Currently Director of his own consultancy business, former Operations Executive with EN:Able Futures CIC and former Director of Futureworks (Yorkshire) CIC Ltd.

In addition, Mark was previously the Employment and Skills Manager for the large regional Construction and Housing Frameworks, which include YORbuild, YORcivil, YORconsult and Social Value Advisor to Efficiency North.

Mark has over 35 years of experience within the construction industry, starting out as a “technical apprentice” with West Yorkshire County Council and studying his National Certificate at Wakefield College.

He is a local man starting out in the mining community of Upton, attending Minsthorpe High School, now living in Wakefield.

He is a qualified civil engineer and has worked in multiple areas of construction within the private and public sectors, including highways, infrastructure, canals and housing.

In 1998 he began teaching and qualified as a teacher in Further and Higher Education, moving on to running a successful training centre and construction company for Leeds City Council.

Mark became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in 2017 for his work and dedication to finding practical solutions to social challenges.

Mark is President of the Yorkshire Federation of Builders and is committed to sustainable futures for local young people and supporting local construction companies to be successful.

Ian Billyard

Ian was the Principal & CEO of Leeds College of Building, the only specialist Further Education College for the Construction & Built Environment Sector in the UK, up until his retirement on 31st December 2018.  At this time Ian had been Principal for over fifteen years.  Prior to becoming Principal, at LCB, he was Deputy Principal at LCB and Head of Faculty and Head of Department at other Further Education Colleges in England.

As part of his role Ian was part of the Dfe/IfA group involved in developing the new T Level qualifications for England. Additionally, Ian was a Council member with CGLI, a Board Member of the Cross-Industry Apprenticeship Task Force; Board Member of the Yorkshire Builders’ Federation (YBF); Chair of the West Yorkshire College Consortium; FE representative on the Leeds City Region LEP Employment & Skills Panel; Chair of the Leeds City Region Skills Network; Member of the FMB Area Board (Yorkshire & Trent) and Member of the NFB North East Region Executive Board.  He is also a member of various local, regional and national groups supporting education and training.

Prior to his move to the Further Education sector, Ian trained as a building surveyor, initially with English China Clays in the South West, and subsequently worked for contracting companies and a Local Authority, also in the South West.

Post retirement Ian has been keen to maintain involvement in the sector and has maintained/taken on a number of roles, including; Fellow and Council member with CGLI, Chair of EN-Able Charity Board (part of the Efficiency North Group); Board Member of the Yorkshire Builders’ Federation (YBF); member of the City & Guild Industry Board for Construction and member of BACH (British Association of Construction Head) National Executive Committee.

Nick Sangwin

Nick is Managing Director of Sangwin Holdings Ltd and is 5th generation in a business formed in the 1880’s.  The Group is involved in tarmac surfacing, precast concrete manufacture, crane and plant hire and manufacture of educational furniture. Nick is a past president of the YBF and current Chair for the NE Region of the National Federation of Builders.  He also is involved in youth enterprise in Hull as well as Chair of trustees at Hull Youth Support Trust and is a director of the Hull Building Safety Group.

Shane Derry

Shane is now semi-retired following his tenure as Managing Director of Derry Construction Limited an award winning Yorkshire building contractor and developer with manufacturing divisions for purpose made joinery, metal fabrication and engineering  works.

Shane’s varied career spans over 35 years which began at 16 as an apprentice, self-employment followed at 18 and director level appointments thereafter. He is acting President of the Harrogate and York Associations of the NFB and has been involved with the Apprenticeship Trailblazer’s primary and Joinery sub group committees for the development and approval of revised Apprenticeship Standards in England. As a member of the Joinery group he helped develop and assign to the Crown for adoption by the State the Joinery and Carpentry standards Years 2 and 3 for English Apprenticeships in 2016.

From 2014 to 2017 Shane was instrumental in winning seven awards from the NFB and CCIHWY: NFB 2014 Winner New Build of the Year, Refurbishment of the Year, Heritage Project of the Year & Client of the Year. NFB Highly Commended Awards 2015 & 2016 for Committed to Environment & Sustainability & Committed to Training. CCIHWY 2017 Committed to Training joint Award Winner 2017.  

Shane has four children, three daughters and a son, Lewis who served his bench hand joinery apprenticeship with his father, during this time Lewis alongside his father attended many CITB apprenticeship focus events in Parliament. Shane’s 15 minutes of fame came in 2010 when he featured in an episode of Homes under the Hammer following one of his developments.

Interests away from Yorkshire and its building industry include following the Mediterranean sun and its laid back life style especially in Andalucía, southern Spain.

Simon Carr

Simon Carr, BSc (Hons), FRICS, joined Henry Boot in 1988 and progressed to his current position of Managing Director in 2009. He has held several positions on the construction side of the business, including Partnering Manager, Regional Manager and Operations Director.

He is responsible for the delivery of all aspects of Henry Boot Construction Limited to the parent company, Henry Boot PLC. He also sits on the Operations Board of Henry Boot PLC and is a Director of Road Link (A69) Limited, a thirty year PFI trunk road scheme that Henry Boot have a major shareholding in. Simon is also a Non-Executive Director of Wildgoose Construction and is an external examiner at Sheffield Hallam University.

Simon is a passionate advocate of the construction industry and the past Chair of the National Federation for Builders (NFB). Along with being a member of the CBI Construction Council, he is also a judge for the RICS Yorkshire and Humber.

Simon was also appointed to the board of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership in late 2010. Simon has represented Sheffield City Region LEP at MIPIM in 2011, 2012 and 2017. Simon also sat on the recruitment panel for the appointment of the Sheffield City Region LEP Chair and Vice Chair.

David Todd

David is Secretary and Treasurer of the Yorkshire Builders Federation. He has worked for the National Federation of Builders since May 2015 as a Membership Executive, before being promoted to North East Area Manager in 2017. David brings with him over ten years experience within construction, recruitment and training. He believes that the YBF’s strong support of promoting the industry in the region will help to alleviate the skills shortage. The YBF supports many schools and colleges with significant sponsorship of awards and activities, which can only help to encourage recruitment and training and ultimately, help North East construction companies in the future.

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) represents small to medium-sized builders, contractors and house builders across England and Wales. As one of the UK’s longest standing trade bodies, it was created to represent the building profession and to promote conditions its members need to thrive and contribute to the economic success of the UK. Its members range from the sole trader to large, multi-million pound construction companies, with turnover ranging from below £500,000 to £100 million. David, as Area Manager, provides NFB members with expert support on a range of topics from health and safety, procurement and training. The business services he can offer helps members to comply with industry standards, excel in delivery and grow successful businesses.

On a personal level, David enjoys spending time with family and friends. David has recently become a father for the first time. He will be instructing his son to focus on construction jobs when he’s older and has already bought him his first Bob the Builder toy!

David is always working with YBF members within the North East region, helping them with the challenges they face, and enjoys the task of bringing new members to the North East which is also high on David’s priority list.

For further information, don’t hesitate to contact David on 07584 015917 or email

Martin Hind

Martin is a Joiner and business owner from Scunthorpe, running H&H Joiners and Builders Ltd and fit out GB Ltd . I was president of the YBF  in 2004 for 3 years, having been a NFB /YBF member since 1994 . I have been Chair of the new Joinery Trailblazer Standard, which has gone live in colleges country wide this year. I’m a member of the Ccaft and CAS board member. I’m currently completing the new T Level in Joinery with CITB, which hopefully will be going live in colleges next year.

Paul Senior

Paul has worked in construction for over forty years, in a variety of roles and various sectors of the industry including civil engineering, commercial construction and social housing.

Within his career Paul has held a number of roles starting as a setting out engineer with Balfour Beatty and progressing to a board position within Frank Haslam Milan / Soarbuild / Keepmoat with whom he spent 28 years up to 2018, since which he has created a number of businesses to deliver both consultancy and operational expertise, and is currently working with an excellent team, Fit-Out (GB) from North Lincolnshire.

Although Paul continues to work within the industry he is also currently working with a number of further education & higher education establishments, considerate constructors and has recently become a trustee for the Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme.