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BDP chair named on new-look Construction Leadership Council

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BDP chairman David Cash has been selected to join the government’s rebooted Construction Leadership Council (CLC)

The Manchester-based architect will work alongside EC Harris’ Simon Rawlinson, Morrisore Construction founder Brian Morrisroe, Crest Nicholson chief executive Stephen Stone and Saint-Gobain UK’S Sustainable Habitat Group chair Mike Chaldecott.

Other members of the council, include Madani Sow (Bouygues UK), Anna Stewart (Laing O’Rourke), Mike Putnam (Skanska) and Andrew Wolstenholme (Crossrail).

Announced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills yesterday, the list of new recruits comes after the future of the CLC was cast into doubt when its June meeting was cancelled so that ministers ‘could consider how they see the council going forward’.

This was followed in July by reports that the government would be relaunching a new streamlined CLC, downsizing the number of members from 30 to 12.

The news of the reboot came as the government announced that it would be axing role of chief construction adviser after Peter Hansford leaves the role in November.

The decision to scrap Hansford’s role was seen as an ‘own goal’ by some in the industry, with many saying there was a need for a single point of contact between the government and the construction industry.

Co-chaired by skills minister Nick Boles and HS2 chief David higgins, the council was first set up in 2013 ‘to work between industry and government to identify and deliver actions supporting UK construction in building greater efficiency, skills and growth’.

Initiatives carried out through the CLC have included volume housebuilders examining ways to tackle the skills shortage; modern methods of construction and innovation; a fair payment charter; and work on CSCS cards.

Commenting on the latest list, skills minister Nick Boles said: ‘The renewed CLC will provide more business-focused change for the industry, and I’m pleased to be joined by some of its leading figures.

‘From small but ambitious firm Morrisroe to major housebuilder Crest Nicholson and international architects BDP, the new Council brings together the expertise we need to help UK Construction build on recent growth as the foundation for future success.”

The first meeting of the new CLC will take place next month.


  • Nick Boles MP, Minister of State for Skills, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • David Higgins, High Speed Two (HS2)


  • David Cash, (BDP)
  • Mike Chaldecott, (Saint Gobain)
  • Brian Morrisroe, (Morrisroe Construction)
  • Mike Putnam, (Skanska)
  • Simon Rawlinson, (Strategic Forum for Construction / EC Harris)
  • Madani Sow, (Bouygues UK)
  • Anna Stewart, (Laing O’Rourke)
  • Stephen Stone, (Crest Nicholson)
  • Andrew Wolstenholme, (Crossrail)
  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Other government departments – agenda dependent


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