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Back to the hot topic of energy with energy and climate change minister Greg Barker at number 30…

30: Greg Barker
Energy and climate change minister

Mr Barker must bolster government claims to be the ‘greenest ever’ by delivering conclusive plans on the role of renewable energy sources in future development, a final definition of zero carbon, and a workable Green Deal
for householder home improvements.
Previously appointed as shadow environment minister, in 2006 Mr Barker accompanied David Cameron on a fact finding mission to the Arctic Circle, and as a member of the Climate Change Bill public bill committee helped
its passage through the Commons in 2008.

29: Greg Clark
Minister for decentralisation

As the minister for decentralisation in the Department for Communities and Local Government Greg Clark will take
on responsibility for driving forward the coalition government’s localism agenda. Decentralisation of political power is a long-standing interest of the Conservative former director of policy - so much so that he’s written a book
about it, Total Politics. His other responsibilities include ‘big society’ and planning policy.

28: John Armitt
Chairman for Olympic Delivery Authority

The fact that the £7bn construction project for the 2012 Olympic Games has largely remained out of the headlines is a huge credit to Mr Armitt. In July 2010, the ODA reported it had hit all its targets, including putting the first seats in the Stadium, finishing the Aquatic Centre structure and roof and completing the Velodrome structure and roof.

27: Ray Stephenson
Programme manager For ProCure 21+

Mr Stephenson ran a tight ship on the £4.3bn, seven-year health capital works framework ProCure 21. More than 90 per cent of schemes have been delivered to time and budget, and there has been no litigation. Mr Stephenson has now turned his attention to the programme’s replacement, ProCure 21+, warning contractors last year that if they do not deliver on the framework “we will boot them off it”.

26: Robbie Burns
Major programme director for Crossrail for Network Rail

Overseeing Network Rail’s involvement in Crossrail, Mr Burns’ championing of the project has played a vital role in its delivery. His responsibilities include developing the connections between Crossrail and the wider rail network, and administering £2.3bn of financing.
Network Rail will also be responsible for all non-station maintenance, which could create opportunities for
contractors’ support services divisions.

25: Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani
Thirty-year-old Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani is the son of the Emir of Qatar and the heir apparent. He is chairman of the Qatar Investment Authority, which controls an investment fund of £41bn. The state of Qatar is active in the London market, through various vehicles, participating in schemes such as One Hyde Park and the Royal Chelsea Barracks, and has bought Harrods and the US Embassy.

24: John Cridland
Deputy director-general for The Confederation of British Industry

As deputy director-general of the CBI, John Cridland is responsible for the management of the CBI’s policy and membership activities. His support in the business lobby group will be instrumental, covering the entire
gamut of issues affecting the construction sector, and will give the industry a stronger voice in Westminster.

23: John McCready
Managing director of the Property Unit for The Shareholder Executive (part of BIS)

John McCready, a former senior partner at accountancy group Ernst & Young, was appointed the head of a new property unit within the Shareholder Executive, which manages the state’s investments in businesses and assets, in late 2009. Mr McCready is leading a strategic review of the government’s real estate assets as it strives to raise £16bn in asset sales by 2013-14. The properties Mr McCready covers include central government offices, hospitals, military bases and local authority offices.

22: Ian Watmore
Chief operating officer For The Efficiency and Reform Group in the Cabinet Office

Ian Watmore is the recently appointed head of the Efficiency and Reform Group. He will work closely with the minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude and the chief secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, to make sure there is a coordinated approach to tackling waste and improving accountability across all government
departments. This will include exploiting economies of scale and reducing duplication, as well as looking for efficiencies in procurement, project management, property, HR and ICT.

21: Charles Hendry
Energy minister

Energy minister Charles Hendry is in charge of pushing ahead with the government’s commitment to build a new fleet of nuclear power plants in the UK. He plans to remove “unnecessary” barriers preventing the construction
of new reactors and expects to receive the first nuclear planning applications next year, so that construction of new atomicpower facilities can begin no later than 2013.

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