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Client in top role at CIOB


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.'