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The CITB Board is the key decision-making body and is a non-executive Board of Charitable Trustees.
In accordance with the governing ITB document, legal and regulatory guidelines, the Board of Trustees is responsible for governance, strategic direction and monitoring business performance.
CITB is governed by a Board of eight Trustees: currently, six Trustees from in-scope employers in the construction industry; and two Trustees from non-construction industries.
The CITB Board of Trustees is accountable to the Secretary of State, the Charity Commission and CITB’s beneficiaries. Board appointments are made by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills for a period of up to four years, renewable for a second term.
Membership details correct as at 16 May 2017.
Chair - James Wates CBE
James has worked in construction his entire life and feels passionately that it plays a crucial role in the UK’s economic and social well-being. Through his numerous roles, he champions change in the sector – encouraging the investment in skills development, greater collaboration, and the application of modern methods of construction, with the ultimate goal of creating a higher quality built environment, stronger communities and a better society.
James read estate management at college and joined Wates construction in 1983, progressing through the management to running sites, before taking on a General Manager role in 1989. He joined the Wates Construction Board in 1994, was appointed to the Wates Group Board in 1997, and became Chairman in 2013.
In addition to chairing CITB James is also Co-chairman of Build UK, Past President of CIOB, Chairman of the BRE Trust, and Non-executive Director of Argent Services LLP. To help ensure that the UK punches its weight internationally, he has accepted the role of Co-chair of Infrastructure Exports: UK.
In line with his belief that good business, well done, is good for society, he has taken on a number of roles outside of the construction sector, including Chairman of the think tank Tomorrow’s Company, Chairman of the Princes Trust Corporate Advisory Group, and Ambassador for the Young Women’s Trust.
In 2012 he was awarded the CBE for services to construction and the charitable sector.
Wates Group Limited is a Levy registered employer.
Maureen has extensive experience in the construction industry spanning a decade. As Forster Group HR Director, Maureen has demonstrated considerable ability to create and implement bespoke business strategies and HR solutions, providing strong leadership both within the business and the wider industry. This has been key to the business’ wider growth strategy, which has seen Forster Group continue to drive efficiency, perform successfully year on year, and move into the new markets.
Due to the industry’s skills shortage, Maureen’s focus in 2014 was setting up a roofing Skills Academy for launch in 2015. The academy is a custom-designed centre delivering specialist apprenticeship qualifications geared specifically for new-build housing and solar PV. The Academy aims to raise current standards whilst enriching and growing the construction talent pool, ensuring best practice and driving innovation.
The Forster Group are piloting a skills academy and receives funding direct from CITB for the delivery of the training; 24 apprentices are currently going through the program.
As a levy registered business, Forster Group also accesses grants for training its workforce and employing apprentices. It also administers Angus Construction Training Group, an independent training group which receives funding from CITB.
David is Managing Director of WRW Construction Ltd, a Welsh-based private regional construction Company.
After obtaining a degree at the University of Aston, Birmingham in 1983, David developed his career with both regional and national contractors, starting with Pearce Construction before spending some time with Cowlin/Balfour Beatty.
David is a member of the Wales Construction Sector Panel and serves on the Construction Procurement Strategy Steering Group, reporting to Welsh Government Ministers on matters relating to best practice in public procurement and the construction industry in Wales.
David has been a member of the CITB Wales Construction Skills Group for a number of years. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, and the Chartered Institute of Building.
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Karen has been in the construction industry since 1997 with Redrow. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Karen is the Group Human Resources Director with responsibility for all aspects of human resources and learning and development.
Karen sits on Redrow’s executive board with specific responsibility for expanding and developing the workforce. She advises the board on all people aspects with an emphasis on retention, succession planning, and addressing skill shortages.
A graduate in philosophy from Nottingham University, Karen worked in recruitment and training before moving into human resources management.
Currently Redrow uses CITB as its main managing agent for apprentices.
As a Levy registered business, Redrow also accesses grants for training its workforce through the training plan and management and professional grant routes, as well as employing over 215 apprentices.
Redrow also works closely with the Homebuilders Skills Partnership and Wolverhampton University Technical College (UTC), who both receive funding from the CITB.
Maria has worked in the Construction industry since 1994 when she joined Taylor Woodrow. She operated in several areas of the business before completing MBA studies and subsequently joined George Wimpey in 2004. Following the merger of these two companies she was Group HR Director for Taylor Wimpey for eight years.
Maria’s early career was in training and development where she held roles within the retail and manufacturing sectors. She later worked with Buckinghamshire University Technical College to promote apprenticeships and establish its construction faculty, with Taylor Wimpey as its key partner.
Maria is a member of the CBI’s Women in Construction group, has represented the homebuilding industry at the Construction Industry Joint Council and also sits as a member of the Employment Tribunal Service.
Maria provides human resources (HR) and training consultancy to a number of organisations within the construction industry including the Home Builders Federation, Aquinna Homes, Invennt, and Burrington Estates.
Ray started his career in 1982 as a hardware engineer for IBM UK. After several other roles he moved to Barclays in 1999 to support the Group’s Property FM outsource procurement and mobilisation programmes as Technical Services Manager. He was subsequently appointed Risk and Governance Director for Barclays Corporate Real Estate Services before his appointment as Director and General Manager of Carillion Training Services at the end of 2008.
Ray has extensive experience in driving organisational change, business performance improvements, and compliance in complex regulatory environments. Ray is passionate about apprenticeships, social mobility and helping young people transition into the world of work.
Ray is also Chair of the UK Contractors Group Training Committee, and is a Commissioner on the recently formed Commission on Apprenticeships in Construction.
Carillion is a Levy registered employer.
Diana has been Chief Executive of the Science Council since 2007. After a first degree in politics and an MA in War Studies, Diana undertook research at Aberystwyth University into the conduct of World Ward 2 in the Far East.
Her early career focussed on areas of policy and communications relating to the social consequences of science including use of animals, human embryo research, nuclear weapons, and patient engagement in research.
Diana has a personal interest in working to enable young people to achieve their potential, particularly within the STEM environment.
Diana has no direct or indirect contractual relationship with CITB.
Frances Wadsworth joined Croydon College as Principal and Chief Executive in January 2011, following six years as Principal and CEO of East Surrey College. She has over thirty years’ experience of working in education, having taught and managed in a number of Schools and Further Education Colleges across the UK. She has also worked in retail management and in Washington DC at the British Embassy.
Frances’ qualifications include a degree in English and Philosophy, a Diploma in Management Studies, a Masters in Management Practice, and a Postgraduate Teaching Certificate in Education.
She is an Ofqual Board member, has been a governor for a number of schools and a University, a Director on Croydon’s Business Improvement District Board and is currently a trustee for a charity and a state boarding school. She is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts.
- Daniel Foster (Department for Education)
- Sarah Hart (Scottish Government)
- Darryn Lewis (Welsh Government)
Minutes from each CITB Board meetings are published in PDF format.
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Board committees and working parties
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