New Chairman for City & Guilds

In August 2011, Sir John Armitt was announced as chairman designate of City & Guilds.

01 February 2012

In August 2011, Sir John Armitt was announced as chairman designate of City & Guilds.

He will take over from Michael Howell as Chairman of Council and of the Trustee Board once the 2012 Olympics have finished; Sir John is currently Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, responsible for delivering the infrastructure for the 2012 Olympic Games on time and on budget.

Speaking after his nomination, Sir John said: ‘I am delighted to be nominated as Chairman of City & Guilds. I am a long-time admirer of the organisation and look forward to working with Chris Jones [CEO and Director General of City & Guilds] and his team to continue the outstanding progress made in recent years. 

Vocational workforce 

Sir John emphasised the importance of vocational education in supporting UK plc – a workforce that is fit for purpose is central to achieving sustainable economic growth. ‘At this critical juncture for the UK economy, City & Guilds plays a vital role in supporting employers’ continued investment in their staff,’ he said.

Previously, Sir John was Chief Executive of Network Rail from 2001-2007, and Chief Executive of Costain 1997-2001. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and oversaw the planning and financing of the Channel Tunnel High-Speed Rail Link in the 1990s.

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