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The management team

Our executive management team works to deliver the strategy set by our board. They make it their mission to ensure the construction sector has the right skills, in the right place, at the right time.

Tim Balcon - Chief Executive, CITB


Tim became Chief Executive of CITB in September 2021.

Tim has led professional and membership bodies, the most notable being as Chief Executive at the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, where he transformed its vision and performance, leading to year-on-year growth. 

He has also been Chief Executive of the Energy and Utility Sector Skills Council (EU Skills), where he created the National Skills Academy for Power. In this role he led EU Skills to securing significant funding from Ofgem, the energy regulator, after demonstrating the economic risks arising from the skills crisis facing the industry.

Tim’s knowledge of education and skills was reflected in his previous appointment to the board of Ofqual at a time of major education reform, and prior to this he was also a member of the UK Vocational Qualifications Reform Board.

Tim started his CEO journey back in 1999 as CEO of The Gas and Water National Training Organisation, leading a fledgling organisation from £400k turnover to over £7m in three years. He started out from a mining town in South Yorkshire as an apprentice service engineer with British Gas in the early 1980s, where he spent his early career. 

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Adrian Beckingham - Strategy and Policy Director

Adrian Beckingham

Adrian became CITB’s Strategy and Policy Director in June 2022.

He has enjoyed a variety of senior roles during his 18 years at CITB. Posts include: Head Of CSkills Awards, Head of IT, Head of Business Improvement and CITB Change Director, leading the delivery of the Vision 2020 programme and, most recently, Corporate Performance Director.

As Strategy and Policy Director, Adrian will lead the Strategy, Industry Analysis and Forecasting and Policy and External Relations functions.

Adrian’s key aim is to ensure we have visibility of the current and future skills needs guaranteeing the training infrastructure is capable of meeting that demand.

Jackie Ducker - Customer and Product Director 

Jackie is the executive lead for the customer engagement, product management, apprenticeships, insight and direct training teams, across CITB.

With an ambition to deliver excellent experiences and drive value the team support employers to access the training they need now, and for the future.

Working with customers, stakeholders, and partners, we encourage construction training and help talented people, from diverse backgrounds, join the industry, develop their skills and progress sustainable careers in the sector.

Through a mix of enabling approaches, interventions, and routes into the industry we help employers of all sizes to grow their workforce in areas of greatest need – and ensure that the skills infrastructure and quality training is available across England, Scotland & Wales, to meet industry demand.

Jackie is passionate about the end-to-end experience of colleagues and customers and has a strong track record in the construction and service sectors having held a range of business improvement, collaboration, growth, and customer experience leadership roles prior to joining CITB in July 2021.

Emma Black - Legal, Governance and Compliance Director 

Emma joined CITB in 2017 as General Counsel and Board Secretary and was appointed to the Executive Team in January 2021 as Legal, Governance and Compliance Director.  

As well as her Executive responsibilities, Emma’s accountabilities include key liaison with the government through the Department of Education Sponsorship Team, oversight of all legal matters across CITB including adherence to the Industrial Training Act, the effective operation of the Corporate Governance Framework and function including delivery of Board and Committee activity, the delivery of the Audit & Risk function and all matters relating to Information Governance.

Emma is passionate about driving for continuous improvement and efficiencies across the business, good governance and investment in people.

Prior to CITB Emma has held various senior roles including Senior Solicitor at Norfolk Constabulary and Head of Law at Peterborough City Council.

Nicholas Payne - Chief Financial Officer

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Nick joined the CITB as Chief Financial Officer in November 2022, and his portfolio includes estates and facilities management, finance and levy collection, and technology and change. Nick also has corporate responsibility for business continuity and health and safety management. Nick’s priorities are to create an environment for CITB to succeed, and to drive and demonstrate our value and impact for the industry.

Previously, Nick was appointed as the NIO’s first Chief Operating Officer in February 2022, and was responsible for the efficient and effective delivery of corporate services, including finance, human resources, estates, digital and technology, departmental security, knowledge and information management, and communications, plus the ministerial private offices, executive support team, and parliamentary unit. In September 2022, Nick also led the ceremonial and tributes to Her Late Majesty the Queen, and the Proclamation of His Majesty the King, in Northern Ireland.

Prior to that, Nick has worked in a variety of finance and commercial roles across government, in policing and the private sector.

Nick’s personal interests include the cinema, theatre, walking, historical and ancient monuments, and martial arts, where he instructs and represents Great Britain in Tang Soo Do.