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

Chief Executive

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 projects procurements for education, health and infrastructure sectors.

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 has 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.   

Contact: [email protected]



David Fry

Head of Public Affairs

David has over 6 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.

Contact: [email protected]





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. 

Contact: [email protected]





Tracy Windrim

Office & Events Manager

Tracy has been with the CEF team since 2016.

As Office & Events Manager, 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.

Contact:  [email protected]




Vincent Lundy

Public Affairs Executive

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

Vincent joined the team as a Public Affairs Executive following five years working with a wide range of corporate and construction clients at agency level.

He has extensive experience developing integrated communication and lobbying campaigns and works alongside the team to keep members up to date with political insights, research and relevant information.

Contact:  [email protected]




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 through the Federation's switchboard on a daily basis. 

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

Contact:            028 9087 7143




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 liaising 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.

Contact:            028 9087 7143




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.

Contact:            028 9087 7143




Gareth Moore

Finance Consultant

Gareth originally 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.     

Contact:          028 9087 7143




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.

Contact:          028 9087 7143




Fionnuala McKenna

Head of Strategic Engagement

Fionnuala joined the CEF Team in November 2023.

Fionnuala has over 9 years experience working on site, within the industry .  
s head of Strategic Engagement, Fionnuala will design and coordinate a wide-ranging programme of initiatives to meet objectives of the Skills Review and as agreed by the Board and Chief Executive.

Contact: [email protected]





Anna Sawicka

Catering/Domestic Services

Anna is a valued member of the team and looks after the CEF meeting rooms and offices. 

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