2018) and is an enthusiastic STEM ambassador who engages in initiatives to promote Equality and Diversity in AEC industries on behalf of the Regional Committee.

Adrian Fleet MCIAT

Councillor Trustee, Regional Councillor, Region 07 East Anglia, and Regional CPD Officer


AJ is a passionate Chartered Architectural Technologist based in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. He has been in practice since 2005 and earned his Chartership in 2015 via the Professional Assessment route. Completing his Architectural Technology Bsc (Hons) studies under the guidance of Richard Longstaff at Anglia Ruskin University, AJ is able to offer his experience of practice and education regionally. AJ has represented the Region and Institute at the Institute AGM, career fairs, Build It exhibition and careers talks.

AJ is an ardent proponent in the pursuit of sustainable design as a mechanism to assist in limiting the Climate Crisis. His undergraduate studies focused around the implementation of the Passivhaus comfort standard with the existing labour force. He has since gone on to study under the AECB CarbonLite Retrofit course as he views this area of practice as critical to the reduction of overall energy consumption in the national housing stock. He views education of professionals, clients and the industry as crucial in response to the Climate Crisis.

Further to this, AJ is inquisitive regarding how technology can positively impact business processes in the pursuit of more efficient, effective and delightful projects. He hopes to implement a programme of business education to promote best in class business practice.

Carl Mills FCIAT

Councillor Trustee, Regional Councillor, Region 05 West Midlands

Michael O'Keeffe MCIAT

Councillor Trustee, Centre Councillor, Centre C2 Republic of Ireland and Centre Chair


Following graduation with honours from Waterford I.T. in 2009, Michael has worked on a wide variety of projects in the south-west of Ireland and Greater London area. He joined CIAT as an Associate member in 2010 and became a Chartered Member in 2014. He is also a Chartered Construction Manager (MCIOB), Chartered Building Engineer (MCABE) and a Certified European Passive House Designer. 

Michael is a director of design-led architectural technology practice healycornelius design, with offices in London and Kerry, Ireland. His experience includes delivery of high-end residential refurbishments and new-builds in London and Ireland to the restaurant, entertainment and retail sectors in the Greater London area, including acting as technical lead as part of the D&B team for the external refurbishment works to the Imperial War Museum, London, designed by Foster + Partners.

Michael was the Principal Designer for the development of 3no. 2-bedroom mews house development in Camden, London, which was Commended in the Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology at the AT Awards in 2019.

Michael often represents the Institute at trade shows and conferences, including speaking on the Architecture, Design and Planning Stage at the National Construction Summit, Citywest, Dublin in 2018 and 2019.

Dan Clements MCIAT

Deputy Councillor Trustee, Regional Councillor, Region 01 Northern

Chris Yorke MCIAT

Deputy Councillor Trustee, Regional Councillor, Region 04 East Midlands and Regional Education Officer (NTU)


Chris is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and, having spent 19 years working for Doncaster Architects Department, has been running his own private practice (Yorke Architecture) since 2006.

Chris qualified as a Chartered Member in 2003 and in addition to ONC and HNC Building Studies he also gained a BSc(Hons) in Architectural Technology from Sheffield Hallam University.