Corgi director Brian Adams has been appointed the first chief executive of the CSCS scheme.

Adams, who is corporate affairs director at the gas fitters' registration body, will take up the position in May this year. He will earn about £75,000 a year.

The move comes after the CSCS board and CITB-ConstructionSkills agreed the principles of a seven-year contract governing control of the scheme.

The contract is designed to put the relationship between the two organisations on a more commercial footing. According to the deal, CSCS will own the scheme and CITB-ConstructionSkills will act as a service provider.

Graham Medcroft, chairman of CSCS, said: "This is yet another significant step forward for CSCS and I have every confidence that Brian Adams will use his drive and experience to deliver the scheme's key aims and aspirations."

Adams said: "I am very much looking forward to the exciting challenge of helping to ensure the construction industry accomplishes its objective of achieving a fully qualified workforce by 2010."

Last week, Building incorrectly reported that Corgi chief executive Mike Thompson had been selected for the role of CSCS chief executive. We are happy to correct the error.