Construction Industry Training Board - Board Trustee

Body: Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector
Location: Various
Skills required: Accountancy, Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Communication / Media / Marketing, HR, Legal / Judicial, Major Projects, Procurement, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 5
Remuneration: The Trustee role is non-remunerated however all reasonable travel and out of pocket expenses incurred in connection with the role will be reimbursed.
Time Requirements: The expected time commitment for the role is on average 16 hours per month, for a term of four years, with the possibility of reappointment for an additional term. Trustees are expected to attend a minimum of four standing Board meetings per year (sometimes held virtually) and be willing to Chair or be a member of a committee of the CITB and/or sit as the Deputy Chair of one of the three Nation Councils (covering England, Wales and Scotland) which are held both virtually and face to face to maximise attendance.


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Louisa Finlay, Owain Jones and Michael Green have been appointed as board members of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) from 25 July 2022 to 24 July 2026. The role is unremunerated.

Michael Green has declared the following conflicts of interest:

– Managing Director of Red Systems Ltd
– Managing Director of Open Window Engineering Ltd
– Director of Red Jam Ltd
– Director of Peninsula Multi Academy Trust

Louisa Finlay and Owain Jones have not declared any interests or political activity.

The CITB is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Education. The appointment is made by the Secretary of State for Education.

Date: 12/08/2022

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    25/03/2022 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Applicants informed of outcomes

    We hope to inform applicants of the outcome of their applications week beginning 9th May 2022

  • Final Interview Date

    Interviews will be held on 24th and 27th May 2022, and will take place in central London.

  • Announcement

    August 2022

Please note that the closing date for this recruitment has been extended to Friday 25th March at midday.


Assessment Panel

  • Sinead O’Sullivan Added 14/02/2022

    Panel Chair

    Director of Labour Market Skills and Funding • Departmental Official

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  • Peter Lauener Added 14/02/2022

    Chair of Construction Industry Training Board • Representative of Organisation

    Chair of Student Loans Company

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  • Alasdair Reisner Added 14/02/2022

    Chief Executive of Civil Engineering Contractors Association • Independent Member

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  • Brian Berry Added 14/02/2022

    Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders • Other Panel Member

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Vacancy Description

The construction sector is leading the way in helping the UK economy bounce back from the pandemic. CITB plays an integral role in this both in terms of support for employers’ current skills needs so they can build Britain’s homes and infrastructure and also in helping to solve big skills challenges like the drive towards Net Zero carbon emissions.

As a Charity and Non-Departmental Public Body, CITB has supported the construction sector for over 50 years, helping to keep workers safe on site, supporting high quality training and giving young people a start in their career. CITB raises funds through an employer levy, and works closely with employers and the Government to ensure national construction skills needs across Great Britain are met.

The Role of a CITB Trustee

 As a CITB trustee, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the work of CITB within a supportive team environment and be asked to:

  • ensure that CITB pursues its objectives for the benefit of the construction industry
  • work with fellow trustees to shape, drive and monitor CITB’s strategy
  • prepare for and participate fully in Board meetings
  • act reasonably in decision making and in the leadership of CITB
  • ensure the proper management and administration of CITB as a charity
  • bring specific skills, knowledge and experience to deliver sound decisions
  • promote the work of CITB externally
  • participate in Board committees
  • manage risks with a considered, proportionate and balanced approach
  • support the CITB’s Chair and CEO
  • monitor CITB’s compliance with legislation, its Framework Agreement with Government, charity law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.

The Board Trustee role is a voluntary position but offers candidates senior level public body experience, personal development and opportunities for engagement with senior stakeholders across the industry and government. You will be a key part of the Board for a multimillion-pound charity covering a broad remit of business.


Person Specification

CITB seeks to appoint up to five new Board Trustees. Individuals employed by non-levy paying organisations are not precluded from applying but individuals should have direct knowledge and involvement within the construction industry at a senior level. CITB would particularly welcome and encourage applications from individuals engaged at a senior level with the construction industry in Wales. There is also a vacancy specifically who an individual with high level financial skills; this person does not need to have a construction background although that would be advantageous.

Throughout the application and interview stage, all candidates will need to demonstrate how they meet all the following essential criteria:

  • strong skills, experience or knowledge in either:
    • finance/accountancy; or
    • the construction industry;
  • demonstrate a strong and visible commitment to CITB and its role in helping the industry train and develop the skilled workforce it needs;
  • an ability to think strategically, analytically and to address complex challenges;
  • an ability to challenge, influence and produce sound, independent judgement to ensure the organisation delivers effectively;
  • an ability to act as an ambassador for CITB, foster co-operative working between trustees and stakeholders and promote the work of CITB; and
  • an ability to act in the best interests of the Construction Industry as a whole and make decisions independent of any affiliation to their own business or sector interests.


Desirable Criteria:

  • experience of working for a levy-registered construction employer; or
  • skills, experience or knowledge of issues facing the construction sector in Wales; or
  • skills in Human Resources; or
  • skills in the IT/Digital Environment; or
  • skills in communications; or
  • skills in Further Education and training; or
  • skills in funding; or
  • skills in governance.


Additional Information

We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to encourage improvement amongst industry by making our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.


How to Apply

The closing date for applications is Friday 25th March at midday.

Please submit the following documents by email to:

  • A covering letter not exceeding two sides of A4 paper. (Arial size 12). (The covering letter should demonstrate how your skills meet the essential and desirable criteria. You may also specify which role it is your applying for; finance or industry).
  • A CV.
  • Candidate application form.
  • Diversity form.


Please include the vacancy title in the subject box and submit each application document as a separate attachment.

We are happy to accept applications in alternative formats from applicants who, for reasons of disability, may find it difficult to fill in our standard form. If you would like to have a chat with us about reasonable adjustments please contact us at:


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