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CBI Construction Council Future Leaders Group

The construction sector faces a number of significant challenges – fragmentation of the industry, low margins, limited scope to invest in innovation and challenges recruiting the right mix of skills. All of this at a time when construction has never been more important to our future, given our ambitious plans for the UK’s infrastructure and housing.

While government has a role to play in helping to ensure the industry is ready to make the most of these opportunities, we know that most of the innovative thinking as to how we can meet these challenges will come from the expertise within construction firms.

To this end, the CBI Construction Council has asked a group of future leaders to develop recommendations focussed on improving collaboration and digitisation within the sector. The work of this group will complement existing work, such as Construction 2025, by providing the view from within the industry.

The group, comprising representatives from across the supply chain, from design to sub – contractors, is expected to report to the CBI’s Construction Council, a 35 – strong forum of chief executives, in November.

The Future Leaders’ Group consists of 18 rising stars under the age of 35, drawn from companies spanning the supply chain, from major construction firms to small and medium sized businesses. The group represent a wide spectrum of jobs from across the construction industry, including construction products, contractors and services.

The group will organise its work around four work streams:

  • Procurement and Contract Structures
  • Data
  • Skills
  • Research and Innovation

Who are our Future Leaders:

Matthew James Sharpe Aggregate Industries
Michael Spurry Balfour Beatty
Isla Hill BAM Nuttall
Graham Kelly BIM Academy
David Hollywood Carillion
Andrew Cope Henry Boot
Eleanor Kentish Kier Group
Christopher Hughes Morgan Sindall
Oliver Hawes Mott MacDonald
Chris Bennett J Murphy & Sons
Lee Trabis NG Bailey
Danielle Griffiths Pinsent Masons
Craig Badger Rider Levett Bucknall
Steve Ford Ryder Architecture
Daniel Harris Saint Gobain
Katie Fowler SIG plc
Ainara Thompson Skanska
Rhys Thomas United Living
Chris Wright Wates