Steve Burley, Director of Derry Building Services, has been appointed Chair of The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP).

Burley will work with TESP’s Core and Industry Partners to develop and deliver the partnership’s strategy and policy and will provide an employer voice on the board of Core Partners. He succeeds TESP’s inaugural Chair, Diane Johnson, who has stepped down after two years in the role.

Speaking on behalf of the partnership, ECA Director of Employment and Skills Alex Meikle said: “Steve has supported our industry’s skills needs for many years through his work on the ECA’s Education and Training Committee and his time as TESP’s Vice Chair. I’m delighted he has agreed to become our new Chair and that he will continue to provide a crucial employer perspective on the challenges our industry faces – something that will be invaluable as we shape our plans for the future.”

Meikle continued: “I’d like to thank Diane for her efforts on our behalf in the first two years of TESP’s life. Her energy and passion for skills in our industry has been a huge asset to TESP and I am confident that Steve will build on the foundations she has laid as we look to plan for our third year and for the longer term.”

Steve Burley said: “With the economic upturn taking root and the industry facing a skills shortage, TESP has a crucial role to play supporting employers and the industry, ensuring that our skills needs are met and that the contribution we make to Britain’s buildings and economy is recognised. I’m delighted to become its Chair and look forward to working with the organisation’s Core and Industry partners to build on the great work that has been done to date to support our industry and the people within it.”