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About Avon Construction Training Group

Our Aims and Our People

Objectives of the Training Group

Our main objective is to encourage member companies to give maximum possible emphasis to training and development of staff in the workplace.

This includes to:

  • organise and co-ordinate all such training as may be required throughout the South-West
  • provide a first class training service
  • co-operate and liaise with all appropriate ancillary bodies connected with training in the construction industry.
  • promote a positive message that the Construction Industry offers a wide range of exciting career opportunities.
  • help organise New Entrant Training including Apprenticeships
  • assist with development National Vocational Qualifications

Meet the Avon Construction Training Group Team

Vanessa Wilmut

Group Training Officer

After working for a major finance company for 20 years, Vanessa joined Avon Construction Training Group in 2003, working part-time as a personal assistant to the Group Training Officer, she then took over the GTO role in 2006 when the existing officer retired.

Vanessa is the main point of contact with its members and is responsible for sourcing, organising and booking their training courses as well ensuring key information from CITB and other sources are communicated to its members as well as the day-to-day running of the office.

Vanessa continues to enjoy the varied and sometimes demanding role that this position provides.

Contact details:

Telephone 0117 953 5367

Email: vanessa@actg.co.uk

Paul Curry

Chairman and Director

Paul has been actively involved with the Training Group since 2003 initially as Vice-Chair and for the last nine years as Chair.

The role is to; lead the Training Group and its management committee; agree and meet the criteria set by the CITB; ensure that the Group understands and delivers the services and support required by members and to ensure we have a commercial plan to remain financially viable for the future.

Paul has worked in the construction industry for the specialist National Painting & Decorating Contractor, Alfred Bagnall and Sons, for 28 years. He is a main board Director responsible for four branches across the South of the UK.

He is also a Director of four other Bagnall businesses, including the branch in Bristol. Bagnalls have been actively involved in the Training Group since its inception in 1988.

Pina Hunter

Director

Pina joined the Training Group as a Director on 1 December 2015.  She also the Human Resources Manager and Training Manager for Tercon Construction Limited a family company established in 1960 by her father in law (she is married to one of the two Directors Robert Hunter – Construction Director).

Pina spent her early career with National Westminster Bank for approximately 21 years, finishing at NatWest Bath Service Centre as Administration Manager for some 40 staff.

She left to have her first child and decided to diversify and utilise her qualifications and background in the field of Construction which was an overwhelming transition.

Pina works part time in her role at Tercon and has also become a CITB Construction Ambassador to help support and promote work in the Construction Industry which she is very passionate about.

Paul Lord

Director

Paul is the Health, Safety and Training Manager for the Construction and Surfacing divisions of Churngold having until recently been responsible for the creation and development of the training department.

Paul has a wealth of experience within the Construction Industry, having been a Site Manager with a number of Main Contractors on numerous projects over the years and he uses this experience to bring a common sense and practical approach to the management of Health, Safety and Training.

He interacts well with all levels of personnel and is totally committed to eliminating accidents and incidents to all persons connected in the industry.

Alan Greenfield

Group Development Officer

Alan joined the training group in March 2017 as the Group Development Officer. This role is to help the training group achieve its stated objectives, whilst working closely with Vanessa the Group Training Officer .

Alan spent over 28 years with the CITB, ending up as the Company Development Adviser for the Bristol, Bath and Weston Super Mare area. During that time he worked closely with the ACTG and their CITB registered member companies.

Before he joined CITB Alan worked in local government (Avon County Council), working with long term unemployed young people as part of the then Careers Service. He has also served as a Director of a local homeless charity & has helped with many voluntary groups over the years.

Chris Gingell

CITB Advisor

Chris is the CITB’s Advisor for the West of England and works with the Avon Construction Training Group to provide advice and support for member companies.  There are a range of grants and funding available from CITB to help support and incentivise training and Chris works with the group to ensure they are aware of what their members can expect from CITB.

Chris has worked for CITB for over 10 years, starting in the role of Apprenticeships Officer in Gloucestershire and then working with CITB’s Apprentices in Bristol, Bath and Weston-Super-Mare.  Chris spent 2 years as the Construction Careers Advisor in the West of England and has been in his current position since August 2016.