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Andrew Carpenter is stepping down as Chief Executive of CE South West

After helping create CESW in 2003 and spending the last nine years as Chief Executive, I have decided the time has come for me to step down from my role. This decision has been difficult and is affected by my other commitments as Chief Executive of both the Structural Timber Association and CE Midlands. In the case of the STA, I have been asked to sit on a new Government Working Group to ‘safely increase the amount of timber used in construction’ and this work will take a significant additional amount of my time.

When it comes to Constructing Excellence, I believe CE Midlands is in more need of my help in running the region and so I have come to the reluctant conclusion that it is CESW from which I must stand down. My final day will be Thursday 24th November 2022 at the AGM in Taunton and I do hope as many of you as possible will join me for our annual luncheon.

Our chair, Dan Macey, has been exceedingly kind in his comments about my departure saying that my contribution to the construction industry during my 5 decades is significant. He went on to say that there is no doubt that CESW’s membership, profile and success within the sector and across the supply chain, are down to my energy, enthusiasm, knowledge, contacts and sheer passion for ‘best practice and that under my leadership, we have made great progress in setting best practice standards, through seminars, workshops, conferences and summits, published valuable guidance and by celebrating outstanding achievements in our annual CESW Awards. I am humbled by these kind words and am glad that my legacy is considered to be a positive one.

I look forward to seeing the board grow and develop this legacy for the benefit of our members and the wider construction industry. I’m confident I hand over the baton to a talented and hard-working board of directors to take this excellent organisation from strength to strength. I will be maintaining an interest in my position as CEO of CE Midlands whilst sitting on the Constructing Excellence Regional Partnership board. It will undoubtedly be onwards and upwards for CESW.

I would like to thank all Board, G4C, Club and Theme Group members for their time, knowledge, dedication & friendship and the entire membership for helping to make my time with CESW such fun. I would also like to place on record my thanks to the CESW internal team without whom the growth in membership and influence would not have been possible.

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