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Green Construction Board targets 'circular economy'

13 November 2015

The Green Construction Board, chaired by Skanska chief executive Mike Putnam and government skills minister Nick Boles, has unveiled a new line up and fresh set of priorities.      

The new GCB held its first meeting on 4 November. It acts as the “sustainability workstream” of the revamped Construction Leadership Council, which itself held its first meeting on 21 October.

The 20-strong group includes several new faces, but many are stepping in for other indivuals in the same organisation, for instance the UK Green Building Council, Laing O'Rourke and Marks & Spencer. 

According to a statement, ithe GCB's new targets are:

Boles said: “The new Green Construction Board members bring together some of the best expertise in industry. The refreshed board will build on the work of the new Construction Leadership Council, delivering its sustainability agenda to help the UK achieve a more low carbon built environment.”

Putnam said: “I am looking forward to continuing in the role as the chair of the Green Construction Board and to working with a wide selection of industry leaders to deliver on our ambitious and challenging priorities. There is a clear need for leadership and action from the industry if we are to deliver a low carbon future and I believe we are well placed to do this.”

The membership includes strong representation from the public sector and client bodies, with the addition of several civil servants. With new members in italics, the membership consists of:

George Adams - director for UK energy and engineering, Spie - new appointment 

Mark Bew - chair of the UK BIM Task Group

Tim Chapman - director/leader for infrastructure London Group, Arup - new appointment

Louise Clarke - group sustainability manager for Berkeley Group and chair of CIC 2050 Group - new appointment

Alan Couzens - director, Infrastructure UK, HMT

Munish Datta - head of facilities management and Plan A, M&S - new appointment 

Louise Ellison - head of sustainability, Hammerson

David Hancock - head of construction, Cabinet Office - new appointment

Julie Hirigoyen - chief executive of the UK Green Building Council, new appointment (replacing former chief executive Paul King)

Peter Hunt - chief operating officer for the Lighting Industry Association, chief executive Lumicom, and vice president of LightingEurope - new appointment 

Rob Lambe - managing director, Willmott Dixon Energy Services

Chris Newsome - director of asset management, Anglian Water 

Rob Pearce - consultant to Haskoll Architects & Designers. Pearce, formerly head of design and architecture at M&S, has retained his seat on the GCB

David Purdy - director for Energy Efficiency Deployment Office, DECC 

Mike Putnam - president and CEO of Skanska UK

Peter Schofield - director-general for neighbourhoods, DCLG

John Sinfield - managing director for Knauf Insulation Northern European and chairman of the Construction Products Association - new appointment 

Lynne Sullivan - co-founding partner, SustainableBYdesign

Robin Webb - deputy director, retail, construction & rail, BIS - new appointment 

Peter Williams - technical director, European hub, Laing O’Rourke - new appointment, replacing Laing O'Rourke's Steve Wignall

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