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3 September 2009
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04 September 2009 | Allie Anderson

Driving change in public sector procurement should be a priority for the government's new chief construction czar, industry experts have said.

The adviser, who is set to be appointed in November, will be responsible for securing better value for money, as well as promoting innovation and sustainability.

Rudi Klein, CEO of the Specialist Engineering Contractors' Group, said the czar should focus on procurement change and "not be a mediator between government and industry".

"We want to move towards procuring construction using a more collaborative, team-working approach," he told SM. "This will help reduce industry waste and promote sustainability."

Antony Faughnan, partner at EC Harris and chairman of the CIPS construction procurement group, said that while the industry tends to benefit from having a good practitioner in such positions, the post may require "somebody with the political and emotional skills to bring key stakeholders together".

Chairman of the Strategic Forum for Construction, Nick Raynsford MP, expects the role "to attract high-calibre applicants".

Names touted include Olympic Delivery Authority chairman John Armitt.


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