A vacancy has arisen for the position of Vice Chair of the NIA's New Build Business Group.

Marc Duret, the New Build Business Group’s current Chair, has announced his intention to step down at the end of March. Sophie Macfarlane-Smith, the current Vice Chair, will take the position of Chair, leaving a vacancy in the Vice Chair position.

We will therefore be holding an election for Vice Chair.

Scroll to the bottom for more information on the Business Groups and the Vice Chair role.

The election timetable will be as follows:

  • Nominations open: Wednesday 16th March
  • Nominations close: Sunday 3rd April, 10pm
  • Voting opens: Monday 4th April
  • Voting closes: Sunday 17th April, 10pm
  • Winner announced: Week commencing 18th April

Anyone who works for an NIA member can put themselves forward for the role. Those who are interested should send a biography and synopsis of what they would like to achieve with the Business Group. This will be distributed to members when voting.

Voting is restricted to NIA member companies and each company is permitted to vote a maximum of twice. Detailed voting instructions will be released in due course.

To nominate yourself for the Vice Chair role, please email a one page manifesto containing the following information to [email protected] by Sunday 3rd April:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Photo
  • Your background
  • What you would like to achieve in the role

If you have any questions about the role or process please contact us on [email protected]

For those attending the Business Group event on 31st March in Bristol, Sophie, Gareth Davies (International Group Chair) and NIA staff will be present and happy to answer any queries.

We would like to use this opportunity to thank Marc for his dedicated support to the New Build Group, which has been invaluable.


Business Group Overview

The NIA New Build Business Group meets at least three times a year and attracts 100+ NIA members to each event. The events run as a mini-conference and networking opportunity for members to hear the latest updates about industry.

As well as the meeting, each event tends to include a sponsored drinks reception and pay-your-own-way dinner the evening before. When possible, a facility tour is organised the day before or on the day of the meeting.

At each meeting, the room and refreshments are sponsored by NIA members. The drinks reception held the evening before is also sponsored by a member company.


Vice Chair Role Overview

The position is an excellent development opportunity for both the individual and their company to build a reputation in the sector, to contribute and to make a difference to the NIA Business Group programme and membership.

Core duties:

  • Help the Chair to chair the meeting on the day
  • Work closely with the Chair and NIA to develop the Business Group’s strategy, activities and vision
  • Host, with the Chair, the drinks reception and pay-your-own-way dinner
  • Liaise with the Chair of the group, and the NIA secretariat, to decide the location, theme, and agenda for the meeting
  • The NIA will approach potential speakers and sponsors, as well as arrange the logistics on the day. But when appropriate, the Vice Chair may be asked to approach speakers or sponsors themselves
  • Invitation to sit on the organising committee for the NIA summer event which is either our Decom or New Build (alternating each year)
  • It is expected the Vice Chair will have a good understanding of the UK’s New Build industry, programme and companies
  • The Vice Chair will hold the position initially for up to three years (exceptionally a second term may be agreed)
  • (Optional) Represent NIA at meetings with various stakeholders

The Vice Chair will be expected to attend their Business Group meetings and work with the Chair and NIA Secretariat to plan the meetings and their Business Group activities. The time commitment above this is down to the individual Chairs/Vice Chairs. Other opportunities may arise which you will be invited to participate in should you wish to.

Note the NIA does not cover expenses to attend meetings.