Stroma Certification, the UK’s foremost provider of approved certification and training to the construction & energy industries (assessors, installers and organisations) has announced a significant executive recruitment with Martin Holt joining the Group as its new Chief Executive Officer.

It is the latest statement of intent from Stroma during a period where the Group has grown both organically and via acquisition to represent one of the largest niche service providers to the built environment and major UK industries.

Martin Holt has more than 25 years’ experience working at executive level in businesses serving the built environment. He has held senior positions with Mitie, Dalkia PLC, Trend and most recently served as Chief Executive of Bellrock Property & Facilities Management. He is highly experienced in strategic planning, business transformation and integration for multi-national corporate businesses and this expertise will be crucial to deliver on the Stroma Group’s ambitious growth and expansion strategies.

The Stroma Group celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2017 and they continue to thrive within the built environment industry through the excellent performance of core services, augmented with ongoing new development and service diversification for customers. The Group now serves clients throughout the construction lifecycle from design through handover and into operation for a range of domestic and commercial projects. In recent years the Group has acquired three independent CIC approved inspector businesses in Approved Design Consultancy, BBS Building Control and Greendoor Building Control, as well as HRS Services in early 2017 (to complement the environmental sustainability services offered through Stroma Tech).

Martin joins Stroma to spearhead an already extremely strong senior management team following similar executive appointments this year of Chris Whitehead (as Managing Director of Stroma Tech/HRS Services), Steve Horrocks (as Managing Director of Stroma Certification), Dave Allen (as Managing Director of Building Control) and Jo Dobson (as Group Finance Director).

Stroma founders, Matthew Ferguson and Robert Coxon, announced the appointment of Martin Holt saying: “We are delighted that Martin has agreed to accept this position as Group CEO and would like to warmly welcome him to Stroma. His track record is extremely impressive and he will undoubtedly deliver on the huge future potential of our Group, create more opportunities for our staff and further improve the service quality we deliver to our clients and customers.”

Martin Holt said: “Stroma is at an exciting time in its development; Rob, Matt and the Stroma Group board have built a business with excellent prospects for growth, both organically and through further acquisitions. I’m looking forward to working with the board, clients and colleagues to lead the business through the next chapter in its growth story.”