Skip to main content

Home /News /CIOB Chief Executive awarded OBE

CIOB Chief Executive awarded OBE

Posted: 4th January 2017

CIC warmly congratulates Chris Blythe, Chief Executive of CIC Member CIOB on receiving an OBE in the Queens New Years Honours List for services to the ‘Construction Industry and the Government’.

Chris has been Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Building since January 2000 and started his career as a Management Accountant in a number of financial roles which included Dunlop, Birmid Qualcast, Mitel, W Canning, Corgi Toys and GKN.

In 1991 he joined the North & Mid Cheshire Training and Enterprise Council based in Warrington. He became Chief Executive in 1994 before leaving to head up CIOB in 2000.

Paul Nash CIOB President said: “Both personally and on behalf of the CIOB I am delighted that Chris has received this award in recognition of the contribution that CIOB has made both to the construction industry and the wider public interest under his leadership.

“Professional bodies, such as ours, have a key role to play; setting and maintaining standards of professionalism, providing access to education and knowledge, and ensuring that the issues that affect our industry are brought to the attention of politicians and policy makers. CIOB has been at the forefront of this work helping to raise awareness of issues such as skills shortages, migration and modern slavery. All this for the benefit of society.”

The industry has also been celebrated in the New Years Honours with British architect David Adjaye receiving a knighthood for services to architecture. AECOM director Ant Wilson and Anglian Water Director Chris Newsome receiving OBE’s and FM Conway Chief Executive Mike Conway has been awarded an MBE.