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B&ES appoints new chief executive

Roderick Pettigrew has been announced as the new chief executive of the Building & Engineering Services Association with immediate effect.

He has served the association as deputy chief executive since 2008 and his promotion follows the announcement that the previous incumbent, Blane Judd, had stepped down earlier this month.

B&ES president Bruce Bisset has complimented Mr Pettigrew on his “unrivalled understanding of the association” and a deep appreciation of members’ needs.

“Rod has worked closely over the past two years with the officer team in developing a vision and strategy for B&ES,” said Mr Bisset.

“I am delighted, therefore, that he will be taking the leading role in its implementation.”

Mr Pettigrew said: “The continuing recession, technological advances, radical changes in working practices and the imperatives of the low-carbon agenda mean that the industry must be prepared to adapt to the developing requirements of the marketplace.”

“It is essential therefore, that B&ES members are able to rely on us for the expert advice, guidance and practice support they will require in the challenging days ahead.

“I am determined that they will not be disappointed,” he concluded.

Mr Pettigrew is a member of the council of the Confederation of British Industry and of the policy board of the United Kingdom Contractors’ Group, and is general secretary (UK) of GCI-UICP, the European umbrella body for the HVACR and plumbing industries.

He is also a member of the H&V News Editorial Advisory Board and has served as a judge on the H&V News Awards for a number of years.