Burton is a senior partner at Gardiner & Theobald and has over 30 years’ experience in the industry. “I believe CIC has an increasingly important role to play within the construction industry in the wake of the Government’s new industrial strategy and I am delighted to be part of the team working alongside our existing chairman, Jack Pringle and chief executive, Graham Watts,” he said. “I look forward to both the challenges and opportunities that the role presents, and to addressing some of the key issues that we face as an industry; in particular, addressing the challenge of achieving low-carbon buildings, defining standards for design quality and continually striving to improve safety in construction. I am personally interested in tackling key issues of concern to many in the industry such as creating a more positive image for construction, addressing the skills shortage and the need for greater diversity of gender and ethnicity.”
The incumbent chairman will stand down from his two-year term of office following CIC’s June 2014 council meeting and resume the role of deputy chairman for one last year, in accordance with CIC’s rules and bylaws.
The Council also appointed Ruth Reed, a former president of the Royal Institute of British Architects, as a new vice chairman for a three year term with immediate effect.