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New chief for civils contractors’ association

7 Nov 13 A former industry journalist has been selected by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) to be its new chief executive from next April.

Poacher turns gamekeeper, Alasdair Reisner
Poacher turns gamekeeper, Alasdair Reisner

Alasdair Reisner was previously a reporter on a weekly construction industry newspaper before moving into lobbying. He has worked for CECA since 2008, most recently as its director of external affairs at CECA.

Through the Strategic Forum for Construction, Mr Reisner also involved in the development of Construction 2025, the government’s new industrial strategy for construction. He was also a member of the Government Construction Strategy procurement and lean client working group.

Mr Reisner will take over from Mark Roper, who has led CECA since 2011. Mr Roper will continue as director of CECA’s Yorkshire & Humberside region, a role that he has held on a joint basis alongside his national responsibilities. He will also continue to chair the organisation’s executive management board, through which national and regional representatives work together to ensure that CECA continues to respond effectively to the changing needs of its members.

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Mr Roper said: “Three years ago CECA embarked on a programme of transformation, and an integral part of this was to consider succession management for the leadership of our national business. We identified that Alasdair had tremendous potential to grow within our organisation and have put in place support to allow this development. Our business is now ready to face the challenges that lie ahead as the economy returns to growth.”

Mr Reisner said: “Over the last five years CECA has achieved a great deal to provide support to its members during challenging times for the economy. We are starting to see some positive signs of growth for contractors, but it is essential that we continue to make the case for our sector, highlighting the vital role that infrastructure plays in the lives of everyone in the UK. I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to lead CECA’s national team, ensuring that we continue to provide a powerful voice on behalf of our members.”

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