Caroline Barker joins Scheme Board
Caroline Barker has been appointed to the Scheme’s Board of Directors as a Non-Executive Director with effect from February 2020.
With a background in civil engineering and being a Scheme Monitor since 2013, Caroline brings a huge wealth of experience, having made over 600 monitoring visits of construction sites and companies throughout the UK to date.
Caroline has an exceptional understanding of the challenges and issues the industry faces in attracting and retaining the workforce. She started her career as a trainee civil engineer and was the first woman trainee civil engineer to join Henry Boot Civil Engineering. She then joined Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and then worked for Yorkshire Water Services Ltd; initially as a civil engineer and progressing to business change manager before joining Volkswagen and then setting up the consultancy business that she runs today.
Caroline has a strong track record in developing training and skills-based programmes within construction. She organises and facilitates The South Yorkshire Construction Training Group; a regional consortia of key construction companies and organisations which coordinate training and promote the construction industry, working to overcome the barriers to progress through the provision of apprenticeships and training.
On behalf of the Board, I am delighted to welcome Caroline as a Scheme Board Director. Caroline brings significant knowledge and understanding of the Scheme as a Monitor to the Board, which is crucial for the future development of the Scheme. Caroline’s work and experience outside of the Scheme also brings valuable insight and perspectives, particularly around engagement with the future workforce, which is an important area that the Scheme supports in helping to raise standards across the construction industry.
Isabel Martinson MBE