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Building Research Chief Executive To Resign

11 January 2008

Building Research Chief Executive To Resign

Dr Sunil Vather, Chief Executive of Building Research Association, today announced he will be stepping down from his leadership role after 2½ successful years. His resignation is effective 31 March 2008, and came as a surprise to the Board.

Dr Vather has guided the Building Research organisation through a period of considerable change and development. His extensive background in academic science, business development and organisational management, have been strong assets in this process. Amongst his significant contributions were his role, with his team, in the establishment of Greenbuild Ltd, the Structural Timber Research Company, support of noteworthy conferences and linkages with best practices amongst international organisations.

He has also provided Building Research with greater transparency and accountability through a robust process of allocating and leveraging the $10 million industry levy with BRANZ, and through a number of significant alliances.

Dr Vather said, “I leave with confidence in the ability of Building Research to continue to grow from strength to strength. I am now looking forward to engaging with further leadership challenges.”

Board Chairman Graham Coe said, “Sunil has contributed significantly to the strategic development of Building Research over the past 2½ years whilst the organisation has gone through a major phase of realignment. His commitment and his integrity have been outstanding. Sunil is able to leave knowing that his efforts have led to increased stabilisation within the industry and an enhanced focus on the importance of the public good.”

“The Board of Directors is confident that Dr Vather will continue to achieve ongoing success in future leadership roles and wish him well for the future,” Mr Coe said.

ENDS

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