Our council

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Role of the council

In fulfilling its duties, the Board seeks guidance from the CITB Council on strategic policy formulation and advisory functions.

The CITB Council is an integral part of CITB governance and, as the ‘voice’ of the industry, provides insight into industry challenges across nations and industry sectors.

The council performs this role by contributing to the strategic debate on the future needs of the construction industry, and by drawing on members' experience in the sectors and across the three nations and regions.

The Chairman of the Board also chairs the Council, which consists of up to 23 members. Members are chosen to provide a breadth of skills and experience across construction sectors and the three nations in which CITB operates.

The Board ratifies all appointments.


Chairman - James Wates CBE

James Wates CBE has spent his whole working life in the Construction sector. He read Estate Management at college after which he joined Wates as a management trainee and progressed through line management and running sites before being appointed as a General Manager in 1989. James joined the main Board of Wates in 1997 and was appointed Chairman in 2013.

James is involved with many construction bodies across the sector as well as being Chairman of CITB, among others:

  • Chairman of Wates Group
  • Chairman of the UK Contractors Group
  • Chairman of the Building Research Establishment Trust
  • Chairman of the Prince's Trust Built Environment Leadership Group
  • Commissioner for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills 
  • Member CBI Construction Council
  • Vice Chairman of Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People 
  • Governor of the University of Westminster and Emanuel School
  • Patron of the Wates Family Enterprise Trust

Specialist contractor sector members

John Bailey, Director, The Benbow Group

John has been in the construction industry since 1968. During this time, he has gained wide ranging experience of clients at the highest level both nationally and internationally. In his current role as Director of a specialist construction workforce, John manages a diverse group including sales and marketing, technical drawing teams, specialist joinery and architectural metalwork manufacturing, carrying out projects throughout the UK and Europe.

John brings knowledge of the Interiors Sector and specialist interior trades as well as wider construction industry knowledge. John served on CITB Regional Advisory Committees and local College Industry liaison teams and is Vice President of the ‘National Association of Shopfitters’ and Chairman of the ‘Shopfitting Industry Training Forum. 

Dominic Rhind-Tutt, Managing Director, Astins Limited

After a spell working for Specialist Contractors and Main Contractors Dominic co-founded Astins, an interior Specialist Contractor in 1996 and has served as its Managing Director since that date.

In 2008, Astins founded one of the first NVQ registered training centres for the Internal finishing sector and this Centre continues to deliver apprenticeships and other skills in its chosen discplines.

Dominic currently sits on the Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS) training board and represents the FIS on the Build UK Training and Skills Leadership Group. In addition he serves as a member of the National steering group of Constructing Excellence.

Small, medium enterprise (SME) sector members

Gareth Davies, Construction Director, Knox & Wells

Gareth has had a 30 year career in construction, in roles ranging from Project Manager, Contracts Manager, Construction Director to Regional Director and Director of three building contractors - Mowlem, Carillion and Britannia.

He is Chair of  CITB’s southeast Wales Strategic Forum. 

Phillip Hall, Managing Director, Hall Construction (CBC) 

Phillip has 40 years’ experience in the construction industry. Phillip has specialist knowledge of the heritage construction sector, running a multi-award winning small/medium construction company. As MD of Hall Construction he has responsibility for all aspects of the business, including training and ensuring the highest quality of workmanship - essential when dealing with historically important period buildings.

Phillip sat on the Chartered Building Company/Consultancy Board from February 2003 to February 2006. He has represented the Federation of Master Builders as a member of the National Heritage Training Group board.

He is currently Chair (and acting President) of the Southern Area Board for the Federation of Master Builders and a member of the FMB’s training group committee. 

Craig Bruce, Managing Director, Pert Bruce Construction

Craig has 23 years’ experience in the construction industry and is the seventh generation of his family to run the business, which has a heritage dating back to 1871. He started in the family firm as a joinery apprentice, progressing eventually to Managing Director.  Craig merged the business in 2007 with another local family company to increase capability and service delivery, increasing his original 25 employees to directly employing 100 staff, 16 of which are trade apprentices.

As MD of Pert Bruce Construction, Craig has experience in carrying out a variety 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 is also a Director of the Scottish Building Federation, Council member of SBATC (Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council), CITB Levy Working Party, CITB Scottish Committee, Director of Angus Shared Apprentice Scheme and a Director of SAFE, which is a not-for-profit safety company specialising in site visits and training out site issues.

Major contractor sector members

Ian Dickerson, Head of New Entrants and Funding, Kier Ltd

In his role as Head of New Entrants and Funding, Ian has a varied remit covering training and development requirements of all new employees, sourcing external funding for learning and development and the development of new programmes to meet future needs.

Ian has been Chair of the Northants Construction Training Group for the past 16 years and through this was appointed as the first Chair of the Training groups Chairman’s Forum. He is an active member of the UKCG Training Committee and Apprenticeship Task Force. 

Jo Pottinger, Head of HR Strategy, BAM Construct UK Limited

Jo has a mixture of private and public sector HR experience and is a Chartered member of the CIPD. Working in the construction industry for the last 7 years, Jo is passionate about the industry and the amazing work achieved by the talented and skilled people working in the sector. Jo has a special interest in diversity and inclusion and currently chairs the UKCG’s diversity group.

Kevin Bennett, Head of Training, BAM Nuttall Limited

Kevin has 25 years’ experience in the Civil Engineering sector comprising of 10 years onsite and 15yrs in the learning and development arena. As head of training for BAM, Kevin is responsible for the management of the training and development of all employees (3000). This covers a range of training and sponsorship schemes and the development of a new apprenticeship scheme framework.

Externally, Kevin is a member of the CECA Training and Development Forum and he Chairs the National Skills Academy for Construction and acts as an ambassador for BITC.

Home builder sector members

Rob Tansey, Group HR Director, Barratt Developments Plc

A relatively recent recruit to the construction industry (2012), Rob has had 30 year career in HR across a range of sectors. His role with Barratt Developments, covers all aspects of HR Policy and Strategy for the group with an emphasis on talent and skills development.

Rob has worked with both the HBF and CITB on the skills agenda and has collaborated with other major house builders and trade bodies to develop a strategy paper for the Construction Leadership Council.  

Plant sector members

Bob Collins, Chairman, Stokey Plant Hire Limited 

With 42 years’ experience within contracting and plant hire business in the civil engineering and construction industry, Bob is well placed to comment on the training needs for employees within the plant hire business. Bob is currently Chairman of the Construction Plant Hire Association and for the past two years has been a board member of CITB and an active participant in the ongoing “change” process. 

Client sector members

John Lorimer, Director, JLO Innovation Limited 

John has worked as a client, consultant, major contractor and sub-contractor in the construction industry across the UK, Europe and the Far East. He is Chair of the BIM Academy - a joint venture between Northumbria University and Ryder Architecture - established as a Centre of Excellence in Building Information Modelling.

He is a visiting Professor at Salford University and a member of the BIS BIM Steering Group. Prior to establishing JLO Innovation (consultancy services to the construction industry), he spent 10 years with Manchester City Council as Capital Programme Director. 

Higher education sector members

Malcolm Horner, Emeritus Professor of Engineering Management

Malcolm Horner is Emeritus Professor of Engineering Management at the University of Dundee. He is a chartered Civil Engineer with broad experience in research, teaching and professional practice in the field of construction project management.  

He has served as a non-executive and executive director of numerous public and private sector organisations in the construction, petro-chem and bioscience industries, most recently as Director of the Scottish Construction Centre and Chairman of Whole Life Consultants Ltd. Malcolm has specialist expertise in construction labour productivity, and chaired CITB’s Labour Market Intelligence Technical Reference Group between 2011- 2014.

Built environment sector members

Rebecca Hartshorn, Bid Manager, John Sisk & Sons Limited

Rebecca, joined John Sisk & Sons Limited in 2017. In her current role as Bid Manager, she manages preconstruction opportunities for their North and Major Projects Division. In addition to her role, she has developed specific expertise in sustainability matters in relation to modern construction methods and techniques.

Outside her preconstruction role, Rebecca has experience of working at board level – as previous Chair and now current Deputy Chair of the local advisory board for the Employment and Skills Academy (Professional Construction) at Derby College she provides a vital link between higher education and industry.

A passionate believer in inclusion and mentoring, Rebecca will step up later this year as the National Chair of the National Association of Women in Construction. In 2016 she also set up the East Midlands region of the organisation.

In June 2016 Rebecca was awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s 90th Birthday honours list for services to skills and industry and also attained Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Building.

Youth sector members

Vacant seat

Heritage sector members

Sarah Bowers, Consultancy Manager

Sarah possesses over 30 years’ experience within the construction industry. Sarah studied at Heriot Watt University, and worked at industry leading contractors John Laing and Bovis.

She taught at West Suffolk College for four years before moving to work for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) as a client’s project manager, then as a senior project sponsor with Defence Estates.

In 2008, she became the Regional Building Manager for the East of England at the National Trust, and then a Consultancy Manager managing a multi-disciplinary team of conservation specialists.

Sarah obtained her FCIOB in 2015. Her passion is for traditional craft skills and ensuring these are continued to conserve our heritage. 

Union sector and construction services sector members

Mark Wusthoff, Area Director, Galliford Try

In his current role of Operations Manager/Project Director, Mark leads both framework management and project delivery through the life cycle of procurement. Mark is closely involved in apprenticeship training and education schemes, fully appreciating the training skills needed for the next generation.

As a Chartered Builder, Mark gained his professional qualification with the Chartered Insititute of Building (CIOB) in 1996, and has held the position of Wales Branch Chairman since 2012 becoming a Fellow of the Institute in early 2014. 

Mark’s Chairmanship extends to Regional representation of the Institute/Professional Qualification and Nationally within the CIOB covering Wales and devolved differentiators.

Mark brings his experience of successful project delivery working for a large international contractor with local regional focus.

Alison Lamplough, Head of Operational Training and Apprenticeships, 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. She is currently Chair of the Construction Trailblazer group leading the development of the new Government Apprenticeship Standards for the Construction Industry.

Alison has responsibility for the strategy and delivery of all site-based training for the Laing O’Rourke Europe Hub. 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.  She is also responsible for developing the apprentice strategy for Laing O’Rourke to ensure that both current and future skills requirements are met.

Three nations’ Construction Skills Groups 

England Group - vacant seat

Scotland Group - vacant seat

Welsh Group - Robert Williams, Chairman of WRW Group

Robert is the founder and chairman of WRW Group which specialises in construction services and developments in the education, commercial, civil, and residential areas of the construction industry.

Robert is a highly experienced construction professional, with a proven track record of delivering high level award winning construction projects over the period of three decades. He plays a pivotal role in community projects throughout Wales, and sits on numerous CITB and government related forums and boards. In June 2013, Robert was honoured with an MBE for promoting construction training in Wales in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Chairman's Co-option member

Vacant seat

Minutes of meetings

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

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