Joe Fitzgibbon, managing director of Centum Construction Services, has been elected chairman of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association North West.
CECA is the representative body for companies who deliver, upgrade, and maintain the country's infrastructure.
It has more than 300 members split across eight regions, representing firms who carry out an estimated 70 to 80% of all civil engineering activity in the UK.
Members work in the transport, energy, communications, waste and water sectors.
Fitzgibbon has worked in public and private civil engineering for more than 35 years, with projects including utilities, highways and rail.
He said: "I want to focus on representing SMEs as well as larger members of CECA, both those based in the North West and those that operate nationally.
"We need to be robust in what we do both regionally and nationally in ensuring the political landscape is right for us all, and it is imperative that we stimulate greater involvement in CECA by young professionals, and to identify ways of emerging this through close working with universities, colleges, students and apprentices."
Centum is a civil engineering contractor based in Levenshulme, Manchester, and operating across the UK.
It works for public and private infrastructure organisations across various industries, including water, retail, commercial, industrial, highways, residential and education.
Clients include the Highways Agency, Allied Bakeries and United Utilities.