Board, Council and Committees

The Federation’s Board and its representative Council and Committees meet regularly in order to discuss the issues that are of most relevance and concern to members, with the aim of finding solutions that can benefit the entire industry.

The Federation's Board comprises the President, Vice-President, Immediate Past President, Treasurer and the Managing Director.  The Board are the statutory directors of the Federation.  With the exception of the Managing Director, the Board are nominated and appointed from within the CEF Council and serve on a voluntary basis.  The offices are re-nominated annually at the AGM with Vice-President, President and Past-President serving 2 years in each position.   



CEF President - Bryan Vaughan, June 2024

Bryan is Managing Director of Vaughan Homes, a family firm building private homes in NI for the past 35 years. He has 33 years experience in the house building industry.  

A Chartered Member of the CIOB since 2000, Bryan serves on the Board of the Construction Industry Training Board and the NHBC Regional Committee.

Bryan is a past Chair of the CEF Private Housing Committee and has served on that Committee since October 2001. He was appointed to the CEF Council in April 2012 and previously served as Honorary Treasurer.




CEF Vice President - Gareth Loye, June 2024

Gareth Loye was appointed to the Board of Mascott Construction (Europe) as Chief Executive in 2015.

He was educated at the University of Ulster, graduating with a BSc Honours in Construction, Engineering and Management.

 Gareth is currently Chair of the CEF General Contractors Committee. 



CEF Past President, Martin O’Kane, 2022-2024

Martin O’Kane is the Deputy Group Managing Director of Heron Bros Ltd and joined the company in 1994, having worked previously in London and Coleraine. He has BSc Hons in Quantity Surveying from the University of Ulster, Diploma in Project Management from Queens University, Belfast and became a Fellow of the RICS in 2015. 

Martin’s professional interests span a wide variety of industry boards and councils including being past Treasurer and Chairman of APM 2007/08. 

He joined the CEF General Contractors Committee in 2009 and the Council in 2017,was appointed the CEF Vice President in May 2020 and was CEF President from 2022-2024



CEF Honorary Treasurer, Mark Kelly, June 2022

Mark Kelly is Finance Director of Kelly Brothers Ltd.  Mark is Chair of the Social Housing Committee and was first elected Honorary Treasurer in June 2022. 




CEF Council Director - Dominic Lavery, June 2024

Dominic was appointed Managing Director at Farrans in October 2020.

He had previously undertaken the role of Farrans Deputy Managing Director since April 2019, having been appointed Commercial Director at Farrans in 2018.A chartered member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS), Dominic joined Farrans as a Quantity Surveyor in 2000.


 CEF Council Director - Janet Deane, June 2023

Janet is Financial Controller Martin of Deane Public Works Limited, the Fermanagh based civil engineering business founded in 1967.

Janet was elected to the CEF Board in June 2023.   



CEF Chief Executive - Mark Spence, 2020

Mark joined the CEF in 2019 as Assistant Director having served 8 years’ as a director for one of Northern Ireland’s major contractors. His involvement with UK and Irish construction goes back more than 20 years to his role advising both clients and bidders on major PPP capital procurements for education, health and infrastructure.  Mark is a Senior Advisor to the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) and sits on the Procurement Board of the NI Executive. He is responsible for the 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.

The Federation Council is the policy making body of the Federation. Members of Council are elected through direct nominations from the Federation's four specialist sector committees. The Federation Council determines the future strategy for the Federation and the operational details are then carried out through the sector committees.

The Council also nominates representatives to other outside bodies associated with the construction industry including the Joint Council for the Building and Civil Engineering Industry (NI).

Current Membership

Office Name Company
President  Bryan Vaughan Vaughan Homes
Vice President Gareth Loye Mascott Construction (Europe) 
Past President Martin O'Kane Heron Brothers
Treasurer Mark Kelly Kelly Brothers
  Mark Spence CEF
  Dominic Lavery Farrans
  Andrew Bill GRAHAM
  Aidan Flynn FLYNN
  Aaron Hughes GEDA Construction
  Janet Deane Deane Public Works
  Ian Lowry
Lowry Building & Civil Engineering
  Leo Martin GRAHAM
  Martin Mallon South Bank Square
  David Henry Henry Brothers
  Peter Maguire  Tracey Brothers


The General Contractors Committee represents the interests of Federation members involved in general and commercial contracting in the private sector and in the delivery of public infrastructure such as schools, hospitals, and office accommodation.

This Committee liaises regularly with major government clients including the Department of Education, Department of Health, Construction Procurement Delivery (CPD) and the Department of Finance. These Liaison meetings involve discussion on procurement methods and workload programmes.

Current Committee Membership

Name Company
Gareth Loye (Chair) Mascott Construction (Europe)
Jonathan Hall GRAHAM
Dominic Lavery Farrans
Gareth Mackey MSM Contracts
Noel Mullan Heron Brothers
Gerard McClelland Ganson UK
Jill Harrower-Steele Lagan Specialist Contracting Group
Peter Maguire Tracey Brothers
Colin McKee Moss Construction
Cormac Murphy Glasgiven Contracts
Cathal O'Hare OHMG
Mark Buchanan Mannings Northern
Darren McKelvey McKelvey Construction 
Ian McCully Henry Brothers
Ruairi O'Boyle OB Construction
Damian Gill Felix O'Hare
Robert Ewing Woodvale Construction

The Private Housing Committee represents the interest of Federation members involved in the construction of private houses. The Committee liaises regularly with government agencies and statutory undertakers and other bodies that directly affect the provision of private houses, including the local councils, Department for Infrastructure, NI Environment Agency, NI Water, NIE Networks, NHBC, the Law Society and many others.

Current Committee Membership


Martin Mallon (Chair) South Bank Square
Conor Mulligan  Lagan Homes
James Fraser Fraser Partners
Bryan Vaughan Vaughan Homes
David Magee Antrim Construction
Gareth Wilson Farrans
Conor Lavery Charles Lavery & Sons
Noel Young P Young & Sons
Joe McGinnis Braidwater Group
Trevor Kennedy Hagan Homes
John Paul McGinnis McGinnis Group
Martin Tumilty Lotus Homes
Sean McAvoy Calmor Properties
Michael Lindsay Rosemount Homes
David Millar Fraser Millar
Aveen Rafferty Northland Developments
Philip Polly KAP Properties

The Civil Engineering Committee represents the interests of Federation members involved in civil engineering works. The Committee liaises regularly with Department for Infrastructure, Translink, NI Water, Rivers Agency, Construction Procurement Delivery (CPD) and the Strategic Investment Board through the Civil Engineering Consultative Committee. 

Current Committee Membership

Name Company
Leo Martin (Chair) GRAHAM
Richard Chambers  AG Wilson
Neil Sturdy Farrans
Gareth Telford Northstone
Sean Brennan Whitemountain
Barney McEldowney BSG Civil Engineering
Ian Lowry Lowry Building & Civil Engineering
Patrick Harney Lagan Specialist Contracting Group
Ian Alexander William & Henry Alexander
John Kearney McQuillan Companies
Allen McMullan Dawson-Wam
Seamus Donaghy GEDA Construction
Alberto de Lucas Troncoso Sacyr UK
Keith Nixon Deane Public Works
Cormac O'Donnell McNicholas (Kier)
Niall McGill Charles Brand Group
Paul McFlynn CivCo
Gary Gallagher Adman Civil Projects

The Social Housing Committee represents the interests of Federation members involved in civil engineering works. The Committee liaises regularly with Department for Infrastructure, Translink, NI Water, Rivers Agency, Construction Procurement Delivery (CPD) and the Strategic Investment Board through the Civil Engineering Consultative Committee.

Current Committee Membership

Name Company
Mark Kelly (Chair) Kelly Brothers
Adam Lowry Lowry Building & Civil Engineering
Eddie Murnin GEDA Construction
Darin McKeown Equans
Scott Montgomery Mascott Construction
Johnny McKaigue P&K McKaigue
Kevin Watson Kevin Watson Group
Marie Ferguson BW Homes & Construction Ltd
Kenny Carson Combined Facilities Management
Martin Collins H&A Mechanical
Mark Gilmore EHA Group

The Health & Safety Committee represents the interests of Federation members in the industry wide area of health and safety.

The Committee liaises regularly with the Health & Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI) and issues guidance and resources to assist members with keeping their workforce safe.

Current Committee Membership

Name Company
Declan McLogan (Chair) McAleer & Rushe
David Wallace Henry Brothers
Caroline Hughes Heron Brothers
Lyndsey Thompson Ganson UK
Donna McCullagh Adman Civils
Jerome Hamill MSM Contracts
Liam Kelly Charles Brand
Sasha Byrne Geda
Rosemary McCormick McCormick Contracts

The CEF People & Skills Task Force was set up in 2021 to pool resources on vital industry challenges including modern slavery, diversity, recruitment, mental health and a host of other topics.

Name Company
Aideen Jeffrey Farrans
Christina Walsh GEDA
Maria Bradley Gilbert Ash
Nuala Griffiths Heron Bros
Rodney Moates Dawson WAM
Sandra Overend Henry Bros
Michael Smyth Graham
Noel McKee Mascott
Shauna Young McLaughlin Harvey
Cathal Morgan Felix O'Hare
Shannon McGilligan Henry Bros
Geraldine Gordon  CFM
Nicola Cawley  Lagan SCG

The CEF ConstructZero Task Force was set up in 2021 to focus on the vital emerging agenda of carbon reduction and to assist members in achieving net zero by 2050 in line with CLC's Constructzero plan

Name Company
Andrew Cooke Graham
Charlene Jones Henry Bros
Charleen Millen McAleer & Rushe
Craig Chisholm McQuillan
Deborah Madden Henry Bros
Gerard McColgan Dawson WAM
Grace McGurk McQuillan
Liam McEvoy SustainIQ
Vicki Johnston Farrans
Andy Bate Charles Brand
Caoimhin Robinson GEDA 

The CEF Risk & Procurement Task Force was set up in 2021 to provide vital industry feedback on a host of procurement changes arising through Procurement Board and in general across the sector



Allen McMullan Dawson WAM
Jemma Lowry Lowry Building
Jill Harrower-Steele Lagan SCG
Gary Blair Farrans
Gerard Graham QMAC
Ian Lowry Lowry Building
Jonathan Hall Graham
Karl McKillop Heron Bros
Kevin Watson KWG
Michael Donnelly McQuillan
Peter Maguire Tracey Bros
Cathal Morgan Felix O'Hare
Trish White Farrans

CEF's Patrons


Northern Ireland Electricity Networks PKF-FPM ABL Group Mills Selig