Current Members (as at March 2020) are:
Leigh Hughes - CSR Director, Bouygues Construction UK, and CITB Cymru Wales Nation Council Chair
Leigh is currently Chair of Cardiff Capital Region Employment & Skills Board and represents the South East Wales region on Welsh Government Employment & Skills Board (WESB). He has worked in the construction industry for 30 years and is CSR Director for Bouygues Construction UK and its entities. Bouygues UK, Bouygues Energies & Services, Bouygues TP and VSL deliver construction, housing, development, regeneration, energy performance and management including smart cities innovative solutions using our global and local experience across private and public sectors. The company employs around 4,400 people across the businesses in the UK.
Robert Williams - Chairman, WRW and CITB Trustee
Gareth Davies - Construction Director, Knox and Wells Limited
Gareth is the Construction Director for Knox and Wells Limited. His role combines all aspects of Client servicing, from bid management to project delivery, together with responsibility for strategic liaison with key Industry stakeholders such as Welsh Government, CITB and CIOB. Prior to joining Knox and Wells, Gareth was in post with Britannia Construction Ltd from 2010 as Regional Director (Wales), Wales Regional Director for Carillion Building (Mowlem Building prior to 2006 takeover) and from 2001-5 was Wales Construction Director for Mowlem Building. During a thirty five year career in the construction industry Gareth has been responsible for delivering many prestigious projects in south Wales, south west England and Jersey, across a variety of sectors. Gareth is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (FCIOB) and was a member of the CITB National Council from 2015 to its reorganisation in 2018. He chaired the south-east Wales Regional Construction Forum from its inception in 2010 to its re-constitution in 2018. Gareth is also an active member of Constructing Excellence in Wales and a Professional Assessor for the CIOB and has been a judge and Panel Chairman on the CIOB's Construction Manager of the Year Competition since 2004.
Terry Edwards - Managing Director, John Weaver Contractors
Terry Edwards has been the Managing Director of John Weaver Contractors since March 2015. Terry started his construction career as a CITB apprentice bricklayer and then progressed through the ranks as a management trainee with Fairclough Construction, during which time he completed his Advanced Craft in Bricklaying, ONC and HNC in Building Studies. Terry then moved on to work for Gee Walker & Slater as Site Manager, Brunswick Construction (Project / Contracts Manager), Andrew Scott (Deputy MD / Operations Director), MIDAS (Regional Manager) then JWC as their current MD. Terry became Chartered in 2005 then gained Fellowship to the Chartered Institute of Building in 2008. Terry plays an active role in the implementation and management of the JWC Apprenticeship Training Programme whereby the firm takes on two apprentices every year, and currently employs 5 apprentices. Three of the former apprentices have now progressed through the ranks and are currently employed as assistant site managers.
Nick Evans - Managing Director, EvaBuild Ltd
EvaBuild is based in Mid-Wales and works throughout the UK. The company was incorporated in 2011 and focuses on the civil engineering and groundworks markets. The company has achieved notable award successes in its short history winning the Wales Fast Growth 50 in 2015, the Powys Business Awards 2019, and SWCC Welsh Business Awards 2019. Previous to EvaBuild Nick began his career as a setting-out engineer with main contractors Amec Construction and Miller Civil Engineering, and quickly progressed into site and contract management. Nick’s entrepreneurial spirit has seen him found two further companies: Trefoil Interiors, a Cardiff based company, is a complete interior fit-out company working in all major commercial sectors; and more recently, EvaBuild Developments, which concentrates on town centre regeneration projects. Linked to everything is Nick’s passion for apprenticeships and engaging with schools to provide opportunities and promote STEM based learning and the linked careers. The company has been instrumental in setting up an apprenticeship programme with the local college. It has also engaged with local schools to provide opportunities for students to learn about the industry, using the CITB-based Go Construct programme. Nick currently forms part of the economic strategy group to support and advise on the proposed Mid Wales Growth Deal. Having a passion towards making Wales better, he was recognised by the Institute of Welsh Affairs as being one of thirty people who will help shape the Welsh agenda over the next thirty years.
Andrea Green - Highways Customer Experience Director, Costain
Andrea has more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry, working for both regional and national business. Following an early career as an engineer, she has a deep understanding of the challenges facing the industry, and the customers and communities that will be impacted by major projects. She now focusses on ensuring excellence in customer experience and has a passion for improving standards of safety and performance.
Simon Jehu Managing Director of Development, Jehu Group Limited
Simon has been a company director for over 25 years leading a small family building business into a £70million+ property and construction group. He founded Waterstone Homes, an executive housing developer with a turnover in excess of £25million. Simon trained and qualified as a Quantity Surveyor and went on to become Commercial Manager and then Commercial Director. His roles include responsibilities for business development, estimating, financial management, marketing, purchasing, and project management. Simon completed a PGC in Sustainable Leadership at Cardiff Metropolitan University in conjunction with CITB and Construction Futures Wales. He has developed a Strategic Growth Project focusing on Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Simon is the lead in the Jehu Group on innovation with a particular passion for offsite manufacturing.
Owain Jones - Director, Richard Jones (Betws) Ltd
Educated at Ysgol Gymraeg Rhydaman and Ysgol Dyffryn Aman, Owain studied for a Higher National Diploma and B.A. (Hons) in Business & Finance at Swansea and later returned to the University of the West of England, Bristol where he was awarded an MSc in Construction Management. He also holds a NEBOSH qualification relating to Health and Safety in Construction. A Director of T. Richard Jones (Betws) Ltd “TRJ” a company established by his Grandfather in 1935, Owain has led the development of the company over the last two decades, building on its firm foundations as one of the leading SME’s in the region. The company currently directly employ a workforce numbering 190 including trade apprentices and management trainees. In recognition of Owain and TRJ’s long standing support of Apprenticeships the company was recognised in 2015 as CITB Apprentice Employer of the Year for both Wales and Great Britain. Owain sits on the Wales CITB Nation Council and Chairs the South West Wales Construction Forum. He is a past Chair of Carmarthenshire Construction Training Association Ltd CCTAL and continues to sit on its Board of Directors. Owain is a founding Trustee and Chairs the Board of Directors of Cyfle Building Skills the largest Construction Shared Apprenticeship Scheme in the UK which currently offers employment to over 170 young people and was recognised with a Queens Award for Innovation in 2017. Owain was also instrumental in the setting up of the South West Wales branch of the Engineers for Overseas Development (EFOD) Charity. Owain is a member of the South West Wales Regional Learning Partnership Construction Cluster Group. A fluent Welsh speaker, Owain is a passionate supporter of the Welsh language and culture.
Richard Owen - Training and Workforce Manager, Jones Bros. Ruthin (Civil Engineering) Co. Ltd
Richard started as an apprentice joiner in 1977 and now has over 42 years of construction industry knowledge, skills and experience. In 1993 he began a career in developing and delivering construction industry training. Richard has worked across the globe developing and delivering training programmes in North Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. He now leads and develops award-winning construction industry training and apprenticeship programmes for the Jones Bros Ruthin (Civil Engineering Company Ltd). Richard is a fluent Welsh speaker and is passionate about mentoring and developing young people in the construction industry.
Neal Stephens - Managing Director, Willmott Dixon
Neal has been in the industry for the past 34 years, the last sixteen of which have been with Willmott Dixon Construction. He has worked in most sectors of the construction industry including Retail, Health, Education, Commercial, Leisure, Higher Education and Housing. Collaborative working and Partnering have been the key ingredients in the way that Neal operates. Neal started as a trainee Site Manager back in the mid-1980s and has carried out roles such as Site Engineer, Site Agent, Design Manager, Project Manager, Contracts Manager, Operations Manager, Deputy Managing Director and finally Managing Director. He recently completed a Professional Certificate in Coaching at Henley Business School. He took over as Managing Director in September 2009 and is now responsible for the Find, Win and delivery of the £200M business for Willmott Dixon managing the Cardiff Bristol and Exeter offices.
Paul Tedder - Founder, Atlantic Dwellings
Paul founded Atlantic Dwellings in 2006, creating a building company that delivers high quality houses and extensions, with a team of employees who are proud of their work. All the team are encouraged to learn new skills and apprentices are mentored on site by master craftsmen. Paul is passionate about training and allowing people to develop to their full potential. Prior to setting up Atlantic Dwellings he worked initially in the paper industry and as a senior manager in the fast moving consumer goods sector for Pepsi International. Paul holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and post graduate diploma in Electrical Engineering. He is an active member of the Federation of Master Builders Wales board and Chairman of the Cardiff Branch.