CEWales needs a new CEO. Who will it be?
Milica Kitson is stepping down: so, what type of leader is right for the construction industry of Wales?
The right individual must show the skill and tenacity to unite the Welsh built environment. He or she must advocate the concept of collaborative working' and 'best practice' and embrace 'the need for change' set out by Mark Farmer. We need a leader that can rethink construction in Wales all over again and respond to climate change, the Wellbeing Future Generations Act and ensure the industry modernises, or else. Could that person, be you? Or can you recommend someone?
The role represents an opportunity for career development plus a chance to deliver real, tangible change in Welsh construction. The leader of CEWales has a position that can positively influence change down from Government ministers and their civil servants, across the 44 public bodies and then to the private sector and the wider supply chain. CEWales talks to all of them – which means the CEO must network with them to champion, advocate and educate everyone about the principles of rethinking construction. Right now, the role is done over three days a week. Do it right, drive the change, give more momentum to the CEWales movement as well as CE National and the role will move to fulltime.
We have two routes to find a new CEO. Plan A is to talk to organisations across the Welsh built environment and arrange to second the right candidate for a period of time, perhaps 12-24 months. The job of CEO for CEWales is about passion. It has never been and will not be about the money. It is about value. The reason for considering secondment as an option is to take advantage, hopefully, of some industry support. For the right individual it offers a tremendous step up in their career path. Plan B is to recruit someone in the same manner as for any professional position – with the same conditions and requirements. Passion and a commitment to best practice.
The closing date for applications is 21st February. Interviews will take place 3rd March and will be 30-minutes in duration with a ten minute presentation that will focus on the challenges facing Welsh construction and the role of CEWales and how it will remain the most important and unifying membership body for the Welsh built environment supply chain and a positive driver for change. Before an appointment is made selected candidates will meet the CEWales board informally. The goal is to make an appointment before Easter.
We are very happy to have some informal conversations to explain the role and the process further. If you are interested in the position, then please send your cv and covering letter to Susan Selkirk by the closing date mentioned above. Contact us. Be part of the movement for change in construction.