Levy Working Party

The industry-led Levy Working Party was established to help with assessing industry’s views of potential changes to the Levy Order during the time of consensus and ahead of CITB making any relevant submissions to the Department for Education concerning the Levy Order changes.

The Levy Working Party normally sits for a period prior to and for the duration of consensus. For the current period of consensus, the group will sit from June 2016 until December 2017.

Read about the Levy Working Party:

The Levy working party is made up of a mix of industry representatives, covering the whole of Great Britain, and is chaired by a member of CITB's board.

The current members are:

  • Liz Bridge, Joint Taxation Committee
  • Craig Bruce, Pert Construction (Scotland)
  • Jemma Carmody, Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA)
  • Gareth Davies, Knox & Well (Wales)
  • Sarah Garry, Build UK
  • Alison Lamplough, Laing O’Rourke
  • Ian Rogers, Scottish Decorators Federations (SDF)
  • Annie Summun, Kisiel Ltd
  • Barry Neilson, SEO CITB Northern Ireland - observer

Chair: Diana Garnham, CITB Board Trustee
CITB representative: Steve Radley, Director of Policy

Each time the Levy Working Party is established, a set of objectives and goals are defined for the period that it sits.

The objectives and goals for the current Levy Working Party are:

  • To examine issues arising from current interpretations of the levy Order, in particular:
    • assess the implications of the introduction of the government’s Apprenticeship Levy
    • model new ways of applying the Levy Order to ensure fairness and proportionality across all stakeholders, and explore any relevant changes to the Levy Order that ensue
    • engage stakeholders to gather views to feed into future Levy Order developments.

Criteria 1: group composition

The group will be small in number to ensure independence and agility of working. It will comprise eight stakeholders, plus the Chair, who should have experience among construction-levy employers, which encompasses the skills and knowledge required to deliver the objectives.

Using alternative people to attend meetings on behalf of group members is at the discretion of the Chair.

Criteria 2: independence and objectivity

The group should be independent and objective. In addition, each member should have a good understanding of CITB's objectives and priorities and of their role in assessing, monitoring and evaluating potential levy designs.

Criteria 3: skills and knowledge

Members must have the ability to use knowledge and skills to support the future development of CITB strategy. All members must have sound financial understanding.

Criteria 4: code of conduct

Members will conduct themselves in line with CITB's code of conduct.

This code of conduct outlines the relevant standards and commitments expected of individuals invited to become members of CITB groups/committees. Its purpose is to ensure that all members are aware of and can consistently demonstrate the values and ethos of CITB in all their work for or on behalf of CITB. 

Member declaration

  • I will promote CITB’s work as described in the CITB Strategic Business Plans.
  • I will promote positive industry and public relations.
  • I will seek authorization from the CITB Chair to make any public comments about the CITB, including industry comment that may reflect on CITB. 
  • I will act in solidarity with the Group/Committee by not stating opinions that undermine the decisions of the Board/Executive nor act in any way which could bring discredit upon CITB.
  • I will uphold the principle of independence in my advisory role and not be influenced by partisan interest, fear or criticism.
  • I will follow CITB’s policy on conflicts of interest with regard to my work with CITB.
  • I will keep information I receive as member strictly confidential.
  • I will not use information for my own gain or to benefit persons or entities outside of CITB
  • I will work considerately and respectfully with all those I come into contact with at CITB.  I will respect diversity, different roles and boundaries, and avoid giving offence.
  • I will be accountable to the  CITB Chair for my adherence to this code and recognise that substantial breach of any part of this code may result in my being asked to resign from the CITB Group/Committee. I will inform the Chair in writing if I wish to cease being a member of the CITB group/committee.