Mr Pettigrew, a lawyer by training, has over 20 years’ experience with the building services trade association, including serving as deputy chief executive for the last five years.
His appointment follows the surprise departure of Blane Judd last month
He has been head of the Commercial and Legal Department since 1994, a role which included providing legal advice to the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group and which has seen him play an active role in the development of recent construction contract provisions.
B&ES president Bruce Bisset said that his experience gave Mr Pettigrew an unrivalled understanding of the Association and a deep appreciation of the needs of its membership.
“Rod has worked closely over the past two years with the officer team in developing a vision and strategy for B&ES. I am delighted, therefore, that he will be taking the leading role in its implementation.”
In his first day in his new post, Mr Pettigrew acknowledged that the Association, and the sector it serves, faced very significant challenges.
“The continuing recession, technological advances, radical changes in working practices and the imperatives of the low-carbon agenda mean that the industry must be prepared to adapt to the developing requirements of the marketplace,” Mr Pettigrew insisted, “It is essential therefore, that B&ES members are able to rely on us for the expert advice, guidance and practice support they will require in the challenging days ahead. I am determined that they will not be disappointed.”
Mr Pettigrew is a member of the council of the Confederation of British Industry and of the policy board of the United Kingdom Contractors’ Group, while also serving as general secretary (UK) of GCI-UICP, the European umbrella body for the hvacr and plumbing industries.