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The Sector Skills Council for the places where we live and work 

Asset Skills Board of Directors

Chris Cracknell, Chief Executive, OCS Group Limited

Christine Amyes, Executive Director, People, New Charter Housing Trust Group

Malcolm Cannon, Chief Executive, Lomond Lettings Edinburgh

Steve Davies, Managing Director, Compass Group UK & Ireland

Roger Goodman, Corporate Development Director, MITIE

Stephen Howlett, Chief Executive, Peabody

David McCallum, Director of Operations, Northern Ireland Co-Ownership Housing Association

Mike Rutherford, Director, Victoria General Cleaning Services Ltd.

Sanjeev Sharma, Human Resources Director, M & G Real Estate


Asset Skills Board Advisers

Saleem Akram, Director, The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

Stan Atkins, Group CEO, British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc)

Sara Drake, Managing Director, Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)

Mark Powell, Executive Director, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Gareth Tancred, CEO, British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM)

Patrick Troy, Chief Executive, British Parking Associations (BPA)

Judy Waugh, Director of Membership and Education - Chartered Institute of Housing

Helen Williams, Assistant director of neighbourhoods - National Housing Federation


Board of Directors Biographies


Chris CracknellChrisCracknell

Chief Executive, OCS Group Limited

Chris is Chief Executive of the largest family owned international Facilities Services business, headquartered in the UK, providing employment for over 60,000 staff worldwide with turnover exceeding £700m.

Chris is also a director and Chair of Asset Skills, a director and treasurer of the World Federation of Building Services, a director of the Unquoted Companies Group and Chair of the Industrial Relations Committee.

It is this considerable experience, combined with his passion for perennial development of innovative service solutions that positions Chris as an industry thought leader.

Further information about OCS and its associated activities may be found on the website at

Christine AmyesChristineAmyes

Executive Director, People, New Charter Housing Trust Group

Christine is Executive Director, People at New Charter Housing Trust Group, a social business owning over 18,000 homes, with a turnover in excess of £100 million and a workforce of 950 people. She has been at New Charter since 2001 where her remit covers customer experience, communications, organisational development, human resources and health and safety.

The Housing Trust established the Great Education Housing Trust (GAET) in 2012 and now sponsors three academies in Tameside, responsible for the education of 2,500 children, Christine is a Director of GAET and she is also Chair of Governors at Copley Academy.

Christine is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. She was Chair of the Asset Skills Housing Board for some time before joining the Asset Skills Board.

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Malcolm CannonMalcolmCannon

Chief Executive Officer, Lomond Lettings Edinburgh

After 10 years in pharmaceuticals and 10 years in Scotch Whisky, Malcolm, a physiology graduate from St Andrews University, became CEO at Hunter Boot, the iconic wellington boot brand before joining Edinburgh Solicitors' Property Centre (ESPC) as CEO in September 2009. Malcolm has recently been appointed as Chief Executive at Lomond Lettings Edinburgh.

With many years experience in the residential property market, Lomond Lettings brings together specialists in all aspects of the letting business from rent collection, property management, lease administration and an in-house maintenance department.

Malcolm has been Chairman of Asset Skills Scotland since November 2011 and is also Chairman of SPC Scotland, the body which pulls together all 11 SPCs in Scotland.

Malcolm is a keen rugby player and amateur thespian.

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Steve DaviesSteve Davies Compass

Managing Director, Compass Group UK & Ireland

Steve is Managing Director of Compass Group UK & Ireland, a facilities management company delivering a range of food, hard and soft services to a variety of blue chip Business and Industry clients.

In addition to this position, following the recent acquisition of VSG, he is also an Executive Main Board Director of this company.

Steve has extensive experience within facilities management having worked for Reliance Facilities Management Ltd, the specialist facilities management division of Reliance Security Group; Serco Leisure Ltd, the specialist leisure division of Serco Government Services, part of Serco Group Plc; Cannons Group Plc, the largest leisure Company operating in both the private and public sectors in the UK and an 11 year career in four public sector leisure departments.

As well as being an Asset Skills Board Member, Steve is also a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Member of the British Institute of Facilities Management, Member and registered assessor of the Chartered Management Institute, Member of the Institute of Leisure & Amenity Management and the Security Industry Authority.

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Roger Goodman RogerGoodman

Corporate Development Director, MITIE

Roger joined the MITIE Group in 1991. Today Roger is the Corporate Development Director and sits on the Executive Board, now a FTSE 250 company with revenues in excess of £1.7bn and over 56,000 employees.

He is a Non-Executive Chairman of Networkers International and serves on the boards of the Business Services Association and Asset Skills.

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Stephen HowlettSteveHowlett

Chief Executive, Peabody

Stephen joined Peabody as Chief Executive in March 2004.

Peabody was established in 1862 by George Peabody, an American businessman and banker to alleviate poverty in London. The mission for the 21st century is to make London a city of opportunity for all by providing for as many people as possible a good home, a real sense of purpose and a strong feeling of belonging.

Peabody has nearly 20,000 homes in the capital and is a major regeneration agency, providing a wide range of projects and programmes to promote training, employment and healthy living.

Stephen is Chair of the g15, the group of London's largest housing associations which collectively house about one in ten Londoners and manage around 410,000 homes.

He is a member of the Residential Committee of the British Property Federation and is one of the Mayor's Leaders for London and Vice-Chair of the Court of the University of Greenwich. He is also a Board member of Asset Skills.

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David McCallumDavidMcCullum

Director of Operations, Northern Ireland Co-Ownership Housing Association

David is Director of Operations with the Northern Ireland Co-Ownership Housing Association, a housing association that he helped to set up. His particular interests include governance, housing standards, and developing the regions' future housing professionals.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing, David chaired its Northern Ireland Board from 2008-2011 and has also served on the Institute's UK Council and its UK National Policy Board.

David has been Chair of Asset Skills Northern Ireland since November 2010, is a UK Council member of the National House Building Council and a Council member of the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations.

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Mike RutherfordMikeRutherford

Director, Victoria General Cleaning Services Ltd

Mike has been a Director of Victoria Cleaning Services Ltd since 1985. He is the third generation to be involved in the cleaning industry.

Mike is also an Asset Skills board member and Honorary Treasurer and Director of the Cleaning and support Services Association (CSSA).

More details about Victoria Cleaning Services can be found at

Sanjeev SharmaSanjeevSharma

Human Resources Director, PRUPIM

Sanjeev joined M & G Real Estate as HR Director in January 1999 from NatWest Life Assurance where he was Head of HR.

He is responsible for the full remit of HR Services at M & G Real Estate with a primarily strategic corporate focus.

Sanjeev became a M & G Real Estate board member in April 2001 and in 2004 was appointed as a Board Director of Asset Skills.

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Advisors Biographies

Saleem AkramSaleemAkram

Director, The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

Saleem Akram is Director of Construction Innovation and Development and Management Board member at the CIOB. He is responsible for Innovation and Research, Management Practices in Construction, Health and Safety, Legal and Contractual and Technical Services and the Faculties of Architecture and Surveying, Building Control and Conservation.

Saleem is also responsible for the judging of the Construction Manager of the Year Awards, the International Innovation and Research Awards and a suite of scholarships.

Saleem is also responsible for the European Affairs and Recognition of Qualifications, in UK, European Union and rest of the world.

Prior to his CIOB service, he has extensive experience of project construction and contracts management on large hydroelectric and thermal power station projects. He successfully completed several multi-million pound and multi-disciplinary projects.

Saleem is married with three children. He holds a Bachelors degree in civil engineering and a postgraduate Masters degree in construction management. He is registered as a Professional Engineer and member of the American Society of Civil Engineers; Association for Project Management; and fellow of the Institution of Engineers and Chartered Institute of Building.

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Stan AtkinsStanAtkins

Group CEO, British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc)

Stan Atkins joined BICSc in 2007. He has over 35 years of experience in the cleaning industry during which time he has held a variety of different positions including cleaning operative, contractor, client, consultant, supervisor, manager director and customer.

Stan strongly believes in raising the standards in the cleaning industry. He uses his wealth of experience and knowledge to continuously raise standards of education and to build awareness of the cleaning industry through professional standards and accredited training in order to protect the cleaning operative, provide a clean and safe environment, preserve assets, promote sustainability and produce best practice.

He is currently a member of the Cleaning and Support Services Association Sustainability Committee, a member of the British Cleaning Council Finance & Strategy Committee and a board adviser to Asset Skills.

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Mark PowellMarkPowell

Executive Director - Product Development, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Mark joined the RICS in April 2009, where he developed and launched RICS Training, providing face-to-face training courses and online learning through the RICS Online Academy. He became Executive Director, Product Development in September 2010.

Mark's role is to provide a range of product and service propositions in support of market and customer needs, to enable RICS to be known as the leading source of training, conferences, information and knowledge for professionals involved in the land, property and built environment markets globally.

Mark is an Asset Skills Board Adviser and a Trustee / Director of Chartered Surveyors Training Trust (CSTT).

More details about RICS can be found at

GarethTancredGareth Tancred, Chief Executive Officer of the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM)

Gareth Tancred has been the CEO of the British Institute of Facilities Management since February 2012, a role which he has served on an acting then interim basis since October 2011. Prior to this appointment he had been Chief Operating Officer of the institute since August 1 2009. During his 2 years as COO he oversaw the running of the institute, deputised for the CEO and oversaw changes to the constitution to professionalise the BIFM.

He has over 12 years' experience at board level, ranging from SMEs to large UK, European and international organisations, along with an extensive portfolio as an executive director, specifically as a deputy CEO.

In 1994 Gareth became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). He has been a member of the Institute of Directors (IoD) since 2000, and qualified as an accountant in 1992.

More details about BIFM can be found at

Patrick Troy, Chief Executive, British Parking AssociationPatrick Troy CE BPA

Patrick was appointed Chief Executive of the British Parking Association (BPA) in December 2008.

He has overseen the development of legislation for the private parking sector, placed the consumer at the heart of decision making within the BPA and established clear accountabilities for the decision-making structure within the Association.

Prior to joining the BPA, Patrick was Head of Traffic Enforcement for Transport for London (TfL) from 2001. Here he pioneered bus lane and moving vehicle enforcement on London's red routes using camera technology. He also decriminalised parking on the red routes setting up a unique partnership with the Police to deliver the enforcement on TfL's behalf.

As part of a career extending over 30 years in the public sector, Patrick was Head of Parking Services at the London Borough of Sutton for eight years and set up the decriminalised parking enforcement regime in Sutton in 1994.

More details about BPA can be found at

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