James Wates

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"James joined Wates Construction in 1983 and the Wates Construction Board as Marketing Director in 1994. He was appointed to the Wates Group Board in 1997 and became Chairman in 2013. He is Chairman of the Nominations Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee. Outside the Group James is involved with several industry bodies. He is Chairman of CITB- ConstructionSkills, Chairman of the UK Contractors Group, a Vice Chairman of the CBI Construction Council, President of the British Council for Offices, a Commissioner for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and Past President of the Chartered Institute of Building. He is a Trustee of the Building Research Establishment and the College of Estate Management, a Governor of Emanuel School, a member of the Court of Governors of the University of Westminster, Vice Chairman of Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for the Disabled and a member of the London Regional Council of The Prince’s Trust. He is also a patron of the Wates Family Enterprise Trust. In January 2012 James was awarded the CBE for services to Construction and the Charitable sector"[1]


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  1. Wates Group Board, organizational web page, accessed January 27, 2015 .