Posted on 17 April 2024

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has welcomed five new voluntary trustees through appointments made by the secretary of state for education.

On 1st April, Leeds College of Building Principal and CEO Nikki Davis joined Rachael Cunningham, Stephen Gray, Julia Heap, and Herman Kok on the CITB Board.

Voluntary trustee roles are pivotal in supporting the CITB’s mission to foster a skilled, competent, and inclusive workforce within the construction industry.

Over a four-year term, trustees are tasked with guiding the organisation towards achieving its strategic goals, ensuring it meets its objectives, and delivering on its commitments to the construction industry.

The role involves collaborating with industry stakeholders to address the skills gap and drive initiatives such as the transition to net zero. Trustees also provide governance and accountability for the organisation’s activities, ensuring that the CITB operates with integrity and efficiency.

Nikki Davis said:

“I am delighted to take up this CITB voluntary trustee role. As the Principal of the only specialist general further education construction college in the UK, I hope to use my position and experience to help shape the future of construction training.

“Working together, the trustees and I intend to collectively tackle current and future challenges, responding to fast-evolving industry demands and growing sector skills gaps.”

Peter Lauener, CITB chair, said:

“I am delighted to welcome five new trustees to strengthen CITB’s board. They bring great experience to the Board across both industry and further education.

“They will bring new ideas and will strengthen CITB’s ability to achieve our core purpose which is to support the construction industry to have a skilled, competent, and inclusive workforce, now and in the future.”

Sponsored by the Department for Education and accountable to Parliament, the CITB is the industry training board for the construction sector in England, Scotland, and Wales. It helps the industry attract talent and supports skills development to build a better Britain.