Meet the Team

Key decisions about the future of and strategic direction of BACH are made by its National Executive Committee (NEC), a group of Construction Heads from across the UK as well as the President.

This team as an unrivalled experience in teaching Construction in Further Education college.  This experience is available first hand to new Construction Heads through the free mentoring service and via its forum and Regional and National events.  Through its campaigning on behalf of its members and the sector, it also works for outstanding outcomes for the thousands of students learning construction related skills at Further Education Colleges.

Graham Hasting-Evans

NEC Role: President
Industry Position: Group Managing Director - NOCN

NOCN MD, Graham Hasting-Evans, is a construction professional who worked in building and construction before developing the skills strategy for the London 2012 Olympics. He was programme director at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills before joining NOCN, in 2011. Graham has worked closely with the government on apprenticeship reforms, including the Apprenticeship Levy and has powered NOCN to become the top government-approved End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO). He regularly speaks at events in the UK and internationally and is often called upon for comment in further education sector media.

Dave Wilkins

NEC Role: National Chair
Industry Position: Director, Construction & Building Services, Bedford College

Dave has over 20 years of experience in construction stemming from his Maintenance Carpenter Apprenticeship all the way through to his role at Bedford College where he has been promoted from Head of Construction to Director of Construction & Building Services. He is responsible for the strategic leadership of Construction & Building Services Education and Training for The Bedford College Group. Dave’s role at BACH has progressed from Vice Chair and Regional Head East of England to Chair following the BACH National Annual Conference 2019.

Bob Howlett

NEC Role: National Past-Chair & Regional Head West Midlands
Industry Position: Head of Faculty: Technology and the Built Environment - South and City College Birmingham

Bob has spent nearly 30 years teaching and managing FE provision in Scotland and England. Bob’s current role is Head of Faculty: Technology and the Built Environment at South and City College Birmingham. He spent many years developing qualifications for SQA, Pearson, CSkills and City and Guilds, recently working on the TECHBAC development programme and represents FE on the 14 – 19 Advisory Committee for Construction and The Built Environment. Bob was recently made an Honorary Life Member of City and Guilds for services to the development of construction education.

Lee Mills

NEC Role: National Vice-Chair
Industry Position: Head of Construction Milton Keynes College

Industry Position: Head of School for Construction and Engineering

Lee has over 25 years of experience in the electrical industry and at Further Education colleges managing Construction and Engineering. In 2008 he was promoted to Associate Principal at Havering college. As Head of School at Milton Keynes College, he is currently responsible for the strategic leadership of the Construction & Engineering. He has been a member of BACH since 2008 and has recently taken on the role of Vice Chair following the BACH national Annual Conference 2019.

Ian Goodwin

NEC Role: National Treasurer
Industry Position: Consultant supporting FE Colleges to reach outstanding performance

Ian is an experienced Inspector and former senior manager with many years’ experience in further education and work-based learning. His teaching experience and 25 years managing Engineering and Construction have added to his portfolio of skills in the industry of which he is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Marine Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical Engineers, and led to him becoming an external examiner for several Higher Education Institutes and the Army. Ian has mentored a number of staff in FE and provided ‘critical friend’ support and guidance for several departments across a range of sector skills areas, and takes an active role as Treasurer of British Association of Construction Heads.

Jonty Williamson

NEC Role: National Secretary
Industry Position: Commercial Training Manager - National College for High Speed Rail

Jonty has spent the past 7 years in Education or Rail Construction, 4 years as a Science Teacher and then 3 years in Learning and Development in Rail.

Jonty is passionate about improving Learning and Development within the construction and about raising the profile of Construction as a career.

Ian Stirling

NEC Role: Business Manager
Industry Position: Business Manager for BACH and other organisations

Ian’s role within BACH is to support members and organise events, including BACH’s National Annual Conference and National Development CPD.

Ian has a general management background in Travel, Hospitality and the Not for Profit sector.

Mick Hinds

NEC Role: East Midlands Regional Chair
Industry Position: Faculty Head of Construction and Professional Care Industries

After completing an apprenticeship in Carpentry and Joinery in 1981 with a local building company, Mick gained experience in the construction industry by working on small building projects for 3-4 years. He then spent a further 6-7 years working on general housebuilding sites before moving into the maintenance sector. He was then appointed as a trainer/assessor at Stephenson College in 2004, which included delivery to full time students as well as apprentices, where he assessed NVQ evidence for Carpentry & Joinery apprentices up to level 3 after formally completing his A1 and V1 awards. Whilst managing a full caseload he completed the teacher training programme which included the FD in education, and within 6 years Mick had been promoted to Section Head of the Construction Department.

Mick manages one of two faculties at Stephenson College and is BACH’s East Midlands Regional Chair.

Ian Billyard

NEC Role: Co-opted member
Industry Position: Former Principle, Leeds College of Building. Ian is still active within the FE Construction sector

Ian has extensive experience of the construction sector, particularly when applied to further education and training. He recently retired from his Principle position at Leeds College of Building which he held since 2003 following his internal promotion from Deputy Principle. Ian’s 22 years at the College saw considerable change both in response to industry and the FE sector to which there is an exciting future ahead.

Graham McPhail

NEC Role: Co-opted member
Industry Position: Head of Education and Training – CITB

Graham is Head of Education and Training at CITB, responsible for the National Construction College and Higher Education Strategy. Having been involved with awarding bodies on several fronts during his career, he has written assessments for the international market and continued his interest in Civil Engineering and Construction throughout his educational career. He is also a Trustee of the West Midlands University Technical College.

He is a past Chair of BACH and is a Co-opted member.

Alex Sheldon

NEC Role: Regional Head Yorkshire and Humber England
Industry Position: Head of Curriculum, Construction and Engineering (CP) - East Riding College

Alex has spent many years in the construction industry, working in roles ranging from carpenter to project manager. With over 15 years in the education sector, Alex is passionate about ensuring a quality learning experience for those in Construction and Engineering.

Derek Rutherford

NEC Role: Regional Head South East England
Industry Position: Curriculum Manager Construction - North Kent College

Derek has worked at North Kent College for 18 years and has successfully managed a cross-section of construction crafts in his capacity as Head of Department. He is passionate about the impact his role has on the wider industry.

Kevin McCooke

NEC Role: Co-opted Regional Head Greater London
Industry Position: Head of Construction - Guildford College

Following 7 years working within the Construction & Engineering Industry, Kevin has 30 years’ experience working in a variety of roles in a range of organisations from private companies to colleges and schools. To keep his industrial experience current, Kevin worked as Interim Director for a property company managing new projects and maintaining occupied developments in the gaps of education assignments. Kevin is a Co-opted Regional Head at BACH.

John Cartwright

NEC Role: Regional Head North East England
Industry Position: Head of the School of Construction and Building Services - Hartlepool College of FE

I currently work as a Head of Construction and the Built Environment at Hartlepool College. As well as this I’m also North East Regional Chair of BACH and I sit on the board of Constructing Excellence North East (CENE)

I have been involved with BACH for over 13 years of which I have been an active supporter of the association and keen to develop essential networks.

I have been involved in the construction and education sector for nearly 20 years and during that time I have gained valuable knowledge of learner, organisation, employer and awarding body requirements. Within my role I work with a series of professional bodies to support the industry and promote excellence.

During my time in education I have worked as a consultant for major organisations such as the governments Department for Education and Skills (DFES, Standards Unit), City and Guilds, AQA, Pearson Education and Nelson Thorne, carrying out such work as writing, inspecting, observing, reviewing, moderating, presenting and externally quality assuring.

Whilst being in this sector I have met some dedicated people who are an inspiration to others and have the same passion as me to be committed to raising the standards in Teaching, Learning and Assessment in education.

Chris Curtis

NEC Role: Regional Head Wales
Industry Position: Curriculum Area Manager - Pembrokeshire College

Chris has just been appointed to this role and his profile will follow.

Steve Caldwell

NEC Role: Regional Chair - South West
Industry Position: Head of Faculty for Building, Automotive and Civil Engineering - Weston College

Steve has been Head of Faculty for Building, Automotive and Civil Engineering at Weston College for the last 6 years and was part of the college Construction vision to be outstanding which was realised in 2014. Steve is proud of the opportunity construction has afforded him, starting his career as a Bricklaying apprentice in Wells, Somerset, working extensively across the South West whilst running his own business and also working in Australia for a construction training company.  Having held a variety of FE roles at Weston College, Bridgwater College and Yeovil College, Steve has a wealth of experience to support members across the South West Region.

Phil Walsh

NEC Role: Regional Head North West England
Industry Position: Curriculum Manager - St Helens College

Rebecca Davies

NEC Role: Administrator

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