CBI appoints new chairman to trade council

The Confederation of British Industry has appointed Steve Hindley as the new chairman of its construction council.

Hindley, a civil engineer with more than 30 years' experience in the construction industry, is chairman of Midas Group.

He succeeds John McDonough of Carillion, who is stepping down after three years as chairman of the CBI Construction Council.

Neil Bentley, CBI deputy director-general, said: "As a leader of one of construction's fastest-growing medium-sized firms, Steve Hindley brings a fresh perspective on what the sector needs to ensure a sustainable recovery.

"Construction firms and their supply chain account for around 13 per cent of GDP, so creating construction jobs and growth is vital to the health of the wider economy. We need the Government to publish a forward pipeline of work to give firms the confidence to invest in skills and processes which will improve efficiency and reduce infrastructure delivery costs."

The CBI's construction council was formed in 2008 to represent construction, contracting, civil engineering, materials suppliers, house building, design, and support services.

McDonough, added: "Over the past three years we've brought together construction and supply chain firms, both large and small from across the UK, and firmly established the CBI Construction Council as the unified voice of the industry.

"With Steve Hindley at the helm, the council will go from strength to strength, continuing to engage with the Government at the highest level."

The CBI also welcomes four new members to its construction council from CEMEX, Clegg Group, Leadbitter Group, and The Mactaggart & Mickel Group.

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