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About Us

Meet the Team

Our well skilled and knowledgeable staff have a proven track record in helping the industry with their issues and concerns.

John Armstrong

Managing Director

John has held the position of Managing Director of the Construction Employers Federation since 2006. He joined the Construction Employers Federation in 1997 with responsibility for developing construction exports. 

During that time he helped to develop business for Northern Irish construction companies in overseas markets.  Between 2014 and 2016, John chaired the Housing Supply Forum established by the Minister at the Department for Social Development. He is a Member of the NI Committee of the National House Building Council.


Mark Spence

Assistant Director

Mark Spence joined CEF in 2020 after 8 years’ as a director in an NI main contractor. Mark’s involvement with UK and Irish construction goes back over 20 years to his role in advising clients and bidders on major capital procurements for education and health.

Having previously sat as a member on CEF committees, Mark has long been proactive in engaging public bodies on issues such as the apprenticeship levy, etendering processes and procurement practice.  He will be responsible for the running of the CEF’s various member interest committees and leading our engagement with the NI Assembly, Executive and procuring authorities as well as partnering with other professional bodies in representing the views of our members.   


Jonathan Caughey

Federation Manager

Jonathan has been with the Federation since 2005.

Jonathan’s main areas of responsibility include the Construction Skills Register, Health and Safety within the industry and the management of Safe-T-Cert. 


Tracy Windrim

PA & Events Executive

Tracy has been with the Federation since 2017.

Tracy's main areas of responsibility include PA facilitation to the Managing Director and Assistant Director and organisation of all Company Events and hospitality.



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