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 is also a director of the Reallies partnership.
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.
Head of Operations
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.
Employment and Skills Executive
Catherine’s career spans over 25 years in social economic development and regen, supporting young people and communities to gain the skills to enable them to improve their well-being and contribute to the wealth creation of their local communities. Until December 2016 Catherine worked as Director of Programmes for the National Youth Agency (NYA), championing youth work and the provision of quality support and services for young people.
Previously Catherine has worked for a number of charities and social enterprises, and the private and public sector, including at RDA Yorkshire Forward, leading on employment programmes.
In 2013, Catherine co-created Futureworks (Yorkshire) CIC Ltd (now EN:Able Futures CIC) a social enterprise to provide a flexible and high-quality service in the provision of apprenticeship opportunities for young people within the Construction Sector.
Catherine is Vice Chair of Child Dynamix based in Hull, having served as a long standing ‘trustee’ following her work as Executive Director for the Preston Road Regeneration Programme. She remains a keen supporter for the Hull Youth Enterprise Partnership, and an ‘Ambassador’ for the UK Rock Challenge, a national school youth performance competition benefiting over 20,000 young people annually.
Simeon Perry joined Efficiency North in November 2017, bringing over 20 years’ experience of estate and asset management both in Leeds and in York. In his previous role at Leeds City Council Simeon had responsibility for an area of procurement activity over £100m, focussing on continuous service quality improvement and building close working relationships with all key stakeholders.Simeon is leading the further development of Efficiency North’s charitable arm – the EN:Able Communities CIO – building on work to date.
Framework Operations Manager
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 dedicated Framework Managers and is developing and managing the suite of frameworks ensuring compliance with the Public Procurement Regulation and adherence to the respective framework agreements.
Formerly an executive with The Burton Group, Boots, Sky TV and ASDA, Andy set up Active Management to deliver large transformation programmes for clients across Europe and USA. Andy sold Active to private equity buyers in 2000 and then established web-based business profiling company TiVA, which was purchased by a VC backed competitor in 2008.
Andy has also worked on a mix of projects including interim CEO of £500 million supply business YPO, where he carried out a strategic review and went on to lead the successful business transformation.Andy joined EN:Able Build to lead the affordable housing development venture aiming to achieve £130m of new build housing by 2025.
Andy’s specialities include Procurement diagnostics and transformation, Cost reduction, Non-executive, Business strategy, Board facilitation and development, Change management, Business start-up and development, Innovation, Mentoring and high-level negotiations.
Corporate Development Manager
Liz leads the Efficiency North group’s marketing and communications and works with the Chief Executive to develop and manage corporate governance 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.
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.
Head of Membership Development
Chris started his career in the merchant navy where he progressed to Chief Engineer sailing on a range of vessels from cargo to passenger also the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. Chris then moved in to project management and planning on the rail infrastructure running civil engineering contracts nationally.
Over the last 10 years Chris has worked for 2 of the biggest private sector construction companies covering roles from regional project planning, national framework manager and General Manager of a repairs and maintenance JV contract for a social landlord in Lincolnshire. Chris has a proven track record in defining and leading internal and external multidisciplinary teams to complete activities efficiently and effectively to deliver projects on time and in budget.
Chris joined us in November 2017 as Head of Membership development. Chris reports to the CEO and works closely with operating company leaders in a matrix management structure. Chris is also responsible for developing and implementing effective account management strategies. Chris leads and coordinates member engagement across operating companies, ensuring ongoing and purposeful communication and engagement is in place.
Chris also assists our operations teams in the implementation of schemes and apprenticeships in order to effectively maintain high levels of service.
Currently Operations Executive with EN:Able Futures CIC and former Director of Futureworks (Yorkshire), Mark is the Employment and Skills Manager for the large regional Construction and Housing Frameworks, which include YORbuild, YORcivil, YORconsult and Social Value Advisor to Efficiency North. Mark has over 30 years of experience within the construction industry, starting out as a “technical apprentice” with West Yorkshire County Council and studying his National Certificate at Wakefield College.
He is a qualified civil engineer and has worked in multiple areas of construction within the private and public sectors, including highways, infrastructure, canals and housing. In 1998 he began teaching and qualified as a teacher in Further and Higher Education, moving on to running a successful training centre and construction company for Leeds City Council.
Mark became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts last year for his work and dedication to finding practical solutions to social challenges.
Mark is President of the Yorkshire Federation of Builders and is committed to sustainable futures for local young people.
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.
During her spare time, Julie enjoys travelling and spending time with family and friends.
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.
Social Value Manager
Paul joined Efficiency North in 2010 bringing a wealth of experience in project management. Since 2014 Paul has led the organisations 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 realm 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Corporate Development Coordinator
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.
Assistant Marketing Executive
Lorna joined Efficiency North in June 2016 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.
Lorna had a keen interest in helping people into sustainable employment as she was a displaced apprentice herself. She also completed her Level 2 NVQ in Business Administration alongside her full-time role to better her skills.
After completing her Level 2 Qualification, Lorna moved across the organisation and joined the Corporate Development team to assist in its wider Marketing and Corporate activities. Lorna monitors all social media activity as well as implementing new marketing material and collateral. Lorna is now due to complete her Level 3 Qualification in Marketing and the Principles of Marketing with a local training provider.
Lorna is always keen to develop her skillset and has had extensive training in areas such as telephone techniques, social media integration and Adobe Creative Suite.
Reallies Marketing Executive
Peter joined Efficiency North in 2017 to develop the Reallies Partnership* brand and communications strategy.
Reallies is a strategic collaboration of three established names in the procurement sector – Procure Plus, Efficiency North and Central Housing Investment Consortium (CHIC). Bringing together all parties’ unmatched experience and expertise in delivering effective and efficient social housing procurement services.
Peter has over 17 years’ experience working as a creative marketing and communications professional for variety of corporate, charity and non-profit organisations where he specialised in digital content creation, strategic planning, project coordination, brand management, content marketing, copywriting, social media, graphic design and video production.
Previous organisations he has worked for include Framework Housing Association, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, Barnsley Council, Eden Futures and Nottingham Business Improvement District.
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 my Level 6 IAG post graduate diploma, after completing levels 3 and 4.
Assistant Development Coach
Jennifer tells us that she always gravitated to working with young people in dribs and drabs over various jobs. She then got a job focusing solely on NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) young people and did that for the past 5 years. This gave her a good working knowledge of the barriers and issues that may face a lot of young people today and how to help them to overcome them.
Jennifer has completed a PGCE last year and is trained to teach individuals 16+ with a strong focus around engagement and employability.
Jen’s role is to help recruit apprentices and support them throughout the duration of the apprenticeship with EN:Able Futures. She liaises with colleges, training providers and employers. If an apprentice has any issues that may stop them from succeeding, her role is to step in and do what she can to help them stay on track and to get them to where they want to go.
Catherine (Cath) has been a key member of EN:Able Futures from it’s infancy.
Catherine works closely with the Executive team to provide data analysis to support ongoing operations and sustainability of the organisation. Catherine is responsible for managing EN:Able Futures’ bespoke CRM, apprentice wages and other payments, and business management of the office.
Catherine has extensive experience empowering and supporting people in to work within the Welfare to Work sector, with expertise in relationship management, employability preparation, training and welfare.
Eddy joined the team in 2016 as our Business Support Apprentice.
Eddy has recently been awarded the responsibility of being our Recruitment Support within the team upon completion of his level 2 qualification in Business Administration. 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.
Eddy hopes to achieve as much as he can and gain valuable qualifications to support him in his future career.