Ambassador appointed

Building Our Skills has appointed John Ogilvie as its first ambassador.

Well-known for heading up Veka’s longstanding installer scheme, Network Veka, John retired from the role in 2016 but continued to remain part of the industry, becoming an executive board member for GQA Qualifications in 2017.

Mick Clayton, CEO for GQA Qualifications and one of the organisations behind the campaign, said: “When we first looked at the idea of appointing an ambassador for Building Our Skills, we knew we needed someone who understood the industry well, who had a good standing among their peers and who could speak with authority about the industry, and its appeal. John came to mind straight away and, after discussing the role with him, he was fully on board with the concept and objectives and accepted the position.”

Steph Tague, head of Building Our Skills, said: “John will make a fantastic ambassador for the campaign. His passion and knowledge of the industry, his professional relationship with many of the markets companies, and media will definitely support the efforts being made to push the campaign forward with even more vigour.”

John’s main activity as the campaign’s ambassador will be to help heighten awareness of the campaign to businesses and organisations, attending networking events, conferences and exhibitions and communicating the campaign’s strategy, goals and achievements.

John said: “Building Our Skills is a fantastic initiative and something I believe will benefit the whole industry long-term.”