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Government launches search for Morrell replacement

The government this week launched its search for a successor to Paul Morrell as the its chief construction adviser.

Morrell, who was first appointed to the position in December 2009, will step down in November after completing two terms in post.

“Working with BIS and Cabinet Office, he has led on the implementation of the Government’s five year construction strategy which aims to deliver efficiencies of up to 20% by 2015 – focusing on waste, greater transparency on costs, new models of procurement and smarter use of technology,” the Department for Business Innovation and Skills said in a statement.

Successes include the introduction of cost benchmarking, establishment of procurement models and Project Bank Accounts, it added.

Applications for the role of Government’s Chief Construction Adviser are now being accepted. The appointee will be announced in the summer.

Morrell took up the post in November 2009 after retiring from Davis Langdon where he had worked since joining from university in 1971. He became a Partner at the firm in 1976 and Senior Partner in 1999.

The role

The Chief Construction Adviser is independent and reports to BIS and Cabinet Office Ministers. The successful individual will:

Chair the Government Construction Board to deliver the Government’s Construction Strategy and the 20 per cent reduction in the cost of construction procurement to the public sector during the lifetime of this Parliament;

Act as a member of the Green Construction Board, working with the industry and Government to deliver a construction industry fit for purpose for a low carbon future and sustainable construction;

Work with the construction industry, through the Strategic Forum for Construction, to improve the industry’s business performance and ensure the UK industry is well placed to serve developing needs and markets;

Promote innovation in the sector, including in particular the use of Building Information Modelling in public sector construction procurement;

Act as a focal point on construction issues across Whitehall, bringing together teams in BIS, Cabinet Office, Infrastructure UK and in other Government Departments;

Provide advice to Ministers and Government on construction issues as necessary.

Individuals wishing to apply for the post of Government Chief Construction Adviser should submit applications to Peter Payne in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills ( by 8 June. Applicants should send their CVs and a short statement on how they would meet the demands of the post

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