The leadership of the industry’s primary card scheme has been in some disarray amid controversy in recent months, with a no confidence vote against Walker defeated in August.
Michael Clapham, Labour MP for Barnsley until last year, takes over as chairman. In the 1980s he was head of industrial relations at Arthur Scargill’s National Union of Mineworkers, including during the miners’ strike – experience that may prove useful.
The Civil Engineering Contractors Association has offered its thanks to Mr Walker, who announced his resignation at the CSCS agm yesterday (6 December 2011). CECA said that he had “played a hugely important role in moving the industry towards a fully qualified workforce”.
CECA managing director Mark Roper said: “With more than 1.7 million of the industry’s workers holding CSCS cards, the scheme is an exemplar of what can be achieved when the whole industry works together to achieve a mutual objective.
“Trevor Walker has played a central role in this success as chairman of CSCS. I want to personally thank him for his contribution to this achievement.
“We hope that the industry can now raise the bar even higher, working together to drive further improvements to the scheme. CECA looks forward to playing an active part in this work.”
CECA was one of five CSCS member organisations that voted to oust Walker in August. Also backing the no confidence motion were the Construction Industry Council, Federation of Master Builders, National Specialist Contractors Council and UKCG.