Mr Putnam succeeds Lend Lease’s CEO Dan Labbad and joins business minister Mark Prisk as joint chair of the board.
Mr Prisk said: “I’m pleased to welcome Mike to the role of industry co-chair of the board. Having been committed to the board since its beginning, he is a valued member of the team who has vast construction experience that makes him ideal for the role.
“We have a busy agenda over the coming months. For example, we will be working to publish the final version of our Routemap, and developing guidance for construction businesses to show the top twenty steps they should take to green their operations.
“I know that Mike will offer both the invaluable insight and strategic direction required to lead the Board through the times ahead.”
Mr Putnam said that he was ‘honoured to have been asked to take on this role’. He added: “I strongly believe that the construction industry has a major part to play in the green agenda, the result of which will also be good for the green economy. The Green Construction Board provides a unique opportunity for government and industry to work together in a collaborative approach to deliver the strong leadership that is vital to success. I will personally champion this and work with my fellow trustees to drive change for the longer term benefit.”
Dan Labbad stepped down from the role after becoming Lend Lease Group CEO, for which he is relocating to head office in Australia.
The GCB has achieved fundamental milestones since its formation, including:
Since its launch as a consultative forum in November 2011, the GCB has managed to create seven subcommittees involving 160 industry and government employees.