The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has appointed three people to its Board who will bring with them greater representation for small and medium-sized builders (SMEs) in the sector.
The experience of the chosen three will be of “great value” to the construction industry, according to Anne Milton, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister.
It is a key step in recognising the influence of SMEs in the construction industry – something that one of the federations representing small firms in construction has long since campaigned for.
The three appointees will bring experience of working within SME environments: Kevin Mcloughlin MBE has founded an SME business based in London; Robert Williams MBE is the Chairman and founder of a Welsh SME construction company; and Steve Fox, Chief Executive of Bam Nuttall, is the final member.
As well as SMEs, the three new board members will bring representation for large contractors within CITB.
Responsible for governance and strategic direction, as well as monitoring business performance, the Board will deliver Vision 2020 – the plan that will make CITB more responsive to the industry’s needs and more representative of the sector.
SMEs make up 98% of contractors within construction, so it’s safe to say the organisation has sought to change the make-up of its Board to be more representative to the industry.
And Peter Lauener, Chair of the CITB Board, said this is why “hugely talented” SME-experienced people have been chosen for these positions.
He said: “To deliver Vision 2020, we need a Board that represents employers of all sizes. That’s why I’m delighted we have appointed three hugely talented people from both SME and large contractor backgrounds.
“All three are vastly experienced, and passionate about supporting skills and training, with each playing a pivotal role in delivering apprenticeships within their own firms.
“Reform is gathering pace at CITB and Kevin, Robert and Steve will have a crucial role in shaping the future of the organisation.”