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Consultants and suppliers return to leadership council

9 Sep 15 The government has relented in the face of construction industry lobbying and found more space around the table of its Construction Leadership Council.

There are now seats for representatives of the industry’s professions and of building products suppliers.

The government announced the restructuring of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) in July, reducing it from 30 members to a much more manageable 12, in a bid to sweep away the many vested interests and lobbyists in preference for genuine industry leaders. However, the first industry members named were generally all either bosses of foreign-owned contractors or foreign nationals. [See original report here.]

There followed an outpouring of criticism from the Construction Industry Council, the Association for Consultancy & Engineering and the Construction Products Association (CPA) who all felt suddenly very much out of the loop. [See our report on this here.]

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Now, however, the full list of members has been revealed and there are seats for David Cash of the Building Design Partnership, Simon Rawlinson, of consultant EC Harris and the Strategic Forum, and Mike Chaldecott of the French building products giant Saint-Gobain.

The house-builders, previously represented by Barratt’s Mark Clare until his recent retirement, are now represented by Stephen Stone of Crest Nicholson. Brian Morrisroe of Morrisroe Construction also joins the panel.

The full list is now:

  • Nick Boles, minister of state for skills, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (co-chair)
  • Sir David Higgins, HS2 (co-chair)
  • David Cash, BDP
  • Mike Chaldecott, Saint Gobain
  • Brian Morrisroe, Morrisroe Construction
  • Mike Putnam, Skanska
  • Simon Rawlinson, Strategic Forum for Construction / EC Harris
  • Madani Sow, Bouygues UK
  • Anna Stewart, Laing O’Rourke
  • Stephen Stone, Crest Nicholson
  • Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail.

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