Experts and Leaders who have supported BACH

Experts and Leaders who have supported BACH

Ian Billyard                         

Ian is Principal at Leeds College of Building, the only further education college specialising in construction and the built environment in the UK. The College offers practical craft, technician and management courses to over 8,000 students from Foundation to Masters (Level 7). Ian’s background is that of a building surveyor and he started his working life as mining surveyor, with English China Clays, in the South West. He has also worked with a Local Authority and contracting companies. His education career started in the North East at Darlington College of Technology and progressed to Head of Department at Bolton College and Dean of Faculty at Boston College before joining Leeds College of Building as Vice Principal in 1996. He has been Principal since 2003.

Arnie Skelton   

Arnie has a wide range of experience in training and  development at all levels within public and private sector organisations. For the past 25 years Arnie has designed and delivered a wide range of business, team and individual development programmes for over 150 organisations within the UK and beyond. In addition, Arnie is a qualified and highly skilled coach, and an NLP Master Trainer. He is also an experienced and valued facilitator, and offers guidance and support to a wide range of individuals and organisations.

“I am passionately committed to personal and organisational development, and in particular, how to help individuals, groups and organisations make a positive difference: how to convert principles and values into specific individual behaviours; how to recognise and remove blockages to individual and organisational learning and action; and how to generate sustained commitment, so that any change becomes lasting and embedded” Arnie is the co-author, with Diane Ingham-Cook, of two books:

‘The Wizard Book of Management’, and ‘Are You Sitting Comfortably?’ and author of ‘NLP Glossary: Bringing the Technical Language of NLP Alive’.

Theresa Mohammed

Theresa is Deputy Chair of the National Association of Women in Construction and recently hosted the annual conference in London. Theresa is lecturing on construction law matters as part of the RICS Matrics CPD Programme for the fifth year running and is also the author of a blog for Construction News and London Build as part of the “Thought Leaders” project. She is a Partner in Trowers & Hamlins’ Dispute Resolution and Litigation department, which she joined in June 2010 from a specialist construction law practice and was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 2005 and qualified as a Solicitor in 2007. Theresa has significant experience of making High Court applications and the Enforcement of Adjudicators’ decisions in the TCC. She is familiar with both standard and bespoke forms of construction contracts. Theresa also has experience of High Court trials, resolving construction disputes through mediation and drafting settlement agreements, claims, defences and adjudication submissions.

Rebecca Barrington

For the past 16 years Rebecca has been supporting staff and developing the use of technologies in education.  She currently works at Cornwall College supporting the development of e-learning across their many campuses.  Prior to this Rebecca worked at South Devon College for 15 years developing the use of technology and Moodle.  Rebecca has delivered a number of workshops nationally, including at regional and national Ofsted events, and presented at international Moodlemoot events.

Feedback from training delivered to Ofsted Inspectors:  “Her enthusiasm, skilful delivery and obvious mastery of her subject shone through and really gave an impetus to those elements of the conference”

Feedback from large ILT event in Scotland:  “Enthusiasm in buckets. Very confident among her peer group which isn’t easy.”  “Very practical examples of software…a great deal of information in a relatively short time.”

“Facilitated by the right person who kept the lecturer and students in mind throughout.

Andrew Brader

Andrew is MD of MKC Training Services (a wholly owned subsidary of MidKent College). MKCTS deliver Artisan training for 1 RSME Regiment and professional engineering training through to Masters and chartered Level at the Royal School of Military Engineering (RSME) in Chatham, Kent. Through the new FEO (Further Education Online) programme, they are now able to share their capabilities in construction e-learning with the UK FE community.

At 16 Andrew undertook a three year indentured apprenticeship in bricklaying, before moving into construction management. At 27 he joined Erith College of Technology as a Construction Lecturer. After three years he left to join Barking College as a Senior Lecturer. He remained there for 16 years, during which time he became Director of Faculty for Art, Design & Technology; responsible for 65% of the college’s curriculum. He left Barking College in 2007 to undertake his current position, where he has overall responsibility for MKCTS’s performance within the highly successful Public Private Partnership contract at the RSME. In 2013 in recognition of their pioneering work at the RSME, in a ceremony held at Buckingham Palace the college was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.

Andrew holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and is also on MidKent College’s Executive Team.

Graham Hasting-Evans

Graham is Managing Director of NOCN and has many years senior management experience in industry in a number of economic sectors both in the UK and internationally. These sectors include broadcasting, construction, engineering, science and technology.

He has a wealth of management and management development training experience which he has used to lead several organisations through periods of major challenging change. He joined NOCN as Managing Director at the beginning of 2011, having worked on management development, workforce training, employment and skills development in industry, government and also on employment and skills programme for the construction of the London Olympics. He leads our involvement with the skills programmes for major investment programmes such as the Nuclear New Build Programme. His work on developing the skills of adults and young people includes time in India, Southern Africa and Thailand as well as parts of northern Europe.

Ian Law – Biog and image to follow

Paul Joyce HMI

Paul Joyce is one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors and is the Deputy Director for Further Education & Skills and Independent Schools. Paul joined Ofsted in 2005 as HMI having previously worked within the Further Education and Skills sector in both general and specialist further education colleges. Immediately prior to working for Ofsted Paul was a consultant for the former Department for Education and Skills and worked on national initiatives supporting improvements to teaching and learning and in leadership and management. Paul has significant inspection experience in both the schools and further education & skills remits and prior to being appointed Deputy Director was a Senior HMI with responsibility for the college inspection programme nationally.

Steve Battersby – Biog and image to follow

Don Ward

Don has been the Chief Executive of independent industry best practice organisation Constructing Excellence for eight years, and held similar positions with other bodies since 1995. He is a passionate champion of positive change and improvement in the industry through collaborative working in all its forms.

Mega projects represent a major opportunity for partnerships with FE colleges to address specific training and employment needs. But the potential opportunities and benefits go much deeper, including development and promotion of a brand of excellence for both the FE and built environment sectors. Closer links between FE colleges and Constructing Excellence at national, regional and local levels are all on offer to exploit these opportunities, and the speaker will expend on these.

 David Masey

David was born in Hartlepool in 1947, On completion of his school education at the age of fifteen He started work as an apprentice Carpenter and Joiner in 1963 with C.M.Yuill of Hartlepool. David served a six year apprenticeship and studied at Hartlepool CFE and Longlands College, Middlesbrough. David moved to Plymouth in 1975, where he worked on a large range of construction projects before applying for a carpentry teaching position with City College Plymouth. David started as a practical skills teacher at the colleges Camels Head Construction Centre then transferred to the college main campus at kings. First working as a PST then he was appointed as a Lecturer in Wood Occupations teaching CITB and work based apprentices until his retirement in 2012. During his seventeen years with the College David was the lead staff member for five Leonardo da Vinci projects and attended an EU PRO VET Conference in Brussels David now works Part time with the Kompetenzzentrum Holzbau and Ausbau Biberach Germany in the International team.

Anna Strahl

Anna was born in Eichen-Ochsenhausen / district Biberach in 1960 and completed her school education with the Advanced Technical Certificate. Since 2009 Anna works for the educational centre Kompetenzzentrum Holzbau & Ausbau in Biberach in the seminar management. She is assistant in the department International Projects as well as Advanced and Further Education. She arranges the different lecturers, organisations, administration and care for course participants within the European Mobility. Since 2015 Anna works as coordinator and contact person for the MobiPro Programme – a special programme for young people from Europe to start an apprenticeship in Germany.

Jason Howe – Biog and image to follow

 Alex Birks                         

Alex Birks is Head of Strategic Training Provision & Development at CITB. Responsible for developing and delivering CITB’s Provider Strategy, Higher Education and Research & Development strategies, working with colleagues and key stakeholders nationally. CITB’s Provider Strategy will define:

  • How the Construction Industry should work with the provider network to better align the demand for skills with the supply of training that delivers them;
  • The role that CITB should play in the commissioning and direct delivery of training.

 Christine Doubleday

Christine Doubleday is the interim Director of Education and Development at Find a Future. Christine has worked in the education sector for over 30 years in the U.K. and internationally. Christine has worked with Government supporting the development of education policy as well as putting that policy into practice on the front line. Her particular interest is in widening participation and enhancing aspiration of those at risk of missing out on the power of education. Christine’s career began in community and adult education which fuelled her passion for good career education and guidance. Christine has a Master’s degree in Educational Management from the University of Warwick and a post graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance from Canterbury Christchurch University.

 David Smith – Biog and image to follow

 Bob Howlett – Biog and image to follow


John Graham

John Graham BSc, MSc, MPhil has worked developing innovative community-delivered interventions and programmes for the third and education sectors for a number of years. His background in Social Policy in the Built Environment and Early-Years Prevention has been invaluable in his role as Head of Business Development at Construction Youth Trust where he has led the development of internationally recognised SROI methodologies for organisations such as Network Rail and Willmott Dixon. A strong advocate for social change including diversity, John has led a number of campaigns including the recent campaign designed to engage and support young people into the construction sector. As a champion of both individual and community wellbeing, John is a proactive member of a number of groups including Home: policy network and various panels regarding skills and education for STEM.