A CLIENT has been elected head of the Chartered Institute of Building for the first time in the organisation's 170-year history.
Hammerson director Geoff Wright has taken over as president from Kier boss Colin Busby.
Mr Wright said: 'People ask me why a customer of the industry should become president of the CIOB. I reply that 10 per cent of our members are clients - 20 per cent if you include local authorities.
'As a client, I place orders of approximately £500 million every year and I control these projects to completion - I believe this gives me extensive knowledge and experience of the construction industry.'