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CSCS chair Trevor Walker resigns

Trevor Walker, the chairman of the CSCS, has resigned after a four-month leadership stand-off.

Mr Walker stood down at the Construction Skills Certification Scheme AGM this afternoon.

He will be replaced by former Labour MP Michael Clapham, who will take over as non-executive chairman. Mr Clapham, Labour MP for Barnsley West and Penistone until April last year, has a union background and is a former officer of the National Union of Mineworkers.

He was nominated by the union owners of CSCS and accepted by the employers. The employers are understood to have sought assurances that Mr Clapham will seek to repair the relationship with CITB-Construction Skills, which administers the scheme.

CSkills put its contract on notice earlier this year. It is understood the contract will now be renegotiated.

There will be a review of the CSCS’ corporate governance. Mr Clapham has been specifically appointed a non-executive chairman.

Mr Walker’s resignation comes after a leadership crisis at the organisation lasting more than four months. In August Mr Walker faced a vote of no confidence, which he survived after casting the deciding vote in his own favour.

Last month the CSCS chief executive Brian Adams postponed his retirement to deal with the crisis but two weeks later he said he could no longer work with Mr Walker and requested an ‘intermediary’ in all their dealings.

Mr Adams today agreed to stay on for a further three months to “ensure a seamless handover”. At today’s AGM the owners of CSCS agreed to recruit a new chief exeuctive as soon as practicable in the new year.

The unions and employers said they would work closely together to deliver a simplified competence card scheme that delivers the industry’s requirements at the best possible value.

The owner members – including the NSCC, UK Contractors Group, Civil Engineering Contractors Association, Construction Industry Council and Federation of Master Builders - had refused to work with CSCS further until a new chairman was appointed.

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