Sarah Beale, Chief Executive of CITB, receives Honorary Fellowship


Sarah Beale, Chief Executive of CITB, has today (Wednesday 17 July) received an Honorary Fellowship at UWTSD’s graduation ceremony in the Brangwyn Hall

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Sarah became Chief Executive of CITB in January 2017.  Since then, she has led CITB through a successful consensus process and launched the three-year Vision 2020 programme of reform which will see the organisation become more responsive and accountable to industry. More recently, she fronted the launch of the organisation’s new, reforming 2018-2021 Business Plan to help make the Vision 2020 programme become reality.

Sarah’s previous CITB role was as Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Performance Director in 2014, having covered the Corporate Performance Director role in 2013.

On receiving today’s award Sarah Beale commented:

“I’m absolutely privileged and somewhat humbled to receive this award today.  To hear the achievements of others here today I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of it all.  Thank you to the University for this huge honour and I commit to continue to support you in any way I can.  It’s my privilege to work with the university as a partner in my working life.  We choose our partners very carefully and having a partner that has supported  over 25000learners is nothing short of brilliant – not only that but a partner that values how it does that by placing the learner at the heart pf everything I’ve seen it do and also a partner that wants to continually innovate 

To the graduates – this is your day and a huge congratulations to you.  You must be very proud of everything you’ve achieved.  I would urge you not to give yourselves any kind of ceiling whatsoever.  There are fantastic opportunities out there and you can achieve far more than you ever dream of.  The world is changing and it’s full of opportunities for people with that talent.”

She has worked in a range of other senior roles including Finance Manager, National Experienced Worker Assessment Manager, Head of Finance and Planning, Head of Overseas and Head of Customer Services.

Prior to CITB, Sarah worked mainly within the financial sector, in both commercial environments and not‐for‐profit organisations. She has led on several transformational programmes, including company mergers, systems development and a variety of people and management-related projects.

Presenting Sarah to the congregation was UWTSD’s Skills Champion for Wales and Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Barry Liles.  He added: 

“In her role her achievements are numerous, but today we honour her on two other fronts. Firstly, as the University of Wales Trinity Saint David we recognise her for her contribution to skills development in Wales.

We also acknowledge by way of her Fellowship the tremendous passion she has for inclusivity and diversity in the Construction Industry. Sarah is keen to use her national position to influence and change the industry for the better. She has focussed on a range of key areas, one of particular interest has been ensuring the support for mental health in the sector. In respect of inclusivity she continuously and dogmatically challenges industry to ensure appropriate representation and employment of individuals from a BAME and LGBT background and also those with disabilities. She also tirelessly strives for greater representation for females in construction, in a sector which is traditionally viewed as a male dominated employment sector.

Always seeking ways to encourage engagement and removing barriers for women to enter the sector, one of her latest initiatives, earlier this year, led to a very successful CITB International Women’s Day in construction which saw over 600 girls from schools across Wales engage in and experience potential career roles in construction.

In recognition of her many achievements, her impact upon skills development in the construction sector and generally for making a difference, Vice Chancellor I introduce to you the Chief Executive of the Construction Industry Training Board Ms Sarah Beale.”

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