Executive management team
Our executive management team works to deliver the strategy set by our board. They make it their mission to ensure the construction sector has the right skills, in the right place, at the right time.
Members of the team are:
Sarah Beale - Chief Executive
Sarah became Chief Executive of CITB in January 2017.
Since then, she has led CITB through a successful consensus process and launched the three-year Vision 2020 programme of reform which will see the organisation become more responsive and accountable to industry. More recently, she fronted the launch of the organisation’s new, reforming 2018-2021 Business Plan to help make the Vision 2020 programme become reality.
Sarah’s previous CITB role was as Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Performance Director in 2014, having covered the Corporate Performance Director role in 2013.
She has worked in a range of other senior roles including Finance Manager, National Experienced Worker Assessment Manager, Head of Finance and Planning, Head of Overseas and Head of Customer Services.
Prior to CITB, Sarah worked mainly within the financial sector, in both commercial environments and not‐for‐profit organisations. She has led on several transformational programmes, including company mergers, systems development and a variety of people and management-related projects.
Craig Pemberton - Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Operations Director
Craig joined CITB in November 2017 as CFO and is accountable for the Corporate Performance teams.
Prior to joining CITB, Craig worked in both the private sector (Audit practice and then BT plc – 25 years) and the public sector (HMRC and then VOA – 12 years). He has been active at Board level as a champion for Diversity & Inclusion for sexual orientation and is also a Board Trustee of an independent charity.
During his career Craig has covered all of the typical roles you’d expect to see in a finance function. Craig was the Transformation Programme leader on transforming an office estate of c.70 offices (3500 people) and on introducing Continuous Improvement (Lean) ways of working tools and techniques across an Arms’ Length Body with a particular focus on Operations (2000 people). He has led various transformation projects successfully helping organisations deliver change by working with colleagues directly and indirectly affected.
Mark Noonan - Industry Relations Director
Mark has been with CITB since January 2017 and leads on engagement with industry and federations. He joins from the property and contracting business Simons Group where he was Customer Development and Relationship Director.
Before joining Simons, Mark worked in construction for six years for Wates Group in a range of project delivery roles. Prior to that, he spent many years working for the supermarket chain, Safeway, including a key role in their conversion to Morrison’s.
Braden Connolly - Director of Products and Services
Braden Connolly is the strategic lead for the products and services CITB provides or helps deliver for the construction industry. These include the careers website, Go Construct, together with the Construction Ambassadors programme and the Matching Service. Together, these form a key part of the industry’s offer to attract and retain talent from all backgrounds across Britain.
Other products and services under Braden’s leadership include the HSE Test, Card Schemes, NCC Training, SkillBuild and Site Safety Plus. Braden is also responsible for CITB Quality Assurance, including the Fraud investigations team that he established soon after arriving at CITB in 2007.
Braden’s early career was spent supporting the engineering sector, specializing in shop floor and manufacturing automation with clients such as Saint Gobain, Johnson & Johnson, Volvo and Shorts Bombardier.
Prior to joining CITB, Braden led businesses and products supporting publishers such as the FT, Bauer Media EMAP.
Steve Hearty - Director of Apprenticeships
Steve Hearty is the strategic lead for Apprenticeships and Standards and Qualifications.
In this role Steve leads on apprenticeships strategy including CITB’s own apprenticeship direct delivery which supports over 15,000 learners across GB. Also within this remit Steve is leading the development of construction qualifications and career pathways across England, Scotland and Wales. This includes working closely with employers, government departments in each nation, the Department for Education and the Institute for Apprenticeships to ensure that employers have access to the on-site vocational training and apprenticeship standards they require and that students working in FE have viable pathways into the industry through new initiatives such as T-Levels.
Steve joined CITB in 2008 and his previous roles include CITB Head of Apprenticeships, a role in which he led year on year increased apprenticeship recruitment whilst also attaining the highest standards of quality under external inspection including a Grade 1 Ofsted report. Steve has also led our Careers and Company Advisory teams across the 3 nations.
Steve Radley - Policy Director
Steve is responsible for working with the industry and with government to create the right environment and support for employers to invest in the skills that they need. Amongst his responsibilities are overseeing CITB research work to create the evidence base that underpins CITB funding approach and its works with providers and working with National governments across Britain and at the local level to create the right environment and support for employers. His team also works closely with employers and Federations to ensure that funding support meets their needs and is simple to access. He is also responsible for CITB’s relations with the media.
Steve joined CITB from his role as Director of Policy and External Affairs at the Manufacturers organisation, EEF. Previously he was Chief Economist at the Henley Centre and the Policy Adviser – Education and Training at the Confederation of British Industry.