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New chair steps in at CIOB Irish hub

8 January 2021

Incoming chair Derek Cassidy (left) and his predecessor John Sweeney

Derek Cassidy takes over the reins from John Sweeney as chair of the Dublin Hub 

Derek Cassidy becomes the new chair of the CIOB Dublin Hub in January. He has worked in the construction industry for over 25 years, beginning with Sisk, and is now operations manager with Ardmac. 

For his year ahead, Cassidy says qualifications and professionalism will be more important than ever and that he would like to see more Fellows and would like to strengthen ties with the Belfast Hub.

Cassidy will be taking the reins from John Sweeney, contracts manager with Collen Construction, who chaired the hub for two years, seeing through the changes of OneCIOB and the year overshadowed by Covid-19. 

Sweeney was chair for events in 2019 including the largest CMYA event to date in Ireland when Alan Barnes was crowned winner, the Members’ Forum in Edinburgh and the Global Student Challenge. 

And in 2020 he steered the committee through planning around covid-19, CPDs and planning virtual events. CPD attendances rose sharply through the use of webinars. 

He will be still involved in the CIOB as PR champion and member of the CIOB Education, Qualifications, Standards and Practice Board.

On handing over, Sweeney wished Cassidy “the very best of luck” and added: “I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did.”

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