Andrew Wolstenholme, chief executive of Crossrail, will take over after the next quarterly meeting of the recently reconstituted council on 21st October.
The Construction Leadership Council was created in 2013 as a bridge between industry and government to improve efficiency, skills and growth in UK construction. Its membership was cut from 30 to 11 in a shake-up earlier this year.
David Higgins said: “When I took on the industry chair role of the council I was clear with ministers that I thought it too large to be effective. Having reached the point where we have created a smaller, more clearly industry-led council, it is a good time to hand over the baton.”
Andrew Wolstenholme said: “I am delighted to be taking over as the co-chair of the Construction Leadership Council at a time when building new infrastructure is at the heart of the government’s plans to foster sustainable economic growth across the UK. The council will continue to build upon what has already been achieved under David’s chairmanship and will focus on leading the construction industry to be more productive, innovative, skilled and internationally exportable. Construction can be the next great British success story, on a par with the automotive and aerospace sectors, with the council, government and industry working together at the forefront of this effort.”