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More surprise exits at BESA as Paul McLaughlin steps down on health grounds

Building services association announces that Paul McLaughlin will be leaving the organisation to focus on his recovery following an accident

BESA chief executive Paul McLaughlin will be stepping down from his role with the association citing health concerns resulting from a recent cycling accident.

The building services association said a search was underway to find a successor for Mr McLaughlin to allow him to focus on recovery.

BESA announced in September that it would be overhauling its management structure by cutting staff levels in certain areas. The restructure was said to be part of a strategy to better focus on providing functions such as training and legal and commercial support. It also saw former technical director Tim Rook departing the organisation.

BESA president Tim Hopkinson said that Mr McLaughlin was now stepping down as chief executive to fully recover from a cycling accident that saw him break several vertebrae. He added that BESA would now focus on pushing ahead with ongoing work over the last two years to modernise its operations to be increasingly relevant for the changing nature of the building services sector.

“The increasing profile of the BESA brand, and the successful launch of the inaugural BESA National Conference and Awards at the end of October are just two examples of how we are repositioning ourselves to cement our place in the industry for the next 100 years,” said Mr Hopkinson.

BESA said deputy CEO Bruce Kirton would be working with the association’s officer team to ensure day to day running while a new chief executive is sought.

Future challenge

The association’s first National Conference last month considered a broad range of upcoming challenges such as the potential impact of the UK’s Brexit decision on EU funding for major green initiatives to tackle energy efficiency and lower carbon footprints for heating and cooling.

Calls for a stricter approach to compliance in the use and maintenance of building services and ensuring a sufficient intake of young people with the required levels of technical and digital expertise were also identified as vital areas for the group’s future work.


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