Date:   October 23, 2017

After becoming a management accountant, Chris Blythe worked in a number of financial roles which included Dunlop, Birmid Qualcast, Mitel, W Canning, Corgi Toys, and GKN.

In 1991 he joined the North & Mid Cheshire Training and Enterprise Council based in Warrington. He became chief executive in 1994. For more than 25 years he has been involved in vocational education and training, together with business development. Chris has been chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Building since January 2000.

In the Queen’s 2017 New Year Honours list, Chris received an OBE for services to the ‘Construction Industry and Government’.