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Industry Funding Committee

The Industry Funding committee advises the CITB Board on the implementation of CITB's Industry Funding strategy and policy and gives the Board assurance that the investment funds are applied effectively.

The Industry Funding Committee will advise the Board on future direction of the strategy, including reform of the Grants Scheme based on their assessment of the impact of funding decisions and to provide independent review of the funding decisions in regard to exception cases requested by the CITB Executive Management Team.

Current committee members (as at October 2021) are:

Holly Price - CITB Trustee

Rupert Perkins – Managing Director, John Perkins Construction

Rupert Perkins is the Managing Director of John Perkins Construction. His focus is on building multi-disciplinary teams and guiding them to success, through the JPC ethos of honesty, openness, integrity and flexibility.

Prior to joining John Perkins Construction, Rupert Perkins worked on a series of major projects in London for Taylor Woodrow Construction. During his more than 20 years at John Perkins Construction, he has spearheaded prestigious projects at Bristol landmarks like Underfall Yard and has overseen a school extension that was named Most Considerate Site (£1–5m category) at the Considerate Constructors Scheme Awards. In recognition of JPC’s work in 2020, the company was named Building Contractor of the Year: England (Turnover Under £15m) at the Construction Awards of Excellence.

Rupert is President of the South West Builders Federation; a Non-Executive Director of the Building Safety Group; a Co-optee on the National Federation of Builders Executive Board; an Ambassador for the Considerate Constructors Scheme; and part of the steering group for the Advanced Construction Skills Centre in South Bristol.

Julia Evans – CEO, Building Services Research and Information Association

Julia Evans is the CEO of the Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA). She has long-standing commitment to excellence in the training and development of young people and has substantial NED Board experience in this capacity most recently as the Chair of Leeds College of Building.

Prior to joining BSRIA Julia spent 7 exciting years as the CEO of the National Federation of Builders. Before that she had an extensive career in the public sector as, amongst other things, a Board level HR Director spending time in health, education and criminal justice.

Julia is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She is a board member of the Construction Industry Council. She is an independent member of the Building Regulation Advisory Committee and serves as their deputy Chair.

She was appointed an OBE for services to the construction sector (particularly in the field of diversity and inclusion) in 2018

Steve Drury, PgDip, MBA, FCIOB – Development Director, Rooff Limited

Steve is Development Director for Rooff Limited, a 100-plus year-old, a family run main contracting and property development business based in Barking, East London. His role combines all aspects of client servicing, from business development, bid management to property development and project delivery. Steve has a keen interest in staff training and career development, which sits nicely alongside responsibility for strategic liaison with key Industry stakeholders such as the Government, CITB and CIOB.

Joining Rooff in 1985 as a Management Trainee, Steve steadily progressed through the business as a Quantity Surveyor, Contracts Manager, Business and Development Manager, becoming a Board Director in 2004. During a thirty-six-year career in the construction industry, all with Rooff, Steve has been responsible for delivering many prestigious projects in London across a variety of sectors, as well as contributing to many skills and training development initiatives for the industry.

Steve is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (FCIOB), Vice Chair of the CIOB Employer Engagement Committee, Chair of the London Region Construction Training Group (CITB Regional Training Group) and sits on a number of local and regional business and skills development boards for Local Authorities and Colleges.

Kacey O’Driscoll – Strategy and Leadership Director, Danny Sullivan Group

Kacey is the Director of Strategy and Leadership at Danny Sullivan Group, the leading supplier of skilled, professional labour in the UK. DSG has been serving the civil engineering, rail, transportation and construction industries since 1986.

In her role, Kacey is responsible for helping to create, communicate, execute and sustain the Group’s long-term goals and strategic objectives. Her role also involves leading and developing DSG’s education and training strategy to ensure it continues to successfully deliver on its commitments, invest in its workforce and have the right skills for now and in the future.

Prior to joining the family business at DSG, Kacey worked for almost a decade as an international corporate lawyer advising some of the world’s largest multi-national companies on high-profile reorganisation transactions. In particular, she advised the boards of some of the world’s largest corporates on the design and implementation of corporate governance programmes, including strategies for managing risk, complying with legal requirements, communicating with shareholders and forging proactive and effective relationships with all stakeholders.

Kacey has a particular interest in construction tech and is an investor, advisor and mentor to a number of UK and Irish based start-ups and businesses.

Hannah O’Sullivan - Head of Learning and Development, VolkerWessels

Hannah is the Head of Learning and Development for VolkerWessels UK, a leading multidisciplinary contractor that delivers innovative engineering solutions across the civil engineering and construction sectors including rail, highways, airport, marine, energy, water, and environmental infrastructure. Along with her team, Hannah works to offer opportunities for everyone to develop to their own potential - for both their own benefit, and that of the company.

Hannah is a passionate, innovative and dynamic learning and talent strategist, with a track record of adding bottom line value to a business. She is a strategic thinker who uses a broad network of peers to challenge the norm.

Over her 26-year career, across a number of different industries, Hannah has honed her skills as a performance management specialist, with proven returns on investment, and she has also delivered culture change programmes which include people development strategies and implementation.

Hannah is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD) and is particularly involved in external peer development - especially in coaching and mentoring. Currently Chair of the CECA Training & Development committee, and a member of the Build UK CITB Reform group.

2022/23 The Industry Funding Committee

2022/23 The Industry Funding Committee

Name

Role

June

Sep

Dec

March

Holly Price

Chair & CITB Trustee

 

 

 

Julia Evans

Independent Member

 

 

 

Rupert Perkins

Independent Member

 

 

 

Steve Drury

Independent Member

 

 

 

Kacey O’Driscoll

Independent Member

 

 

 

Hannah O’Sullivan

Independent Member

 

 

 

Clare Smithson

Independent Member

 

 

 

2021/22 The Industry Funding Committee

2021/23 The Industry Funding Committee

Name

Role

June

Sep

Dec

March

Steve Fox

(Chair) CITB Trustee

Holly Price

CITB Trustee

x

x

x

Julia Evans

Independent Member

x

Rupert Perkins

Independent Member

Ian Dickerson (Resigned September 2021)

Independent Member

x

n/a

n/a

Steve Drury

Independent Member

Kacey O’Driscoll

Independent Member

n/a

Hannah O’Sullivan

Independent Member

n/a

n/a