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Women outnumber men on new CITB board

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) will be governed by more women than men this year, for the first time in its history.

Five of the eight members of the new CITB governing board are women, which makes the CITB the first non-departmental public body to have more women on its board than men.

The CITB board represents construction levy payers from England, Wales and Scotland. They are supported by a CITB council with members drawn from across the construction sector.

Skills and equalities minister Nick Boles said: “The new board will have a major role in helping this dynamic industry develop the skills it needs to grow. I congratulate all the new trustees on their appointment and look forward to seeing them working with business and employers to address the skills challenges faced by the construction sector.

“I am particularly pleased to see greater diversity on the board and hope that it encourages more women to consider a career in construction.”

Chairman of the board James Wates said: “The appointment of a diverse, smaller, industry-led board marks the next stage of a reform programme that will make us even more relevant and responsive to the needs and ambitions of the industry we serve.

“Our industry is facing challenging times and I am delighted that the secretary of state has appointed a board which fairly reflects our industry – both in terms of diversity and representation from all three UK nations.

“As an organisation we have made increasing the number of women in the industry a priority and I am proud that CITB is the first non-departmental public body to have a board made up of over 50% women.

“I look forward to working with our new colleagues to drive change and make a lasting contribution to our industry in the year ahead.”

The membership of the new CITB board is:

  • James Wates, chairman, Wates Group (board chairman)
  • Maureen Douglas, group human resources director, Forster Group (Scotland)
  • David Harris, managing director, WRW Construction (Wales)
  • Karen Jones, group human resources director, Redrow
  • Maria Pilfold, human resources consultant and former director of Taylor Wimpey
  • Ray Wilson, director and general manager, Carillion Training Services
  • Diana Garnham, CEO, Science Council (independent member)
  • Frances Wadsworth, principal and CEO, Croydon College (independent member).

Readers' comments (1)

  • Barry Walton

    Is that the three nations of Britain (including Northern Ireland), Scotland and Wales? England is not a parliamentary nation.

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