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Head of FMB quits for housing position

NEWS - Federation turns to headhunters as Ian Davis plans November move to NHBC

IAN DAVIS is stepping down as director general of the Federation of Master Builders after more than nine years.

He is taking up the role of operations director at the National House Building Council, as one of four executive directors reporting to chief executive Imtiaz Farookhi.

The move marks a return to the NHBC for Mr Davis, who left the role of deputy chief executive at the organisation in 1997 to succeed retiring FMB director general Dennis Maiden.

The FMB is appointing a headhunter to find a successor to Mr Davis, who will take up his new NHBC role in November.

Mr Davis told Construction News: 'This is a big role with responsibility for all building control, inspection and warranty services, professional services training and health and safety, and I'll also be dealing with the major house builders.

'There's always a disappointment about leaving but this was an opportunity to head the largest part of the organisation, with around 800 staff working for me. It's a different scale.'

The FMB has 68 full-time staff and 13,200 members. Around 1,100 staff work for the NHBC, which has more than 20,000 builders on its register who agree to comply with its standards when building new homes.

Mr Davis's resignation marks the second senior departure from the organisation this year after external affairs director Andrew Large left to become director general of the Cleaning and Support Services Association in April.

Mr Davis added: 'The FMB is on a firm financial footing, we've had 10 successive years of growth, and the membership is stable in an environment where other associations are losing theirs.

'The priorities for my last few months in the job will be bedding in the TrustMark anti-cowboy scheme, which I believe is vital to the future, and carrying out a campaign to educate our members about the changes to the CIS scheme coming in next April.'