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Clients chief quits job

Chris Morley, head of the Construction Clients Group, leaves to set up lobbying rm

THE HEAD of the Con struction Clients Group, the client representative body for the industry, has left to set up his own lobbying company.

Chris Morley, who joined the CCG as executive director when it was formed in 2004, resigned two weeks ago.

A former construction director of the British Property Federation, Mr Morley sat on the industry's Strategic Forum representing client interests.

One industry source said: 'It was a very sudden departure, completely out of the blue. I'm not 100 per cent sure of his reasons, but if you look at the membership of the CCG there are a lot of public sector clients involved and there is a bit of a clash with the Public Sector Construction Clients Forum.' The PSCCF was set up by the Office of Government Commerce last year following recommendations in a National Audit Office report on the construction sector. It acts as a single departmental forum at senior management level to coordinate and lead public sector construction work. Public sector members of the CCG include the BBC, the Department of Health, Heritage Lottery Fund, Hackney Council, the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, the Department of Work and Pensions and OGC. BAA, Land Securities and Grosvenor Estates are the only private sector big hitters.

CCG, which charges £7,000 for membership, co-located with industry improvement body Constructing Excellence last year to cut costs.

A CE source said the company was interviewing for a replacement chief. The organisation's learning and skills director, Sue Hobbs, is covering the role temporarily.

Mr Morley and CCG chairman Graham Farrant were unavailable for comment.

A spokesman for the Construction Confederation, which is currently acting as secretariat of the Strategic Forum, said: 'Chris's departure won't affect client representation.' The previous client representative body, the Construction Clients Confederation, was wound up in 2002.