UK: The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has announced that chief executive Paul McLaughlin is to step down from the role following a recent cycling accident.

BESA president Tim Hopkinson, explained: “Whilst Paul is expected to make a full recovery, following complications to injuries received in a cycling accident where he broke several vertebrae, he is stepping down from his role as chief executive of BESA to focus on his recovery.” 

Paul McLaughlin took over as chief executive in 2015 following the surprise resignation of Rod Pettigrew.

BESA’s deputy CEO Bruce Kirton, in partnership with BESA’s officer team, will oversee the day to day running of the association whilst a search for a successor is underway.

Mr Hopkinson concluded “The association wishes Paul a full and speedy recovery, and we are confident that Bruce will ensure the smooth running of the association whilst we seek the right CEO for the next chapter in our association’s illustrious history.”

In September, BESA axed a number of top staff in what was described as a restructuring to improve the efficiency of its operations.