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19th June 2008

ConstructionSkills chief awarded OBE for service to industry

Peter Lobban, Chief Executive of ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council for the Construction Industry, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of his service to industry.

The citation refers to Peter’s leadership in transforming ConstructionSkills into a dynamic, strategically influential body helping to shape the skills agenda for the construction industry and for this being accomplished within an industry of diverse interests.

Peter has led the organisation from an industry training board with a 35-year legacy, to a leading Sector Skills Council at the heart of one of the Government’s biggest agendas and a key provider of employer-led training and skills solutions for the industry. This has enabled the organisation to increase the number of construction companies investing in training by 40%, almost double the number of Health & Safety Test passes to 450,000 a year and drive up apprenticeship completion rates from 29% to over 70%.

The past ten years has also seen the number of diverse new recruits ConstructionSkills supports quadruple and innovative training solutions such National Skills Academy for Construction and Programme Led Apprenticeships have been developed.

Sir Michael Latham, Chairman, ConstructionSkills commented:

“This is a fitting tribute to Peter’s achievement in placing workforce skills at the heart of the construction industry’s agenda. It also marks a very public recognition of Peter’s leadership of ConstructionSkills over the last 10 years.”

Peter obtained a MA Honours in Econometrics at Edinburgh University and started work in 1969 in the Faculty of the London Business School. In 1977 he joined the Confederation of British Industry becoming Deputy Director of Employment Affairs.

He joined Shell in 1986 and worked in several manufacturing locations before becoming a Director of Shell Chemicals UK. He went overseas as HR Director of Brunei Shell Petroleum before returning to the UK as Director for Shell Expro. He was also Chairman of the Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organisation covering safety in the North Sea.

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