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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. Since March 2020, Peter has been 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, with sites across London and the South East. This college is a 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
Group HR Director, Robertson Group

Tony Elliott has over 25 years of experience in the fields of talent, people and learning 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. 

Contractual relationship: As a Levy-registered business, Robertson Group accesses the CITB grant system for training its workforce and employing apprentices. 

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

Contractual relationships: Bam Nuttall (until June 2020) and Barhale Ltd (from August 2020). Both are Levy-registered businesses which access the CITB grant system for the purpose of training and developing their workforces. 

Kevin McLoughlin MBE, FCIOB
Managing Director, McLoughlin Group Holdings Ltd

Kevin McLoughlin MBE is the founder and Managing Director of London-based SME McLoughlin Group Holdings Ltd. 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 the Institute for Apprenticeships. Kevin was awarded an MBE in 2014 for his services to skills and apprenticeships, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Builders. Kevin also is 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, Member of the London Regional Construction Training Group, Member of MCA Industry Advisory Group, FIR Steering Group, Islington Skills & Strategy Delivery Group and Islington Living Wage Place Action Group.  

Contractual relationship: Kevin is a Director of McLoughlin Group Holdings Ltd and 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.

Holly Price
Training and Development Director, Keltbray Group

Holly Price 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-focused 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 also an Honorary Life Vice President of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors, and a Trustee of Construction Youth Trust. 

Sophie Seddon
People and Culture Director, Novus Property Solutions

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 in 2020. 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. 

Contractual relationship: Sophie is a Director at Novus, a Levy-registered business. 

Independent members

Diana Garnham

Diana is Chair of Skills East Sussex and has a number of advisory roles including in HE. Previously she was Chief Executive of the Science Council and a Governor of the East Sussex College Group (FE). She has a continuing interest in the social consequences of science, in good governance and strategy, and in enabling young people to achieve their potential, particularly within the STEM environment.  

Contractual relationship: None. 

Yvonne Kelly
Principal and CEO, Barking & Dagenham College 

Yvonne Kelly is the Principal and CEO of Barking & Dagenham College, a national award-winning College, that provides vocational, technical and professional training to over 7,000 students annually. Barking & Dagenham College is a leading provider of intermediate, advanced and higher level training in London with 650 learners completing qualifications in construction, a third of which are apprentices. The College is one of the first 12 Institutes of Technology in the country and selected as part of the World Skills Excellence Programme.  Yvonne takes an active role on various boards including the Creative and Cultural Skills, CEME and Care City, as well as acting as an adviser on the Pearson FE Reference Group and the WorldSkills UK Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group. 

Contractual relationship: None 

Government observers

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

Membership details correct as at 1 September 2020.