Sector Theme Groups

The Sector Theme Groups are designed to showcase good practice across North East England and beyond. By harnessing the wealth of knowledge and experience of our industry members and partners, the groups identify opportunities for the region’s development, building on existing good practice to deliver a more productive sector, delivering long term value and sustainability for society in North East England.

If you wish to become involved in any of the listed theme groups, please contact our Programme Manager Kate Lloyd using the form at the bottom of this page.

Climate Emergency

The CENE Climate Emergency group brings together representatives from across the North East England construction industry to review Climate Emergency guidance, commitments and legislation at a regional and national level; review the potential impact on the regional industry; and promote climate action through the North East England Climate Coalition (NEECCo), the OneVoice, North East England construction strategy, and other CENE initiatives and activities.

The Climate Emergency group also undertakes the role of the North East England Climate Coalition (NEECCo) Built Environment Group working alongside the NEECCo Housing Retrofit Group.

Co-Chairs – Jessica Binks, Mott MacDonald; James Prime, Turner&Townsend

Vice-Chair – Leanne Fletcher, Sir Robert McAlpine

Members – Gleeds, ICE North East, JDDK, Mott MacDonald, North East LEP, Port of Tyne, Tees Valley CA, Thirteen Group, Wates, Yorkshire and North East Energy Hub


The CENE Innovation group sets out to bring together representatives from across the North East England construction industry to raise awareness of best practice and innovation in products, processes and modern methods of construction, and promote innovative activity through CENE initiatives.

Chair – Mark Gardham, Tilbury Douglas

Members – Applebridge Construction, Gleeds, Northumbrian Water Group, Northumbria University, Ryder Architecture, Wates, 360 Group


The People group works across all sectors of the construction industry, supporting employers of all sizes and their workforce. The group reflects the work of the OneVoice People theme and includes activity around wellbeing, skills, inclusion, education etc.

Working with education providers, we support curriculum development through industry liaison, ensuring learners obtain industry relevant skills to complement their academic and vocational studies.

Working with the industry, we support activity within companies to make the North East of England a better place to work for people of all backgrounds.

The People group is a merger of the Skills group and the Wellbeing group.

Chair – Nik Turner, believe housing

Vice Chair – Angela Carney, Carney Consultancy

Members – Bowmer and Kirkland, Carney Consultancy, CECA, CITB, Construction Alliance NorthEast, Esh Group, Hartlepool College, Identify Consult, Kier North East, North East LEP, Northumbrian Water Ltd, Northumbria University, 360 Group

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