At number 40 Ofgem chief executive Alistair Buchanon..
40: Alistair Buchanon
Chief executive for Ofgem
The UK’s electricity and gas regulator is pushing for an extra £200bn investment in power plants and infrastructure over the next decade, which it says is required to secure future energy supplies as well as facilitate the timely connection of low carbon generation, including wind farms, into the National Grid.
Starting out as a chartered accountant, Mr Buchanon was later employed as a non-executive director for Scottish Water. He joined Ofgem as CEO in 2003 and was awarded a CBE in December 2008.
39: Sir Bob Kerslake
Permanent secretary for Department for Communities and Local Government
A champion of local democracy democracy, Sir Bob is credited with the Lazarus-like recovery of Sheffield City Council, which went from financial crisis in 1997 to top performing four-star council in 2005. After a period as the wellrespected chief executive of the Homes and Communities Agency, he joins the DCLG this November, charged with driving forward the government’s agenda for devolution of power and autonomy to local councils and neighbourhoods.
38: Robert Devereux
Permanent secretary for Department for Transport
Calls for certainty over the future of Crossrail, the future expansion of UK airports and the possibility of a multi-million pound national high-speed rail link are all facing Devereux during his third year as permanent secretary. With public funding under pressure, he’ll no doubt draw on previous budget-balancing experience in positions at the
Treasury, the Department for Social Security, and the Department for Work and Pensions.
37: Andrew Stunell
DCLG minister with responsibility for building regulations for Department for Communities and Local Government
Mr Stunell shocked the industry earlier this year when he announced plans to bring forward planned revisions to Building Regs by a year to 2012. Like it or not, he’s the man responsible for driving the delivery of zero-carbon
homes from 2016 and non-domestic buildings from 2019, while tackling Britain’s underperforming existing building
stock. His training as an architect could prove useful.
36: Lord Young of Graffham
Job title Adviser to the prime minister on health and safety law and practice
A key figure from the Thatcher era, Lord Young has promised to tear up ‘bureaucratic’ health and safety rules he claims overwhelm businesses with red tape, specifically targeting the rise of a compensation culture, which has
seen workers fail to take accountability for their own wellbeing. No stranger to government, Lord Young first joined the Cabinet in 1984 as minister without portfolio, becoming employment secretary the following year and trade secretary from 1987-89.
35: Vice-Admiral Tim Laurence
Head of the government’s Property Asset Management Profession for Office of Government Commerce
As a former CEO of Defence Estates, Vice-Admiral Laurence weathered the media storm that broke over the state of UK military accommodation. After three years in that role, he must now tackle the government’s diverse property
portfolio and ensure it is effectively managed to meet taxpayer expectations and environmental concerns.
34: Tony Jacob
Head of construction and maintenance for John Lewis Partnership
A former quantity surveyor, Mr Jacob is heading up ambitious plans to double the amount of shop floor space for John Lewis and Waitrose by the end of the decade, administering £250m a year for new builds and acquisitions
over the next three years alone. Jacobs recently called on construction supply chains to reduce variable costs to help bring projects in on budget, while expressing a preference for tendering construction contracts over partnerships.
33: David Sheehan
Director of store development for Sainsburys
Government plans to give local councils more say over planning issues may limit Sheehan’s expansion plans for Britain’s third largest supermarket chain. Still, he’s sitting on a war chest of £610m company profits from 2009, much of which will be channelled into expanding its network of stores, with around 100 expected to open by the end of 2011.
32: Kevin Grace
Director of property services for Tesco
Construction’s most coveted client has always been controversial, and Mr Grace’s appointment to its property division in 2007 led to a string of senior management departures due to disagreements over changes to the team. Four years on, the former CEO of Tesco in Poland is back in the headlines for his appointment to the government
panel to review England’s capital investment programme for schools.
31: Francis Salway
CEO for Land Securities
When Britain’s biggest property company reported crushing £4.8bn annual pre-tax losses in May 2009, it’s thought investors gave Mr Salway six months to mastermind a recovery. Fast forward to today and the company’s back in profit and cranking up developments including the ‘Walkie Talkie’ skyscraper in London and the £350m Trinity
shopping centre in Leeds. Mr Salway’s journey to the top was swift. After joining Land Securities in 2001, it took him just four years to land the CEO job, on the way acting as head of asset management, CEO of portfolio management and chief operating officer.