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BIS to appoint chief construction adviser ‘successor’

Peter Hansford will not serve another term as chief construction adviser after his contract finishes in November, Construction News understands.

The former Institution of Civil Engineers president has been in the position for three years.

He was first appointed in November 2012 for a two-year term which was extended in July 2014 until November 2015 by then construction minister Michael Fallon.

It is understood that Mr Hansford is not interested in seeking another term.

One senior source said: “The industry is already amongst itself saying we know Peter is going in November and we need to ensure there’s a good field of candidates [to replace him].”

A spokeswoman for the department for Business, Innovation & Skills told Construction News: “We expect ministers to take a decision on appointing a successor to Peter Hansford in due course.”

Mr Hansford said: “As you know, my term as chief construction adviser runs until the end of November. 

“As far as I’m aware, no decisions have been made yet as to what happens after that.”

Mr Hansford was appointed in 2012 by a three-person panel made up of Lend Lease global operating officer Dan Labbad and senior figures at the Treasury and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

He replaced the government’s first chief construction adviser, Paul Morrell, who held the position from November 2009 to November 2012.

During his time as chief construction adviser he produced an industrial strategy for construction, which was published in July 2013.

The strategy included the formation of a new Construction Leadership Council to focus on the delivery of the joint industry and government commitments and the strategic priorities to 2025.

This week Construction News also revealed that the June meeting of the CLC has been cancelled after the government informed members it wanted to “take stock” and consider how the council should move forward.

In correspondence sent to the CLC members, seen by Construction News, members were told that “now is a timely opportunity to take stock, to ensure the council is well placed for the next phase of its life”.

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