Members of the Board

Members of the Board are responsible for governance, strategic direction and monitoring business performance.


Peter Lauener

Peter Lauener was appointed as CITB Chairman in May 2018.  Peter came to CITB with a wealth of experience in the Education and Skills sectors having previously held the roles of Chief Executive of the Education and Skills Funding Agency, interim Chief Executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships, and interim Chief Executive of the Student Loans Company.

Along with his work on the CITB Board, Peter currently holds a number of non-executive roles in the Education, Skills and Health sectors. One such role is as the recently-appointed Chair of the Student Loans Company (SLC), a government-owned non-profit making company which is also an executive non-departmental public body. This organisation administers loans and grants to students in universities and colleges in the UK.

Peter continues in his role as Chair of Newcastle College Group, a corporation in the Further Education sector comprising a group of seven colleges across England, a position he has held since March 2018.  He is also the Chair of Orchard Hill College which is an independent special needs college based in Sutton and with a number of sites across London and the South East. This college is sponsor of a special needs academy trust with a number of academies in the same area.  

In addition to his interests in the Education and Skills sector, Peter also has an interest in the Health sector as a non-Executive Director of Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, one of a small number of specialist children’s trusts in the NHS, providing clinical and community services.

Employer members

Tony Elliott

Tony Elliott
Group HR Director at Robertson Group

Tony Elliott has over 25 years of experience in the fields of talent, people and learning, has been Chair of CITB’s Scotland Nation Council from September 2018 to June 2020, and is part of the senior team at Robertson, one of the UK’s largest privately owned construction and infrastructure services companies. Tony feels strongly about the development of people and the growing of internal talent, the attraction of new talent, and ensuring skillsets are enhanced and future-proofed within construction.

Tony is also a member of several senior level bodies, including The Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board (EEG), The Scottish HR Leadership Group and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development Scottish HR Leaders forum.

Kevin McLoughlin MBE, FCIOB
Managing Director, K&M McLoughlin Decorating

Kevin is the founder and Managing Director of London-based SME K&M McLoughlin Decorating. Kevin started the business in 1988. The company has been an avid supporter of apprenticeships. The company employs several tutors who help train apprentices in painting and decorating and since 2012 have offered a four week pre-employment programme for all ages. Kevin is a Route Panel member for Construction for Institute for Apprenticeships and an Ambassador for National Apprenticeship Service. He also sits on the Greater London Authority Skills For Londoners – Apprenticeship Task and Finish Group. K&M was the lead employer working with the Painting Industry on the new Painting & Decorating Trailblazer. Kevin was awarded an MBE in 2014 for his services to skills and apprenticeships, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Builders.

Contractual relationship: Kevin is a Director of K&M McLoughlin Decorating Ltd and K&M McLoughlin Decorating Schools Community Interest Company, both of which are Levy-registered with CITB. He is also a Partner of Maxine and Kevin Property Business Partnership. Kevin sits as a Member of GMB, Liveryman of Painters and Stainers, Member of F.C.I.O.B, Freeman of the City of London, Member of the Federation of Master Builders Training Group, Route Panel Member for Construction for Institute for Apprenticeships, Member of the Greater London Training Group and Member of the London Regional Construction Training Group.

Holly Price
Training and Development Director, Keltbray Group

Holly has been the Training and Development Director at Keltbray Group since 2007, playing a crucial role in engineering sustainable and considerable growth through getting the right people in the right place at the right time.

Holly started her career in the demolition industry at aged just 17, training to be an Engineer and went on to become Europe’s only female Explosives Engineer in the sector. She is also a prominent and well respected senior figure at the National Federation of Demolition Contractors, having become the first female Chair for the London & Southern Region and currently serving in the role of Second Vice President for the longest established authority in the demolition industry.

Holly actively promotes the need to widen the talent pool by embracing diversity and attracting newcomers from all backgrounds to the industry, and she tirelessly campaigns for continuous improvement of industry standards. Having witnessed the challenges that the industry was facing in terms of a potential skills shortage, she decided to move into a more people focussed role and is helping Keltbray go from strength to strength. Contractual relationship: Holly is a Director of Keltbray Limited, a CITB Levy-registered company. She is the current President of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors.

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Sophie Seddon
People and Culture Director at Novus

Sophie Seddon has worked in construction for over 10 years, having joined her family business after graduating in Business Management. Starting her career at Seddon Property Services, Sophie was instrumental in the company’s rebrand to Novus. Since then she has become the Head of Client Engagement and Communication in 2018, before moving into her most recent role this year.

Sophie understands the importance of nurturing young talent, as Novus offers numerous routes into construction for young people. She is also passionate about use of new technology, improving sustainability issues, and encouraging inclusivity within the industry.

Robert Williams MBE
Chairman, WRW Construction Limited

Robert Williams MBE is the Chairman of WRW Construction Ltd, which he founded 35 years ago, commencing the business from his home in 1985.  A former college lecturer, Robert has represented the sector on numerous CITB, Trade Federation and Government related forums and boards. WRW continues to champion apprenticeships and professional accreditations.  Robert was awarded his MBE in 2013 for services to training and skills in the construction industry.

Contractual relationship: As a Levy-registered business, WRW accesses grants for training and upskilling its workforce and employing apprentices. WRW are members of Carmarthenshire Construction Training Association Ltd (CCTAL) and have been involved in the CYFLE shared apprenticeship scheme since its inception, both of which benefit from CITB financial support. WRW have been awarded National Skills Academy for Construction status across several projects and receives associated funding to lead a CITB commissioned funded project on experiential learning in collaboration with a range of partners.

Steve Fox CBE

Steve was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Barhale Ltd on 1 August 2020, and he also provides advisory services to other parties. Steve was Chief Executive of Bam Nuttall from 2010 until June 2020. He had worked for Bam Nuttall since 1989. Steve is a chartered engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He was awarded a CBE in 2015 for services to the construction industry. Steve is a strong supporter of both trade and technician apprenticeships as routes into the industry.

Steve is also a member of the WISE board. This follows Steve’s commitment to championing women to work in science, technology and engineering (STEM).​​

Independent members

Diana Garnham
Director and Consultant, RDB Insight

Diana was Chief Executive of the Science Council until September 2015. She has a number of education and training interests and is a member of the Corporation of the East Sussex College Group (FE), member of Council of Christ’s Hospital School, chair of the alumni advisory committee at Kings College London and a Careers Enterprise Adviser with East Sussex County Council. 

Diana undertakes consultancy projects through RDB Insight working with not-for-profit organisations and with a focus on the social consequences of science, good governance and strategy. Diana has no direct or indirect contractual relationship with CITB.

Yvonne Kelly
Principal and CEO of Barking and Dagenham College

Yvonne has been Principal and CEO of Barking & Dagenham College since 2016. Yvonne joined the college in 2015 as the Chief Operating Officer. In this role, she had overall responsibility for this national award winning College’s extensive curriculum offer, which provides technical and professional training to 12,500 students annually. Barking & Dagenham College is one of the leading providers of intermediate, advanced and higher apprenticeship training in London, training around circa 800 apprentices of which approximately 380 are construction apprentices.

Yvonne takes an active role on various boards including the Creative and Cultural Skills Board, CEME Board, Care City Board; she is the AOC London World Skills Champion, as well as acting as an advisor on the Pearson FE Reference Group.

Government observers

  • Steve Birtwistle (Department for Education)
  • Jane Duffy  (Scottish Government)
  • Sharon Davies (Welsh Government).

Membership details correct as at 1 September 2020.