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Friday01 August 2014

Jack Pringle appointed to government advisory panel

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Former RIBA president joins industry heavyweights to tackle industrial strategy

The former RIBA president Jack Pringle has been named as the only architect on the government’s newly formed panel to advise on its industrial strategy for construction.

Pringle, managing director at Pringle Brandon Perkins & Will, joins Laing O’Rourke chief Ray O’Rourke and Barratt Homes chief executive Mark Clare on the 17-strong panel.

BD’s sister title Building reports that the team will advise on issues including how to promote growth and innovation, how to deliver the right construction skills and how to access overseas trade.

Peter Hansford, chief construction adviser, said: “I’m delighted that these key figures from across the construction industry have agreed to join our new advisory council.

“I look forward to working with them over the next six months to create a long-term strategy for our industry and to chart the way forward for construction in the UK.”

The group’s work is intended to build on previous studies carried out by the Green Construction, the Government Construction Board and the Infrastructure UK Cost Review.

The full list of advisors:

·         Peter Hansford (Chair) - Chief Construction Adviser, UK Government

·         Denise Bower - Professor in Engineering Project Management, University of Leeds

·         Mark Clare - Group Chief Executive, Barratt Developments

·         Geoff Cooper - Chief Executive, Travis Perkins

·         Keith Howells - Chairman, Mott MacDonald

·         Chris Kane - Director, Greendale Construction

·         Simon Kirby - Managing Director, Infrastructure Projects Network Rail

·         Kevin Louch - Managing Director, Stanford Industrial Concrete Flooring

·         Robert Mair - Professor and Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Cambridge

·         Chris Newsome - Director of Asset Management, Anglian Water

·         Ray O’Rourke - Chief Executive and Chairman, Laing O’Rourke

·         David Pinder - Chief Executive, BDR Thermea

·         Neil Sachdev - Property Director, Sainsbury’s

·         Paul Sheffield - Chief Executive, Kier Group

·         James Stewart - Chairman of Global Infrastructure, KPMG

·         Jack Pringle - Principal, Managing Director, Pringle Brandon Perkins & Will

·         Mike Putnam - CEO and President, Skanska UK

·         Mark Wakeford - Managing Director, Stepnell

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