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Board, Council and Committees

The Federation’s Board and its representative Council and Committees meet regularly in order to discuss the issues that are of most relevance and concern to members, with the aim of finding solutions that can benefit the entire industry.


The Federation's Board comprises the President, Vice-President, Immediate Past President, Treasurer and the Managing Director.  The Board are the statutory directors of the Federation.  With the exception of the Managing Director, the Board are nominated and appointed from within the CEF Council and serve on a voluntary basis.  The offices are re-nominated annually at the AGM with Vice-President, President and Past-President serving 2 years in each position. 


John Tracey – CEF President, May 2020

John Tracey is the Managing Director of Tracey Brothers Ltd – a family owned, Fermanagh based construction company who have been operating in the Construction Industry for close to 70 years.
John’s professional career began as an engineer with Murphy International in London. During his time with Murphy Group, he worked across a diverse range of sectors including piling, construction and term contracts.
He then returned to join the family business and fulfilled several roles before taking the helm as Managing Director.  Over the past twenty years the business has grown and diversified, and the company have established themselves as one of Ireland’s leading construction companies.
John joined the Council in 2013 and was appointed the CEF President in May 2020.


Martin O'Kane - CEF Vice President, May 2020

Martin O’Kane is the Deputy Group Managing Director of Heron Bros Ltd and joined the company in 1994, having worked previously in London and Coleraine. He has BSc Hons in Quantity Surveying from the University of Ulster, Diploma in Project Management from Queens University, Belfast and became a Fellow of the RICS in 2015.
Martin’s professional interests span a wide variety of industry boards and councils including being past Treasurer and Chairman of APM 2007/08. 
Martin joined the CEF General Contractors Committee in 2009 and the Council in 2017 and was appointed the CEF Vice President in May 2020.


Ray Hutchinson - CEF President 2018-2020

Ray Hutchinson has been the Managing Director of Gilbert Ash since 2012, having joined the business in 2003 as Finance Director.  Ray is also Chairman of the MAC Charity Board and Board member of Diversity Mark (NI). A past recipient of the IOD Director of the Year Award for Corporate Social Responsibility, Ray has focussed on diversity, inclusion and encouraging yopung people to enter the industry.
After becoming a CEF Council member in 2012, he was elected Vice-President in 2016 and was CEF President from 2018 to 2020.


Bryan Vaughan - CEF Honorary Treasurer, April 2018

Bryan is Managing Director of Vaughan Homes, a family firm building private homes in NI for the past 35 years. He has 33 years experience in the house building industry.  
Bryan is a Chartered Member of the CIOB since 2000 and serves on the Board of the Construction Industry Training Board and the NHBC Regional Committee.
Bryan is a past Chairman of the CEF Private Housing Committee and has served on that Committee since October 2001. He was appointed to the CEF Council in April 2012 and has served as Honorary Treasurer since April 2018.
Mark Spence - CEF Managing Director
Mark joined the CEF in 2019 as Assistant Director having served 8 years’ as a director for one of Northern Ireland’s major contractors. His involvement with UK and Irish construction goes back more than 20 years to his role advising both clients and bidders on major PPP capital procurements for education, health and infrastructure.  Mark is a Senior Advisor to the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) and sits on the Procurement Board of the NI Executive. He is responsible for the running the CEF and delivery of services to members while leading engagement with the NI Assembly, Executive and procuring authorities as well as partnering with other professional bodies to represent the views of Federation members.

Federation Council

The Federation Council is the policy making body of the Federation. Members of Council are elected through direct nominations from the Federation's four specialist sector committees. The Federation Council determines the future strategy for the Federation and the operational details are then carried out through the sector committees.

The Council also nominates representatives to other outside bodies associated with the construction industry including the Construction Industry Training Board, the CBI and the Joint Council for the Building and Civil Engineering Industry (NI).

Current Membership

Office Name Company
President  John Tracey Tracey Brothers
Vice President Martin O'Kane Heron Brothers
Past President Ray Hutchinson Gilbert-Ash
Treasurer Bryan Vaughan Vaughan Developments
  Freddie Patterson Lagan Specialist Contracting Group
  John Wilson Farrans
  David Hamilton Martin & Hamilton
  Aidan Mullan Whitemountain
  Martin Lennon O'Hare & McGovern
  Andrew Bill Graham Construction
  Aidan Flynn Maurice Flynn
  Aaron Hughes GEDA Construction
  Connaire McGreevy CTS Projects
  Joe McGinnis Braidwater Group
  Mark Kelly Kelly Brothers
  Janet Deane Deane Public Works
  Seamus Devlin McLaughlin & Harvey
  Ian Lowry Lowry Building & Civil Engineering

General Contractors Committee

The General Contractors Committee represents the interests of Federation members involved in general and commercial contracting in the private sector and in the delivery of public infrastructure such as schools, hospitals, and office accommodation.

This Committee liaises regularly with major government clients including the Department of Education, Department of Health, the Construction Procurement Delivery (CPD) and the Department of Finance. These Liaison meetings involve discussion on procurement methods and workload programmes.

Current Committee Membership

Name Company
Freddie Patterson (Chair) Lagan Specialist Contracting Group
Andrew Bill Graham Construction
John Wilson Farrans
Ray Hutchinson Gilbert-Ash
Aidan Flynn FLYNN
Gareth Mackey MSM Contracts
Noel Mullan Heron Brothers
Gerard McClelland Ganson UK
Gareth Loye Mascott Construction (Europe)
Peter Maguire Tracey Brothers
Colin McKee Moss Construction
Cormac Murphy Glasgiven Contracts
Cathal O'Hare O'Hare & McGovern
Mark Buchanan Mannings Northern
Darren McKelvey RJ McKelvey
David Henry Henry Brothers
Ruairi O'Boyle OB Construction

Private Housing Committee

The Private Housing Committee represents the interest of Federation members involved in the construction of private houses. The Committee liaises regularly with government agencies and statutory undertakers and other bodies that directly affect the provision of private houses, including the local councils, Department of Infrastructure, NI Environment Agency, NI Water, NIE Networks, NHBC, the Law Society and many others.

Current Committee Membership


Martin Mallon (Chair) South Bank Square
Conor Mulligan  Lagan Homes
James Fraser Fraser Partners
Bryan Vaughan Vaughan Developments
David Magee Antrim Construction
Gareth Wilson Farrans
Conor Lavery Charles Lavery & Sons
Noel Young P Young & Sons
Trevor Kennedy Hagan Homes
Joe McGinnis Braidwater Group
Paul O'Rourke Lotus Homes
Johnny McKaigue P&K McKaigue
Michael Lindsay Rosemount Homes Ltd
David Millar Fraser Millar

Civil Engineering Committee

The Civil Engineering Committee represents the interests of Federation members involved in civil engineering works. The Committee liaises regularly with Department of Infrastructure, Translink, NI Water, Rivers Agency, the Construction Procurement Delivery (CPD) and the Strategic Investment Board through the Civil Engineering Consultative Committee.

Current Committee Membership

Name Company
Leo Martin (Chair) Graham Construction
Seamus Devlin McLaughlin & Harvey
Neil Sturdy Farrans
Gareth Telford Northstone
Martin Lennon O'Hare & McGovern
Sean Brennan Whitemountain
Barney McEldowney BSG Civil Engineering
Ian Lowry Lowry Building & Civil Engineering
Patrick Harney Lagan Specialist Contracting Group
Ian Alexander William & Henry Alexander
John Kearney McQuillan Companies
Allan McMullan Dawson-Wam
Seamus Donaghy GEDA Construction
Alejandro Mendoza Monfort Sacyr UK
Keith Nixon Deane Public Works

Social Housing Committee

The Social Housing Committee represents the interests of Federation members involved in the construction of social houses. The committee liaises regularly with the Housing Associations, Northern Ireland Housing Executive and the Department for Communities.

Current Committee Membership

Name Company
Mark Kelly (Chair) Kelly Brothers
Brian Fox Bann
Damian Murray GEDA Construction
Kevin Watson Kevin Watson Group
Gerry McEvoy Mascott Construction (Europe)
Mark Gilmore EHA Group
Conor Connolly Connolly & Fee
Marie Ferguson Braidwater Group
Connaire McGreevy CTS Projects
Joe Keenan Combined Facilities Management
Johnny McKaigue P&K McKaigue
Darin McKeown EQUANS
Adam Lowry Lowry Building & Civil Engineering

Health & Safety Committee

The Health & Safety Committee represents the interests of Federation members in the industry wide area of health and safety.

The Committee liaises regularly with the Health & Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI) and issues guidance and resources to assist members with keeping their workforce safe.

Current Committee Membership

Name Company
Declan McLogan (Chair) McAleer & Rushe
David Wallace Henry Brothers
Caroline Hughes Heron Brothers
Damian McErlain Combined Facilities Management
Donna McCullagh Adman Civils
Jerome Hamill MSM Contracts
Liam McConologue Braidwater Homes
Donna Teague Deane Public Works

People & Skills Task Force

The CEF People & Skills Task Force was set up in 2021 to pool resources on vital industry challenges including modern slavery, diversity, recruitment, mental health and a host of other topics.

Name Company
Aideen Jeffrey Farrans
Christina Walsh GEDA
Maria Bradley Gilbert Ash
Nuala Griffiths Heron Bros
Roisin Kearney CFM
Rodney Moates Dawson WAM
Sandra Overend Henry Bros
Michael Smyth Graham
Noel McKee Mascott
Shanua Young McLaughlin Harvey

ConstructZero Task Force

The CEF ConstructZero Task Force was set up in 2021 to focus on the vital emerging agenda of carbon reduction and to assist members in achieving netzero by 2050 in line with CLC's Constructzero plan

Name Company
Andrew Cooke Graham
Charlene Jones Henry Bros
Charleen Millen McAleer & Rushe
Craig Chisholm McQuillan
Deborah Madden Henry Bros
Gerard McColgan Dawson WAM
Grace McGurk McQuillan
Liam McEvoy SustainIQ
Vicki Johnston Farrans

Risk & Procurement Task Force

The CEF Risk & Procurement Task Force was set up in 2021 to provide vital inustry feedback on a host of procuremetn changes arising through Procurement Board and in general across the secto



Allen McMullan Dawson WAM
Jemma Lowry Lowry Building
Jill Harrower-Steele Lagan SCG
Gary Blair Farrans
Gerard Graham QMAC
Ian Lowry Lowry Building
Jonathan Hall Graham
Karl McKillop Heron Bros
Kevin Watson KWG
Michael Donnelly McQuillan
Peter Maguire Tracey Bros
Trish White Farrans


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