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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.

Mark Spence

Managing Director

Mark joined the CEF in 2019 as Assistant Director having served 8 years’ as a Director for one of Northern Ireland’s main contractors. His involvement with UK and Irish construction goes back more than 20 years to his consulting role advising both clients and bidders on major PPP capital procurements for education, health and infrastructure.

Having previously sat as a member on CEF committees, Mark has long been proactive in engaging public bodies on issues of concern to construction.

Mark is a Senior Advisor to the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) representing the views of the NI construction industry.

He was also appointed by the Finance Minister to the Procurement Board which as responsibility for developing public sector procurement policy and practice for the £3bn annual spend by the NI Executive.

He is responsible for 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.   


David Fry

Director of External Affairs

David has over 5 years' experience with CEF leading on policy, lobbying and external affairs in general.  His in-depth knowledge of the local and national political processes which underpin investment in construction and the wider economy are widely recognised and make him an asset to the organisation and an invaluable source of information to members.

David has also worked in the planning sector and keeps CEF members updated with regular insight and pragmatic advice.


Jonathan Caughey

Federation Manager

Jonathan has been part of the CEF team since 2005.

As Federation Manager, Jonathan's main areas of responsibility include leading our Health & Safety advice within the industry as well as the management and delivery of Federation schemes such as the Construction Skills Register and Safe-T-Cert accreditation. 


Tracy Windrim

Office Manager

Tracy has been with the CEF team since 2016.

As PA & Events Executive, Tracy's main areas of responsibility include PA facilitation to the Managing Director and Assistant Director, as well as maintaining the ISO 9001:2015 accreditation, leading our Women in Business and Diversity NI initiatives and leading the organisation of our hugely successful Construction Excellence Awards. 

Tracy also takes charge of social media, Federation events and hospitality.


Gareth Moore


Gareth joined the CEF in 2007.  Training as a Chartered Accountant with EY in Dublin, his first construction experience was gained on the BAM Ireland audit. He has served as a senior finance professional with a variety of leading firms including Deloitte and McDonald’s Corporation in financial controller, systems and corporate finance roles. 

In his role as accountant for the CEF, he has put his significant financial experience to good use, completing a number of complex projects for the organisation over the years.  These include the authorisation of Workers Pension Trust by the Pension Regulator and various IT implementations.     


Helen Lorimer

Senior Finance Officer

Helen has been a member of the CEF team since 2021.

As Senior Finance Officer, Helen’s main areas of responsibility include the day-to-day maintenance of the sales and purchase ledger, ensuring suppliers are paid in a timely manner, reconciliation of the bank accounts and analysis and reporting to the Accountant and Executive Team as required.


Kathryn Webb


Kathryn has been a member of the CEF team since 2001. She joined as an Office Junior but it wasn't long before her role changed and Kathryn became involved in the co-ordination and administration of CEF courses and seminars, taking on full-time responsibility for the day-to-day running of both the Safe-T-Cert and NIVR-O-CERT schemes.

As scheme Administrator, Kathryn's responsibilities include liasing with member companies and auditors to ensure audits happen in a timely fashion, as well as monthly reporting and overseeing the processing of audit reports and certificates.

Oliver McCandless


Oliver has been with the CEF team since 2003 and is first point of contact for the Construction Skills Register (CSR).  As well as dealing with member queries, he also handles the many telephone calls regarding CSR cards.  

Oliver is responsible for the day-to-day processing and issuing of CSR cards in a timely manner.

Janet Carson


Janet has been a key part of the CEF team for over 10 years.

Janet is the first point of contact for all who call or visit the CEF's offices.  She is responsible for responding to public queries, greeting visitors, and handling the many telephone calls coming throught the Federation's switchboard on a daily basis. 

Janet is also part of the administration team, as well as being one of the appointed First Aiders in the building.


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