Construction Industry Apprenticeships

The team

Meet the JBT team

Joe Brennan

Joe Brennan

Business Development Director

Starting out as a qualified carpenter, Joe has accumulated over 30 years’ worth of experience in the construction industry.

He made a successful career change from “on the tools” carpentry to become a qualified teacher before moving on to senior management roles.

Over the years he has successfully led many projects and teams, drawing on in-depth and varied experience. Possessing the ability to work well with people at all levels, Joe has accrued a large number of credible achievements.

He is experienced in planning, implementing, improving, and managing construction training initiatives, as well as overseeing the implementation of government funded employability contracts.

In February 2014, Joe submitted evidence and shared his experiences with a Parliamentary inquiry on how to get more young people into construction. There, he spoke out against “box ticking” policies by training providers that “may not serve the apprentice well”. He reiterated his goals of making sure “the apprentice receives a decent training wage as well as good support”.



Michele James

Apprenticeship Programme Director

Michele’s background has been mainly in property and block management for Chesterton, Parkways, Shand, Goldsmith & Howland, amongst others and ran her own successful business in managing higher end properties. More recently, in the last 7 years, she has worked in Human Resources. Michele, given her familiarity with building and maintenance, through her property management experience and her human resources experience, Michele strengthens the area around our apprentice support and co-ordination.


Denise Brennan

General Managing Director

Denise has over 30 years of experience in management and financial accounting as well as IT systems development, business process engineering, website design and marketing.

She thrives on helping owners set up new businesses and trouble shooting for established businesses, revitalising their accounting systems and business processes. Not only that, but she has experience of the sharp end, having set up and run businesses herself such as Powerhouse Studios and Land Girls not to mention Denbre.

Over the years she has worked for a variety of SMEs but spent 17 years working for multi-national companies including the European headquarters of Hasbro, Hitachi and Dun & Bradstreet. Denise has been through all stages in her employed career, from trainee to management & financial accountant to financial controller.

Denise also has a long list of Consultancy Clients, including: City Group Inter Rent plc and Sabrefish.