John Wright appointed as CIArb Chairman of Board of Trustees

24 January 2011

John Wright, Joint Head of Bird & Bird’s International Construction and Engineering Group, has taken up his position as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

CIArb is a UK registered charity with an international network of branches which promotes facilitates and develops all forms of private dispute resolution. It has a global membership of around 12,000 individuals.

John said: “The Board of Trustees plays a pivotal role in the governance of CIArb and I am honoured to have been entrusted with the task of chairing it. CIArb faces many challenges in establishing its position as the premier global organisation for private dispute resolution and I look forward to working closely with my international CIArb colleagues to ensure that these challenges are met.”

Commenting on John’s appointment, CIArb Director General, Michael Forbes Smith, said: “I have had the pleasure of getting to know John Wright increasingly well since his first appointment in November 2009 and subsequent election in November 2010, as a trustee. He has impressed me greatly by his wise and far-sighted approach to the governance of the Institute. His appointment as Chairman is, I believe, an inspired choice by the Board, and I look forward to giving him every support during his period of office.”