I am Chris Blythe and since 1991 I have been involved in vocational education and training. That started when I joined the North and Mid Cheshire Training and Enterprise Council as Head of Finance before being appointed as Chief Executive in 1994. In 2000 i joined the Chartered Institute of Building as Chief Executive a post I held until the middle of 2019. I was awarded an OBE in 2017 for services to the construction industry and Government.
From all of this I have an insiders insight into the inner workings of the construction industry, training and how the relations with the government work.
My special interests include:
Modern slavery- the CIOB took a lead in the construction industry in recognising it and providing tools to help people tackle it. https://policy.ciob.org/research/construction-and-the-modern-slavery-act-tackling-exploitation-in-the-uk/
New homes quality and the negative impact they have on buyers. As someone who was a victim of incompetent builders in 1995 (Redrow) it staggers me that things have not improved over time. If anything things have got worse. at the CIOB I tried to shine a light what was wrong in the industry and that others felt awkward talking about it. It seems to be that cowboy builders are not restricted to white van men working cash in hand. More often than not they wear sharp suits have “respectable” job titles, rub shoulders with those in power and set the policy. If you follow me on Twitter @formerCEOCIOB you will see how bad things are. So, I campaign for a new homes ombudsman able to give home buyers adequate redress.
For most of my time at the CIOB, I wrote a monthly column for Construction Manager Magazine. you can find many of these online by going to http://www.constructionmanagermagazine.com/ and searching under the name Chris Blythe. They were not all construction industry articles by any means.
This blog is more than the construction industry, it is a reflection of life after the construction industry and goes beyond what one can do with Twitter and the like.