Press release: Long-term BCITO Chief Executive announces retirement

On behalf of the BCITO Board, Chair Kevin Sceats has announced that Ngaruma (Ruma) Karaitiana, Chief Executive, has decided to retire within the next 12 months.

Ruma has been BCITO’s Chief Executive since January 2006 when the then Board were fortunate to appoint a talented and experienced CE who had a background in both education and construction. He is a current member of the Executive Committee of the Industry Training Federation and former long-serving Deputy Chair. He is also a former Director of ACC and a current board member of both the Workbase Trust and the Central Energy Trust, as well as the Chair of Education Services Limited.

Ruma says, "I am grateful to have spent over 9 years with this great organisation, and deeply honoured to have had the opportunity to lead it. I am very proud of what my colleagues at BCITO have accomplished together during a time of both successes and challenges.

“I believe that 2016 is the right time for me to retire for a number of reasons. First, BCITO has performed exceptionally over the past couple of years, exceeding both our and our stakeholders' expectations. As a result, the organisation is operationally very sound and positioned for continued success.

“Second, the Board and I, along with the BCITO senior leadership team, have laid out a vision for the organisation that will guide the BCITO for many years to come. This gives me great confidence in BCITO’s future ability to serve the construction industry.

“There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but I do feel now is the right time. We have embarked on a ground-breaking new strategy to take BCITO to the forefront of digital engagement. Along with our highly competent senior leadership team, we need a CE who can move BCITO forward in new direction with a long-term vision.”

The BCITO Board of Directors has appointed a special committee to direct the process of recruiting a new chief executive. This committee is chaired by Kevin Sceats and includes Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee Mike King, along with board member Rob Gaimster. The special committee is working with a leading executive recruiting firm and will consider both external and internal candidates. In the interim Ruma will provide continued services to help ensure a smooth transition.

Mr Sceats says, “the Board cannot find the words to express its thanks for the enormous contribution Ruma has made towards the achievements of BCITO, and his contribution to learning and development across the construction industry during his term. The Board is firmly committed to further enhancing the services and support BCITO provides to its stakeholders and the wider construction industry.

“We are now focused on selecting a new Chief Executive to work with our Board and senior leadership team to chart BCITO’s future success.”

For additional comment please contact

Kevin Sceats, Chairman BCITO


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