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Rod Pettigrew unexpectedly resigns B&ES leadership after two years

The B&ES is looking for a new chief executive after the resignation of Rod Pettigrew. The reasons for his resignation were not disclosed, although his departure was described as ‘entirely amicable.’

B&ES chief executive Rod Pettigrew has resigned unexpectedly, after two years in the role and 25 years at the HVAC trade body, although his departure was described by the trade body’s President Andy Sneyd as an ‘entirely amicable’ one.

Mr Sneyd thanked Mr Pettigrew for the ‘valuable contribution’ he had made during a quarter-of-a-century with the Association – particularly in the past two years when, as chief executive, he had worked closely with the officer team in developing the B&ES vision and strategy.

Mr Sneyd said: “My fellow officers, members of Council and the staff of the Association all join me in wishing Rod the very best of good fortune in pursuing his future career,”

He added that interim arrangements were already in place that would ensure that B&ES continued to operate effectively and serve the interests of its members while the search for a new chief executive was undertaken.

These arrangements include the formation of a strategic and operational board, under the chairmanship of the president and comprising the officers, Finance Committee chairman John Miller, finance director Ray Barraclough and Bruce Kirton, chief executive of Welplan, the Association’s principal commercial subsidiary.

Mr Sneyd said: “At the top of the new board’s agenda will be key issues surrounding membership and marketing, the development of the Association’s own skills base and the future of vocational education and training across building engineering services,” said the president.

A lawyer by background, Mr Pettigrew joined the Association in 1990 and in 1994 was appointed head of the Commercial and Legal Department. He became deputy chief executive in 2008, and became chief executive in July 2013.

He has also served as a member of the council of the Confederation of British Industry and of the policy board of the United Kingdom Contractors’ Group, and as general secretary (UK) of GCP Europe, the international umbrella body for the HVACR and plumbing industries.

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  • A gentleman with plenty more to contribute to the building servies engineering industry

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