The Trust welcomes new Chairman Andy Wates

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Chairman, Andy Wates of Wates Group.

Andy has taken over the post from Rod Bennion, Chairman of McNicholas and Mabey Group who was Chairman of the Trust for 12 years and on the board for 14. 

Andy is the fourth generation of the family to play an active role in the boardroom of Wates Group, one of the largest construction companies in the country, established in 1897.  Andy joined the Wates Group in 1995 after spending six years with Costain Construction and John Shreeves & Partners. With an MBA from Roffey Park Business School, he rose to become Managing Director of Wates Interiors, and was appointed to the Wates Group Board in May 2011.  The following year, he became the Group’s Portfolio Development Director, looking after the Group’s long term investment portfolio.   Andy has been an active member of the board at Construction Youth Trust for 9 years and is pleased to be settling in to his new role:

“It’s an honour and a privilege to become Chairman of Construction Youth Trust”, says Andy. “Rod has done a fantastic job, and he’s left the organisation in very good shape. I’m really looking forward to building on what has been achieved over the past few years.

 “Our vision with the Trust is all about inspiring and enabling young people to overcome barriers and finding them work in the construction industry, and now with construction coming out of the recession there are fresh opportunities for us to create more apprenticeships. I really do have so much respect and admiration for what the Trust does.”

Christine Townley, Executive Director of Construction Youth Trust commented:

“We are truly delighted to welcome Andy on board as Chairman of the Trust.  We look forward to working with him to continue the great work we have achieved during Rod’s tenure. 

I believe Andy will bring a great deal to the table with his experience of the industry and passion for helping young people to take their first steps into construction.”