Friends of the Trust
Friends of the Trust informally support and represent the Construction Youth Trust through acting as ambassadors and representing its interests externally. We look to our Friends to use personal networks and facilitate access to new audiences, as well as fundraise and access new income streams. Friends of the Trust share their expertise in learning and education, training, work experience and job placements, as well as charities and community groups, and government policy.
Doug Barrat was a Trustee and Director of the Construction Youth Trust for 26 years. His association with the organisation began when the Trust was formally known as CITY (Constructuion Industry Trust for Youth). Prior to retiring he was a main Board Director of Ballast Plc and now has Non Exec Directorship roles in the Industry as well as his work as a Consultant. He is currently Master of The Worshipful Company of Constructors.
Bernard Hiscocks is the project manager of the Newport Construction Initiative which is a Newport City Council led scheme to provide information on employment and training opportunities to the local workforce and those seeking entry into the construction industry. He has extensive experience of employment within the construction and built environment sector having worked for main contractors as well as SME’s.
Bernard entered into the education and training sector of the industry in 1997 to pilot the government 'New Deal' programme. He became deputy manager of the local authority led construction training centre with responsibility for managing qualifications and learning programmes. He is a fully qualified NVQ assessor/verifier as well as Basic Skills tutor/assessor achieving the Basic Skills Agency quality mark in 2004. Bernard holds a BA degree in Education and Training at the University of Wales.
Since 2006 Bernard has led the Newport Construction Employers Forum which is regarded in high esteem throughout South Wales and beyond. Regularly having over sixty companies attend the Forum. Bernard has also introduced the Newport Construction Charter to the local area where many construction companies pledge their commitment to providing employment and training opportunities.
Rob has recently retired from the role of Chief Operating Officer for CBRE’s Government and Infrastructure Division. Prior to that he was CBRE’s Head of Consultancy and specialised in providing strategic property advice to major owners and occupiers of significant property portfolios in both the private and public sectors.
He joined CBRE after five years as a Director of DTZ where he was responsible for the management of the Corporate Real Estate Group. For the preceding nine years he was a partner in Ernst & Young and headed their Real Estate Consultancy Group working for a range of public and private sector organisations.
Before joining Ernst & Young, Rob worked for ten years for KPMG where he was responsible for the firm’s Property Consulting Group.
He is a Chartered Civil Engineer with a degree in civil and structural engineering and a masters’ degree in construction management. He also holds memberships of the Chartered Institute of Management and the Institute of Directors.
Tyron has 20 years experience in the social housing arena and has had client, constructor and consultant roles in this time.
He has been involved in the practical development of partnering relationships believing that these arrangements present the best opportunities to deliver added value outcomes such as training, local employment and investment in community led initiatives. This approach is evermore essential when market conditions are difficult and when it is easy to neglect these important issues. He firmly believes that client and contractors working together can deliver multiple benefits that far exceed the outputs set out in the contract. These can be further enhanced by involving the specialist skills and advice of organizations such as the Construction Youth Trust.
Tyron has promoted the Construction Youth Trust positively over recent years helping to create relationships through his network of industry contacts. This has raised the profile of the trust and created real training and employment opportunities with large, medium sized and small organizations. More recently, he has helped the trust to access Direct Labour Organisations which are ideal environments to foster opportunities for young people and is a model that is increasingly being explored after a period of sustained outsourcing.
John Taylor MBE MA MSc FCGI
John Taylor is a Cambridge civil engineer and served for 30 years in the Royal Engineers. He was Chief Instructor at the Graduate-entry College of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and commanded the Army's Amphibious Engineer Regiment. He was appointed MBE for operational planning in Germany. John took up a second career centred on his long-standing interests in urban planning, architectural conservation and traditional building crafts. He was Chief Executive of the British Urban Regeneration Association from 2003-2007 and chaired the Assessment Panel for the Secretary of the State's Regeneration Award Scheme.
He was then appointed by the Carpenters’ Company as Director of Building Crafts College from 1997-2007; he planned the move to a brand new site in 2001, alongside the CTRL at Stratford City in East London. The College achieved CoVE status in 2004. He planned a further extension of the college which opened in 2008.
In 2002, he was awarded a Masters Degree in Historic Building Conservation and was appointed a Fellow of the City and Guilds of London Institute in 2003. He is a Liveryman of the Carpenters' and the Masons' Companies. In retirement, he continues to serve as Chairman of the Livery Companies' Skills Council, Hon Sec of the Conference on Training in Architectural Conservation & Hon Tresasurer of the National Heritage Training Group. He is a Trustee of several charitable bodies, including the City & Guilds of London Arts School’and a former trustee of the Consturuction Youth Trust.
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