Former apprentice service engineer Tim Balcon is scheduled to take over as chief executive of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), succeeding Sarah Beale from the beginning of September. Tim started out from a mining town in South Yorkshire as an apprentice with British Gas in the early 1980s. Since then, he has had headed up professional and membership bodies, and was chief executive of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment from 2013 to 2019. He has also worked as chief executive of the Energy and Utility Sector Skills Council, where he created the National Skills Academy for Power, from 2003 to 2012, and was a member of the Ofqual board from 2010 to 2016.
“As a former apprentice, I know how much having the right skills at a young age can transform your whole career and support your employer. That’s why I’m so passionate about skills and am thrilled to be joining the team, to help many more people join the construction sector and to have long and fulfilling careers within it,” said Tim.
Peter Lauener, CITB’s chair, said: “This is a crucial time for construction skills across Britain. The board is looking forward to working with Tim, to drive forward our strategy to meet the skills needs of employers.”