The National Federation of Builders has appointed the international head of the British Medical Association as its new chief executive.
Richard Beresford will join the team on 16 June 2014, taking over from outgoing chief executive Julia Evans who is leaving to become the new head of the Building Services Research and Information Association.
Prior to the BMA Mr Beresford was the director, Europe for the accounting body CPA Australia, where he launched and established the group’s London operation.
The chief executive also worked for law firm Nabarro Nathanson as head of marketing and development, focusing on project management and business development.
Mr Beresford said: “I am proud and honoured to be joining the NFB as its chief executive. There is a huge legacy to continue and build upon, as left by the outgoing chief executive Julia Evans, and I am looking forward to the challenge of ensuring that the NFB furthers its reputation as the voice of the construction industry.”
Ms Evans added: “I could not have achieved anything during my time at the NFB without the dedication and commitment of the NFB staff and members and the great teamwork that lies behind all our activities.
“I want to thank the staff, members, associates and partners for their support, advice and insights. I also wish to thank our board members and the chairman’s group for their wise counsel and guidance in helping to steer the federation through challenging times.”
NFB chairman Paul Senior said: “Whilst it is a time to reflect on our achievements under the leadership of Julia Evans, it is now time to look ahead and plan for the future under the leadership of our new chief executive, Richard Beresford. In the coming years and beyond, the NFB will continue to provide the support that members need to run a successful business.”