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CITB appoints two female leaders to board

13 March 2019 | By Neil Gerrard

Holly Price and Yvonne Kelly

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has appointed two women to its board as trustees.

Holly Price, training and development director at Keltbray and Yvonne Kelly, the principal and CEO of Barking & Dagenham College, will both join the board.

Price started her career in the demolition industry at 17, training to be an engineer. She went on to become Europe’s only female explosives engineer in the sector. Since 2007, she has been the training and development director at Keltbray Group and earlier this month, she was appointed president for the National Federation of Demolition Contractors.

Kelly has been principal and CEO of Barking & Dagenham College since 2016. She joined the college in 2015 as chief operating officer, where she had overall responsibility for the college’s curriculum. She serves on various boards including the Creative and Cultural Skills board, CEME Board, and Care City board. She is also an advisor to the Pearson FE Reference Group.

Apprenticeships and skills minister, Anne Milton said: “I am thrilled Holly Price and Yvonne Kelly are joining the Construction Industry Training Board. They will not only bring their wealth of experience and knowledge to the CITB, but will also help boost diversity in the construction industry.

“The Construction Industry Training Board does some great work to help make sure more people gain the skills they need to go on to have successful careers and help create the skilled workforce we need to achieve our housing needs.

“I wish them all the best and look forward to them building on the success of the Board.”

Peter Lauener, chair of the CITB board, said: “British construction is growing and changing rapidly and it’s vital that CITB’s board reflects the diversity we want to see in our industry. Both Holly and Yvonne are vastly experienced and passionate about construction careers and play a pivotal role in delivering skills and training within their individual capacities.

“Change is gathering pace at CITB and the board plays a crucial role in shaping the future of the organisation. I look forward to working with them to ensure the smooth implementation of our Vision 2020 programme of change, to deliver a CITB that meets British construction’s needs now and in the future.”

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