The International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers (IABM) has appointed Andy Jones to the position of head of training.

Jones joins the IABM from the BBC’s Wood Norton Training Academy where he was principal technologist.

Prior to his role at Wood Norton, Jones spent four years in BBC Engineering Services, having begun his career in the industry as a design engineer with Matsushita UK.

He has now been tasked with establishing the IABM as the “go-to provider of lifelong learning for our industry”.

IABM chief executive Peter White said: “Andy has the track record, drive and expertise we need to grow our training offering into a truly comprehensive resource for our industry.

“We have received many accolades for our training from both the vendors we represent and their customers. With Andy at the helm, the IABM Training Academy will make another quantum leap forward.”

Jones added: “After so many years creating and delivering training, as well as managing training resources at the BBC, I feel particularly pleased and excited to bring my skills to the burgeoning IABM Training Academy.

“I have been aware of IABM for many years, and really took note when the Association began to ramp up its training initiative over the last five years. I cannot wait to get started on what will be a new and exciting challenge for me.”

Jones took up his position last week.

Former head of training Steve Warner, who led the IABM’s training initiative for four years, left the IABM in August last year for a training role with Babcock International.