Graham Watts

chief executive, Construction Industry Council and chair

Competence Steering Group

Biography

Graham has been involved with CIC since 1989. Initially, as a member of the Council and its Executive Board, then as a Director. He was appointed Chief Executive and Secretary in October 1991.
Graham is responsible for the general policy and direction of the Council, for maintaining effective communication with Government, other external agencies and with members and for establishing and maintaining the CIC Secretariat and office.
He is a member of the Strategic Forum for Construction and its Executive Committee, member of the Construction Leadership Council’s Delivery Group and an Executive Board member of ConstructionSkills. He is an Honorary Fellow of RIBA, CIBSE, the ABE, ICWCI, BIID, CICES and the Faculty of Building and an Honorary Member of the RICS and CIAT. He was awarded the President’s Medal of the CIOB in 2000 and the Peter Stone Award of the Association of Building Engineers in 1996. Prior to joining CIC, Graham was Chief Executive of the British Institute of Architectural Technologists (a member of CIC) from 1983. He is a Board member of several Trusts and Committees in the Construction and Built Environment sectors and was a Visiting Professor at the University of Northumbria for twelve years from 2000.
Graham had a long involvement in the sport of fencing and his competitive career culminated with a Commonwealth Medal in 1990. In 1992, he captained the British Sabre team at the Barcelona Olympic Games. He was the Performance Director of the British Olympic Fencing Team for 10 years from 2000 to 2010 and was the Team Leader at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics Games.
Outside of CIC, he is an established dance writer and critic. He is a member of The Critics’ Circle, the UNESCO Dance Council and the Society of Dance Research. He has been Chairman of the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle since 2009 and of the National Dance Awards since 2010. Author of Daria Klimentová’s Autobiography “Agony and Ecstasy: My Life in Dance”.
Graham received an OBE in the New Years Honours in 2008 for his services to the construction industry.

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