Adrian Belton resigns as CITB Chief Executive


""CITB Chairman James Wates today announced that Adrian Belton has resigned as Chief Executive of CITB and will leave at the end of 2016.

Sarah Beale, currently Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Performance Director, will become Acting Chief Executive. She has worked at CITB for 11 years, holding a range of senior management roles.

Mr Wates said: “I would like to thank Adrian for his dedicated service to CITB and to our industry.

“In the past three years, Adrian has led the development of key organisational reforms that have enabled and shaped CITB’s future offer to industry. Now that a plan has been delivered to the Board, Adrian has decided the time is right to leave CITB and pass on the baton for a successor to deliver on that plan.

“CITB is now moving onto the next phase of its reform, which is engaging with industry on how it will support, delivering the required change and consulting on a new Levy Order.  This includes reforming the Grants Scheme to ensure that Levy funds are invested in the skills most needed by our industry.

“Sarah Beale will step up to be Acting Chief Executive, in accordance with established succession arrangements. She has excellent knowledge of the organisation and our industry, and a practical, hands-on approach that will be needed for this next phase of engagement and delivery.

“As Chairman, I will take a more direct role in engaging with industry during this time, and providing support to Sarah and the rest of the executive team, in whom the CITB Board and I place our full confidence.”

Biography of Sarah Beale

Sarah Beale has been CITB’s Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Performance Director since 2014, having covered the Corporate Performance Director role in 2013.

Now entering her 12th year with CITB, Sarah has held a range of other roles in the organisation including Head of Finance and Planning, Head of Customer Services, and other operational leadership roles. As CFO, Sarah has led CITB’s transformational change programme as well as heading up HR, business improvement, internal risk and audit, business support services.

Prior to CITB, Sarah worked mainly within the financial sector, both in commercial environments and in not-for-profit organisations. She has been the lead on several transformational programmes, which include company mergers, systems development and a variety of people and management related projects.

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