Lyndsey Gallagher, Co-Chair
Lyndsey is a Director at Gallagher Group Ltd. As well as being a Trustee, Lyndsey is the Welfare Officer for the South East Region. She has been instrumental in ensuring construction families in the area receive the support they need.
She is also a member of the Kent Ambassadors, a group of highly successful and experienced business professionals who either live or work in Kent and who work together to promote all aspects of life in Kent.
Edward Naylor, Co-Chair
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. He took over the family business, Naylor Industries in 1993, which at the time was a loss making £12m manufacturer of clay pipes.
Edward led a programme of intense modernisation and diversification and today the Naylor group has seven sites and a turnover in excess of £50m including exports to 65 countries. The company has won several awards including 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).
Joanna Vezey, Trustee
Joanna leads the people agenda at Laing O’Rourke and is a firm believer that people are central to delivering exceptional built environment outcomes that support thriving local and global communities.
Joanna has worked in the construction industry for two decades having graduated from the University of Southampton with an honours degree in Environmental Engineering. She became a Chartered Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2008 and in 2018 completed a Master of Studies at the University of Cambridge in Construction Engineering where she won the Laing O’Rourke Queens’ College Prize for her research ‘The effect of autonomy on wellbeing in a highly constrained construction environment’.
In Joanna’s career, she has extensive experience delivering large infrastructure projects working for client, consultant and construction organisations both in the UK and Australia.
Martin Roddy, Trustee
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 a member for ten years and Chair for three years of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP/YOI Holloway.
Nazir Dewji, Trustee
Nazir is a Partner at international law firm, Berwin Leighton Paisner. He specialises in non-contentious 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 facilities management projects both in the UK and internationally. He leads multi-disciplinary teams on large real estate development projects advising on projects (in the last 5 years) totalling over 4m sq. ft. of commercial, residential and leisure space, including the Olympic Village, Chelsea Barracks and the Shell Centre.
Robert Smith, Trustee
Robert was invited to join the Lighthouse Club National Council in 1998 and served as Chairman from 2001 – 2004. When the Lighthouse Club merged with the Lighthouse Club Benevolent Fund to form the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity in 2012, he became a founding Director / Trustee. He currently chairs its Audit and Governance Committee.
A graduate from the University of Leicester, Robert has worked in construction recruitment since 1979. He was Managing Director of the UK and Ireland’s largest construction and property recruitment business until 2007. He then co-founded The Management Recruitment Group which specialises in senior appointments in the built environment and which he now chairs.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Constructors.
Ruth Devine, Trustee
Ruth is the Managing Director of SJD Electrical, a design and installation contractor for industrial and construction projects. She took over the business following the exit of her father in 2017 and it is now an award-winning scaleup. Following completion of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 small business growth programme at Aston University, she was awarded a visiting industrial fellowship and an MBA scholarship.
Ruth undertakes voluntary activity supporting industry to improve employment and skills, including as Chair of both The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership and the ECA Skills Committee. She became a member of the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education’s Construction Route Panel in 2017 and attends the Construction Leadership Council’s People & Skills Network.
Bill Hill, CEO
Bill gained over 20 years experience holding senior positions in blue chip giants Hewlett-Packard and Sage PLC before turning to the Charity sector in 2009 where he was CEO of Wooden Spoon the Children’s Charity of Rugby. Since joining the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity as CEO in 2013, Bill has been instrumental in raising the profile of the charity and launching the Construction Industry Helpline.
Bill has a passion for customer service and has a wealth of experience across the major business disciplines of marketing, sales, operations and finance. Bill trained as an accountant and holds diplomas from INSEAD and Cranfield University as well as CIMA qualifications.