New chief executive appointed at CIOB

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has confirmed the appointment of its new chief executive following the retirement of Chris Blythe OBE.

New chief executive appointed at CIOB

Caroline Gumble

Caroline Gumble, currently chief operating officer for Make UK, will take up the post in August.

With extensive business experience gained in the UK and overseas, Caroline has covered several of the CIOB’s key operating areas, including management of apprentice and technical training and open course and bespoke training programme development.

In her most recent role, she led the commercial services division of EEF Ltd (now known as Make UK), with a significant focus on lifelong learning for the manufacturing sector, health, safety and sustainability, and cyber security services.

Chris Soffe FCIOB, president of the CIOB, said: “I am delighted to confirm that following an extensive recruitment process we have secured a new Chief Executive for the CIOB. Following Chris Blythe’s exemplary tenure, the Institute is on a firm footing and ready to tackle the future challenges of our industry and society. Caroline has her own brand of leadership skills needed to take the Institute forward and will re-energize support for our members as they shape the built world around us.”

Caroline added: “I’m looking forward to taking up the role of CEO. The CIOB has a long and proud history in an important industry. I want to continue upholding the Institute’s public benefit mission and promote best practice and high quality in building and construction.” 

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