Swindon construction firm chairman Mark Beard has been elected president of the Chartered Institute of Building.
The appointment of the Beard Construction chairman comes as the construction industry faces some of the greatest challenges in the Institute’s 186-year history.
Speaking at the CIOB’s first virtual members forum, the 117th president of the institute said: "The Covid-19 pandemic is an extraordinary, unprecedented event that nobody could have seen coming.
"I empathise fully with all CIOB members and everyone in construction as we all go through these challenging times with many people facing furlough and reduced pay.
"However, Covid-19 has shown us that we are far more capable of change than we may have imagined before and together we will get through this very difficult time."
He said he wanted the industry to focus on improving quality during his term in office.
“I believe strongly in improving the quality of what the construction industry delivers to its customers," he said.
"I will be making this the key focus for my Presidential year. I plan to build on the work of the CIOB’s quality commission and encourage all construction professionals to embrace the Institute’s new Code of Quality Management as we make quality part of our industry’s culture.
“The construction industry delivers many great buildings, for which we can be truly proud; however, there are still too many completed buildings that are not fit for purpose.
"We need to work together to ensure all work delivered by our industry is of the highest possible standard; embracing fully the requirements of the forthcoming building safety legislation.”