PAUL Gaze has been appointed CEO designate of Hire Association Europe (HAE) and Event Hire Association (EHA).
The move follows Graham Arundell’s decision to step down earlier this year after 13 years at the helm.
Gaze took over the hot seat at the start of September. He joined HAE EHA as commercial manager in 2018 and has since helped to transform training and skills development programmes. He has also established a career path for members, widened the training offer and introduced a vocational assessment centre.
The trade body said Gaze is passionate about training and development, has a great understanding of the issues within construction and is considered a skilled relationship builder.
To support cross sector working he introduced the Hire Skills Pledge to promote careers, recruitment and development. Gaze has also taken an active role in supporting industry committees, forums and groups including the Technical Safety Panel, Digger and Dumper Safety Group, Construction Dust Partnership, and the Build UK CITB Reform Group.
Prior to joining HAE EHA he spent more than a decade at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).
Brian Sherlock, chair of HAE said, “HAE EHA has experienced a very successful past decade under Graham Arundell’s steady hand and the post of CEO designate provides some big shoes to fill. As an ambitious and innovative organisation we’re looking forward to Paul putting his skills and experience to excellent use: continuing to build the Association and support its members by developing training and enhanced services as well as providing operational resources to support the hire industry.
“The board would also like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Graham Arundell for delaying his retirement, in order to support the association during the pandemic. We are pleased to confirm that he will continue in a part-time position for the remainder of the current fiscal year to ensure that a seamless transition of leadership occurs.”
Commenting on his appointment, Paul Gaze said, “I’m thrilled to be named as the new CEO designate and eager to continue the advancement of the business strategy and specific services within that. Such proactivity, especially in these unprecedented times for the Tool, Plant & Equipment Board, Event Equipment Board and the Supply Chain Industry Board, will be critical to the associations’ support of their members.”