CITB welcomes new trustees to its Board

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has appointed five new voluntary trustees to its Board.

Rachael Cunningham, Nikki Davis, Stephen Gray, Julia Heap, and Herman Kok have joined the Board to each serve a four-year term.

The appointments have been made by the Secretary of State for Education and are pivotal in supporting the CITB’s mission to foster a skilled, competent, and inclusive workforce within the construction industry.

Trustees on the CITB Board are tasked with guiding the organisation towards achieving its strategic goals, ensuring the organisation meets its objectives and delivers on its commitments to the construction industry.

Their 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.

Herman Kok serves as the Company Secretary at Lindum Group, where he has been instrumental in driving organisational strategy and governance. His expertise in corporate structure and his commitment to the construction sector will be invaluable to the CITB Board.

Julia Heap has a wealth of experience in further education as principal and CEO of Hopwood Hall College. Her leadership has been characterised by a strong focus on vocational training, making her a perfect fit for the CITB’s educational initiatives.

Nikki Davis is the principal and CEO of Leeds College of Building. Her background in leading one of the UK’s premier construction education institutions will bring a deep understanding of the training needs within the industry.

Rachael Cunningham’s role as preconstruction and bid lead at Laing O’Rourke brings the Board a strong commercial perspective and extensive experience in construction project planning and execution.

Stephen Gray, head of engineering development and ICE subject matter expert at BAM Nuttall Ltd, offers a technical edge with his in-depth knowledge of engineering development and his status as a chartered engineer.

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