BBA appoints Andrew Kitchingman as new chairman

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The British Board of Agrément has announced Andrew Kitchingman as its new chairman, who takes over from Valerie Owen after her three year tenure at the helm

Andrew Kitchingman, a chartered accountant and corporate financier, joins the BBA at a challenging time, with a number of initiatives and projects underway.

He said: “I feel very excited and quite passionate about this new challenge. The BBA has an excellent reputation and long history of delivering a very important service to the construction industry.

“I’ve hit the ground running and been very impressed with the quality of the BBA’s senior management team.”

Andrew Kitchingman, who lives in North Yorkshire, already holds a number of non-executive director positions across a range of businesses including social housing provider Incommunities Group in West Yorkshire, MPac Group and the Andrews Sykes Group.

BBA chief executive Claire Curtis-Thomas said of Kitchingman’s appointment: “As the BBA embarks upon an exciting programme of product and service development, we are delighted that Andrew has joined us to lead this important strategic initiative.

“Andrew has a fantastic collection of capabilities and experience which are well suited to our needs. Crucially he exemplifies our values and possesses integrity and courage in equal measure, both attributes fundamental elements of the BBA DNA.”

The BBA is currently implementing a number of business development projects including digitalisation of the organisation to improve customer service and grow the operation.

Andrew Kitchingman intends to review governance, identify new areas for growth and boost margins.

Kitchingman steps in to the role vacated by Valerie Owen who, after her three year tenure at the helm of the BBA, is to become Master of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects (WCCA).

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