CLC announces new leadership team

CLC co-chair and Mace Group chairman and CEO Mark Reynolds

Four senior leaders from across the sector have agreed to join a new leadership team at the Construction Leadership Council.

Last autumn, the CLC confirmed that it would focus on four long-term priorities to boost productivity, growth and improve resilience: Building Safety, People and Skills, Net Zero and Bio-Diversity, and Next Generation Delivery.

The CLC has appointed four industry sponsors to lead the delivery of these priorities, five young ambassadors to ensure the voice of young professionals is at the heart of the organisation’s work, and four industry chairs who will lead the sector workstreams.

The new CLC industry sponsors on the leadership team are: Karl Whiteman, divisional managing director of Berkeley Group, for Building Safety; Nick Roberts, CEO of Travis Perkins Plc, for People and Skills; Matt Palmer, executive director of Lower Thames Crossing, National Highways, for Net Zero and Bio-Diversity; and Isabel Corman, director of engineering and asset strategy, Transport for London, for Next Generation Delivery.

CLC co-chair and Mace Group chairman and CEO Mark Reynolds and CLC deputy co-chair CEO, Atkins UK and Europe, Richard Robinson, said: “Having set out a clear vision for the CLC, our focus now is to deliver visible action against our four priorities for the benefit of the whole construction sector. 

“As such, these appointments represent a significant milestone as we look to accelerate the change needed to address the building safety changes, help deliver a green economy, drive productivity, and enhance our skills to achieve growth across UK construction. 

“We welcome our Industry Chairs and Young Ambassadors, and now look forward to working with our Industry Sponsors - Karl, Nick, Matt and Isabel - whose experience and expertise will be invaluable to the CLC and its wider network.”

CLC co-chair and Minister for Business and Trade Nusrat Ghani MP said it is a “key step forward in helping the council's priorities to boost productivity, growth and improve resilience”.

The industry chairs will act as advocates for the CLC, overseeing the delivery of the sector workstreams. The new industry chairs are: Mark Thurston, CEO, High Speed 2 Ltd, for Infrastructure; Anna Scothern, CEO, National Home Improvement Council, for Domestic RMI; Mike Woolliscroft, of Vistry, for Housing; and Helen Hare, director of projects, Great Portland Estates Plc, for Buildings and Places.

The five young professionals who will act as ambassadors for the CLC, working with the industry sponsors on each priority are: Madeleine Coman, strategy and transformation, Laing O’Rourke, for Building Safety; Lydia McGuiness, site manager, Wates, for People and Skills; Micheala Chan, engineer, Arcadis, for Net Zero and Bio-Diversity; Mila Duncheva, business development manager of UK & Ireland, Stora Enso Wood Products, and Hollie Rowland, construction products group manager, BSI Group, for Next Generation Delivery.

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