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Meet The Board

Ian Billyard, President

Ian Billyard is Principal of Leeds College of Building, the only specialist Further Education College for the Construction & Built Environment Sector in the UK.  Ian has been Principal for eleven years.  Prior to becoming Principal he was Deputy Principal, Head of Faculty and Head of Department at other Further Education Colleges in England. As part of his role Ian is a Council member with CGLI, a Board member with CITB and a member of the Cross-Industry Apprenticeship Task Force.  He is also a member of various local, regional and national groups supporting education and training.Prior to his move to the Further Education Sector, Ian trained as a building surveyor, initially with English China Clays, in the South West and subsequently worked for contracting companies and a Local Authority, also in the South West.

Mark Scott, Vice President

As well as being a Director of Futureworks (Yorkshire), Mark is also the Employment and Skills Manager for the large regional Construction and Housing Frameworks, which include YORbuild, YORcivil, YORconsult and ENProcure. Mark has over 30 years of experience within the construction industry, having worked in multiple areas of construction within the private and public sectors.  His broad base of experience, coupled with his knowledge of the skills and employment sector gained from teaching in Further and Higher Education, make him an invaluable source of assistance for clients, consultants and contractors in the field of Social Value. In addition, Mark has developed and integrated an employment and skills planning tool within Regional Frameworks, as part of his senior role with Leeds City Council Jobs and Skills Service. This has led to a more tailored approach for individual clients, together with providing practical support on strategy and delivery to contractors and consultants.  The success of the employment and skills model in framework contracts gained NSAfC from CITB. This brought forward, in partnership with CITB, the development of the YORfuture construction sector specific, demand led Shared Apprenticeship Scheme for Yorkshire and Humber.  The YORfuture shared apprenticeship scheme, hosted by Futureworks (Yorkshire) Community Interest Company, has gained local and national recognition from industry, due to its innovative demand led approach and sustainable outcomes, resulting in its recent expansion to cover the East Midlands.  Mark can be contacted on 07896 766273 or via email at Further information can also be found at

Nick Sangwin, Past President

Nick is Managing Director of Sangwin Ltd, a building, civil engineering and tarmac surfacing contractor, based in Kingston upon Hull. Nick is the 5th generation of the family to run the business that was formed in the 1870s. Nick has been MD of the business for 8 years and prior to that he was Operations Manager for Sangwin Educational Furniture Ltd, a specialist manufacturer of fitted and loose furniture to schools universities and commercial laboratories. He joined the Sangwin Group from a business consultancy in 1991. Nick’s role within the YBF is to highlight and support areas of growth in East Yorkshire.

Rob Wolfe, Junior Vice President

Rob has worked in physical and social regeneration for 16 years; working in prisons, charities and for local government in client facing, developmental and strategic roles.  Working for Leeds regeneration charity Re’new since 2003 Rob was tasked with setting up Construction Leeds (now Construction and Housing Yorkshire) to ensure construction benefits the communities in which it operates.  CHY and Rob went on to gain national recognition winning the individual National Achiever of the Year award in 2011, Consultant of the Year in 2012 and the organisational best practice award for Integration and Collaborative working in construction and the built environment 2010, 2011 & 2012.  Rob has now been appointed to the post of Executive Director with overall responsibility for Re’new’s charitable activities, including Construction and Housing Yorkshire.

Paul Senior,  Management Committee

Paul Senior is Regeneration Managing Director of the Keepmoat Group. Joining Keepmoat 24 years ago Paul has managed and contributed at all levels to some of the most successful partnerships that Keepmoat Group hold. Paul is passionate about the business sector particularly driving the apprenticeship agenda forward. Paul is a fellow of the CIOB, Current Chairman of the National Federation of Builders North East and due to become National Chair in the Autumn of 2013. Regional Chair of CIOB Paul’s role as president is to ensure that the YBF is at the forefront of industry issues and supporting the industry in Yorkshire to grow.

John Millichap, Secretary & Treasurer

John is the Operations Executive for the National Federation of Builders (NFB) providing support for NFB and YFB members in Yorkshire & Humberside and the North East. John has considerable external relations, business and stakeholder engagement experience from his previous roles with the North East Chamber of Commerce and Working Ventures UK. He is a Prince 2 Registered Practitioner, and has managed national public and private sector contracts to support training, employment and income generation.

Simon Carr, Management Committee

Simon joined Henry Boot Construction in 1988 and has progressed through the company to his current post of Managing Director. He has extensive on-site experience in the education, housing, health and commercial sectors. Simon is also a Director of Road Link (A69) Limited . He is married and has two sons, both of whom work within the construction industry. He is a private sector board member of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and the Sheffield City Region Joint Housing and Regeneration Board. Simon also sits on the South Yorkshire Freight and Transport Partnership, is the immediate past president of the Yorkshire Builders Federation and is a member of the regional executive board of the National Federation of Builders. Simon role within the YBF is to highlight and support areas of growth in South Yorkshire.

Martin Hind, Management Committee

Martin Hind is Owner of H & H Joniners and Builders Ltd based in Scunthorpe. Martin has been a committee member of the Yorkshire Builders Federation for over 15 years and is on the apprenticeship national task force. As an owner of a SME Martin’s role within the YBF is to ensure that the right support is given to YBF members and identify areas of challenge in order that the YBF can support with a solution.