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Press Release: Advisory council named for construction industrial strategy

Construction Minister announces top industry figures who will work with government on the Industrial Strategy for construction.

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Construction Minister Michael Fallon has announced a team of top industry figures who will work with government on the Industrial Strategy for construction.

The eighteen strong advisory council has been put together by Government Chief Construction Adviser Peter Hansford who is leading the formation of the strategy and will chair the group.

Representing the breadth of the industry the Construction Industrial Strategy Advisory Council (CISAC) will oversee and steer the development of the strategy.

Construction Minister Michael Fallon said:

Industrial strategy is about setting out a long term government approach to how we support business. This will give confidence now for investment and growth.

Construction is a sector where government and business working together can have a real impact. It can drive productivity and growth in other parts of the economy.

We are very clear that in order for it to deliver, the construction industrial strategy must be developed in true partnership with industry. This advisory council will be an important part of that.

Chief Construction Adviser Peter Hansford said:

I’m delighted that these key figures from across the construction industry have agreed to join our new Advisory Council. I look forward to working with them over the next six months to create a long-term strategy for our industry and to chart the way forward for construction in the UK.

The members of CISAC are:

  • Peter Hansford (Chair) - Chief Construction Adviser, UK Government
  • Denise Bower - Professor in Engineering Project Management, University of Leeds
  • Mark Clare - Group Chief Executive, Barratt Developments
  • Geoff Cooper - Chief Executive, Travis Perkins
  • Keith Howells – Chairman, Mott MacDonald
  • Chris Kane – Director, Greendale Construction
  • Simon Kirby - Managing Director, Infrastructure Projects Network Rail
  • Kevin Louch - Managing Director, Stanford Industrial Concrete Flooring
  • Robert Mair – Professor and Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Cambridge
  • Chris Newsome - Director of Asset Management, Anglian Water
  • Ray O’Rourke - Chief Executive and Chairman, Laing O’Rourke
  • David Pinder - Chief Executive, BDR Thermea
  • Neil Sachdev - Property Director, Sainsbury’s
  • Paul Sheffield - Chief Executive, Kier Group
  • James Stewart - Chairman of Global Infrastructure, KPMG
  • Jack Pringle - Principal, Managing Director, Pringle Brandon Perkins + Will
  • Mike Putnam - CEO and President, Skanska UK
  • Mark Wakeford - Managing Director, Stepnell

The issues the strategy is expected to cover include growth and innovation; supply chain; SME engagement; skills; access to finance and overseas trade. It will build on, but not duplicate, the work of the Green Construction Board, the Infrastructure UK Cost Review, and the Government Construction Board.

The industrial strategy for construction will be launched in the summer.

Notes to editors

  1. The government’s industrial strategy is about looking to the future, presenting a long-term, whole of government approach to supporting British business, giving them the confidence they need to invest, hire staff and grow. Long-term strategies are being developed in partnership with industry in key sectors including aerospace, nuclear, and the information economy – which will be published in the coming months.
  2. The government’s economic policy objective is to achieve ‘strong, sustainable and balanced growth that is more evenly shared across the country and between industries’. It set four ambitions in the ‘Plan for Growth’ (PDF 1.7MB), published at Budget 2011:
    • To create the most competitive tax system in the G20
    • To make the UK the best place in Europe to start, finance and grow a business
    • To encourage investment and exports as a route to a more balanced economy
    • To create a more educated workforce that is the most flexible in Europe.
  3. Work is underway across government to achieve these ambitions, including progress on more than 250 measures as part of the Growth Review. Developing an Industrial Strategy gives new impetus to this work by providing businesses, investors and the public with more clarity about the long-term direction in which the government wants the economy to travel.
Published 15 January 2013