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Peter Hansford named new chief construction adviser

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Former Institution of Civil Engineers president Peter Hansford has been appointed as the new government chief construction adviser, a role he will take over from Paul Morrell.

According to the AJ’s sister pulbication Construction News, Hansford will work with government and industry to ensure Britain’s construction sector is ‘equipped with the knowledge, skills and best practice it needs in its transition to a low carbon economy’.

Hansford is the former president of the Institution of Civil Engineers and chaired ICE’s expert panel contributing to the government’s Low Carbon Construction IGT report.

He will replace Morrell when he stands down from the role at the end of November 2012 after two successful terms in post.

A total of 17 applicants, all male, went forward for the role, with interviews held by a three-person panel made up of Lend Lease global operating officer Dan Labbad and a senior member of the Treasury and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Business Minister Mark Prisk said: ‘I welcome Peter to the role of chief construction adviser. He is well-known and respected in the construction sector, and his wealth of experience will prove an invaluable asset as we move forward with our construction agenda.

‘I’d like to thank Paul Morrell for his dedicated service to the role over the last three years. He has been instrumental in leading the implementation of the Government’s five year construction strategy.

“He also oversaw many notable milestones including the publication of the Low Carbon Construction Innovation and Growth Team Report, the introduction of cost benchmarking and the establishment of procurement models for industry. I wish him the best in his future endeavours.’

Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude said: ‘This is an incredibly important role; over the next four years there are over 600 Government funded construction projects and programmes which will see around £40 billion of investment. I’m pleased to welcome Peter to the post. His experience makes him an ideal candidate to lead on this agenda.

“I’m proud of the progress that we have made to date, and I’d like to thank Paul Morrell for his leadership and achievements throughout his successful time in this post.”

Mr Hansford said: “I am delighted to have been selected as the government’s new chief construction adviser, building on the excellent foundation created by Paul Morrell. I am excited by the challenge of working with industry to deliver the construction agenda, and to progress the transition to a low carbon economy. I look forward to taking up the role in December.”

Mr Hansford will report to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Cabinet Office Ministers. He will assume the role in December 2012.

CECA director of external affairs Alasdair Reisner hailed the appointment as an ‘exemplary choice’.

He said: ‘The challenges presented by the role require an individual who brings together private sector experience with a detailed knowledge of government and Whitehall. Peter Hansford is an exemplary choice, offering a superb track record of work to raise standards across the industry.

‘We believe he will sustain and build upon the excellent work of Paul Morrell, further enhancing the status of the chief construction advisor position as a focus of dialogue and activity between industry and government.”

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