Meet the team, working together across the group to deliver Efficiency North’s day to day operations to support member landlords and their communities, and businesses and apprentices, across Yorkshire and Humber.
Lee has over 28 years of experience in the construction and housing sector, having begun his career as a Youth Training Scheme Apprentice Construction Technician with a major contractor. He has held group wide procurement and supply chain management leadership roles in some of the largest family-owned and PLC major contractors, managing the procurement of multi-million £ contracts on a wide range of construction projects, including major international contracts in the UK and the Far East.
Lee joined Efficiency North in 2007 to lead the development of its procurement offer. In 2010 Lee was appointed as the Director responsible for the consortium’s development as an incorporated entity and in 2013 was appointed Chief Executive of Efficiency North Limited. In 2017 Lee spearheaded the corporate re-structure of Efficiency North to form Efficiency North Holdings Limited and its operating entities EN:Procure Limited, EN:Able Futures CIC, EN:Able Build Limited and our charity EN:Able Communities CIO.
With the support of a dedicated team, Lee has led the company’s strong growth which positions Efficiency North as one of the UK’s largest procurement consortiums and apprenticeship and training providers.
Lee champions intelligent procurement approaches including early contractor involvement, efficient supply chain management solutions through technology and social value delivery. He is a passionate advocate for the construction sector is a regular speaker at sectoral events and features frequently in industry journals.
Lee was appointed to Business in the Community's Yorkshire & Humber Leadership Board in 2021.
Chief of Corporate Services
Jonathan has over 10 years of experience in the social housing sector, initially as Director of Corporate Services and then Joint Chief Operating Officer at Sheffield Homes and then most recently as Director of Investment and Business Services at Nottingham City Homes. He started his career as a finance professional within various manufacturing engineering companies before moving in to senior management.
Jonathan commenced working at Efficiency North in May 2020. He leads a team of dedicated professionals within Efficiency North looking after Finance, Human Resources, Corporate Communications, IT, Membership Development and ENAble Communities.
Working in a dynamic sector that is driven by strong social values aligns with his personal goals of adding value to organisations while giving back to the communities Efficiency North, our members and clients work within.
Director of Operations
Bringing more than 20 years’ experience of the public sector and expertise from her background in quantity surveying, Emma joined EN as Framework Operations Manager in 2015.
As Contract Manager for Sheffield City Council’s £30m+ per annum Social Housing Repairs and Maintenance contract, she developed long term stakeholder relationships, implementing and managing robust performance frameworks, driving service improvements and delivering ongoing efficiencies. Emma also worked as Commercial Manager for Kier Services Ltd, gaining experience from a contractor’s perspective whilst also procuring, negotiating and managing the sub-contracting arrangements.
Emma leads the team of Framework and Procurement Managers and is developing and managing EN:Procure's suite of frameworks, ensuring compliance with the Public Procurement Regulation and adherence to the respective framework agreements.
A skilled Operational and Project Manager, Julie has over 30 years’ experience in managing successful programmes and interventions to support local unemployed individuals secure sustainable employment. She has spent a significant number of years developing relationships with Employers to secure and generate new opportunities for unemployed individuals.
Julie has previously worked for Wakefield Council and DWP. Whilst at Wakefield Council she project managed Wakefield’s Leeds City Region funded Head Start programme, supporting long term unemployed 18-24 year olds into sustainable employment. Additional experience has also been gained during her time at DWP, having provided support to large employers in the District by understanding needs and demand, and identifying opportunities for Jobcentre Plus to provide recruitment solutions to meet their requirements. She also helped develop a sub-regional CITB Pilot to help provide work experience placements to candidates, leading to apprenticeships and secured vacancies.
Head of Membership Development
A civil engineer by background, Carl initially spent 10 years working for BAA Plc at Heathrow in various airport infrastructure development roles, culminating in becoming the Strategic Development Manager for Terminals 3 and 4 with local board level investment and airport operational responsibilities.
Carl joined Efficiency North in 2006 having been recruited to project manage the development of its activities around driving efficiency and cashable savings in the delivery of Decent Homes and repairs and maintenance, which saw membership grow from 4 to 12 collaborating members.
Carl’s focus is on ensuring Efficiency North continues to deliver and exceed member expectations driving collaboration across all membership activity. He has a deep personal interest in climate change and the environment and in also a creating a sector led solution to housing affordability crisis and believes that strong leadership and effective collaboration is the only way we can rise together to the challenges presented before us.
Head of Operations
Simeon Perry joined Efficiency North in November 2017. Simeon has a career spanning over 25 years working in social housing in both York and Leeds councils. He has worked in a variety of roles in housing services including estate management, policy development, service improvement, performance management, project management of IT systems and latterly had responsibility for an area of housing asset management commissioning activity over £100m from both internal and external contractors.
Simeon is passionate about overcoming social injustice and supporting both people and their communities prosper. This has been rooted in his upbringing in southern Africa where he saw at first hand the injustices of the then South African government.
Simeon has held roles as a chair of a primary school governing body for 3 years, and a Board Director of a social enterprise.
Simeon is passionate about working in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders to produce innovative solutions to support the sustained regeneration of communities in the Yorkshire and Humber region.
Simeon leads the development of Efficiency North’s charitable arm – the EN:Able Communities CIO.
In 2020 he was appointed as a Board Trustee to the Bishop Simeon Trust, an international aid charity supporting youth work projects in South Africa.
Corporate Communications Manager
Liz leads the Efficiency North group’s marketing and communications and works with the Chief Executive and Chief of Corporate Services to develop the corporate vision, values and culture.
Liz joined Efficiency North in 2010, bringing 8 years’ experience in Construction, and many more in written communication, having enjoyed a communications role within RIBA award-winning Bond Bryan Architects, an architectural practice specialising in Education and Advanced Manufacturing, and holding an MA in Writing. As an extension of her Efficiency North role, Liz also developed marketing and communications for the YORhub Construction Frameworks.
Liz received a GOC (General Officer Commanding) Commendation from 1st (UK) Division in 2015 for her work in support of the British Army’s employability and employer engagement initiatives in Yorkshire.
Liz was appointed to the Help 4 Homeless Veterans Charity Board of Trustees in 2017 and was proud to be part of the chairty's team who received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in 2020.
Helen joined the Efficiency North Holdings team in November 2017 to manage finance systems for EN Holdings and all subsidiaries after working with EN:Able Futures (formerly Futureworks (Yorkshire) CIC) as a sub-contractor since its incorporation in May 2013.
Helen brings almost 20 years’ experience in the finance sector, during which time she has worked with multiple funding agencies and external bodies. Helen’s most recent role spanned more than a decade, in which she was responsible for the finance systems and processes for multiple companies.
Helen is currently qualified to AAT level 4 and is keen to increase her knowledge with relevant training, having joined Efficiency North new to the housing and procurement sector.
Hassina has recently relocated from London to South Yorkshire and joined Efficiency North in August 2019 as the new HR Manager bringing over 10 years’ experience in Human Resources.
Hassina is responsible for managing the delivery of the HR service for line managers and employees of Efficiency North Holdings Ltd and its individual Operating Companies. She will also be responsible for advising managers on all people matters, and work in partnership with them to drive through organisational change and support continuous improvement to services.
Prior to joining EN, Hassina worked as a HR Business Partner for Ofcom, UK’s Communication Provider, Greensleeves Care Homes, Solarcentury a renewable energy company, Intercontinental hotel group and RDF Media Group production company providing comprehensive HR support to these organisations.
Hassina has a CIPD qualification Level 7 in Human Resource Management as well as a CIPD Intermediate Law Award in Human Resources Management.
Majid Mater joined Efficiency North in September 2019, taking on responsibility for all information and communication technology systems and equipment and leading on data analysis and management of processes that support the core business of the whole organisation.
Majid is an Accounting and Finance graduate and qualified Prince2 Practitioner. An IT specialist with 20 years of experience delivering and supporting ITC services, he has successfully led IT projects including transitioning from physical infrastructure to virtualisation and was also part of a major project to implement a new Collections Management System. Prior to commencing his career in IT Majid enjoyed roles in the finance sector.
He enjoys taking part in voluntary work in the community.
Executive Support & Health and Safety Coordinator
Liz joined the team in August 2019 to provide a high level of administrative and secretarial support to the governance function of the company, working closely with the CEO and Chair of the Board to support and co-ordinate Board Meetings/Governance Group Meetings across the operating companies and holding company.
She has many years’ experience in executive support, business continuity and project management roles both in the NHS and the private sector and has worked in a variety of different fields.
Liz also works voluntarily for a national charity, PSPA, on their evening helpline, alongside co-ordinating a local support group for people living with PSP/CBD and their families/friends.
Nicoleta joined Efficiency North in June 2019 to support the apprentice payroll, invoicing and record keeping of EN:Able Futures CIC, ensuring tapprentices are accurately paid and appropriate records are maintained, as well as sales invoicing and credit control.
She began her career in the finance sector in May 2016, after realising from an early age that working with numbers was her natural path. Nicoleta has achieved level 1 and level 2 International Association of Bookkeepers Computerised Accounts for Business and intends for this to be the start of her learning journey.
Principal Framework Manager
Sarah commenced with Efficiency North in November 2019 and brought with her over 30 years contract experience working as a quantity surveyor in both the private and public sector
As Audit and Risk Manager at Housing Leeds, she led on the successful implementation of annual NEC3 compliant audits of Leeds City Council’s contracts for responsive repairs and planned maintenance to their housing stock, that reduced overall costs and drove efficiencies through application of gain share arrangements. She provided contract advice and support through all lifecycle stages of Housing Leeds maintenance projects and was instrumental in the introduction of an internal framework solution for major elements of their Planned Works.
Prior to Leeds, Sarah worked as a Project Quantity Surveyor on a variety of major schemes with some of the country’s leading Contractors including John Laing, Shepherd, Rok and M. J Gleeson before starting her own consultancy providing quantity surveying services to the construction industry. She has previously been a trustee of Voluntary Action Leeds and passionately believes in the benefits of the Social Value work that a not for profit organisation like Efficiency North provides.
In her role as Principal Framework Manager, Sarah will support the Framework Managers in ensuring competitive and compliant frameworks that drive Value for Money solutions to meet the requirements of Efficiency North’s members.
New Build Manager
Kevin has been working for EN since February 2017, taking a lead role in the development of EN’s New Build offer for members. Kevin brings extensive experience of pre-construction and project management gained over 23 years in senior management roles for major contractors in the UK, leading technical & design teams based in the North and East Midlands. He has a track record of delivering high volume social housing programmes as well as major projects in the Healthcare, Retail, Residential, Supported Living and Commercial sectors. He has also project managed urban regeneration schemes and the design and installation of major infrastructure projects.
Kevin has experience in managing the entire pre-construction process from site identification to delivery and places particular focus on ensuring an efficient and effective start on site is achieved. His technical expertise includes a thorough understanding of the pre-development process including design team management & co-ordination, risk identification and mitigation, promotion of value engineered solutions, management of the Planning process and he is also a BRE BIM Academy member.
Kevin’s role within EN is be to assist our members in delivering new build opportunities by offering pre-construction advice and support and to promote early adoption of best practice & procedure.
Mick joined Efficiency North in July 2016 to work closely with Carl Bairstow focusing on day to day operations ensuring Efficiency North continues to deliver and exceed member expectations, driving collaboration across all membership activity.
Mick brings a wealth of experience from many management roles including Project Manager/Bids & Tender Management and Commercial Management. He started his working life as a qualified Printing engineer working for the UK’S biggest stationery producer back in the 1980’s transitioning after some 15 years into telecoms & infrastructure within the Rail sector, working on the multi million pound FTN Project for Network Rail and more recently working in offsite modular construction.
Mick is a client focused individual always willing to go that extra mile, always up for a challenge and loves solving problems.
Liz joined the team as a Framework Manager in January 2016 to work with Emma Mottram in the delivery of a first-rate specialist procurement service for members.
Liz is MCIPS qualified and has over 30 years procurement experience in local, national and global private sector companies. In addition to her knowledge of our Frameworks, Liz has extensive specialist and generalist knowledge across a range of procurement categories including Facilities, General Expenses, Plant & Tool Hire and Materials.
Jay joined the EN team as Framework Manager in April 2017 bringing a wealth of public sector experience to support the Framework Operations Manager in overseeing and managing the call-off process and supporting member clients in procuring contracts for their new build housing programmes.
Originally from a Quantity Surveying background (BSc MRICS), Jay developed his skill and experience to become, Lead QS, Project Manager (APMP & PRINCE2 Practitioner) and then Technical Lead for major projects and programmes including Secure Children’s’ Homes (£15m), Building Schools for the Future Programmes at Braford MDC (£275m) and Leeds City Council (£130m); New Build Housing Programme (£40m); Basic Need Primary Schools Programme (£110m)
Jay has gained significant experience leading project teams and has built his management and professional experience through the role of Group Leader responsible for managing the Quantity Surveying and Project Management Unit at Bradford and seconded to its Building Schools for the Future (BSF) team to act as Technical Lead helping to appoint the Local Education Partner (LEP), negotiate Financial Close on the Pathfinder Schemes and subsequent programmes and work with the SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) to deliver the schemes on site
Assistant Framework Manager
Lewis joined EN:Procure in July 2019 to assist the Framework Managers, after recently completing a BA Honours degree in International Business at Sheffield Hallam University and achieving a First Class grade.
Lewis also worked alongside his studies, completing a Project Management year in industry, gaining experience in account tracking and contract adherence for global clientele.
An area of specific interest during his studies was Supply Chain Management, particularly with regards to achieving sustainable development through strategic procurement. Lewis aligns himself with the core values at the heart of Efficiency North, creating value for clients whilst simultaneously providing beneficial social, economic and environmental outcomes. He now looks forward to putting theory into practice within the construction sector and being part of the innovative solutions shaping its future.
Istvan joined EN after recently completing CIPS Level 3 and 4 certificates at Leeds City College. István graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from University of Szeged in Hungary. He also spent a semester as an exchange student at Hochschule Augsburg in Germany, where he studied International Business. He began his career as a strategic buyer at a meat industry company in Hungary, later moving on to a purchasing and product administrator role at a building merchants in North Yorkshire.
Originally from a procurement, purchasing and project management background, István developed his skill and experience to become Project Manager (PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner). He was a procurement support for major projects including site reconstruction and refurbishment in Szeged in Hungary (£3m) and site reconstruction and refurbishment in Alsomocsolad in Hungary (£1m).
István brings a wealth of experience from different roles in the private sector, where he learned how to understand and meet the needs of clients and suppliers.
Assistant Framework Manager
Nathan joined EN:Procure in October 2019 as an apprentice in Construction and the Built Environment with EN:Able Futures, studying at Leeds College of Building, before becoming a fully employed member of the team in August 2020.
Nathan is now enrolled at Leeds Beckett university where he is studying Quantity Surveying part time whilst working closely with the Framework managers. Within his role Nathan assists in facilitating procurements and call offs from frameworks for supplies as well as drafting and developing tender documentation, undertaking procurement evaluations, and preparing contracts amongst other valuable contributions to the team. Once successful in achieving his goal to becoming fully qualified, Nathan aims to pursue a Masters degree.
Marketing Content Executive
Peter joined Efficiency North in 2017, bringing over 20 years’ experience working as a creative marketing and communications professional for variety of corporate, charity and non-profit organisations, where he specialised in strategic planning, digital content, project management, brand design, photography and video.
Previous organisations he has worked for include Framework Housing Association, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, Barnsley Council, Eden Futures and Nottingham Business Improvement District.
From 2020 Peter's role expanded to specialise on producing high quality in-house videography, photography and graphics to promote Efficiency North and its Operating Companies.
Marketing & Events Coordinator
Lorna joined Efficiency North in June 2016 as a displaced apprentice to provide administrative support with Employment and Skills delivery to the Social Value team as she had valuable skills and experience in the recruitment sector. She completed her Level 2 NVQ in Business Administration alongside her full-time role to better her skills.
Since then, Lorna moved across the organisation and joined the Corporate Development team to assist in its wider Marketing and Corporate activities. Lorna holds a Level 3 Diploma in Marketing & Level 3 diploma in The Principles of Marketing. Her main role consists of the planning and delivery of events, our annual conferences and exhibitions as well as establishing the organisation’s social media presence, website upkeep and implementing new marketing material and collateral.
Lorna has extensive training in areas such as telephone techniques, social media integration and Adobe Creative Suite.
Acting HR Manager
Natalie first started working with Efficiency North in January 2018, providing Communications and Marketing support for Efficiency North and its OPCOs as a contractor. In May 2018, after spending a couple of months working with the company, she was delighted to be asked to join the company permanently and now works for ENH team as a Corporate Development Coordinator.
Natalie works with the team to develop ENH’s brand, communications and marketing, provides support to Liz Butcher in managing the company’s governance, and looks after the company’s HR system and processes.
Natalie comes to Efficiency North from the facilities management sector, sporting extensive experience across a wide range of different communications, marketing and HR functions, including copy writing, design, and event management. She holds a degree in English and East Asian Studies from the University of Leeds, and hopes to build her knowledge of the Construction sector over the coming years.
Natalie is currently Acting HR Manager to cover maternity leave.
Social Value Programme Manager
Paul joined Efficiency North in 2010 bringing a wealth of experience in project management. Since 2014 Paul has led the organisation's social value delivery offer, including apprenticeship recruitment through EN’s framework contracts, the EN:Able Community Investment Fund and the award of grants of over £600,000 and the creation of our charity EN:Able Communities CIO.
Since the new strategy was implemented, Paul and his colleague Caroline have helped generate 402 (to end of March 2018) new employment/training positions through framework contracts and commissioned with ‘local employment groups’ (LEGs) across the Yorkshire and Humber region. 79% of these coming from the diverse priority groups (those furthest from the labour market) our members want to see in work.
Paul has been a PRINCE2 Practitioner since 2004. He has worked in the Public Sector for over 20 years, primarily with Sheffield City Council on the £90m South Yorkshire e-Learning Programme (SYeLP), the largest e-Learning programme of its kind in Europe. Paul managed the central programme team that helped contribute to the delivery of over 50,000 NVQ level 2 qualifications to people within South Yorkshire.
Construction Skills 4 Life Project Coordinator/Mentor
Julia joined EN:Able Futures in October 2019, bringing 18 years’ experience supporting vulnerable young people with complex needs.
She previously worked in a residential home in Sheffield looking after homeless young people, supporting them from point of referral through to independent living. As well as providing emotional support and teaching life skills, Julia helped them progress into education, training and employment. She has also spent 2 years mentoring young offenders in Doncaster prison as a volunteer with SOVA.
Julia’s role is to ensure that EN:Able Futures’ Construction Skills 4 Life (CS4L) Programme is delivered to CITB’s standards. Working in partnership with the training providers delivering the practical elements of the project, Julia will engage with at least 1,500 young people to showcase what it’s like to work in construction, with the aim that 150 of these will progress onto a Pathways into Construction programme, that will give them all the necessary help, support, guidance, training and work experience needed to move on into the world of work. Julia will also help mentor any young person who needs support and break down any barriers stopping them from getting into work.
Julia holds a BA Honours degree in Health and Social Care Management.
Social Value Advisor
Caroline joined Efficiency North in November 2015 following the completion of her work on Silver Lining, an 18-month project with SYCIL (South Yorkshire Centre for Inclusive Living) to improve the digital skills of people experiencing social isolation.
Caroline previously worked within the IT sector specialising in Problem Management and Service readiness. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Business Information Systems, the ITIL Managers (v2) and Prince2 foundation certificate. Caroline is currently pursuing her IAG Level 4 qualification.
She works with the Social Value manager to boost Efficiency North’s social value strategy, supporting apprentices into training opportunities provided through EN:Procure’s frameworks and providing support advice and guidance. She works with a network of local employment groups (LEGs)commissioned by Efficiency North to help more people from our priority groups into apprenticeships or employed positions .Caroline also provides support to EN:Able Communities CIO.
Caroline is a governor in two schools and an active participant in the yearly ESH Building My Skills programme, providing careers advice and guidance within schools. Caroline gained Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Advice and Guidance in November 2018.
Nicky has been a key member of the EN:Able Futures team from the outset, as our Placement Support Officer.
Nicky has extensive experience in developing and promoting training provision, performance management, as well as engagement with both business and apprentices. At the forefront of the business, Nicky is the main point of contact for our apprentices and business supporters.
For our apprentices, she provides pastoral support, coordinates and supports learning and development needs, whilst also offering mentoring to ensure that our apprentices achieve and work effectively for your business as they build and strengthen their skills.
For our business supporters, Nicky effectively manages your apprenticeship requirements, assessing feasibility and then providing you with outstanding recruitment services to ensure that you recruit the best candidate for the job.
Hannah joined EN:Able Futures as a Development Coach in January 2018 and is thoroughly enjoying the time she has spent working to develop the academy so far. Hannah has been working on various learner engagement tactics and campaigns to recruit for the exciting new Academy venture. Hannah works incredibly hard alongside host organisations to establish the needs and requirements to match suitable candidates to them.
Before Hannah joined Efficiency North/EN:Able Futures, she worked for an independent college in Barnsley for almost 5 years, supporting young people who are considered ‘hard to reach’ to overcome various barriers to learning and ultimately progress into apprenticeships and courses. Hannah has lots of experience mainly in the areas of learner and employer engagement and careers guidance. Hannah is currently working towards the Level 6 IAG post graduate diploma, after completing levels 3 and 4.
Tracy joined EN:Able Futures in October 2019, bringing 30 years’ experience in customer service and training and development environments, where she has worked directly with apprentices and built employer relationships to generate new opportunities, managed apprenticeship contracts and management information.
After beginning her career at the inland revenue, Tracy helped run the family business before progressing to a management role at Ventura Customer Service Management.
She subsequently enjoyed a key role as customised and vocational training manager at regeneration project, ‘Bradford Trident’, working with unemployed residents within the local community to support the development of skills needed for them to enter the workforce.
Tracy then gained a huge amount of experience at City Training Services, part of the Bradford College group, working with apprenticeship programmes across Health, Public Service and Care. Alongside colleagues at Bradford college Tracy developed and introduced new apprenticeship opportunities such as Housing, Dental Nursing and Pharmacy apprenticeships.
Tracy holds the CIPD Certificate in Training Practice, Internal QMS Auditor ISO 9001:2000, City & Guilds Health & Safety, ILM NVQ Level 3 and OCR Level 3 certificate in Advice and Guidance.
Eddy joined the team in 2016 as our Business Support Apprentice.
Eddy has recently been awarded the responsibility of becoming business Coordinator after completing his level 3 apprenticeship qualification in Business Administration within the EN:Able Futures team.
Eddy is responsible for looking after our recruitment system, Bullhorn, ensuring all our vacancies are advertised via job sites and social media and that vacancies are updated regularly. With our mobile team, Eddy provides support in the office to all members of our team. As part of this his duties can include booking interviews, monitoring and sifting applications, communications with our apprentices, maintaining of our filing systems and any other administrative task that is sent his way.