The CECA North East Foundations Group aims to promote the civil engineering and construction industry to current and future generations and engage with other like-minded engineering and construction professionals, companies, organisations and groups who wish to attract young people into our industry.

CECA North East would love other like-minded individuals to join the Group.

If you are interested please fill in this google form https://forms.gle/ywVXiRaWMTbtiwWa7

The CECA North East Foundations Group members are:


Co-Chair                                                                                                            Ben Adcock

Ben began by attaining work experience with Gateshead Council’s civil division, as well as some experience with a design house. Inspired by this, he went on to study a Civil Engineering degree at Newcastle University. His first position in the industry was as a Site Engineer, and has since progressed on to become a Lead Temporary Works Coordinator.

Co-Chair                                                                                                              Matthew Tetley

Matthew got an apprenticeship at the age of 18 in Quantity Surveying, resulting in a BSc from Northumbria University.

Vice Chair                                                                                                                  Lauren Parsons

Lauren began her journey in an apprenticeship in Highways Maintenance Design, which led her to a role as an Apprentice Design Technician. She now works as a project manager at Mason Street Furniture (MSF).

Immediate Past Chair                                                                                  Lewis Hughes

Lewis achieved two degrees in adjacent fields but pivoted into civil engineering as a Business Developer Assistant. He now works in a managerial role as a Business Developer and plans to keep climbing.

Immediate Past Chair                                                                                          Kate Marshall-Nixon

Kate worked in administration within CECA, and joined several young professional groups, which prompted her to study an HNC Degree. She now works as a Social Value Manager at Esh Group.

Immediate Past Vice Chair                                                                        Duncan Storey   

Volunteering as a Solicitor, and then as a Quantity Surveyor, Duncan soon discovered which industry he enjoyed more and decided to enrol at Northumbria University. The company he volunteered with offered him an apprenticeship, so he took the opportunity. Starting out as a Trainee Quantity Surveyor, he is now a Graduate Quantity Surveyor.

David Dunbar

David began his career with BAM Nuttall, completing an NVQ level 3 and BTEC level 3 course. This led him to pursue a Quantity Surveying degree apprenticeship. He is now a Senior Quantity Surveyor and is on the APC pathway to become chartered.

Aaron Drummond

Aaron completed a Civil Engineering apprenticeship with BAM Nuttall, which led him to become an Assistant Engineer. He has since worked up to the position of Senior Estimator.

Kaif Dad

Kaif undertook an Engineering degree apprenticeship, which led to him becoming an Apprentice Land Surveyor. He now works as an Engineering Survey Technician with Costain Group PLC.

Luke Morrissey

An opportunity arose for Luke to start an apprenticeship as a Highways Technician. He went on to study a Level 3 and 4 in Construction in the Built Environment, followed by a Civil Engineering degree. He began in the workplace as an Apprentice Highways Technician, but now works in the capacity of a Highways Technician.

Martin Cairns

Martin studied a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Marketing at the University of Sunderland, and became a Marketing Assistant with Southbay Civil Engineering Ltd. He now works as a Marketing and Tendering Manager.

Will Armstrong

Will began a 3-year apprenticeship with BAM Nuttall, then went on to enrol in a 2-year degree apprenticeship at Leeds College of Building. When he graduated, he took up a position as an Apprentice Engineer, and now works as an Assistant Engineer.

Joe Mylan

Joe Mylan used to work in urban planning but was looking for a career change. His first step into the industry was through a master’s degree in Quantity Surveying. His first role in the industry was as an Assistant Quantity Surveyor for an HV/LV electrical contractor, but now works as a Graduate Quantity Surveyor.

Theodora Xeni
Theodora began her journey in the civil engineering industry through university. She studied a full-time Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Quantity Surveying, and graduated into a full-time position as an Assistant Quantity Surveyor for a contractor civil engineering SME firm. She currently works with Turner & Townsend as a Senior Cost Manager (MRICS).

Megan Lambert
Megan undertook work experience as a Quantity Surveyor, and after she attained her driving licence, she studied as a Quantity Surveyor Apprentice. She now works full time in the capacity of a Quantity Surveyor.

Chloe Gooding
Chloe undertook work experience in the civil engineering industry in her final year at secondary school with Seymour Civil Engineering Ltd. Once she graduated from her Bachelor’s degree in Business with Marketing Management at Northumbria University, she returned to Seymour Civil Engineering Ltd and currently works there in the capacity of Marketing Coordinator.

Joseph Holroyd


Stuart Miller


If you would like to make contact with the CECA North East Foundations Group please complete the google doc below – we will aim to get in touch ASAP.

https://forms.gle/ywVXiRaWMTbtiwWa7