The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) is delighted to announce that Shirley Watson has joined its board of directors as an independent Non-Executive Director and Chair of its Audit Committee.
Shirley is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 30 years of diverse management and technical experience gained with contractors, consultants and regulators including executive positions at WSP Group, Wimpey and NHBC. In recent years she has designed and delivered transformational business change projects within the construction industry and she brings this experience of strategy development and project implementation to the ECITB.
She holds Non-Executive Directorships with East Thames Group, a major social landlord, where she also chairs the boards of their two commercial companies and is a member of the group’s Risk and Audit Committee. Also, she works with Constructing Equality Ltd, a construction-specific diversity training and consultancy organisation, who are piloting ‘BE FaIR’, the Built Environment Fairness, Inclusion and Respect accredited framework, which is being developed by The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).
Shirley is a member of the Construction Industry Council Diversity Panel, whose recruitment and retention initiatives raise the profile of the career opportunities in construction. Her earlier roles include membership of CIRIA, Ordnance Survey and Housing Forum committees.
Shirley Watson said: “The ECITB plays a crucial role in ensuring that the UK can meet its energy and water demands and that it is globally competitive in the processing and manufacturing sectors. We face the challenge of balancing those needs and expectations with those of employers, employees, potential recruits and wider stakeholders.
“I am delighted to have been appointed to the board of the ECITB. I will use my business improvement expertise combined with my knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment for engineering construction to enable the ECITB to maximise the value from its resources and to raise the profile of the organisation.”
Andrew Collinson, Chairman, ECITB said: “I look forward to working with Shirley over the coming years. I know she will be a fantastic champion of the engineering construction industry and will work with the ECITB to ensure the engineering construction industry is equipped with the right people with the right skills, to ensure the future of the industry.”