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Chief Executive

Graham Watts OBE
BA(Hons), HonFRIBA, HonRICS, HonFCIBSE, HonFBIID, HonFICWCI, HonMCIAT, HonFBEng, HonFFB, FRSA, MCMI Photograph of Graham Watts


Graham has been involved with CIC since 1989. Initially, as a member of the Council and its Executive Board, then as a Director. He was appointed Chief Executive and Secretary in October 1991.

Graham is responsible for the general policy and direction of the Council, for maintaining effective communication with Government, other external agencies and with members and for establishing and maintaining the CIC Secretariat and office.

He is a member of the Strategic Forum for Construction and its Executive Committee and Olympic Task Force, which is hosted by CIC, and a Board member of ConstructionSkills.  Additionally he is a Visiting Professor at the University of Northumbria. He is an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA, CIBSE, the ABE, ICWCI, BIID and the Faculty of Building and an Honorary Member of the RICS and CIAT. He was awarded the President’s Medal of the CIOB in 2000 and the Peter Stone Award of the Association of Building Engineers in 1996.

Prior to joining CIC, Graham was Chief Executive of the British Institute of Architectural Technologists (a member of CIC) from 1983.

Graham has had a lifelong involvement in the sport of fencing and his competitive career culminated with a Commonwealth Medal in 1990. In 1992, he captained the British Sabre team at the Barcelona Olympic Games. He was the Performance Director of the British Olympic Fencing Team for 10 years from 2000 to 2010 and was the Team Leader at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics Games.   

Graham received an OBE at the New Years Honours in 2008 for his services to the construction industry. Graham is married with two children. He is also a dance writer and critic and a member of the Critics’ Circle and chairman of the Dance Section. He has been Chairman of the the National Dance Awards since 2011.

For a full cv please contact efarraud@cic.org.uk.

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