City & Guilds welcomes new Chairman

City & Guilds has formally welcomed Sir John Armitt as its new Chairman.

01 November 2012 / Be the first to comment

City & Guilds has formally welcomed Sir John Armitt as its new Chairman, after he took over from Michael Howell in October. 

Prior to assuming his new position, Sir John was Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, where he played a key role in the successful delivery of the Olympic Games.

Sir John has a long history of working in skilled industries, including construction and engineering. His previous roles include Chief Executive of Network Rail, Costain and Union Railways, where he oversaw the planning and financing of the Channel Tunnel High-Speed Rail Link. In 1996 he was awarded a CBE for his contribution to the rail industry.

Sir John is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Civil Engineers. He joined City & Guilds’ Council in October 2011 and the following year received a knighthood for his services to engineering and construction. 

Speaking about his new role, Sir John Armitt said: “I am greatly looking forward to beginning a new challenge as Chairman of City & Guilds later this month. I have been involved with the organisation as Chairman Designate for the past year and I share City & Guilds’ belief in the role skills play in transforming the lives of individuals, in supporting businesses and in driving economic growth at a national and international level. My background and career path has allowed me to experience this first-hand and I am proud to be on board to help the organisation achieve its goals”.  

Sir John gave his inaugural public address at the Edge Annual Lecture, which took place at The Skills Show - the UK's biggest skills and careers event, on 16 November.


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