Steering Group

Founding partners Carillion, Crossrail, EY, Lendlease, Morgan Sindall and Wilson James form the initial steering group.

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Andy Parker (Chair)

Andy Parker (Chair)

Andy served as a Squadron Leader in the Royal Air Force (RAF) for 27 years before retiring in 2010. As part of the RAF Infrastructure Branch, Andy was responsible, as a programme and project manager, for overseeing construction projects including new aircraft hangars, the resurfacing of major RAF runways, and the construction of accommodation at UK bases.

He also undertook an MSc in Facilities Management at Leeds Metropolitan University and studied for qualifications through the Association of Project Management. On retiring from the RAF, Andy set about developing his CV with help from the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) and in 2010 he became Director of Defence at Morgan Sindall.

Andy has overall responsibility for Morgan Sindall’s defence construction, ensuring it is delivered on time and to the highest quality whilst providing excellent customer service.

Angela Forbes

Angela Forbes

Angela Forbes gained a Bovis scholarship in 1997 as an undergraduate Commercial Manager and has been with the business ever since, now working as commercial director of Lendlease’s London external construction business.

Angela created the Lendlease ex-military initiative in 2008, is an ambassador of the construction industry within the armed forces, and was a founding partner of BuildForce at its inception in 2013.

In addition, she is a non-executive director of a housing provider and social regeneration charity and a director of Be Onsite, a not-for-profit company dedicated to helping disadvantaged people.

Katherine Allt

Katherine Allt

Katherine Allt spent nine years in the Royal Corps of Signals, and served in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Her training and leadership experience also equipped her to undertake secondments with Raleigh International and the Princes’ Trust.

On leaving the Army, Katherine undertook an MBA, qualified as a personal development coach and in 2013 joined EY’s Programme Management Advisory practice.

She has led teams working on performance improvement and business transformation engagements for government clients, primarily within the infrastructure sector, with clients including Network Rail, HS2, Highways England, Greater Manchester Police, the MoJ and DfID.

Andy Rhodes

Andy Rhodes

Andy was commissioned into the British Army in 1993 and, in a 20-year career, rose to become Deputy Chief of Staff of 16 Air Assault Brigade, responsible for planning and delivery of all aspects of the logistics and personnel management of the Army’s largest and most diverse formation.

He was responsible for the planning and execution of the deployment of the brigade on operations in Helmand Province in Afghanistan in 2008. After leaving the Army in April 2009, Andy took up the role of Head of Terminal Operations at Stansted Airport, later joining Wilson James to lead its construction logistics team at Heathrow Airport – responsible for the planning, coordination and delivery of logistics support to the £1Bn per annum Heathrow Capital Development Programme.

Since 2014 he has been Director Logistics Solutions, responsible for the development and delivery of the Wilson James consultancy business. Andy is passionate about promoting the skills of veterans and Service leavers, and assisting others with their transition into civilian life in general, and the construction industry in particular, at the end of their military service.

Malcolm Bairstow

Malcolm Bairstow

Malcolm Bairstow has been involved with BuildForce since its inception and has 37 years experience in the infrastructure and built environment sectors as a programme manager (he was MD of Schal International, the programme management subsidiary of Carillion plc), a client, and with EY as a business adviser for the last 16 years.

A Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and an affiliate member of the Institute of Accountants, he is the UK Infrastructure sector leader for EY and sits on the global infrastructure leadership team.

He has extensive experience of leading reviews of multi billion capital programmes, business transformation and strategic reviews in client organisations and advising on specific risk, change, transaction and turnaround situations on major construction and infrastructure projects.

Andrew Eldred

Andrew Eldred

Andrew Eldred is Head of Employee Relations on the £15 billion Crossrail project in London, where he has responsibility for supply chain skills and employment initiatives, construction employment standards and trade union engagement.

Crossrail, which is currently the largest infrastructure project in Europe, participated in the BuildForce pilot in 2014/15 securing 23 work placement opportunities, both within the client organisation and among contractors.

Crossrail is continuing this support as BuildForce makes its transition from a proof-of-concept pilot to a permanent resource for service leavers and the UK construction sector.

BuildForce is part-funded by the CITB Structured & Flexible Funds CITB

Delivery Partners

Ethos Valuable Outcomes and Carillion Training Services are the delivery partners. Ethos leads on project management, industry and forces engagement and Carillion Training Services leads on training delivery.

Ethos is a growing network of social entrepreneurs and innovators who create sustainable solutions to society’s complex challenges. For Ethos, success isn’t just economic – it’s about achieving positive social and environmental outcomes.

Carillion Training Services (CTS) provides training for apprentices, experienced workers and for disadvantaged groups. CTS is the single largest employer-based construction training provider in the UK, recruiting almost 1000 new apprentices each year.

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