Speculation is growing over who will be appointed to the role of Chief Construction Adviser, a role the Government has announced it wants in place by November 2009.
It has been reported this week that a number of individuals have registered their interest in the role. These include Rudi Klein, best known as the chief executive of the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group and a keen advocate of sub-contractor rights. (Readers may remember the amendments the SEC repeatedly proposed to the LDEDC Bill 2008 as it made its way through Parliament. They may also recall that those amendments were repeatedly rejected.)
Vaughan Burnand, chairman of Constructing Excellence, has also registered his interest in the role. Other names being mentioned include BRE chief executive, Peter Bonfield and former OGC head, Sir Peter Gershon.
It has been suggested that the appointee may not need construction industry experience. With this in mind, PLC Construction proposes Prince Charles as the ideal candidate. His Royal Highness is well known for his views on modern architecture and inner city development. He is also a keen promoter of environmental issues, with the development of his eco-friendly village at Poundbury, Dorset.
The construction industry is responsible for a large part of the country’s GDP and, as such, is an important part of the economy. No matter who is appointed to the role, they face the unenviable task of securing value for money from government procurement of construction, while promoting innovation and sustainability in the industry. Presumably, they will also be required to work with the current construction minister. As that role changes regularly, that may prove to be one of the new Chief Construciton Adviser’s hardest tasks.
Let us know what you think of the candidates, or if you have any suggestions of your own.