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4. Paul Morrell

Chief construction adviser

Getting the right person for the role of chief construction adviser was always going to be tricky. The job requires someone with that industry knowledge as well as Whitehall savvy.

Although the role is described as being independent, Mr Morrell reports to both the Treasury and to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

His two big priorities are getting more for less, and tying that to delivering low carbon construction, which he
likens to riding two horses at once, but in tandem.

A key driver for him is driving contractors to take a key management role in the retrofitting of 26 million homes to meet carbon reduction targets.

He has his hands on many levers with a remit that includes chairing the new Construction Clients Board, assessing the key barriers to growth in the UK’s low carbon construction sector and working with the industry through the Strategic Forum for agenda (including the Construction Commitments).

Alongside this he is working with the Technology Strategy Board and other funding bodies and also coordinates the Whitehall response to reports featuring construction.

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