Young People and Skills
Christine trained as a Civil Engineer in the 1970’s and worked for consulting engineers Binnie and Partners working in teams designing dams and reservoirs in the UK and Middle East and then supervising the construction of floodwalls and barriers downstream of the Thames Barrier. In the mid 80’s she moved into adult education developing innovative programmes helping to develop the literacy and numeracy of local authority frontline workers. After several years as Vice -principal of Thurrock Adult Community College she moved to be Assistant Director at the Basic Skills Agency where she led two national government funded programmes supporting Adult Basic Skills. With this passion for education and the built environment Christine joined the Construction Youth Trust in 2004 and was instrumental in growing the Trust significantly and increasing its reach. She is passionate about young people and skills and works tirelessly to bridge the gap between communities and construction. While at the Trust Christine developed two key programmes Budding Builders and Budding Brunels both of which aim to remove barriers to construction trades and professions especially for young people from disadvantaged communities. Many of the young people that the Trust supports have had a difficult start in life and include care leavers and ex-offenders. Through her work at the Trust Christine also championed diversity and is committed to ‘changing the face of construction’ and as part of this drive worked with the industry to set up the Trust’s awards for young professionals, The Duke of Gloucester’s Young Achievers Scheme. Christine left the Trust in early 2017 and continues to champion young people and skills with great passion.