Jeremy Sole is stepping down as chief executive of Civil Contractors New Zealand (CCNZ) after five-and-a-half years.
Mr Sole was previously chief executive of the New Zealand Contractors’ Federation which integrated with Roading New Zealand in August to form CCNZ.
He said it had been a pleasure to lead the organisation and represent its members through both challenging and exciting times for the contracting industry.
“During my tenure we have been able to successfully advocate on behalf of the industry throughout the economic downturn and be part of some of the most progressive changes in terms of health and safety in New Zealand’s history,” said Mr Sole.
“I’m very proud of what we have achieved. Now, with the integration and rebranding of the organisation complete and a strong and effective team in place, it is a good time for me to seek new challenges.
“I would like to thank the executive council, stakeholders and my colleagues for their hard work and support in ensuring the Contractors’ Federation and now CCNZ are organisations which are held in the highest regard. CCNZ has a stronger balance sheet and is positioned to provide greater services to members, the industry and NZ Inc.”
Mr Sole, who gave notice on 1 November and will step down on 19 December, has taken a leading role in many industry initiatives.He was instrumental in the formation of the Construction Safety Council and served on the Road Maintenance Task Force and the Ministry of Local Government’s Infrastructure Efficiency Expert Advisory Group.
He recently acted as Managing Director of Contrafed publishing group, of which CCNZ is a major shareholder, and facilitated the re-establishment of LocalGovernment magazine.
CCNZ President Dave Connell said: “Jeremy has worked effectively and made a strong contribution on behalf of all contractors. Our members will be sad to see him go and we would like to thank him for his many contributions to the organisations and the industry, and wish him well for the future.”