Andy Brown appointed interim CEO at ECITB

Andy Brown is the new Interim CEO of ECITB.

The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) has announced Andy Brown as interim CEO.

Brown has been in engineering since 1982 when he joined the Royal Air Force as an aircraft technician. During his career, he developed technical training and competence schemes before leading an engineering training school. 

He joined the ECITB in 2006 and became director of operations in 2013.

Chris Claydon MBE announced his departure as ECITB’s CEO in November after seven years at the helm of the industry-led statutory skills body.

“I am delighted to be handing on the baton to Andy, with whom I have worked for many years,” said Claydon.

“With his strong industry background, he will be a safe pair of hands for the ECITB while the board recruits a permanent CEO.”

Brown’s focus will be delivering the ECITB Strategy 2023-2025, developed in partnership with industry, training providers and the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments, and launched last September.

“The industry has given the ECITB its unequivocal support and a clear mandate for action by overwhelmingly backing our levy proposals last Autumn,” said Brown.

“This gives me confidence that what we are doing is what industry needs - and it places us in a strong position to continue to engage with the industry and other partners as we deliver against this renewed mandate. 

“We have excellent people both working for the organisation and on our board who are all aligned to delivering our new strategy for the next three years.  Delivering against this strategy will support growth in the engineering construction industry by helping employers to recruit a more diverse workforce and training and certifying them against industry standards.  This will tackle the forecasted labour shortages and skills gaps.”

Lynda Armstrong, chair of the ECITB board, added that Brown is the “perfect person to progress our work on our three-year strategy”.

Brown added: “I want to help industry move the dial on diversity so that more people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse thinking, are both attracted into, and stay within, the industry. This is vital if we are to grow the number of skilled workers needed to deliver the large number of infrastructure projects on the horizon.”

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