Growing the JIB Team

Welcome to Tess!

The JIB is excited to announce the appointment of a new Digital Marketing and Communications Manager. Tess Bedard joined the JIB in January 2023, with responsibility for delivering on a multichannel membership recruitment and retention strategy, and raising the profile of the good work the JIB undertakes with industry partners. Tess will be at the heart of helping ECS to continue its growth and development as a leading digital personnel certification scheme across the built environment, ensuring it remains fit for purpose and highlight the enhanced value the digital systems bring to companies and employees. 

Previously, Tess has worked for a non-departmental public body heading up digital with transformation projects and delivering global award-winning campaigns. She has also worked extensively in the travel industry in head of digital, marketing and performance roles, building high-performance in-house teams.

Her passions are combining data with a simple user experience to deliver great outcomes. Tess will be a tremendous asset to the JIB as systems are further developed for greater automation, helping to promote verification of skills and continuing professional development as part of work to raise the bar on competence standards. 
Andy Reakes promoted to Director of Growth and Development 
Following a number of key successes across competence and standards development, digital systems and sector growth, the JIB is pleased to announce that long-standing team member Andy Reakes has been promoted to Director of Growth and Development. 
Andy has been central to the work of ECS in developing and implementing our strategic objectives, collaborating with industry partners to develop competence frameworks, and improving system function. Andy has also been leading the industry development of competence checking systems such as CSCS Smart Check and ECS Check, the roll out of the ECS remote invigilation systems and the MyECS app, with a number of key benefits for users and the wider industry realised in the last 12 months. 
With oversight and responsibility for a number of key business functions, Andy’s promotion will enable the JIB and ECS to keep at the forefront of skills development, working with Government departments, the largest employers and leading associations, to find agreement on industry requirements. This work will put apprenticeships, qualifications, assessments and training at the heart of competence and a focus on the needs of the workforce of the future. This will help ensure a safer, greener built environment for all.