CITB appoints Nation Council chairs

Angela Forbes

CITB has appointed the chairs of its Nation Councils for Scotland, England and Wales – and is now seeking applicants to become council members.

Angela Forbes from BuildForce, a social enterprise which brings ex-Forces personnel into the construction sector, has been appointed chair for the Scotland Nation council. She has over 23 years’ construction experience and created the Lendlease ex-military initiative in 2008. Angela is an ambassador of the construction industry within the Armed Forces and was a founding partner of BuildForce at its inception in 2011. She is currently chief executive.

Leigh Hughes, from Bouygues UK, has been reappointed chair in Wales, while Sharon Llewellyn from JPR Roofing and Flooring will take on the same role in England.

All three chairs are appointed for three years. They will will work with council members in each nation to support the CITB board, by providing insight into industry challenges and acting as a sounding board for trustees.

CITB chairman Peter Lauener said, “Our Nation Councils provide a vital role in making sure that CITB priorities match what industry needs so I am delighted to welcome Sharon Llewellyn and Angela Forbes, and to reappoint Leigh Hughes. They each bring a wealth of experience to the role and a passion and commitment for making sure that we have the skills we need for the construction industry.

“I would also like to thank Seamus Keogh and Maureen Douglas, the outgoing chairs of the England and Scotland councils. They have played a vital role in establishing the councils and holding the CITB’s feet to the fire so that we have the right plans in place to meet the skills needs of construction employers throughout each nation.”

In addition to the new appointments, there are Nation Council member vacancies. CITB is looking for senior, experienced and knowledgeable industry representatives from SMEs, large employers and independent consultants.

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