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Government looks for Morrell successor

15 May 12 The Government has begun the search for a successor to Paul Morrell as the Government’s chief construction adviser.

Mr Morrell, who was first appointed to the position in December 2009, will step down in November after completing two terms in post.

Working with BIS and Cabinet Office, he has led on the implementation of the Government’s five year construction strategy which aims to deliver efficiencies of up to 20 per cent by 2015 – focusing on waste, greater transparency on costs, new models of procurement and smarter use of technology.

He has overseen the introduction of cost benchmarking and new procurement models, trialled in areas such as defence, justice and flood defences.

The introduction of project bank accounts has also enabled rapid payment to small and medium businesses through the construction supply chain.

Business minister Mark Prisk said: “I am grateful to Paul Morrell who has made significant progress championing the reforms set out in the Government’s Construction Strategy and in encouraging the development of a construction industry fit for a low carbon future.

“His industry experience has played a crucial role in bringing together Government and businesses to help lead the transition to a low carbon economy, especially in his efforts to set up the Green Construction Board.

Morrell took up the post of HM Government’s Chief Construction Adviser in November 2009 after retiring from Davis Langdon where he had worked since joining from university in 1971.

His successor as chief construction adviser will be announced in the summer.

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