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MEDIA RELEASE | PGD Board Announces Chief Executive Resignation

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[ 27 April 2021 ] The Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB), today announced that Chief Executive, Martin Sawyers had resigned. He leaves the organisation on 28 May 2021, to take up a role as Chief Executive of The Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC).

PGD Board Announces Chief Executive Resignation

The Board confirms it has commenced the recruitment process to find a new Chief Executive.  The Board Chair has announced today that Chief Executive, Martin Sawyers had resigned. He leaves the organisation on 28 May 2021, to take up a role as Chief Executive of The Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC).

PGDB Chair, Nick Fleckney, said Mr Sawyers has done an outstanding job as the PGDB’s Chief Executive, overseeing the delivery of effective solutions that have transformed the PGDB into the high performing regulator that others look to today.

“Martin has been to us, and will continue to be a great leader of the TAIC, who I’m sure will leave a lasting impression. He has the greatest respect both within the PGDB and among our many stakeholders,” said Mr Fleckney.  

“The Board has made considerable progress during Martin's time in the role, and he will be missed by staff and the Board alike.  However, we are also excited to hear about his new role at TAIC, and we have no doubt that he will be an asset to that organisation.  While we are naturally disappointed that Martin will be leaving us, we recognise that after six years in the role, he is ready for a well-deserved break and a change,” said Mr Fleckney.

Mr Sawyers said he had enjoyed his time at the PGDB and was proud that the organisation is seen as a high performing public service regulator.

“I have greatly enjoyed my time with the Board and will be sorry to go.  I have really appreciated the support I have had from my staff, the Board, key stakeholders and the industry. It is now time for someone else to take a look with a fresh pair of eyes and continue the progress been made,” said Martin.

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