14 August 2007 | Paul Snell
Strengthening resources in the building industry is to be the chief goal of the new heads of the CIPS's Construction Procurement Group.
Antony Faughnan, business support group leader and partner at EC Harris, has become chairman of the group. Faughnan was previously vice-chair and replaces Colin McNeil, director of Kier Northern. Nigel McKay, head of procurement at Bovis Lend Lease, is now vice-chair. Both will be in post for three years.
"We need to tackle resources in two areas," McKay told Supply Management. "There is a battle for competent people and we are always up against the same firms. The scarcity is driving the cost of procurement up. The other area is the expansion of the industry and bringing in new suppliers."
"Part of the answer is increasing our diversity," added Faughnan. "We have broken a lot of barriers but we can do a lot to accelerate this, bringing in professionals from other areas and more women into the sector. It is about creating opportunities and being bolder."
Both want to ensure the industry communicates what it is doing and forges better links with the wider community of suppliers and in procurement.
"We all have the same goal," said Faughnan. "To promote professional procurement, to raise the bar and deliver great products."