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Christine Townley

Christine trained as a Civil Engineer in the 1970’s and worked for consulting engineers on the design and construction of floodwalls, dams and reservoirs In the mid 80’s she moved into adult education. As Vice principal of an Adult Community College where she was committed to widening participation and developed innovative programmes aimed at supporting local authority frontline workers develop their literacy and numeracy skills. She later moved to the national Basic Skills agency where as Assistant Director she led two national DFES funded programmes supporting Adult Basic Skills. With this passion for education and the built environment Christine joined the Construction Youth Trust in 2004 and was instrumental in growing the Trust significantly and increasing its reach. She is passionate about young people and skills and works tirelessly to bridge the gap between communities and construction. While at the Trust Christine developed two key programmes Budding Builders and Budding Brunels both of which aim to remove barriers to construction trades and professions especially for young people from disadvantaged communities. Many of the young people that the Trust supports are NEETs that have had a difficult start in life and include care leavers and ex-offenders. Through her work at the Trust Christine also championed diversity and partnered with the Smith Institute on the development of a monograph about ‘Women in Construction” She also worked with the industry to set up the Trust’s awards for young professionals, The Duke of Gloucester’s Young Achievers Scheme. Christine left the Trust in early 2017 and continues to champion young people and skills with great passion. Recently she has been supporting a major developer to develop mechanisms for community engagement to support the residents into training and jobs.

What the UK's construction industry is saying about London Build..

  • It was our first time as an exhibitor and London Build Expo did not disappoint. It proved to be both exciting and productive. Looking forward to next year.
    Kash Ansari
    Marketing Manager, Nexans
  • Certainly the best Expo I’ve been to with regards to meeting the desired audience!
    Ryan Johnson
    Commercial Manager, Architectural Fabrications Limited
  • London Build 2018 was our first year as exhibitors & we thoroughly enjoyed it. The show had plenty of interaction and interest!
    Free Falcon
  • London Build is a busy and vibrant expo bringing together large to small players in architecture, interior design, building, construction and refurbishment. I would recommend it as both an exhibitor and as a visitor.
    Sarah Hodgkins
    Owner and Artist, Charlotte Designs
  • We attended as a visitor for the first time last year and were impressed enough to rebook for this year. The standard of visitors that came to the stand was really good and the variety of roles from MD’s to electricians was excellent and some meaningful conversations took place, we met people that we would not have been able to access during a normal working week. It was a well organised event, very easy for the exhibitor and a really good atmosphere throughout, I would recommend that anyone who visited with a view to taking stand space in 2019 should go for it.
    Tim Brown
    Technical and Specification Manager, Unitrunk
  • I would wholeheartedly recommend exhibiting at London Build.
    Adam Martin
    Area Sales Advisor, Indigo Industrial Supplies
  • We had a great time exhibiting at this year’s show. We met a real mix of individuals and companies, collected some valuable leads and found it an excellent platform to showcase our new fire safe building wrap material to the market.
    Brett Rigby
    Business Development Manager, Service Graphics​​​​​​​
  • A very well organised exhibition. From the initial booking of our stand, design, social media coverage and logistics; London Build 2018 was a breeze to organise and exhibit at. The layout of the floorplan was very clear and enabled exhibitors to find stands they were interested in and engage with exhibitors. We certainly made a lot of new contacts and would recommend London Build!
    Suzie Davies
    Managing Director, Marquee Contracting Limited
  • London Build is THE construction show for London. A must attend
    Stuart Goddard
    Sales Director, The CPD Service
  • The London Build Expo was a well organised and attended event. The quality of the speakers and the discussion was high and there was a progressive development of new products and materials on show.
    Mark Hopkins
    Associate Director - Project Management, The Portman Estate​​​​​​​
  • London Build Expo was a wonderful event. I particularly enjoyed the balance of like-minded professions and stimulating debate. There was never a moment without something of interest to see
    Chris Hildrey
    Architect, Director, Hildrey Studio​​​​​​​
  • London Build Expo was a great experience bringing together all facets of building construction and operation. Highly recommended!
    Richard McElligott
    Director, Future Decisions​​​​​​​