Our board

Remit of the board

The CITB Board is the key decision-making body and is a non-executive Board of Charitable Trustees.

In accordance with the governing ITB document, legal and regulatory guidelines, the Board of Trustees is responsible for governance, strategic direction and monitoring business performance.

CITB is governed by a Board of six Trustees: currently, five Trustees from in-scope employers in the construction industry; and one Trustee from non-construction industries.

The CITB Board of Trustees is accountable to the Secretary of State, the Charity Commission and CITB’s beneficiaries. Board appointments are made by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills for a period of up to four years, renewable for a second term.

Members of the board

Membership details correct as at 9 March 2018.


Independent members

Government observers

Chair - James Wates CBEJames Wates CBE

James has worked in construction his entire life and feels passionately that it plays a crucial role in the UK’s economic and social well-being. James read estate management at college and joined Wates construction in 1983. He joined the Wates Construction Board in 1994, was appointed to the Wates Group Board in 1997, and became Chairman in 2013. In 2012 he was awarded the CBE for services to construction and the charitable sector.

As well as being Chairman of CITB, he is also:

·         Chairman of the CBI Construction Council

·         Co-chair of the government-sponsored Infrastructure Exports: UK

·         Chairman of the BRE Trust

·         Past President of CIOB

·         Non-executive Director of Argent Services LLP

·         Chairman of the think tank Tomorrow’s Company

·         Chairman of the Princes Trust Corporate Advisory Group

·         Ambassador for the Young Women’s Trust

Maureen DouglasMaureen Douglas

Maureen has extensive experience in the construction industry spanning a decade. As Forster Group HR Director, Maureen has demonstrated considerable ability to create and implement bespoke business strategies and HR solutions, providing strong leadership both within the business and the wider industry. This has been key to the business’ wider growth strategy, which has seen Forster Group continue to drive efficiency, perform successfully year on year, and move into the new markets.

Due to the industry’s skills shortage, Maureen’s focus in 2014 was setting up a roofing Skills Academy for launch in 2015. The academy is a custom-designed centre delivering specialist apprenticeship qualifications geared specifically for new-build housing and solar PV. The Academy aims to raise current standards whilst enriching and growing the construction talent pool, ensuring best practice and driving innovation.

Contractual relationship

The Forster Group are piloting a skills academy and receives funding direct from CITB for the delivery of the training; 24 apprentices are currently going through the program.

As a levy registered business, Forster Group also accesses grants for training its workforce and employing apprentices. It also administers Angus Construction Training Group, an independent training group which receives funding from CITB.

David HarrisDavid Harris

David is Managing Director of WRW Construction Ltd, a Welsh-based private regional construction Company.

After obtaining a degree at the University of Aston, Birmingham in 1983, David developed his career with both regional and national contractors, starting with Pearce Construction before spending some time with Cowlin/Balfour Beatty.

David is a member of the Wales Construction Sector Panel and serves on the Construction Procurement Strategy Steering Group, reporting to Welsh Government Ministers on matters relating to best practice in public procurement and the construction industry in Wales.

David has been a member of the CITB Wales Construction Skills Group for a number of years. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, and the Chartered Institute of Building.

Contractual relationship

Unavailable at the time of publication

Karen JonesKaren Jones

Karen has been in the construction industry since 1997 with Redrow. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Karen is the Group Human Resources Director with responsibility for all aspects of human resources and learning and development.

Karen sits on Redrow’s executive board with specific responsibility for expanding and developing the workforce. She advises the board on all people aspects with an emphasis on retention, succession planning, and addressing skill shortages.

A graduate in philosophy from Nottingham University, Karen worked in recruitment and training before moving into human resources management.

Contractual relationship

Currently Redrow uses CITB as its main managing agent for apprentices.

As a Levy registered business, Redrow also accesses grants for training its workforce through the training plan and management and professional grant routes, as well as employing over 215 apprentices. 

Redrow also works closely with the Homebuilders Skills Partnership and Wolverhampton University Technical College (UTC), who both receive funding from the CITB.

Maria PilfoldMaria Pilfold

Maria has worked in the Construction industry since 1994 when she joined Taylor Woodrow. She operated in several areas of the business before completing MBA studies and subsequently joined George Wimpey in 2004. Following the merger of these two companies she was Group HR Director for Taylor Wimpey for eight years.

Maria’s early career was in training and development where she held roles within the retail and manufacturing sectors. She later worked with Buckinghamshire University Technical College to promote apprenticeships and establish its construction faculty, with Taylor Wimpey as its key partner.

Maria is a member of the CBI’s Women in Construction group, has represented the homebuilding industry at the Construction Industry Joint Council and also sits as a member of the Employment Tribunal Service.

Contractual relationship

Maria provides human resources (HR) and training consultancy to a number of organisations within the construction industry including the Home Builders Federation, Aquinna Homes, Invennt, and Burrington Estates.

Diana GarnhamDiana Garnham

Diana has been Chief Executive of the Science Council since 2007. After a first degree in politics and an MA in War Studies, Diana undertook research at Aberystwyth University into the conduct of World Ward 2 in the Far East.

Her early career focussed on areas of policy and communications relating to the social consequences of science including use of animals, human embryo research, nuclear weapons, and patient engagement in research. 

Diana has a personal interest in working to enable young people to achieve their potential, particularly within the STEM environment.

Contractual relationship

Diana has no direct or indirect contractual relationship with CITB.

Government observers

  • Scott Ruby (Department for Education)
  • Sarah Hart (Scottish Government)
  • Sharon Davies (Welsh Government)

Board minutes

Minutes from each CITB Board meetings are published in PDF format.

Read the minutes of CITB Board meetings.

Board committees and working parties

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