Adrian Belton has resigned as chief executive of CITB and will leave at the end of 2016. Sarah Beale, currently chief financial officer and corporate performance director, will become acting chief executive. 

Mr Belton joined CITB in 2014 from the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA). He has overseen a radical period of change at CITB and leaves as it starts industry consultation about the renewal of the Levy and the government brings in the new Apprenticeship Levy.

James Wates, CITB Chairman said: “I would like to thank Adrian for his dedicated service to CITB and to our industry. CITB is now moving onto the next phase of its reform, which is engaging with industry on how it will support, delivering the required change and consulting on a new Levy Order.  This includes reforming the Grants Scheme to ensure that Levy funds are invested in the skills most needed by our industry.

“Sarah Beale will step up to be acting chief executive, in accordance with established succession arrangements. She has excellent knowledge of the organisation and our industry, and a practical, hands-on approach that will be needed for this next phase of engagement and delivery.

“As Chairman, I will take a more direct role in engaging with industry during this time, and providing support to Sarah and the rest of the executive team, in whom the CITB Board and I place our full confidence.”