Our Trustees and Officers
Cormac MacCrann is Managing Director of Canary Wharf Contractors Ltd with responsibility for project management
and construction of Canary Wharf’s projects both on and off the Canary Wharf estate.
He has 35 years of international industry experience and has been with Canary Wharf for over 25 years working in various capacities on the group’s development
He has been involved in the development and construction of all of Canary Wharf’s towers so high rise buildings are a
Cormac is Canary Wharf Contractors director responsible for Health and Safety and is a firm advocate of the need to raise health and safety standards at all levels in our industry. Cormac is married
with two children and lives in Kent. His interests are yacht racing, golf and watching Ireland win rugby matches.
Robert Smith FIRP, FRSA
Robert was invited to join the Lighthouse Club National Council in 1998 and served as Chairman from 2001 – 2004.
Robert has worked in construction recruitment since 1979, is a Fellow of the
Institute of Recruitment Professionals as well as being a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Constructors.
Since joining the business in February 2014, Céire O'Rourke heads up the Marketing and Client Engagement function within Laing O'Rourke.
As part of this role, Céire ensures all Marketing is relevant and appropriate both inwardly and outwardly to the market as well ensuring any client engagement, whether it be project level feedback or client entertainment, is complimentary to the Laing O'Rourke strategy.
In addition to this role, Céire is also a Director of Oisín Capital Limited, the investment management company behind the private investments of the O'Rourke family which officially launched early 2016.
Oisín Capital Limited invest across a number of assets classes with the long term view of trying to build up a new, exciting, sustainable and diversified portfolio for the O'Rourke family.
Prior to embarking on these roles, Céire worked in Investment Banking over a period of 10 years for both Barclays and RBS focusing on UK Large Corporate FX sales by heading up the natural resources sector for both banks.
Tom Fitzpatrick is the deputy editor of Construction News, where he is responsible for overseeing CN’s content online and in print, as well as developing programmes for its events. He is a regular commentator on national TV and radio and has appeared on the Today programme, Wake up to Money and BBC and ITV news as a construction industry expert.
Tom led the #loveLIVES campaign, working with the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and KPMG to raise £400,000 in 50 days to prevent the training foundation Building Lives from closing. He was named IBP Construction writer of the year for 2014 and shortlisted in the British Society of Magazine Editor’s Rising Star awards in 2016.
Edward Naylor is a Cambridge Modern Languages graduate and double-prizewinning Chartered Accountant. He spent the first 8 years of his career in the City with accountants Deloitte, acquiring corporate finance experience and spending time on secondment in Germany. On the death of his father Allan in 1993, he took over as CEO of Barnsley based Naylor Industries plc, which at the time was a loss making £12m manufacturer of clay pipes.
A programme of modernisation and diversification followed. The company launched a new plastic pipe business which now accounts for more than half group sales and developed its exporting activities. The Naylor group today is a broad based and profitable business with 7 sites and a turnover in excess of £50m including exports to 65 countries. Its businesses are engaged in the manufacture of clay, plastic and concrete products and whilst it primarily supplies the construction industry, its Yorkshire Flowerpots division is now the UK’s largest manufacturer of terracotta gardenware.
Over recent years, the company has received a number of awards including winning the North/Scotland Regional Award in HSBC’s Global Connections (2014) and the Winner of Winners award in the EEF’s Future Manufacturing competition (2015)
Before turning to the Charity sector in 2009 as CEO of Wooden Spoon the Children's Charity of Rugby, Bill gained over 20 years experience holding senior positions in blue chip giants Hewlett-Packard and Sage PLC.
Bill has a passion for customer service and has a wealth of experience across the major business disciplines of marketing, sales, operations and finance. More recently Bill has been instrumental in orchestrating business turnarounds in adverse conditions.
Bill trained as an accountant and holds diplomas from INSEAD and Cranfield University as well as CIMA qualifications.
Bill started as our first full time CEO in July 2013.
Martin joined the Lighthouse Club in 1974 and has been a member and Chair of the London committee, a member and Chair of the National Council and Honorary Life Vice-President responsible for International liaison.
He was instrumental in all the work that lead to the re-organisation of the Club and Benevolent Fund into the new Charitable Company.
Martin worked in the construction equipment industry for 25 years and currently owns a motor trade/off-road business. He is also involved in other businesses as diverse as theatrical production and renewable energy.
Martin was for 10 years a member and for three years Chair, of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP/YOI Holloway and is a Trustee/Director of the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships.
Nazir is Deputy Head of Real Estate at Berwin Leighton Paisner. He specialises in commercial construction law including procurement strategy and implementation together with project management advice. His practice includes contract drafting and negotiation of procurement contracts for construction, engineering and FM projects both in the UK and internationally.
Director at Gallagher Group Ltd