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Levy Strategy Committee

The Levy Strategy Committee represents the views of Industry across all three GB Nations on the development of the 2022-25 Levy proposals with specific reference to the anticipated cost of the funding strategy against the impact on all industry employers with a view to achieving a fair and sustainable outcome.

The Levy Strategy Committee forms part of the representation of industry employers across the three GB Nations and works collaboratively to ensure the effective development of the 2022-25 Levy proposals.

It assists in assessing and informing industry’s view of any proposed changes to Levy legislation in advance of making final submissions to the Board and DfE concerning such changes. It supports CITB in testing options for wider industry consultation, and assessing the implications of different Levy rate models against CITB’s strategic objectives.

The Levy Strategy Committee considers the impact and potential impact on the CITB Levy of factors within the external environment and makes appropriate recommendations to address or mitigate those factors.

Current Members (as at November 2020) are:

Diana Garnham – CITB Trustee

Yvonne Kelly – CITB Trustee

Craig Bruce - Managing Director, Pert Bruce Construction

Craig is the seventh generation of his family to run the business dating back to 1871 and he has 30 years' experience in the industry. He started in the family firm as a joinery apprentice at 16, serving his time in the workshop, onsite and carrying out maintenance, before progressing to the office and eventually to MD in 2007. He merged the business in 2007 with another local family company to increase capability and service delivery, increasing his original 25 employees to as it stands, directly employing 100 staff, 16 of which are trade apprentices.

As MD of Pert Bruce Construction, Craig has experience in carrying out a varied roster of work ranging from £25,000 domestic projects all the way up to £4m historic/listed house conversions, with clients ranging from private individuals through to blue-chip industrial clients, architects and leading developers. Craig also owns a property development company building new homes, converting listed buildings and building affordable homes for RSL Partners.

Craig currently sits as a Director of the Scottish Building Federation, President of the Dundee and Angus Association, Council member of SBATC (Scottish Building Apprenticeship &Training Council), CITB Levy Strategy Committee, CITB Scottish Council, Founder & Director of Angus Shared Apprentice Scheme and a Director of a north east based safety group (SAFE) and has previously been on CITB GSWP and as a founder of the Angus Training Group also sat as Chair of the local Group and Training Group National Rep. Craig was also a member of the former CITB Levy Working Party.

Vikki Skene - HR Director, Galliford Try

Vikki Skene is an experienced senior HR leader in the construction industry with a passion for the cultural change agenda and driving inclusivity to support the delivery of strategic business imperatives. As the Group HR Director for Galliford Try – one of the UK's leading construction groups – and Executive Member of its board since 2020, she is committed to the development of Galliford Try’s people, so they can play their role in improving the UK’s built environment and delivering lasting change for the communities around them.

Vikki has more than 20 years’ experience in both construction and HR and was previously UK Employee Relations Director at Balfour Beatty, where she held a number of senior HR roles.

Gareth Davies - Construction Director, Knox and Wells Ltd

Gareth is the Construction Director for Knox and Wells Limited. His role combines all aspects of Client servicing, from bid management to project delivery, together with responsibility for strategic liaison with key Industry stakeholders such as Welsh Government, CITB and CIOB.

Prior to joining Knox and Wells, Gareth was in post with Britannia Construction Ltd from 2010 as Regional Director (Wales), Wales Regional Director for Carillion Building (Mowlem Building prior to 2006 takeover) and from 2001-5 was Wales Construction Director for Mowlem Building.

During a thirty five year career in the construction industry Gareth has been responsible for delivering many prestigious projects in south Wales, south west England and Jersey, across a variety of sectors.

Gareth is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (FCIOB) and was a member of the CITB National Council from 2015 to its reorganisation in 2018. He chaired the south-east Wales Regional Construction Forum from its inception in 2010 to its re-constitution in 2018. Gareth is also an active member of Constructing Excellence in Wales and a Professional Assessor for the CIOB and has been a judge and Panel Chairman on the CIOB's Construction Manager of the Year Competition since 2004. Gareth was also a member of the former CITB Levy Working Party and is now a member of the Levy Strategy Group.

Ryan David Miles - Director, Miles Hire

Ryan has been a Director at Miles Hire since 2003.  Miles Hire is an independent plant; tool and powered access family run company which has three depots in South Wales. The company recently won “Hire Company of the year” in the UK for the second time in 4 years

Ryan is also a director of the Welsh Construction Shows with events in Cardiff and Swansea, showcasing new products, services and workshops to assist the construction industry, the first of its kind in Wales visited by over 600 people in its first yea

Alison Lamplough - Head of Skills & Technical Training, Laing O'Rourke

Alison has worked in Construction for over 20 years and in that time has covered every aspect of talent management, skills, training and development and has led the development of a number of new Apprenticeship Standards for the sector.

Alison has responsibility for the strategy and delivery of all site, technical and apprenticeship training for the Laing O’Rourke Europe Hub to ensure that both current and future skill requirements are met. This has included the development of innovative and dynamic approaches to onsite learning to create an up skilled and competent workforce. Her role includes the management of third-party suppliers to ensure delivery of excellent service and value to the business, she works closely with leaders and stakeholders at all levels as part of her ongoing pursuit for ongoing improvement and vocational/training excellence.

Alison was a member of the CITB Investment Funding Committee until December 2019 and was a member of the former CITB Levy Working Party.

Andrew Harvey - Managing Director, Harvey Shopfitters Ltd

Andrew Harvey is the Managing Director of Harvey Shopfitters Ltd, which is a £50m per year national fit-out contractor with offices in the South West and Scotland. The company was founded in 1983 but prior to that Andrew started work as a trainee Quantity Surveyor with a local building contractor. Andrew is also a Director of Grown in Britain, a not for profit based company which, working with government and the industry supply chain, aims to increase the supply of sustainable British timber and HETAS a company limited by guarantee whose purpose is to improve air quality within the solid fuel and biomass sphere working with industry Defra Beis and Environment Agency

 Andrew also holds Directorship in a number of companies which are within the ownership or control of Harvey Shopfitters Ltd or Harvey Commercial Holding namely; Dearborn Estates Ltd, Old Bell Hotel Ltd, Hyde House Ltd, Millbridge Court Ltd, Boers Head Golf Club, Huntswood Park Ltd and Vera Homes Ltd.

 Andrew is currently a member of the CITB England Nation Council.

Liz Bridge - General Secretary, Joint Tax Committee of Construction

Liz Bridge was once a senior inspector of taxes but left HMRC to run the tax department of the Construction Confederation. She has run helplines for all the major trade federations in the Joint Tax committee of Construction for more than 20 years, negotiating tax changes with HMRC and teaching those changes to the industry.

Liz also works as a member of the First Tier Tax Tribunal so she is truly a tax specialist / nerd.  She is well known as a speaker who can make tax issues clear.

Liz was a member of the former CITB Levy Working Party.

Neil Rogers - CEO, Scottish Decorators' Federation

Neil is currently the CEO of the Scottish Decorators’ Federation which is one of the oldest Trade Federations in the UK. The Federation represent all sizes of painting and decorating companies from sole traders all the way up to some of the biggest painting and decorating companies in the UK.

Neil is also the CEO of Scottish Painting And Decorating Apprenticeship Council (SPADA) and Scottish Construction Operative Registration Executive (SCORE). SPADA deals with young people coming into the trade to ensure that they are paid a fair rate for the job that they are doing, offering contractual advice to employers and apprentices. While SCORE is competency card scheme that is able to offer a wide range of cards to operatives based on their industrial experience and qualifications.

Rob Tansey 

Rob retired from Barratt Group in December 2020. He joined the Barratt Group as Group HR Director in 2012 from Dairy Crest Plc where he was Group HR Director for six years. Before joining Dairy Crest Rob was HR Director at Travis Perkins Plc and previously held senior HR roles at Celesio AG and Wickes. Rob was a member of the Executive Committee at Barratt Developments, with full responsibility for the creation and delivery of HR Strategy. His responsibilities included Training and Development for Trades, Apprentices and Graduates, through to Senior Management development, Remuneration and Benefits Strategy, Resourcing and Performance Management. 

Rob was also member of the CITB England Nation Council until December 2020.

Levy Strategy Committee 2020-21
Name Role 03 Nov 10 Dec 21 Jan 18 Mar
Diana Garnham (Chair) CITB Trustee √   √  
Yvonne Kelly CITB Trustee
Liz Bridge Member x
Craig Bruce Member x x
Gareth Davies Member
Tony Elliott Member
Alison Lamplough Member x
Ryan David Miles    Member x
Vikki Skene   Member
Andrew Harvey      Member
Neil Rogers     Member
Rob Tansey (Joined Jan 21) Member n/a n/a √