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 nine Trustees.

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 the Department for Education for a period of up to four years, renewable for a second term.

Members of the Board

Membership details correct as at 6 August 2018.


Chair - Peter Lauener

Peter Lauener was appointed as CITB Chairman with effect from 1 May 2018.

Peter, comes with a wealth of experience in the skills and education sectors, moving to join CITB in 2018 alongside his position as the interim Chief Executive of the Student Loans Company.

Previously Peter was Chief Executive of the Institute of Apprenticeships and the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

Prior to this, Peter held the position as Director of Skills at the former Department for Education and Skills.

Commercial interest

Peter currently holds the position as Chair of the Newcastle College Group, a not-for-profit education and training group comprising of six colleges, two training providers and approximately 2500 staff spread across 61 locations.

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.

Commercial interest

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.

Diana GarnhamDiana Garnham

Diana was chief executive of the Science Council for 10 years, where she established professional qualifications at all levels in the practice of science, including the introduction of Registered Science Technician. Prior to that Diana was chief executive of the Association of Medical Research Charities where she helped to place the charitable sector at the heart of UK medical research.  

Much of Diana’s career has focused on policy and communications relating to the social consequences of science, use of animals in medical research, user engagement and public trust in science and scientists. 

Diana’s experience has also included professional development and qualifications, promotion and awareness of STEM skills, working with trade and umbrella bodies. She chaired the BIS Expert Group on Careers in Science. 

Diana is a governor of an FE college group in East Sussex and is committed to enabling young people to achieve their potential, particularly within the STEM environment.

Commercial interest

Diana has no direct or indirect contractual relationship with CITB.

Steve Fox CBE

Stephen was appointed as Chief Executive of Bam Nuttall in 2010 and has 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 Apprentice Ambassador Network.

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

Commercial interest

Bam Nutall are a levy registered business who access the CITB grant system for the purpose of training and developing its workforce

David HarrisDavid Harris

David is a Director of Via Developments Plc, a development company based in Manchester but operating nationally. 

David is also Director of his own consultancy company specialising in providing strategic and operational advice and support to construction and development businesses.

After obtaining a degree in Environmental Planning and Design at the University of Aston in Birmingham in 1983, David developed his career with both regional and national contractors, starting with Pearce Construction before developing his career with Cowlin Group, Balfour Beatty and WRW Construction.

David has worked through the spectrum of roles within these businesses from site based management through to Divisional Managing Director with Cowlin and Balfour Beatty and Managing Director of WRW Construction. 

David was a member of the Wales Construction Sector Panel reporting to Welsh government ministers before it was disbanded in 2017. David is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Chartered Institute of Builders and Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. 

Commercial Interest

David is a majority shareholder of DJH Consult Ltd and an Executive Director of Via Developments Plc.

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.

Commercial interest

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.

Kevin Mcloughlin MBE, FCIOB

Kevin Mcloughlin MBE is the founder and Managing Director of London-based SME K&M Mcloughlin Decorating. 

Kevin started the business in 1988. The company have been avid supporters 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 Institute for Apprenticeships and an Ambassador for National Apprenticeship Service.  He also sits on the Greater London Authority Skills For Londoners - Apprenticeship Task and Finish Group.

K&M was the lead employer working with the Painting Industry on the new Painting & Decorating Trailblazer.Kevin was awarded an MBE in 2014 for his services to skills and apprenticeships, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Builders.

Commercial interest

As a levy registered business K&M Mcloughlin Decorating access grants for training its workforce and supporting apprentices. K&M Mcloughlin Decorating currently employ 5 apprentices. K&M Mcloughlin Decorating have been involved with the CITB London Employer Forum and have recently relaunched their training school in partnership with Islington Borough Council.

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.

Commercial interest

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.

Robert Williams MBE

Robert Williams MBE is the founder and Chairman of Welsh SME WRW Construction Ltd.

Robert founded the company 33 years ago, commencing the business from his home in 1985. 
A former college lecturer in Construction Methodology, Robert has previously sat on numerous CITB and government related forums and boards.

WRW Construction have played a pivotal role in numerous community projects throughout Wales and the South West and they continue to support apprenticeships, together with the skill enhancement of construction workers through its National Skills Academy for Construction (NSAfC).

Robert was awarded his MBE in 2013 for services to training and skills in the construction industry.

Commercial interest

As a levy registered business, WRW accesses grants for training and upskilling its workforce and employing apprentices. WRW are members of Carmarthenshire Construction Training Association Ltd (CCTAL) and have been involved in Cyfle shared apprenticeship scheme since its inception, both of which benefit from CITB financial support.WRW have been awarded National Skills Academy for Construction status across a number of its projects and receives associated funding from CITB.WRW have also been awarded funding to lead a CITB commissioned funded project on experiential learning in collaboration with a range of partners. 

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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