The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has created two new posts to encourage more women and ethnic minorities into the construction industry. Aaron Mounds and Di Barber (right) are the board's new equal opportunities and diversity advisers. Mounds joins from the Hampshire Constabulary, where he was equal opportunities adviser responsible for implementing and monitoring the police force's equal opportunities policy. Barber produced and carried out the equal opportunities strategy for the Greater Nottingham Training and Enterprise Council, where she designed an equal opportunities good practice standard.
County Durham and Darlington Health Authority has appointed a business director from the chemicals industry to develop nurses, doctors and clinical staff.
Alan Cowie is now chief executive of the new Durham and Teesside NHS Workforce Development Confederation. The body came into effect on 1 April and others are being set up across the country. For the last three years, Cowie has been business vice-president of Synetix, part of ICI, and was previously managing director of Tioxide Specialties.
Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers has announced the appointment of Professor Paul Davies and Professor Kenneth Miller as deputy chairmen of the Central Arbitration Committee. Davies is a Cassel Professor of Commercial Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Miller is head of department of the law school at the University of Strathclyde and a member of the Law Society of Scotland.
Helen Boardman is the new development and training manager for law firm Nabarro Nathanson. She has previously been an independent HR and training consultant and has been training manager for law firm Hammond Suddards Edge.
is the most important lesson you have learnt in your career?
Never underestimate people's potential to learn and develop.
What is the strangest situation you
have had to deal with at work?
Running a training course in the middle of a mock Victorian street with an eight-foot stuffed horse looking over my shoulder.