Vinci chief operating officer David Joyce has been named as chair of an advisory panel to the Welsh government on construction.
Business minister Edwina Hart announced today that construction has been named as a new priority sector for the Welsh government along with tourism and food and farming with advisory panels to be established for each sector.
Addressing the National Assembly for Wales’ Enterprise and business committee, Mrs Hart said: “The construction industry in Wales has an estimated 10,000 businesses employing 100,000 people and has a pivotal role to play in the delivery of affordable Housing, improved transportation infrastructure, better schools and hospitals and green energy infrastructure.
“The panels will ensure that the views and priorities of their industries will inform the Welsh government’s policy development and provide me with expert knowledge and advice.”
Mr Joyce, who acts as managing director for Vinci Construction UK, said: “I am delighted that the Welsh Government has recognised Construction as a priority sector and recognised its status as an economic enabler across the economy.
“I am relishing the challenge of chairing the construction panel and the challenges and opportunities it presents to support the growth of the sector in Wales and provide strategic guidance to the minister.”
The Federation of Master Builders Wales director Richard Jenkins said: “We are extremely pleased the Welsh government has listened to our calls to put construction at the heart of the economic recovery.
“We have also said investment in construction offers good value for money, but more needs to be done to increase the value of construction spend. We look forward to working with the minister and the new advisory panel to develop solutions that are innovative and fair to SMEs in order to get Wales building.”