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Employer representation on CITB-ConstructionSkills Board grows

Ian Billyard from Leeds College of Building

ConstructionSkills partner, CITB-ConstructionSkills, has added to the expertise of its Board by appointing four new members. The members bring a wealth of experience from the construction industry and further education fields. On the operational side, a new Director of Skills Strategy has also been appointed.

The new board members are:

Tim Peach of Taylor Woodrow
David Cochrane of Robert McAlpine
Peter Cunningham from the Construction Clients Group and Constructing Excellence Ian Billyard from Leeds College of Building

They will serve until 2012 and will make decisions on the policies and priorities of the Industry Training Board – including the how the Levy is spent. They will also sit on the ConstructionSkills Council – the decision-making body responsible for determining the priorities of the Sector Skills Council. Their appointments were confirmed by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills as the sponsoring department for CITB-ConstructionSkills and ConstructionSkills.

Steve Geary, formerly the Director for Children and Learners at the Government Office for the East Midlands, now heads up Skills Strategy replacing Sheila Hoile who retired last year.

The directorate acts as the intelligence gathering and trend forecasting arm of ConstructionSkills, and has responsibility for developing qualifications frameworks and strategic partnerships.

Steve will draw on experience with work-based higher education programmes in the DfES (foundation degrees and the higher level skills elements of SSAs) and developing the Connexions service. This will help ConstructionSkills to take forward the Sector Skills Agreement.

Sir Michael Latham, Chairman of ConstructionSkills, said: "These four new members bring a wealth of experience and contacts to the organisation and I look forward very much to working with them."

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