Members of the Board

Members of the Board are responsible for governance, strategic direction and monitoring business performance.


Peter Lauener was appointed as CITB Chairman with effect from 1 May 2018.

Peter, comes with a wealth of experience in the skills and education sectors, moving to join CITB in 2018 alongside his position as the interim Chief Executive of the Student Loans Company.

Previously Peter was Chief Executive of the Institute of Apprenticeships and the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

Prior to this, Peter held the position as Director of Skills at the former Department for Education and Skills.

Commercial interest

Peter currently holds the position as Chair of the Newcastle College Group, a not-for-profit education and training group comprising of six colleges, two training providers and approximately 2500 staff spread across 61 locations.

Employer members

Maureen Douglas

Maureen has extensive experience in the construction industry spanning a decade. As Forster Group HR Director, Maureen has demonstrated considerable ability to create and implement bespoke business strategies and HR solutions, providing strong leadership both within the business and the wider industry. This has been key to the business’ wider growth strategy, which has seen Forster Group continue to drive efficiency, perform successfully year on year, and move into the new markets.

Due to the industry’s skills shortage, Maureen’s focus in 2014 was setting up a roofing Skills Academy for launch in 2015. The academy is a custom-designed centre delivering specialist apprenticeship qualifications geared specifically for new-build housing and solar PV. The Academy aims to raise current standards whilst enriching and growing the construction talent pool, ensuring best practice and driving innovation.

Commercial interest

The Forster Group are piloting a skills academy and receives funding direct from CITB for the delivery of the training; 24 apprentices are currently going through the program.

As a levy registered business, Forster Group also accesses grants for training its workforce and employing apprentices. It also administers Angus Construction Training Group, an independent training group which receives funding from CITB.

Stephen was appointed as Chief Executive of Bam Nuttall in 2010 and has worked for the company since 1989.

Steve is a chartered engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He was awarded a CBE in 2015 for services to the construction industry.

Steve is a strong supporter of both trade and technician apprenticeships as routes into the industry and is a member of the Apprentice Ambassador Network.

Steve is also a member of the WISE board. This follows Steve’s commitment to championing women to work in science, technology and engineering (STEM).

Commercial interest

Bam Nutall are a levy registered business who access the CITB grant system for the purpose of training and developing its workforce

Yvonne has been Principal and CEO of Barking & Dagenham College, one of London's most successful colleges, since 2016.

Yvonne joined Barking & Dagenham College in 2015 as the Chief Operating Officer. In this role, she had overall responsibility for this national award winning College’s extensive curriculum offer, which provides technical and professional training to 12,500 students annually.

Barking & Dagenham College offers higher level technical and professional training, from entry to level 7 that prepares people for work or for university.

The College is one of the leading providers of intermediate, advanced and higher apprenticeship training in London, training around circa 800 apprentices of which approximately 380 are construction apprentices.

Yvonne takes an active role on various boards including the Creative and Cultural Skills Board, CEME Board, Care City Board, as well as acting as an advisor on the Pearson FE Reference Group.

Kevin Mcloughlin MBE is the founder and Managing Director of London-based SME K&M Mcloughlin Decorating. 

Kevin started the business in 1988. The company have been avid supporters of apprenticeships. The company employs several tutors who help train apprentices in painting and decorating and since 2012 have offered a four week pre-employment programme for all ages. 

Kevin is a Route Panel member for  Construction for Institute for Apprenticeships and an Ambassador for National Apprenticeship Service.  He also sits on the Greater London Authority Skills For Londoners - Apprenticeship Task and Finish Group.

K&M was the lead employer working with the Painting Industry on the new Painting & Decorating Trailblazer.Kevin was awarded an MBE in 2014 for his services to skills and apprenticeships, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Builders.

Commercial interest

As a levy registered business K&M Mcloughlin Decorating access grants for training its workforce and supporting apprentices. K&M Mcloughlin Decorating currently employ 5 apprentices. K&M Mcloughlin Decorating have been involved with the CITB London Employer Forum and have recently relaunched their training school in partnership with Islington Borough Council.

Holly Price has been the Training and Development Director at Keltbray Group since 2007, playing a crucial role in engineering sustainable and considerable growth through getting the right people in the right place at the right time.

Holly started her career in the demolition industry at just 17 training to be an Engineer and went on to become Europe’s only female Explosives Engineer in the sector.

She is also a prominent and well respected senior figure at the National Federation of Demolition Contractors, having become the first female Chair for the London & Southern Region and currently serving in the role of Second Vice President for the longest established authority in the demolition industry.

Holly actively promotes the need to widen the talent pool by embracing diversity and attracting newcomers from all backgrounds to the industry, and she tirelessly campaigns for continuous improvement of industry standards.

Having witnessed the challenges that the industry was facing in terms of a potential skills shortage, she decided to move into a more people focussed role and is helping Keltbray go from strength to strength.

Robert Williams MBE is the founder and Chairman of Welsh SME WRW Construction Ltd.

Robert founded the company 33 years ago, commencing the business from his home in 1985. 
A former college lecturer in Construction Methodology, Robert has previously sat on numerous CITB and government related forums and boards.

WRW Construction have played a pivotal role in numerous community projects throughout Wales and the South West and they continue to support apprenticeships, together with the skill enhancement of construction workers through its National Skills Academy for Construction (NSAfC).

Robert was awarded his MBE in 2013 for services to training and skills in the construction industry.

Commercial interest

As a levy registered business, WRW accesses grants for training and upskilling its workforce and employing apprentices. WRW are members of Carmarthenshire Construction Training Association Ltd (CCTAL) and have been involved in Cyfle shared apprenticeship scheme since its inception, both of which benefit from CITB financial support.WRW have been awarded National Skills Academy for Construction status across a number of its projects and receives associated funding from CITB.WRW have also been awarded funding to lead a CITB commissioned funded project on experiential learning in collaboration with a range of partners. 

Independent members

Diana Garnham

Diana was chief executive of the Science Council for 10 years, where she established professional qualifications at all levels in the practice of science, including the introduction of Registered Science Technician. Prior to that Diana was chief executive of the Association of Medical Research Charities where she helped to place the charitable sector at the heart of UK medical research.  

Much of Diana’s career has focused on policy and communications relating to the social consequences of science, use of animals in medical research, user engagement and public trust in science and scientists. 

Diana’s experience has also included professional development and qualifications, promotion and awareness of STEM skills, working with trade and umbrella bodies. She chaired the BIS Expert Group on Careers in Science. 

Diana is a governor of an FE college group in East Sussex and is committed to enabling young people to achieve their potential, particularly within the STEM environment.

Commercial interest

Diana has no direct or indirect contractual relationship with CITB.

Government observers

  • Steve Birtwistle (Department for Education)
  • Adrian Martin  (Scottish Government)
  • Sharon Davies (Welsh Government).

Membership details correct as at 19 March 2019.