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 Chair 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.

Julie King Co-opt until the next AGM

NEC Role: National Secretary
Industry Position: Head of Curriculum - North Hertfordshire College

Julie has spent 20 years teaching, and more recently managing FE provision at North Hertfordshire College where her current role is Head of Curriculum: Construction and Motor Vehicle. New to the Construction sector, Julie is quickly developing an operational and strategic understanding of the Construction education landscape. Dedicated to the continuous development of the holistic construction student experience to guarantee employees of the future are ‘Employer Site Ready’, Julie is keen to work with industry to ensure the needs of stakeholders are met. Julie benefits from engagement with a strong, dedicated group of regional construction organisations and wishes to continue to build upon this through her Co-opted place as BACH National Secretary.

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 NEC 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 where he leads the National Construction College across its four college sites in London, Birmingham, Glasgow and Norfolk. He is also leading the CITB Training Divestment programme as part of CITB’s Future Operating Model. He has been in Construction education and training since 1993 and has worked in the Further Education sector for 22 years mostly at a senior level. He has been engaged with BACH for about 20 years and first attended BACH NEC meetings as the North East Regional Chair.

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

Wayne Chappelow

NEC Role: Regional Chair Yorkshire and Humberside

Wayne has just taken over the Chair and his Bio will be added shortly

Geoff Coughlan

NEC Role: Co-opted Regional Chair South Coast
Industry Position: Head of Construction & Engineering here at Brighton MET

I am the Head of Construction & Engineering here at Brighton MET, I left school at 16 and did an Indentured Apprenticeship with James Longley & Co in Crawley West Sussex they were at that time the largest and oldest joinery manufacturers in the UK. I completed my apprenticeship and moved to a smaller company in my hometown of Horsham in Sussex doing both Carpentry and Joiner works, I did return to Longley’s for a while as a joiner training apprentices.

Over a period of 30 years, I worked for several different sized companies and for Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham from where I left and became self-employed. I ran my own company for many years carrying out extensions, new builds, barn conversions and general Carpentry & Building works.

I decided to move into education to give back the skills that had earnt me a very comfortable living for 30 years in 2011, my first teaching post was at my old college in Sussex and since then I have progressed to be Head of Construction and Engineering at Brighton MET.

Naz Lewis-Humphrey

NEC Role: London and South East Regional Chair
Industry Position: Industry Manager for Construction at City & Guilds

Naz joined City & Guilds July this year from Berkeley Homes. Naz has worked within the construction industry for many years, promoting training, development and apprenticeship opportunities with developers, trade partners, local government, and education for both internal and external stakeholders. Addressing the gaps and strategies to develop the skills and experience for the new and existing workforce within the construction industry. Working to further Learning & Development knowledge and skills to deliver within in the Construction Industry.

John Cartwright

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

Rebecca Davies

NEC Role: Administrator

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