Construction Employer & Industry Board

City & Guilds work closely in partnership with a wide range of key industry experts and employers to ensure the skills employers need are met for a more productive workforce.

To demonstrate our commitment to meeting employers’ needs in the Construction sector we formed our Employer & Industry Board.

The IAB comprises employers, Professional Associations and product houses to ensure that we have the rigor, quality and content needed in all that we do to support young people to progress.

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To demonstrate our commitment to meeting employers’ needs in the Construction sector we formed our Employer & Industry Board.

The board comprises employers, Professional Associations and product houses to ensure that we have the rigor, quality and content needed in all that we do to support young people to progress.

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Angela Carney

City & Guilds Employer & Industry Board

Carney Consultancy & National Association of Women in Construction

Angela Carney started on construction sites as a day release ONC Civil Engineer Apprentice 30 years ago and after University and working all around the UK advanced into Site Management. She has worked on Civil Engineering and Building projects ranging up to £15M projects, managing all the trades involved in these projects. She now owns and runs her own construction specialising Health & Safety consultancy and training company, employing 14 people.

She is a Chartered Member of Institute of Occupational Safety & Health, North East committee member of National Association of Women in Construction, Working Well Together and Northern Counties Builders Federation as well as an Advisory Board Member of Constructing Excellence North East and an Incorporated Chartered Institute of Builders member.

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Ann Cook

City & Guilds Employer & Industry Board

Ann Cook Associates Ltd

Ann Cook and her company Ann Cook Associates offer Assessment, Internal Quality Assurance & Continuous Professional Development services specifically to the Painting & Decorating Sector, but also the wider Construction Industry.

Ann has taught Apprentices, was an External Verifier and is an experienced consultant in NVQ Assessment and Quality Assurance; Technical Writer of Painting & Decorating training standards, practical and knowledge assessments and co-author of text books.

She is a member of the National Working Group for Decorative Finishing & Industrial Painting, developing National Occupational Standards; Associate Member of the Painting & Decorating Association and a long-standing member of their Education & Training Committee. Ann is also a member, past National Secretary and President of the Association of Painting Craft Teachers.

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Claire Wright

City & Guilds Employer & Industry Board

Rose Builders

Rose Builders is a family owned construction company, working throughout Essex and Suffolk combining tradition with innovation and craftsmanship with effective and efficient management.  

Employing approximately 200 staff, 11 of which are current apprentices. Offering apprenticeships in a number of disciplines including carpentry, bricklaying, decorating, groundworks and vehicle maintenance.  Apprentices work alongside time served craftsmen and strong relationships have been developed with local schools, colleges, the Armed Forces and Local Authorities. 

Combining HR with SH&E my focus is on personnel management, training and development of Rose employees, recruitment and development of apprentices, trainees and work experience from a diverse and inclusive cross section.

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David White

City & Guilds Employer & Industry Board

The Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers

The Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers is one of the ancient Livery Companies of the City of London. It has an active charitable, educational and social programme and maintains a close involvement with the tiling and bricklaying industries.

The Company received its first Royal Charter in 1568, although its roots go back to the fifteenth century. It is 37th in precedence among the City Livery Companies and its Livery currently stands at approximately one hundred and fifty.

The Tylers and Bricklayers encourages excellence in the tiling and bricklaying industries and has awards for outstanding brickwork and tiling, as well as for individuals training for NVQs and higher qualifications in the craft.

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David Wilkins

City & Guilds Employer & Industry Board

British Association of Construction Heads

Dave has been involved in BACH (British Association of Construction Heads) since 2008, and is now National Chair. The organisation brings together over 90 Colleges and Training Institutions from across the Country and acts to steer construction training to meet the needs of the industry, including collaboration with DfE, IfATE, OfQual, CITB,  Awarding Bodies and key industry figures to shape an appropriate curriculum for the current and future skills needs of the industry nationally.

After training as a CITB apprentice, Dave started teaching Carpentry and Joinery in 2000 at Barnfield College in Luton part-time whilst working as a sub-contractor. He joined the institution on a full-time basis from 2002, undertaking delivery in class as well as assessing NVQ’s onsite.

Whilst teaching Carpentry & Joinery, he completed a CertEd and also participated in the initial cohort of the Standards Unit Subject Learning Coach programme. In 2008 he moved to Bedford College as the Head of Construction. During the 12 years he has been at Bedford, he completed a Master’s in Education, with a focus on Strategic Leadership and Management. He has also spent time coaching new teaching staff, as well as aspiring Managers through a leadership training programme.

Most recently, following the merger of Bedford College and Tresham College, Dave has joined the senior leadership team as Director of Construction and Building Services for the Bedford College Group, leading staff over multiple campuses.

Within the college, Dave has developed or participated in many initiatives which have brought new training opportunities to local employers and individuals. Including Heritage projects, Princes Trust programmes, community projects, Apprenticeships and Higher Education

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Jeremy Murphy

City & Guilds Employer & Industry Board

KingsRock Joinery

The KingsRock management team has over 60 years experience in manufacturing bespoke joinery specialising in windows and doors. Through this the team has developed a range of products using modern technology to manufacture traditionally designed windows and doors that are both aesthetically pleasing and high performing.

The highest standards are maintained here; to work in close collaboration with the client to supply the very best bespoke joinery products and projects across the country.

Jeremy Murphy started his joinery career in the family business in Ireland and developed a strong passion for the industry working alongside his father. He moved to the UK in 1982 and immediately found himself managing a company manufacturing windows and doors. He then went on to run his own company and recently has been a director of other joinery businesses gaining a wealth of experience over the past 40 years.

Jeremy has worked on many prestigious projects such as: John Lennon`s residence in Tittenhurst; Nicole Farhi`s HQ in Carnaby Street; Tower Cafe - Tower Bridge; Donmar Warehouse - 8 Build; Falcon Wharf - Carillion; Jesus College - Cambridge University; Barts Square - London -Carillion; Langley Park -Slough - Multiplex; Camp End Manor - 8 Build & Lees Associates

Jeremy has strong technical & communication skills and will undertake any project always ensuring the customers requirements and expectations are managed fully from the start to the finish of the job.

We are always willing to help our customers and we never dwell on the negatives. The saying that “People buy from People” is so true and this is how we build relationships with our customers.

Recently Jeremy became an Employer and Industry Board member of City & Guilds and is delighted to have been given the opportunity to promote City & Guilds through Kingsrock Joinery.

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Kat Healey

City & Guilds Employer & Industry Board

Training Manager Guinness Property

With over 8 years’ experience working within the built environment supporting, creating and promoting construction sector career opportunities, Kat brings with her a wrath of experience in both technical and non-technical career pathways in construction.

Kat is a collaborative worker and believes in strength in numbers and has worked with a broad range of stakeholders, both in education and the industry to ensure that the skills agenda is current, accessible and understood.

A key driver in ensuring that we have the skills to support construction and the built environment going forward, is a stronger connection between employers and education. Working along side each other to attract, train and retain talent, both now and in the coming years. City and Guilds are truly leading the way in their engagement with employers, enabling us  to bring our skills and knowledge to education and I am hugely optimistic about the impact that this will bring to the skills agenda – Kat Healey, Training Manager, Guinness Property.

City & Guilds are delighted to announce the appointments of Kate Parker and Kat Healey as Chair and Vice Chair to the Employer Industry Board for Construction and Building Services Engineering. Both bring over 15 years of experience and knowledge within the construction industry skills and training landscape. Their understanding and expertise will be vital to delivery and aims of the Employer & Industry Board for 2021.

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Kate Parker

City & Guilds Employer & Industry Board

Kate Parker Senior Regeneration Manager, Procure Plus

Kate has been part of the Procure Plus team since 2009. Working as a Senior Regeneration Manager, with particular responsibility for the group’s training and employment activities. Kate has worked in the sector for over 15 years, both in the UK and overseas.

Kate’s brings to the role a wealth of specialist knowledge of the apprenticeship and vocational training landscape, particularly within the construction industry, and an interest in supporting people from marginalised communities gain access to opportunities.

Kate has developed partnerships across the northwest to see over 1,500 people move in to sustainable employment over the past three years.

Having delivered a successful bid for the DfE Construction Skills Fund (CSF), and the CITB’s On Site Experience fund, Kate oversees Procure Plus’s construction hubs across England and Wales, working closely with construction and community partners, as well as training providers and funders.  These hubs will support a minimum of 1400 people not currently working in construction to secure employment within the industry, and are the foundation of CITB’s careers strategy for the industry.

City & Guilds are delighted to announce the appointments of Kate Parker and Kat Healey as Chair and Vice Chair to the Employer Industry Board for Construction and Building Services Engineering. Both bring over 15 years of experience and knowledge within the construction industry skills and training landscape. Their understanding and expertise will be vital to delivery and aims of the Employer & Industry Board for 2021.

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Martyn Price

City & Guilds Employer & Industry Board

Cross-Industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force

Martyn is the Chair of CCATF; Cross-Industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force. The CCATF's mission is to champion the ethos and culture of training within the construction industry by working with industry peers and stakeholders; to encourage those not training to do so and those that train to do more by promoting the benefits and value that hiring an apprentice can bring. 

Amongst a number of industry boards and positions Martyn has or currently holds, one of the more recent was his appointment by The Department for Education as a T-Level panel member within the construction route panel, supporting the development of content for the Design, Surveying and Planning.

Martyn is also the Workforce Development Director for O’Halloran & O’Brien Ltd and is responsible for the development of skills solutions and for expanding the company's training provision and apprenticeship ambitions. 

In 2012, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Martyn was honoured with an MBE for his services to apprenticeships and vocational skills.

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Neil Dunn

City & Guilds Employer & Industry Board

Persimmon Homes

Persimmon was founded in 1972 and is today one of the UK’s leading housebuilders.

Persimmon Plc is the holding company for the Persimmon Group of companies. We are listed on the London Stock Exchange (PSN.L) and are a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.

With headquarters in York, the Group operates from 31 regional offices throughout the UK. The Group trades under the brand names of Persimmon Homes, Charles Church and Westbury Partnerships, building quality homes across England, Wales and Scotland. FibreNest, our ultra-fast, full fibre to the home broadband service aims to ensure our customers are connected to the internet from moving in day onwards.

The Group has also developed offsite manufacturing capabilities; our Space4 business manufactures highly insulated timber frames, wall panels and roof cassettes; our Brickworks manufactures concrete bricks and our Tileworks (which plans to commence deliveries to our sites in Spring 2020) manufactures concrete roof tiles. These capabilities help support our overall construction capacity and contribute towards securing quality, cost and supply of key material components.

We have over 5,000 employees with a significant number of long serving employees. We are also recruiting apprentices and trainees in all areas of our business to support our growth.


Neil Dunn

I currently work as a Construction Trainer for Persimmon Homes PLC delivering bespoke courses to our Construction Staff. I entered the Construction Industry straight from school where I began an apprenticeship in Bricklaying with a local medium sized Building Contractor where I enjoyed a 10-year career eventually being promoted to a Site Manager.  I am one of few people to gain a ‘Silver Trowel award’ for excelling during my Advanced Craft course.

After this 10-year career, I was lucky enough to gain a lecturers job teaching Construction in my local area.  In the 30 years in Education, I have been very fortunate to meet and train so many people who wanted a career in the Construction Industry. My passion for wanting the best for the industry has led to me being involved with many national projects to help improve Teaching and Learning for those on Construction and Engineering courses.

In 2007, I became a Vice Principal for curriculum and this led me to become a Curriculum Consultant working in many colleges advising and demonstrating to them on how to improve learners’ experience on Construction and Engineering courses.

Eventually I took early retirement, (this lasted only 2 months), but the passion was still glowing and I wanted to re-enter the Industry that I started in and in turn I joined Persimmon Homes.

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Sam Blacknell

City & Guilds Employer & Industry Board

British Gypsum

My introduction to construction came as a 16 year old plastering apprentice working in RMI and Residential properties from which I achieved a level 3 NVQ in Solid & Heritage plastering. After 8 years I moved in to Further Education teaching the core fundamentals of construction and plastering to full time and apprenticeship students.

My move to British Gypsum came after 4 years in FE where I started as a Training Support Representative of the team, I am now an Academy Manager who runs two Training Academies and manages a small team of Training Support Reps who provide dry lining and plastering knowledge to our colleagues as well as providing our customers with industry leading training on all of British Gypsums products and dry lining systems.

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Steve Timbrell

City & Guilds Employer & Industry Board

P&S Timbrell Decorators Ltd.

I have worked within the painting and decorating industry all of my working life- starting off as a school leaver on the bottom rung of the ladder and climbing to managing director of P&S Timbrell Decorators Ltd for the last 20 or so years. We undertake all kinds of residential interior and exterior projects, but we specialise in heritage/restoration work.

I have held a Royal Warrant of Appointment to HRH The Prince of Wales since 2006 for painting and decorating services.

I am currently President of the Highgrove Royal Warrant Holders Association.

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