The Constructing Better Health Board

Chaired by James O'Callaghan, the Constructing Better Health Board is representative of both the employers and trade unions operating within the industry.


James O'Callaghan, OBE


James has recently retired having spent his 40-year career at Murphy, one of the UK’s leading construction and civil engineering companies. Having started his career as a Graduate Civil Engineer, James progressed through the ranks and held positions from Senior Engineer to Business Unit Manager. He has been a Main Board Director of Murphy for the last 25 years.

James has constructed major projects in the highways, railways, tunnels, water and waste water and utilities sectors. James’s numerous achievements throughout his career include overseeing the delivery of numerous complex major projects such as Broadgate Development, Thames Water Ring Main, Stansted Rail Link, Channel Tunnel Rail Link from Swanscombe to Thurrock and more recently Crossrail - Thames Tunnel.

James was also Director of HSQE and Sustainability and fully supports the never harm culture and all aspects of occupational health. He has been a strong supporter of an industry wide occupational health scheme since the launch of CBH in 2007.

He supports industry affairs and is involved in many industry associations and bodies with a preference for areas that concern occupational health, safety, wages and pensions. He is a non-executive director and trustee of B&CE and a member of the Construction Industry Joint Council.

James will bring a wealth of experience in the relevant sector in a highly professional manner. He was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in June 2015 for his lifetime service to the construction industry.


Bob Blackman, CMIOSH, MBE

Vice Chairman

Bob Blackman has worked in the construction industry throughout his working life. A bricklayer by trade, he was appointed as the T&G National Secretary for the construction industry in 1998. He is responsible for T&G’s building materials portfolio. Prior to this Bob held the position of regional construction trade group secretary in the South East.

Bob is a corporate member of the IOSH (Institute of Occupational Safety and Health), a Director of Constructing Better Health , National Operatives Side Secretary for the Building & Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC), the Chair of the Construction Industry Joint Council (CIJC) Operative Side, a Member of the Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC), Board Member of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Construction Skills Council and Board Member of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS).




Vaughan Hart

Vaughan Hart joined the Scottish Building Federation (SBF) in October 2006, commencing employment as the Head of Employment Affairs, Deputy Chief Executive and latterly the Managing Director since January of 2013, having previously been the UK Human Resources Executive for a Multinational Facilities Management Contractor.

Vaughan is a professional Human Resources, Learning and Development Practitioner, specialising in Employee Relations and Employment Law. Whilst heading SBF he is also the Employer Secretary of the Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Committee (SBATC) who manage the terms and conditions of Construction Apprentices engaged within the Industry throughout Scotland.


Brian Rye

Brian is a City and Guilds time served Carpenter and Joiner who worked in the building industry and became a Member of UCATT in 1974, later becoming a Shop Steward and Union Safety Representative.

In 1983, Brian was elected as a Regional Organiser for UCATT in the London & South East Region. In 2003, he was appointed as Regional Secretary and then in 2015 as National Secretary for the Eastern Region of UCATT.


Dylan Roberts

Dylan has over 20 years' experience in the construction, utility and rail industry, with 15 of those years spent in Health and Safety roles.

He is currently the Director Health and Safety at Skanska, providing health, safety and wellbeing advice to the CEO and Managing Directors. He strives to identify and implement cultural change combined with leading technology and methods of work to reduce risk and increase performance. His experiences give him a unique insight into the challenges and complexities faced by all levels of employees and managers in achieving safe and healthy environments.


John Allott

John served an apprenticeship as a plumber then worked in the public and private sector. In 1999, he became a full time Officer for the AEEU covering the South Yorkshire area. In 2003, John was appointed National Officer. He has had responsibility for Ministry of Defence, Local Authorities, Food and Drink and the Plumbing Industry. He then became the Unite Construction National Officer in 2010. John is currently the Chair of the SNJIB and a Trustee of Plumbing Pensions.



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