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Mark Oakes appointed head of specialist group services at B&ES

Mark Oakes has been appointed to the new post of head of specialist group services and Association secretary following the retirement of Gareth Keller from the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES).

In his latest role, Mr Oakes will provide the secretariat for the Association’s four specialist groups – covering ductwork, heating and plumbing services, refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps, and service and facilities – and to the B&ES Council, the Association’s governing body.

Mark Oakes joined the staff of the Association as a specialist group services officer in 2006, and during the past eight years has taken on additional responsibilities for the Joint Major Contractors’ Group – comprising the UK’s largest mechanical and electrical specialists – and the Building & Engineering Services Employers’ Alliance, which is committed to the modernisation of the sector’s industrial relations landscape.

During his previous career, he held a wide variety of marketing and communications management posts, in both the private and not-for-profit sectors.

“I am delighted that Mark has agreed to take on this important role, which lies right at the heart of the Association’s relationship with its members,” commented B&ES chief executive Roderick Pettigrew.

“I have no doubt that he will bring to this new challenge his customary efficiency, diligence and attention to detail.”

Under the new arrangement, responsibility for the technical aspects of the work of the specialist groups – in particular, the development and revision of the Association’s wide range of specifications and guides to good practice – will pass to Bob Towse, B&ES head of technical and safety.

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