The Construction Industry Training board has appointed Barunga West Council CEO Maree Wauchope as its Presiding Officer.
Wauchope takes over from Peter Kennedy, who left the role in May.
Throughout her career, she has worked in construction in senior executive roles across the public and private sectors for the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Land Management Corporation and Rod Hook and Associates. She is also a member of the Training and Skills Commission.
A statement from the board said in her role Wauchope would help the construction industry through the COVID-19 pandemic.
"A priority will be to work with training organisations to ensure the full breadth of construction training, particularly for apprentices, continues," Wauchope said.
"Government and industry expect the CITB to invest what money it has in the most effective way to ensure the industry receives what it needs right now to recover as quickly as possible.
"We will prioritise funding for immediate skills and training activities, and support for apprentices. As the construction industry undergoes significant challenges, SA needs the CITB now more than ever."