Ian Livsey will take on the chairmanship role from January 1 2009 when he will move across from his current role as chief executive of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA).
He said: ““I’m delighted to be joining a Sector Skills Council as well regarded as SummitSkills and leading it through the ever-changing and challenging skills landscape.
“This appointment gives me the opportunity to apply my broad built environment and skills background to help the organisation excel. I look forward to working with the executive team and all staff to take SummitSkills on to achieve even greater things.”
Before joining the GLA Ian was chairman of TrustMark, the initiative to protect consumers from rogue traders in the domestic construction sector.
He was also formerly managing director of the Centre for Rail Skills, a membership body involving engineering, construction and passenger transport companies in the national rail industry.
Before that he was chief executive of the Guidance Accreditation Board, setting standards for adult careers information and guidance.
Mr Livsey will take over from Simon Bartley who has been SummitSkills chairman since its establishment five years ago.
Mr Bartley said: “Leading SummitSkills to the respected state in which it stands today has been a rewarding experience. I’m now pleased to be handing the reins to someone as enthusiastic and committed as Ian.”
SummitSkills is the sector skills council for the building services engineering industry and works to try to ensure the sector has a skilled, sustainable workforce. Part of this includes implementing the recently signed Sector Skills Agreement.
SummitSkills chief executive Keith Marshall OBE said: “I’m hugely grateful to Simon for building SummitSkills to where it is today from scratch, just five years ago.
'We now welcome Ian to guide the organisation through its next phase of activity and delivering the challenging goals set by Leitch, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and the skills policies of the devolved administrations.”