James Wates CBE
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 also Chairman of the Nominations Committee.
Outside the Group James is involved with several industry bodies, reflecting his dedication to promoting the construction sector as well as ensuring access to employment opportunities for all. He is Chairman of the Construction Industry Training Board, Chairman of the BRE Trust, Past President of the Chartered Institute of Building, Co-Chairman of Build UK, a Member of the CBI, a Trustee of The College of Estate Management, a Member of the government’s Apprenticeship Delivery Board and a Non-Executive Board Director of Argent Services LLP.
James is also Chairman of the Prince’s Corporate Advisory Group, Vice Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People, a Governor of the Emanuel School and the University of Westminster, and a Patron of the Wates Family Enterprise Trust. In January 2012 James was awarded the CBE for services to construction and the charitable sector.