Travis Perkins chief executive Geoff Cooper has been appointed as the Construction Products Association’s new non-executive chairman.
Mr Cooper’s appointment was announced at the association’s annual lunch on Thursday. He will replace Aggregate Industries’ chairman Bill Bolsover in the role.
Travis Perkins said that it welcomed the opportunity through this appointment to play a “leading role in advancing the cause of the construction industry” in the wider economy and with government.
Mr Cooper has been a member of the association’s industry principals’ conference for the past seven years.
He said: “In terms of economic recovery, the construction industry is very much part of the solution and the association’s input to the debate about this country’s future prosperity is key to policy stances that government takes in the period ahead.”
The association’s members include the largest UK construction products manufacturers and distributors as well as a wide range of other construction-related trade associations.
Its members have a combined turnover in excess of £50 billion and represent around 4 per cent of the UK’s gross domestic product.
Mr Bolsover has used the role to urge the government to “hold its nerve” on new nuclear plans in the UK, rebalance current and capital spending and provide incentives for the Green Deal.