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.


Over 2 days



At Olympia London's Grand Hall



Across 8 Stages



Free to attend