Current Members (as at August 2020) are:
Maureen Douglas – Group HR Director, the Forster Group and interim CITB Scotland Nation Council Chair
Maureen, formerly a CITB Trustee, joined the construction industry in 2005. She is responsible for the development of the people, safety and systems at Forster. Maureen is currently leading the modernisation of the business through digitally transforming its operations. Maureen is a highly engaged advocate for the industry, particularly micros and SMEs, and works extensively with government, funders, education and industry to drive strategies and interventions which positively contribute to the qualification, skills, training and wellbeing challenges faced by the sector. Contractual relationship: As a levy-registered business, Forster Group accesses grants for its workforce, employing and training apprentices at the Forster Skills Academy and for administrating Angus Construction Training Group.
Tony Elliott - Group HR Director, Robertson Group, and CITB Scotland Nation Council Deputy Chair and CITB Trustee
Zeshan Afzal - Site Manager, BAM Construction Ltd
Zeshan completed his honours degree in Construction Management from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2007 and began his career working for BAM Construction after graduation. Zeshan has over 12 years of experience in the construction industry and has also worked in BAM’s pre-construction and planning department for three years, working on multiple tenders, live projects and BIM modelling. Zeshan joined CIOB as a student member whilst studying at Glasgow Caledonian University, and upon graduating gained incorporated membership and achieved the Chartered Membership at a young age, becoming the Youngest Member of CIOB in Scotland at the time. In 2017 he was elected as the CIOB Novus Europe Regional Group Chair for a one-year term, looking over 30 Novus Hubs and representing Novus at Global platforms. Zeshan is also a part time student at University of West of England studying Master of Science Façade Engineering.
Nicola Barclay - Chief Executive, Homes for Scotland
With overall responsibility for running the membership organisation providing a voice for the new homes building industry in Scotland, Nicola manages the Executive Team and delivers business strategy while meeting the wide-ranging needs of her member companies. With a career spanning over 20 years in the home building industry and stretching over sales, land acquisition, funding and planning, Nicola has the depth of knowledge and first-hand experience to take the organisation forward at this pivotal time. Nicola currently sits on the Scottish Government’s Joint Housing Policy and Delivery Group, as well as representing the industry on the NHBC Scottish Committee, the Building Standards Futures Board, and is a non-exec director on the Consumer Code for Home Builders Board.
Mark Bramley - Commercial Director, Pat Munro (Alness) Ltd
Following completion of a Quantity Surveying degree in 1995, Mark spent six years with Robertson Construction in a number of commercial roles working on a variety of new build and refurbishment developments, and commercial, industrial and healthcare projects. In 2001, Mark joined Pat Munro (Alness) Limited - a multi-disciplinary construction services SME company based in the Scottish Highlands - and has held a number of positions with them, currently as Commercial Director, overseeing all commercial aspects of the business’ service delivery including Construction, Homes, Waste Services, Quarries and Road Haulage, along with the important support services of Finance, HSEQ, HR and Marketing. In addition, Mark has been a board member of CECA Scotland since 2015, becoming Vice-Chair in 2019. He is an advocate for encouraging opportunities for new entrants, particularly women, into the construction industry, and works closely with local representatives from CITB to this end. In 2018 he also accepted an appointment as a Non-Executive Director of Calman Trust, a Highland based charity that provides employment and training support to challenged young people as they try to transition into independent adulthood, discover their future and achieve their potential.
Craig Bruce - Managing Director, Pert-Bruce Ltd
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 Working Party, Founder & Director of Angus Shared Apprentice Scheme, 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.
Marion Forbes - Homes Director
Marion is Director of HR, Health & Safety and Business Support teams for Mactaggart & Mickel Homes Ltd having worked for the organisation for 13 years. Marion and has been instrumental in our Homes division being recognised as an Employer of Choice and gaining Platinum Investors In People and Silver Investors in Young People accreditation. Marion also Chairs a youth group and volunteers as a youth leader.
Richard Steedman - Founder & Managing Director, Cameron Drywall Contractors Ltd
Richard founded Cameron Drywall Contractors Ltd 23 years ago as a small family Limited Company and now turns over £5.5m on average each year. They are a leading specialist sub-contractor for the construction industry in Scotland and one of the largest employers in the field. Richard is a board member for Scottish Specialists Training Group, a member of Scottish Building, and an FIS member and Supply School Chain Member. As a result of lobbying West Lothian Council and West Lothian College, and along with the local CITB, a Drywall Lining Apprenticeship was successfully started in 2018 in West Lothian. Cameron Drywall have also won industry recognition for their manual procedures for a more productive workforce.
Jim Young - Business Development Consultant, CHAP Group
Jim Young looks after Business Development for CHAP Group in Aberdeen after 12 years as Construction Director managing their construction operations. With over 40 year’s industry experience, he is a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. A member of the ICE Scotland committee, he served as Chair in 2018-19 and continues as Public Voice Chair as well as being a Council member of the Aberdeen Association of Civil Engineers. Jim is also a Director of Grampian Construction Training a CITB supported training group which provides training for the construction industry in the Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire area. Originally from Ayrshire, Jim has worked all over the UK. A graduate of Strathclyde University, he started his career in a design office in London followed by many years in the Contracting side of the industry including the residential sector. He was site agent on the first construction contract for the British Library in London, the largest public building built in the UK on the 20th Century and also on the Kielder water scheme in the north of England.