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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: New Chair Appointed to CITB-ConstructionSkills

Press Release   •   Feb 12, 2010 11:18 GMT

A new chairman has been appointed to the Construction Industry’s Training Board (CITB-ConstructionSkills), the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills announced today.

James Wates has been a CITB-ConstructionSkills board member for seven years and will take over the role from the current chair, Sir Michael Latham at the end of March.

Skills Minister Kevin Brennan, said:

“I am very pleased to confirm James Wates’ appointment as the chair of CITB-ConstructionSkills. His prior experience of working on the board and with other skills organisations means he is well placed to lead the training board.

“The construction industry has struggled during the downturn, but we are seeing the first signs of recovery within the sector, and we must support this by providing the right training and skills opportunities to allow for growth and to secure the industry’s future.”

James Wates said:

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to take on the chairmanship of CITB-ConstructionSkills at this critical time for our industry.  The economic pressures create challenges for the whole training and skills agenda but if we are to maintain a world class construction sector in the future we have to continue to invest - but I think we have to be much smarter in how we go about it.

“The importance of CITB-ConstructionSkills to the industry I think is demonstrated by the commitment of my predecessors in this role and I am honoured to follow in the footsteps of such industry luminaries as Sir Cliff Chetwood, Hugh Try and, of course, Sir Michael Latham.”

CITB-ConstructionSkills helps industry in England, Scotland and Wales in all aspects of recruiting, training and qualifying the construction workforce. It also works with partners in government and beyond to improve the competitiveness of the industry as a whole.

Notes to Editors

1.                  Mr Wates holds the following public appointments:

-                      London Skills Employment Board; and

-                      UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

2.                  The post is a part-time appointment of two days a week for which a salary of £22,500 per annum is payable.

3.                  This appointment has been made in accordance with the Commissioner of Public Appointments’ Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies.

James Wates:

Mr Wates has been a CITB-ConstructionSkills board member for seven years (including chairing the CITB-ConstructionSkills audit committee). He has had several high profile positions in the industry, including managing director of a top 20 Construction firm.

He has also represented industry interests to Government on a number of boards and committees, including as chairman of the UK Contractors Group which he was also instrumental in forming.

Notes to editors

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is building a dynamic and competitive UK economy by: creating the conditions for business success; promoting innovation, enterprise and science; and giving everyone the skills and opportunities to succeed. To achieve this it will foster world-class universities and promote an open global economy. BIS - Investing in our future.

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