Executive management team

Our executive management team works to deliver the strategy set by our board. They make it their mission to ensure the construction sector has the right skills, in the right place, at the right time.

Members of the team are:

Sarah Beale - Chief Executivesarah-beale

Sarah was appointed Chief Executive of CITB in July 2017; she was previously Acting Chief Executive of CITB from January to June 2017. She had been Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Performance Director since 2014, having covered the Corporate Performance Director role in 2013.

Sarah has worked in a range of senior roles at CITB including Finance Manager, National Experienced Worker Assessment Manager, Head of Finance and Planning, Head of Overseas and Head of Customer Services.

Prior to CITB, Sarah worked mainly within the financial sector, in both highly commercial environments and in not-for-profit organisations. She has been the lead on several transformational programmes, which include company mergers, systems development and a variety of people and management related projects.

Chris Brooks - Interim Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Performance DirectorChris Brooks image

Chris became Interim CFO of CITB in February 2017 and is responsible for overseeing the Corporate Performance of CITB including areas such as Finance and HR. Before moving into this role, Chris had been the Finance Director of CITB since June 2015.

Chris has significant change management experience, delivering a number of transformational programmes involving process and cultural change, as well as experience of delivering 'value for money' audits with the Audit Commission.

Prior to CITB, Chris worked in a number of senior financial roles for various organisations such as Boots plc, Barclays Bank plc, and TUI Travel plc, as well as assignments with Nottinghamshire County Council, Lincolnshire County Council, and Leicestershire City and County Councils.

Mark Noonan - Industry Relations DirectorMark Noonan profile image

Mark has been with CITB since January 2017 and leads on engagement with industry and federations. He joins from the property and contracting business Simons Group where he was Customer Development and Relationship Director.

Before joining Simons, Mark worked in construction for six years for Wates Group in a range of project delivery roles. Prior to that, he spent many years working for the supermarket chain, Safeway, including a key role in their conversion to Morrison’s.

Braden Connolly - Director of Products and ServicesBraden Connolly image

Braden Connolly is the strategic lead for the products and services CITB provides or helps deliver for the construction industry. These include the careers website, Go Construct, together with the Construction Ambassadors programme and the Matching Service.  Together, these form a key part of the industry’s offer to attract and retain talent from all backgrounds across Britain.

Other products and services under Braden’s leadership include the HSE Test, Card Schemes, NCC Training, SkillBuild and Site Safety Plus. Braden is also responsible for CITB Quality Assurance, including the Fraud investigations team that he established soon after arriving at CITB in 2007.

Braden’s early career was spent supporting the engineering sector, specializing in shop floor and manufacturing automation with clients such as Saint Gobain, Johnson & Johnson, Volvo and Shorts Bombardier.

Prior to joining CITB, Braden led businesses and products supporting publishers such as the FT, Bauer Media EMAP.  

Steve Hearty - Director of ApprenticeshipsSteve Hearty image

Steve Hearty is the strategic lead for Apprenticeships and Standards and Qualifications.

In this role Steve leads on apprenticeships strategy including CITB’s own apprenticeship direct delivery which supports over 15,000 learners across GB. Also within this remit Steve is leading the development of construction qualifications and career pathways across England, Scotland and Wales. This includes working closely with employers, government departments in each nation, the Department for Education and the Institute for Apprenticeships to ensure that employers have access to the on-site vocational training and apprenticeship standards they require and that students working in FE have viable pathways into the industry through new initiatives such as T-Levels.

Steve joined CITB in 2008 and his previous roles include CITB Head of Apprenticeships, a role in which he led year on year increased apprenticeship recruitment whilst also attaining the highest standards of quality under external inspection including a Grade 1 Ofsted report. Steve has also led our Careers and Company Advisory teams across the 3 nations. 

Steve Radley - Policy DirectorSteve Radley

Steve is responsible for working with the industry and with government to create the right environment and support for employers to invest in the skills that they need. Amongst his responsibilities are overseeing CITB research work to create the evidence base that underpins CITB funding approach and its works with providers and working with National governments across Britain and at the local level to create the right environment  and support for employers. His team also works closely with employers and Federations to ensure that funding support meets their needs and is simple to access. He is also responsible  for CITB’s relations with the media.      

Steve joined CITB from his role as Director of Policy and External Affairs at the Manufacturers organisation, EEF.  Previously he was Chief Economist at the Henley Centre and the Policy Adviser – Education and Training at the Confederation of British Industry.

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