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Construction industry trainers receive Queen's Birthday Honours

The Queen's Birthday Honours list has seen several figures receive rewards for their contributions to training in the construction industry.

Geoff Lister, chairman of the Cross-industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force (CCATF) and former national president of the Federation of Master Builders, was recognised with a CBE for services to training in the sector.

Speaking to Construction News about the honour, Mr Lister expressed his delight at what he described as a "massive surprise".

"All of my life has been spent in the construction industry, particularly in training," he told the publication.

Mr Lister also credited the work of the CCATF for playing a key role in his success, stating that "there is not any other group that's representative of the industry".

The task force's mission statement is to 'champion the ethos and culture of training within the construction industry'. Founded in 2007, it seeks to both communicate positive messages about the benefits of apprenticeships to employers and influence government policy to create the best possible environment for apprenticeship training.

Mr Lister, who has chaired the CCATF since its inception, is also a member of the ConstructionSkills Board and Training Committee and a Governor of Leeds College of Building.

Other figures to receive honours from the Queen included Martin Clarke, chief executive of the British Precast Concrete Federation, who picked up an OBE for services to industry. Trevor Gamble, founder of the Construction Plant Competence Scheme, received the same award for services to training and health and safety.

"I am overwhelmed at this recognition and especially delighted that the citation is for services to industry. This is a great boost for an unsung but critical British manufacturing industry," Mr Clarke commented.

William Robert Williams, founder of Welsh construction and development group WRW, was also recognised with an MBE for his contribution to skills and training in the industry. 

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