“We’re looking to shake things up, and break the mould of the traditional professional institute approach,” he said.
Mr Crane becomes the 109th president of the CIOB, taking over from James Wates, deputy chairman of the Wates Group. Mr Crane is a former boss of Christiani & Nielsen and Travers Morgan Consulting Group. Before that, he was a director of Bovis International.
Mr Crane said that the CIOB and the building industry had to adapt. “In my career I have always thought of myself as an agent of change,” he said. “That’s actually what construction is about – change."
He added: “The CIOB wants to do more for workers and employers and for those thinking about a career in construction. We want to be at the heart of that - which means growing our work beyond membership. Our idea is to create something with increasing value using our relationships with universities, and other education providers, to give employers a bigger say in the curriculum. In fact we want to give them the biggest say they have ever had. For employees what we develop will truly increase employability.”
Since leaving Christiani & Nielsen in 2000, Mr Crane has spent much of the past 11 years devoted to industry committees. He established and chaired the Movement for Innovation (M4i) to adopt the recommendations of the Egan report. He was chairman of Rethinking Construction and a director of its successor Constructing Excellence. He has been chairman of the Construction Confederation, a member of the Construction Industry Board, the Strategic Forum of the Construction Industry, chairman of the Institution of Civil Engineers Management Board, member of the Architects Registration Board and served on numerous other government task forces.
In 2002 he received a CBE for services to the construction industry.