UK based rental association HAE has appointed Paul Gaze as chief executive designate. He will also be responsible for the EHA - Event Hire Association. The move follows the decision of current chief executive Graham Arundell to step down after 13 years in the role.
Gaze joined the HAE/EHA as commercial manager in 2018 after 15 years with the UK’s Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). He joined the training body in 2003 as a specialist manager and moved through a number of roles to become a special projects manager.
During his two years with the HAE he has helped transform and add to the association’s training and skills development programmes, setting up a career path for members, and introducing a vocational assessment centre. He also led further developments to virtual reality training and the HAE Direct business, supporting members with safety guidance and information.
Chairman Brian Sherlock said: “His impressive pedigree of 30 years’ experience in the construction industry in a range of technical and managerial roles in both the public and private sectors, including more than a decade at the CITB – made Paul the ideal candidate for the position.”
“The HAE/EHA has experienced a very successful past decade under Graham Arundell’s steady hand and the post of CEO designate provides some big shoes to fill. As an ambitious and innovative organisation we are looking forward to Paul putting his skills and experience to excellent use: continuing to build the association and support its members by developing training and enhanced services as well as providing operational resources to support the hire industry.”
“The board would also like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Graham for delaying his retirement, in order to support the association during the pandemic. We are pleased to confirm that he will continue in a part time position for the remainder of the current fiscal year to ensure that a seamless transition of leadership occurs.”
Gaze added: “I am thrilled to be named as the new chief executive designate and eager to continue the advancement of the business strategy and specific services within that.”