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Government seeks new Chief Construction AdviserMay 2012

The Government has launched the search for a successor to Paul Morrell as the Government's Chief Construction Adviser.

Mr Morrell, who was first appointed to the position in December 2009, will step down in November after completing two successful terms in post.

Working with BIS and Cabinet Office, he has led on the implementation of the Government's five year construction strategy which aims to deliver efficiencies of up to 20 per cent by 2015 - focusing on waste, greater transparency on costs, new models of procurement and smarter use of technology.

Successes include the introduction of cost benchmarking and establishing procurement models, trialled in areas such as defence, justice and flood defences. The introduction of Project Bank Accounts has also enabled rapid payment to small and medium businesses through the construction supply chain.

Business Minister Mark Prisk said:

"I am grateful to Paul Morrell who has made significant progress championing the reforms set out in the Government's Construction Strategy and in encouraging the development of a construction industry fit for a low carbon future.

"His industry experience has played a crucial role in bringing together Government and businesses to help lead the transition to a low carbon economy, especially in his efforts to set up the Green Construction Board.

"I look forward to recruiting a worthy successor to take forward this agenda so that this multi billion pound industry can meet the challenges of the future."

Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude said:

"Under Paul Morrell's leadership our construction strategy has strengthened and I am grateful for his achievements.

"In just one year, we introduced cost benchmarking, kicked off trials of new procurement models, extended faster payment for SMEs and began a BIM (Building Information Modelling) revolution.

"I look forward to working with Paul's successor to deliver savings for the taxpayer of up to 20 per cent by 2015."

Applications for the role of Government's Chief Construction Adviser are now being accepted. The appointee will be announced in the summer.

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