The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) has announced the appointment of Lynda Armstrong OBE as its new Chair.

Lynda will lead the ECITB’s Board and champion the work of the ECITB in its role at the forefront of skills provision in the engineering construction industry in England, Scotland and Wales.

A geophysicist by training, Lynda worked for Shell International for 35 years in roles in oil and gas exploration, and in petroleum engineering and production. Since retiring from Shell she has held a number of positions on boards as a Non-Executive Director, including Kaz Minerals, Orsted (formerly DONG Energy), SBM Offshore and CEOC. Lynda also chairs the British Safety Council, a not for profit organisation promoting safety in the workplace. She was awarded the OBE for services to the UK Oil and Gas Industry and is a Fellow of the Energy Institute.

Lynda Armstrong said:  “Throughout my career I have always considered developing skills critical to personal and business success, so I am excited to be joining the ECITB. I look forward to working with Chris Claydon and his team in their important task of promoting and supporting engineering construction skills.”

Chris Claydon, Chief Executive of ECITB, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Lynda to the ECITB.  As an employer-led body, it is very important for the ECITB to have access to industry expertise and Lynda’s background brings a wealth of experience and expertise.  I look forward to working with Lynda to address the long-term skills needs of the industry, boosting productivity and home-grown talent, and helping to advance the UK’s status as a leading international destination for engineering construction excellence.

I’d also like to pass on my thanks to the outgoing Interim Chair, Shirley Watson, for her huge contribution over the past two year."

The Chair is appointed by the ECITB’s Government sponsor, the Department for Education, for a four-year period, renewable for a second term with the approval of the Secretary of State. The Chair’s responsibilities include setting the strategic direction of ECITB and ensuring that its policies and actions support national governments’ strategic policies and the needs of the engineering construction industry.

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