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CSCS chief Brian Adams postpones retirement to deal with crisis

The chief executive of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme Brian Adams is to postpone his retirement as the organisation looks to deal with its ongoing leadership crisis.

Mr Adams announced his intention to step down from the 1.7 million member card scheme earlier this year and had been due to retire by Christmas.

But following the failed attempt to oust chairman Trevor Walker by several CSCS board members, Mr Adam has now decided to remain in post part-time until summer 2012 by which time it is hoped a replacement can be found.

Interviews for a potential replacement to Mr Adams are conducted by the CSCS board of directors.

With four owner members and their CSCS directors refusing to co-operate with CSCS until Mr Walker is replaced, it has proved impossible to find a replacement for Mr Adams.

The situation is expected to come to a head next month when the three union directors and four owner representatives are likely to agree on a successor to Mr Walker.

The chairmanship has traditionally alternated between union backed and owner backed candidates, with the unions next to choose.

Chairman of the CSCS nomination and remuneration committee Grent Tipper said: “The CSCS board is delighted that Brian has agreed to stay on in a part-time capacity.

“His contribution to major developments of the scheme including growing membership to 1.7 million, introducing a smart card and increasing awareness of CSCS across government in procurement and policy making has been fundamental and his knowledge and experience will be invaluable to whoever takes over his role.”

The card scheme attracted a record 30,000 new members this September.

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