Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Two industry leaders interested in Chief Construction Adviser position

Constructing Excellence chairman Vaughan Burnand and SEC Group CEO Rudi Klein are the first construction industry leaders to show interest in the Chief Construction Adviser role.

Burnand reportedly registered his interest in taking on the role earlier this week and has the support of leaders within the UK Contractors Group as well as in his own organization. He has not yet made any official statements regarding the position.

Klein, on the other hand, said, "I’d be very happy to do it and will register my interest because one or two people have been pushing my name forward, especially in the specialist sector."

The department for Business, Information and Skills formally announced the position in late August, saying they would like to fill the role by November. Construction minister Ian Lucas said, “We have taken our time to get the role right to ensure that it fits well with a range of new and existing initiatives. But I have heard the calls from the construction industry loud and clear since my appointment in June. We are now pressing hard ahead with recruiting. I want to see a high quality individual in place by November.”

The Chief Construction Adviser will be appointed for a minimum of two years, work three days a week, and earn £120,000 a year. Civil Engineering Contractors Association head of industry affairs Alasdair Reisner commented, "While the Chief Construction Adviser position that has been announced today may not be a full time position, we can see the benefit of any chosen candidate maintaining their links to their current role in the industry. As such, it is now up to the industry to provide the same support to whoever is chosen to take up the role."

Economic secretary Ian Pearson explained the position: "This role will provide a central 'focal point' for the construction sector acknowledging the value of this sector and the importance of delivering a sustainable and low carbon economy that remains competitive. The Chief Construction Adviser will help ensure that Government secures maximum value for money in its procurement of construction and thus support the aims of the Operational Efficiency Programme."

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