We have a team of staff who do everything from working with young people and creating our programmes to marketing, fundraising and finance.
Having started out working life as a Civil Engineer herself, Carol is deeply committed to the Trust’s mission of helping more young people access the fantastic opportunities construction has to offer, particularly young people facing significant barriers into work and those groups who have traditionally been under-represented in the Industry. Carol sees her role as CEO as holding on to the ‘big picture’ while keeping a constant eye on the detail of day-to-day delivery.
Carol's favourite building is the London Aquatics Centre.
Andy Garret - Operations Manager
Andy is responsible for the day to day management of the Trust, including the implementation and delivery of the Trust’s training and education programmes in England and Wales. His background includes 25 years in relationship banking, leading teams that supported business, corporate and charitable clients. More recently, he was Head of Funds and Operations at a grant making organisation facilitating the work of voluntary, charitable and social enterprises with £2m of grants and loans each year.
Andy’s favourite building is the British Museum, London.
Mark Heath - Administrator
Mark supports all of Construction Youth Trusts departments by providing administrative, human resources and payroll support.
Mark's favourite building is Portcullis House, London.
Ellen Shields - Trusts and Foundations Coordinator
Ellen works part time with the Trust to develop and manage relationships with the charitable funders that help to make our work possible. She re-joined the Trust in 2017 having previously worked on the Schools & FE team, so really understands what our work is about and is passionate about securing funding to continue it.
Ellen’s favourite building is the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago (Chile).
Maria Tsionou - Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Ria is responsible for the design and delivery of the Trust's marketing and communications strategy. In addition to developing and growing the Trust's brand, Ria also works closely with the whole team to coordinate, collate and communicate our work to stakeholders.
Ria’s favourite building is Globe of Science and Innovation, Geneva.
Jemma Bridgeman - Wales Manager
Jemma manages our projects and programmes across Wales. She works with construction companies, Local Authorities, Welsh Government and partner charities to provide Wales’s under-represented and disadvantaged people with supported transitions into education, employment and training in construction’s trades and professions.
Jemma’s favourite building is the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.
Wendy Heller - Training, Development and Curriculum Manager
Wendy is responsible for the planning and development of curriculum, alongside delivery and evaluation of accredited and non-accredited construction training projects and resources.
Wendy's favourite building is the Chrysler Building, New York.
Pearl O'Keeffe - London Trainer
Pearl is responsible for the planning, delivery and evaluation of construction skills and employability training for young people on our Budding Builders courses. She delivers construction training to our beneficiares including Helath & Safety and CSCS test training. She is also responsible for their next steps - she helps with employability skills, coordinating work experience placements brokering employment opportunities and signposting further education and training.
Pearl's favourite building is Battersea Power Station, London.
Schools & FE Team
Tom Glover - Schools and FE Manager
Tom manages the Schools & FE team, leading on the delivery of a number of the Trust’s programmes, including; Budding Brunels; Budding Brunels Plus; Introduction to Property Development; and Foundations for the Future. He works closely with schools and corporate partners to ensure the programmes delivered give students a real insight into the construction industry. Tom also sits on the Trust’s Quality Assurance group, overseeing curriculum development. He may or may not make a mean coffee.
Tom's favourite building is the Natural History Museum, London.
Deavon Sinclair - Schools and FE Coordinator
Deavon works in the Budding Brunels team and leads on the planning and delivery of the Budding Brunels Rail programme, which is exclusive to Network Rail. In addition to planning and delivering the 3 day Budding Brunels programme, Deavon also works closely with Network Rail professionals to support participating schools by running early engagement workshops and offering the expertise of these professionals to support teachers delivering a range of rail focussed STEM lessons.
Deavon’s favourite buildings are the pyramids of Chichen Itza, Mexico.
Naomi Ryan - Schools and FE Coordinator
Naomi is a member of the Budding Brunels team which runs workshops that help young people discover the variety of opportunities that are available in the construction industry and help develop their employability skills for the future. She also helps to coordinate work experience placements and support Budding Brunels Alumni where possible.
Naomi’s favourite building is the Yas Viceroy, Abu Dhabi.