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B&CE completes acquisition of Constructing Better Health from the Construction Skills Certification Scheme

B&CE has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Constructing Better Health (CBH) from the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS). The acquisition comes as the issue of Occupational Health in construction continues to rise up the industry agenda.

As part of the transition, the Chief Executive of CBH, Michelle Aldous, has stepped down from the organisation and a new board will be formed, led by James O’Callaghan OBE, formerly of J Murphy and Sons. Bob Blackman MBE, Chairman of CBH for the last four years, will act as Vice Chairman on a transitional basis.

The boards of B&CE and CSCS agreed to the deal in the best interests of the industry, sharing the belief that more needs to be done to align the needs of the construction sector with an improved Occupational Health model.

Over the coming months, B&CE will increase resources to support this activity and carry out proactive engagement with the industry to establish how the existing operational model for the CBH offering can be improved.

 Patrick Heath-Lay, Chief Executive Officer of B&CE, said:

 “I would like to thank the boards of both CSCS and CBH, together with the B&CE board, for supporting this transition in the best interests of the industry. We will use our knowledge and experience of working with the construction sector for nearly three quarters of a century to deliver a valued Occupational Health scheme which supports the industry and which makes a better life possible for those who work within it.”

James O’Callaghan OBE, incoming Chairman of CBH commented:

 “I would like to place on record my thanks to Bob Blackman MBE, and his fellow Directors and staff at CBH, for the work they have done steering this important issue through some quite testing times.  We are determined to deliver more effective support to contractors through the changes we will make and to achieve a healthier industry for workers.”



Note to editors

B&CE is a not-for-profit organisation – we operate for the benefit of our members and their dependants. We were founded in the construction industry back in 1942. Now we offer a workplace pension, employee accident cover, employee life cover and employee healthcare.

We currently manage assets of over £2.6 billion, with more than three million members and over 18,500 corporate accounts.

For over 30 years, B&CE has provided workplace pensions to employers large and small. We’ve operated ways to automatically enrol employees into pension saving for over ten years.

In November 2011 we announced The People’s Pension, our flexible solution to help employers to comply with their automatic enrolment duties. It’s designed for people rather than profit and is suitable for any organisation in any sector. We launched a new streamlined solution for small employers in November 2015.

The People’s Pension has won us a number of awards, including the Defaqto 5 Star Rating for auto-enrolment in 2015 and DC Provider of the Year at the UK Pensions Awards in 2014.

We tweet as @bandce and @peoplespension.