New CEO for ILP appointed

(UK) – The Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP) has announced the appointment of Justin Blades as its new Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Tracey White, who is relocating abroad.

Blades will assume the role on 1 November, and has a strong mandate to further enhance the organisation’s role in uniting the skills of engineering, design and technology in order to deliver quality lighting for the built environment.

Fiona Horgan, ILP President, said: “The Board welcomes Justin to the ILP team as our new CEO. We are excited to work with Justin at this critical time for the lighting industry as we look to address the social and economic challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change.

“As we look to the future, Justin has already brought to the table some great ideas and brings experience from a membership body organisation.

“The Board would like to thank Tracey for her leadership and work raising the ILP profile over the past three and a half years, she has provided us a voice at national level and will be missed by all who have worked with her. We wish her all the best for her new life in the sunshine.”

Speaking of his appointment as CEO, Justin Blades said: “I am delighted to be joining the ILP as CEO and I look forward to working with ILP members, the Board and the wider team to focus on extending the reach and voice of the Institution for new generations of lighting professionals, building on the significant work that has already been accomplished.”

Prior to joining the ILP, Blades held senior positions in the membership sector, including six years as Deputy Chief Executive of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, one of the largest chartered professional engineering institutions in the UK.