Peter Hansford to be government’s new construction advisor

The government has announced it has appointed industry leader Peter Hansford as its new chief construction advisor. He will succeed Paul Morrell, who is set to step down from his position in November 2012 after two terms. Mr Hansford will take the reigns in December 2012 and will report to ministers in the Cabinet Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Previously, he was president of the Institution of Civil Engineers and business minister Mark Prisk described the appointee as “well-known and respected in the construction sector”. “His wealth of experience will prove an invaluable asset as we move forward with our construction agenda,” the politician added. Mr Hansford revealed he is looking forwards to his new appointment and is excited by the transition to a low-carbon economy, as well as working alongside the industry to deliver the government’s agenda. He will be a member of the Green Construction Board and provide advice to the state about issues in the building trade. Furthermore, the representative will work with the market through the Strategic Forum for Construction.

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