BII chief executive Neil Robertson is to leave the organisation after three years to take up the role as director of training at apprenticeship providers, Babcock International. Robertson will leave the BII at the end of December and current BII treasurer, Peter Thomas, will stand in as interim CEO, until a replacement is recruited. Robertson will remain involved with the pub sector and BIIAB through Babcock’s pub apprenticeship scheme. Robertson has pushed through a range of initiatives during his three years including the implementation of the Pubs Independent Rent Review Scheme as well as a new streamlined council structure for the BII. BII chief executive Neil Robertson said: “It has been absolute privilege to lead BII. It is a great organisation, which will be needed by the trade even more in future. I’m very grateful for the excellent support I have had from the BII council and individual members. “The new strategy will benefit from a fresh pair of eyes, making this the right time to move. I’ve really enjoyed working in this industry and I’m glad my new role will allow me to stay in touch. I think apprenticeships can make a big difference and I will continue to play my part in promoting them.” BII Chairman Martin Grant said: “Neil has steered BII through an important period in its development and we wish him well in the future. BII’s role is more critical than ever so we will carry out a thorough and extensive search to make sure that we find the right person to lead our next phase. I’m grateful to Peter Thomas for agreeing to step in. Peter’s senior management experience will be of great benefit to BII.” Thomas said: “I am happy to take up this role and provide continuity and focus over the coming months. Our new three-year strategy will require strong leadership and clear management. I am looking forward to keeping BII’s momentum going. Whilst there is never a good time to change chief executives, the progress we have made with our restructure means that we will have fresh leadership for the new strategy.” In April this year, the BII announced a radical restructuring to create a more transparent, democratic organisation, with the number of BII council members cut from 45 to 16 - membership moving from a regional to county structure to encourage grass-roots participation. But the group rejected a more radical plan to end corporate membership and sponsorship that would have cost around £150,000 per annum.