Facebook tracking pixel

Our councils

The Nation Councils for England, Scotland and Wales play a key role to help shape the future of construction across Great Britain and provide strategic advice to the Board to better meet industry’s skills needs.

The Nation Councils deliver on a significant call from industry through

our last Consensus consultation and Government through the ITB Review, for CITB’s governance to be more representative of the Industry it serves.

  1. Each Nation Council is charged with enhancing the evidence base from which CITB forms and develops its Strategic Plan, to ensure that the Board is cognisant of key industry issues, concepts and opportunities affecting both the individual Nation and the collective Nations.  From this collective evidence base CITB will reflect and prioritise the issues, as appropriate, into the formation and implementation of the Plan for Careers, Standards and Qualifications and Training and Development delivery across the three Nations.

  2. Government guidelines, legislative and regulatory mandates will inform and guide the work of the Nation Councils.

  3. With particular reference to the individual Nation, the Council will: 
  • Provide insight into the challenges and opportunities for the Nation it represents;

  • Steer and influence the Board on development and effective delivery of the Strategic Plan encouraging adjustments to delivery to reflect unforeseen events/changes that impact on the Nation/industry more generally;

  • Debate and offer constructive challenge in relation to proposed allocation of resource against competing industry priorities across Great Britain;

  • Provide National perspective on construction skills gaps against agreed forecast needs.



Current Members (as at August 2021) are: 

Sharon Llewellyn - Risk Managements and Projects Director, JPR Roofing and Flooring Ltd and CITB England Nation Council Chair
With a background of over 27 years in the NHS at both management and strategic level Sharon joined the building industry in 2010 to expand and develop her knowledge and experience in the private sector focusing on training, governance and risk management. With a reported national skill shortage, Sharon is passionate about developing a young, skilled workforce to support the future building infrastructure. She is currently working in partnership with CITB, schools, colleges, local businesses, building companies and manufacturers to raise the profile of the building industry and develop a programme whereby students aged 14 to 18 can prepare for and access apprenticeships and careers in construction. Through her experience in governance and business planning she can identify and prioritise opportunities across the building industry and work through a strategy of implementation which meets the pressures and needs of the industry both locally and nationally.
Kevin McLoughlin – CITB England Nation Council Deputy Chair and CITB Trustee

Diane Bourne - Managing Director - Eric Wright Civil Engineering
Leading one of the North West’s most respected civil engineering companies, Diane has over thirty years’ experience in the industry covering many roles including site agent, site manager, quality & environmental manager, contracts manager and various directorial positions. Diane qualified as a Civil and Structural Engineer and also holds a Diploma in Environmental Management. Diane has a strong desire to encourage other young people into the industry and has been instrumental in the establishment and development of the Eric Wright Learning Foundation. Now acting as its Chair, Diane works in partnership with Preston’s College providing opportunities to young adults from 14+ to support and guide them in choosing a career within the wider construction and civil engineering industry through vocational training. Outside her immediate work Diane is a Governor at Runshaw College and has served for more than 10 years as a member of CECA North West, serving as Vice Chairman and Chairman 2007-2009 and sitting on the CECA National board. In recognition of the diversity of the female business community, she has twice been recognised by Business Insider Magazine as one of the North West's "Women of Influence" and "Woman100".

Karen Brookes - Director of People & Infrastructure, Sir Robert McAlpine
Karen is an Executive Director with over 30 years’ experience in Human Resources in both the public and private sectors, supporting businesses in the consultancy, construction, retail and sales + marketing industries. She has led and successfully implemented major business change programmes focussed on creating long term sustainable value through engagement and empowerment of employees and teams. Deploying teams in some unusual, diverse and hazardous locations across the globe, she has gained invaluable experience in ensuring their safety and security in such locations as Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia and Nigeria, whilst ensuring project delivery for the client. Karen is currently working as a Board Director with the construction company Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd, responsible for People and Infrastructure, including People, Property & Facilities and Marketing & Communications.

Chris Carr - Joint Managing Director of Carr & Carr (Builders) Ltd
Carr & Carr is a small family owned Housing Development Company established approximately 100 years ago in Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire. Chris passed his City and Guilds in Carpentry & Joinery at Grimsby College before taking a JCB/digger course at Bircham Newton. He progressed to be a site manager in his mid-twenties and now runs the family business with his elder brother. Chris is on the Board of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Other roles Chris holds are: Construction Leadership Council Board Member (CLC), Director of the UK Business Council for Sustainable Development, Chairman & Secretary of the Grimsby District Builders Association, Chairman of the North East Lincolnshire Housing & Development Board, Advisor to the Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education’s Construction Industry Panel, and Member of the North Lincolnshire Construction Apprenticeship Partnership.

James Flannery - Owner of Cunard Construction Ltd
James is an experienced Company Director and current Chair of Constructing Excellence Liverpool City Region, with an entrepreneurial spirit and a unique mix of experience spanning 25 years in specialist market sectors in Construction, Education and Regeneration. He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Building (MCIOB) and spent the formative years of his professional career with Balfour Beatty Construction, Tysons Construction and Thomas Armstrong Construction as an Engineer. He entered the Academic field as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire in 1998, Department of Built Environment. In 2004 he left the University for a sabbatical to manage the Construction Initiative in Liverpool, after which James established Atom Regeneration Ltd (2007). He grew the business and sold the company in September 2013. In 2015 he completed the Common Purpose International Leaders Award in India. Currently he is the owner of Cunard Construction Ltd and was elected as a Labour Councillor in May 2019. He is also an external examiner for Built Environment courses at Salford University, and sits on the Liverpool City Region Skills Commission for the Combined Authority and Metro Mayors office.

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 a member of the CITB Levy Strategy Committee.

Ged Simmonds - Managing Director, Commercial Offices and Residential, Mace
Ged has worked in the Construction Industry for more than 25 years. He has worked for major contractors throughout his career delivering a variety of projects as well as large programmes of work. In his current role as Managing Director of the Commercial Offices and Residential businesses within Mace he oversees the delivery of projects in London.

Julie White - Managing Director, D-Drill (Masters Drillers) Ltd
Julie completed a management buy-out of D-Drill from her father in 2008 and immediately set about restructuring, remodelling and transforming the business. Julie has always been a hands-on managing director and completed her NVQ5 in Business at the same time as starting her own company, Superfloor UK Ltd in 2001, introducing new techniques for specialist floor preparation to the UK. D-Drill has now been trading for close to 55 years and it has the UK’s largest branch network in its sector with an unrivalled team of experts utilising the latest equipment in diamond drilling, sawing, 2D/3D Concrete Scanning and controlled demolition technology. Julie is the only woman running a business in this specialist industry and the first woman to be appointed as Chairperson to the professional body for the industry, the Drilling and Sawing Association, and is former President of the World Association (IACDS) – the first woman ever to take up that post. She has shown a huge commitment to training and apprenticeships spending five times the industry average on training: currently, 45 per cent of the D-Drill workforce are either undergoing or have completed an apprenticeship with the company. Julie is a previous chair of the National Specialist Contractors’ Council’s (NSCC) Training Committee and was part of the group that formed BuildUK (representing 27 of the largest main contractors and 11,500 specialists, which represent 305,000 construction employees, together they deliver excess of 40 per cent of UK construction. She now chairs the CITB Reform Steering Group and has an honoured position as a Director on the Main Strategy BuildUK board (the longest serving of the board’s eight members). Under her leadership, D-Drill has won numerous industry accolades including a coveted award from the ‘International Association of Concrete Drillers and Sawers’ (IACDS) ‘The Diamond Awards’, the equivalent of an Oscar for the drilling and cutting sector and late in 2011 she was chosen as the 'Vitalise Businesswoman of the Year' following in the footsteps of Karen Brady and Hilary Devey, of BBC Dragons’ Den. Following this she has appeared on national TV, radio and press on a regular basis covering business and construction industry issues.

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

Current Members (as at August 2021) are:

Angela Forbes – Chief Executive, BuildForce and CITB Scotland Nation Council Chair

Angela Forbes gained a Bovis scholarship in 1997 as an undergraduate Commercial Manager and spent over 23 years with the Lendlease business. Angela has been a Commercial Director in the London construction business for the last 12 years. Angela is a Fellow on the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. Angela created the Lendlease ex-military initiative in 2008; is an ambassador of the construction industry within the Armed Forces and was a founding partner of BuildForce at its inception in 2011. Angela is currently Chief Executive of BuildForce, a not-for-profit company who support ex-Services personnel transition into long term careers in the construction industry. In addition, Angela has been a non-executive director of a housing provider and social regeneration charity East Thames; a board director of Be Onsite, a company dedicated to helping disadvantaged people, and a school governor at Chobham Academy in Stratford, East London (a Harris Federation school).

Tony Elliott - CITB Scotland Nation Council Deputy Chair and CITB Trustee

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 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.

Marion Forbes - Homes Director, Mactaggart & Mickel Homes Ltd

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.

Susan Jackson – Joint Managing Director, Campion Homes Limited

Susan is Joint Managing Director of family-owned Housebuilder, Campion Homes, a regional housebuilder headquartered in Fife.  The business was formed in 1989 by her father, who retains the position of Executive Chairman within the Company.  Susan joined the company in 2013 as Finance Director and was appointed Joint Managing Director in September 2017.  Within the business she has responsibility for Finance, HR and IT and works closely with her fellow Joint MD on all strategic areas.  Susan is a qualified Chartered Accountant and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland.  Prior to joining Campion, she worked for Deloitte for 12 years, latterly in the Corporate Finance department as an Assistant Director of Transaction Services, a role which saw her involved in mergers and acquisitions across the globe within a wide variety of industries.  Susan is a Board member of Homes for Scotland, the membership organisation that supports the new homes building industry in Scotland and holds the post of Non-Executive Finance Director on the Board of Commonwealth Games Scotland.    


Current Members (as at August 2021) are:

Leigh Hughes - CSR Director, Bouygues Construction UK, and CITB Cymru Wales Nation Council Chair

Leigh is currently Chair of Cardiff Capital Region Employment & Skills Board and represents the South East Wales region on Welsh Government Employment & Skills Board (WESB). He has worked in the construction industry for 30 years and is CSR Director for Bouygues Construction UK and its entities. Bouygues UK, Bouygues Energies & Services, Bouygues TP and VSL deliver construction, housing, development, regeneration, energy performance and management including smart cities innovative solutions using our global and local experience across private and public sectors. The company employs around 4,400 people across the businesses in the UK.

Gareth Davies - Construction Director, Knox and Wells Limited

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.

Terry Edwards - Managing Director, John Weaver Contractors

Terry Edwards has been the Managing Director of John Weaver Contractors since March 2015. Terry started his construction career as a CITB apprentice bricklayer and then progressed through the ranks as a management trainee with Fairclough Construction, during which time he completed his Advanced Craft in Bricklaying, ONC and HNC in Building Studies. Terry then moved on to work for Gee Walker & Slater as Site Manager, Brunswick Construction (Project / Contracts Manager), Andrew Scott (Deputy MD / Operations Director), MIDAS (Regional Manager) then JWC as their current MD. Terry became Chartered in 2005 then gained Fellowship to the Chartered Institute of Building in 2008. Terry plays an active role in the implementation and management of the JWC Apprenticeship Training Programme whereby the firm takes on two apprentices every year, and currently employs 5 apprentices. Three of the former apprentices have now progressed through the ranks and are currently employed as assistant site managers.

Andrea Green - Highways Customer Experience Director, Costain

Andrea has more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry, working for both regional and national business. Following an early career as an engineer, she has a deep understanding of the challenges facing the industry, and the customers and communities that will be impacted by major projects. She now focusses on ensuring excellence in customer experience and has a passion for improving standards of safety and performance.


Simon Jehu Managing Director of Development, Jehu Group Limited

Simon has been a company director for over 25 years leading a small family building business into a £70million+ property and construction group. He founded Waterstone Homes, an executive housing developer with a turnover in excess of £25million. Simon trained and qualified as a Quantity Surveyor and went on to become Commercial Manager and then Commercial Director. His roles include responsibilities for business development, estimating, financial management, marketing, purchasing, and project management. Simon completed a PGC in Sustainable Leadership at Cardiff Metropolitan University in conjunction with CITB and Construction Futures Wales. He has developed a Strategic Growth Project focusing on Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Simon is the lead in the Jehu Group on innovation with a particular passion for offsite manufacturing.

Owain Jones - Director, Richard Jones (Betws) Ltd

Educated at Ysgol Gymraeg Rhydaman and Ysgol Dyffryn Aman, Owain studied for a Higher National Diploma and B.A. (Hons) in Business & Finance at Swansea and later returned to the University of the West of England, Bristol where he was awarded an MSc in Construction Management. He also holds a NEBOSH qualification relating to Health and Safety in Construction. A Director of T. Richard Jones (Betws) Ltd “TRJ” a company established by his Grandfather in 1935, Owain has led the development of the company over the last two decades, building on its firm foundations as one of the leading SME’s in the region. The company currently directly employ a workforce numbering 190 including trade apprentices and management trainees. In recognition of Owain and TRJ’s long standing support of Apprenticeships the company was recognised in 2015 as CITB Apprentice Employer of the Year for both Wales and Great Britain. Owain sits on the Wales CITB Nation Council and Chairs the South West Wales Construction Forum. He is a past Chair of Carmarthenshire Construction Training Association Ltd CCTAL and continues to sit on its Board of Directors. Owain is a founding Trustee and Chairs the Board of Directors of Cyfle Building Skills the largest Construction Shared Apprenticeship Scheme in the UK which currently offers employment to over 170 young people and was recognised with a Queens Award for Innovation in 2017. Owain was also instrumental in the setting up of the South West Wales branch of the Engineers for Overseas Development (EFOD) Charity. Owain is a member of the South West Wales Regional Learning Partnership Construction Cluster Group. A fluent Welsh speaker, Owain is a passionate supporter of the Welsh language and culture.

Richard Owen - Training and Workforce Manager, Jones Bros. Ruthin (Civil Engineering) Co. Ltd

Richard started as an apprentice joiner in 1977 and now has over 42 years of construction industry knowledge, skills and experience. In 1993 he began a career in developing and delivering construction industry training. Richard has worked across the globe developing and delivering training programmes in North Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. He now leads and develops award-winning construction industry training and apprenticeship programmes for the Jones Bros Ruthin (Civil Engineering Company Ltd). Richard is a fluent Welsh speaker and is passionate about mentoring and developing young people in the construction industry.

Paul Tedder - Founder, Atlantic Dwellings

Paul founded Atlantic Dwellings in 2006, creating a building company that delivers high quality houses and extensions, with a team of employees who are proud of their work. All the team are encouraged to learn new skills and apprentices are mentored on site by master craftsmen. Paul is passionate about training and allowing people to develop to their full potential. Prior to setting up Atlantic Dwellings he worked initially in the paper industry and as a senior manager in the fast moving consumer goods sector for Pepsi International. Paul holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and post graduate diploma in Electrical Engineering. He is an active member of the Federation of Master Builders Wales board and Chairman of the Cardiff Branch.


Nation insights

To suggest current industry insights or perspectives for the Nation Councils to consider, please contact the relevant Council via email:

We are currently recruiting Nation Council members