CITB appoints new boss | news

The Construction Industry Training Board has named his successor for the outgoing Managing Director Sarah Beale.

Tim Balcon will take over from Beale at the end of September after a one-month transition period, who has had an annual salary of £ 150,000 a year.

Balcon, who will join CITB on September 1, was Chief Executive of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, a body for sustainability experts, for over six years until 2019. He also headed the Energy and Utility Sector Skills Council (EU Skills) and prior to that the National Training Organization Gas and Water.

He had been named chairman of the board of directors at the property mark affiliate late last year, but resigned in February after only four months in office.

Peter Lauener, CITB chairman, said Balcon brings skills and training experience, as well as leadership skills.

He said: “This is a crucial time for construction skills across the UK and the Board looks forward to working with him to advance our strategy to meet employers’ skills needs.”

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Commenting on his appointment, Balcon, a former British Gas apprentice in the 1980s, said he understood how much the right skills at a young age and the support of an employer can transform an individual’s career.

He said, “That’s why I’m so passionate about skills and I’m excited to join the CITB team to help many more people get into the construction industry and have long and fulfilling careers in it.”

On his professional advisory website, he describes himself as a working class background who “still shapes the way I lead and a sense of entitlement is something I never had, although I’ve seen it in many others”.

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