Trustees

President: Rt Hon Sir John Hayes, CBE, MP

John has been a MP since 1997, when he was elected to represent South Holland and the Deepings in Lincolnshire. He has held 5 ministerial positions, including Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning (when he first became involved with Youthbuild UK) and 6 shadow ministerial positions. He was appointed to the Privy Council in 2013.
Prior to becoming a MP, he was a director of a Nottingham based IT company and a Nottinghamshire County Councillor.
His varied interests include education, elections and campaigning, political ideas and philosophy, local government, agriculture, commerce and industry, welfare of the elderly and disabled people.


Chair: Stephen Ratcliffe

Stephen has worked in the construction industry for nearly 20 years.  He was until recently Director of the UK Contractors Group, a trade body for major contractors and director of its sister body the Scottish Contractors Group.  Previously he was Chief Executive of the Construction Confederation and director of the Major Contractors Group.  He was also a board member of CSCS (the Construction Skills Competency Scheme). Stephen also worked in government for over 20 years and now works as a consultant providing help to people seeking to strengthen their public relationships, especially with government.   Before becoming a Trustee of Youthbuild UK, he was the Chair of the Young Builder of the Year Awards Judging panel for 5 years.


Deputy Chair: Joe Brennan

Joe’s grassroots beginnings in the construction industry as an apprenticed carpenter with Bovis, have held him in good stead to this day. After enjoying a successful period of using his carpentry and building skills, running his own business, Joe returned to his studies and altered direction, gaining teaching qualifications.

A combination of his construction industry experience and teaching skills led Joe into construction training, working with Wimpey, Carillion, and the Notting Hill Housing Group, amongst others. Joe has extensive experience in designing and delivering construction training programmes; programmes aimed at, ex-offenders, long term unemployed and young people to name but a few. Joe is currently a director of Denbre Ltd, a consultancy specialising in employment and training.


Secretary: Ian Davis

Ian has worked in the construction industry for almost 45 years. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer and his early career was with contractors and consultants in the UK and overseas. He was Director General of the Federation of Master Builders for nine years. Most recently he was the Executive Director with responsibility for Inspection, Building Control, Engineering, IT, Customer Services, External Training and Health and Safety at the National House-Building Council (NHBC).


Trustee: Howard Platts

Group Training Officer, Action for Construction, that seeks to fill the skills gap in the construction industry, promote construction as a career to schools and colleges whilst supporting its’ own members to continually up-skill their workforce. Previously managed Action Trust and Spark Challenge which supported homeless people into employment, and Chief Executive of NECTA, a construction training company providing vocational training to disadvantaged young people. Before moving into social enterprise he held senior finance and general management positions, mainly, in the engineering sector.


Trustee: Kevin O’Connor

Kevin is the Head of Social Responsibility and Inclusion at Durkan Limited, he started in the construction industry as a labourer for a flat roofer – his dad. He has spent time in public sector housing management at Welwyn Hatfield, and was an active trade unionist supporting career development and ‘trainability’. Following a return to education, he entered the voluntary sector working with street homeless alcohol and drugs services in North London. Kevin joined community contractor Durkan for 16 years ago and following a series of site and office-based roles now heads up all aspects of social value and inclusion – including managing their apprenticeship and training programmes. He has a particular interest in mental health policy and was a volunteer for MIND for the past five years.


Trustee: Miriam Lewis


Trustee: Livia Williams

Livia is the Head of Major and Minor Works for Nottingham City Homes.  She is a Director of Women in Roofing and is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers. With over 20 years roofing industry experience, Livia has a wealth of experience and knowledge, she is dedicated to supporting the roofing industry at strategic level through the development of apprenticeships, training, management and qualifying the workforce. Furthermore, Livia is actively involved in promoting fairness, inclusion and respect in construction industry and empower women in roofing through creating a common platform to meet, share best practice, develop career progression routes, coaching and mentoring.


Trustee: Mark Macmillan

Mark Macmillan is the Head of Policy and Enterprise for the Kibble Group. Kibble is one of Scotland’s oldest charities and a leading social enterprise. That supports young people to reach their full potential through an integrated array of services.
Mark is an advisor to Kibble on its policy and strategy as the organisation looks at ways to develop new services and enter into new markets.
Mark also has a background in politics and is the former Leader of Renfrewshire Council, stepping down from that Council in 2017.


Trustee: David Pearce

David is a construction consultant and retired university academic.  David commenced his working life as an engineer on construction projects, progressing to project and subsequently contracts management roles both in the UK and abroad. Returning to the UK, David joined academia where he ran a suite of university courses in Building, Construction Management and Project Management.  Apart from his consultancy, David is active with various professional bodies, including CIOB, APM and Constructing Excellence.


Trustee: Darryl Stewart

Darryl is the Head of Training and Analysis at NHBC. He started his career in the construction industry as a labourer on housing sites while studying at college. He joined North East Lincolnshire Building Control as a surveyor in 1992 where he spent the next six years. In 1998 he joined NHBC as a Building Control surveyor, where he went on to hold a wide range of diverse roles including managing teams and driving programmes of change. In his current role his primary focus is the support of the home building industry with impactful and engaging training targeted at driving safety, quality and customer excellence on site.


General Manager: Simon Mantle

Simon started his career in the building industry, initially as a quantity surveyor and later moving into a project management role. Simon subsequently opted for a change in direction, embarking on a new career in construction health and safety. During this time Simon has contributed to the wider health and safety agenda by chairing the Strategic Forum for Construction’s health and safety committee as well as the Safety Schemes in Procurement body (SSIP).


Youth Build UK Patrons' Event in the river rooms at the House of Lords. Westminster. London. UK. 9th March 2017.