CITB Appoints Industry Experts to Nations Councils

CITB have announced the new members of its Nations Councils for England, Scotland and Wales and we are delighted to confirm that Diane Bourne, Managing Director of Eric Wright Civil Engineering, has been appointed onto the Nations Council for England.

The councils will play a key role in helping to shape the future of construction across Great Britain and provide strategic advice to the Board to better meet industry’s skills needs.  Their formation delivers on a significant call by industry and government for CITB’s governance to be more representative in last year’s Consensus consultation and the Government’s ITB Review.

Seamus Keogh, CEO of Clancy Docwra Ltd, Tony Elliott, Group HR Director of Robertson Group, and Leigh Hughes, Business Development & Social Value Director at Bouygues UK, took up their respective roles as Chair of the Nation Councils in England, Scotland and Wales in July.  They will now be joined by nine council members.  Each Council represents a diverse cross-section of the industry with a presence for both SMEs and large contractors.

The councils will have their first meetings this autumn.

The key functions of the Nations Council include:

  • Assisting the Board to accurately prioritise support for key issues affecting industry within the nations
  • Shaping and influencing CITB’s business plan to address industry opportunities, pressures and priorities
  • Informing CITB’s evidence
  • Making timely recommendations to the Board about skills issues within the nation that may affect delivery of the Business Plan.

Peter Lauener, Chair of CITB, said: “I’m excited to see the breadth and depth of talent we have on our three Nations Councils.  They will be a clear and strong voice for industry within CITB and will help us become a more relevant and responsive organisation.  The Nation Councils’ input will be critical as we go forward to deliver the skills and training needs for our industry.”

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