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Lord O'Neill assumes chairmanship of strategic forum

Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan, president of the Specialist Engineering Contractors' (SEC) Group, will begin a one-year term as chairman of the Strategic Forum for Construction (SFfC) on 1 July 2011.
The SFfC provides an interface between Government and the construction industry, and describes its vision as achieving 'maximum value for clients, end users and stakeholders.'

SFfC membership comprises the industry's main representative bodies, including the SEC Group, as well as the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the trade union UCATT.

Commenting on his aspirations for his year of office, Lord O'Neill confirmed that the starting point must be the SFfC's Construction Commitments document, which had originally been developed in respect of the 2012 London Olympics programme, but which now related to UK construction activity as whole.

The Construction Commitments document identifies six elements as vital to safe, on-time and on-budget delivery - procurement and integration; commitment to people; client leadership; sustainability; design quality; and health and safety.

'Other issues of significance include Construction Innovation and Growth's Low Carbon Construction report - which contains 65 recommendations for Government - and the Government Construction Strategy issued by the Cabinet office,' said Lord O'Neill.

He added that the latter document highlighted many issues, such as project integration, fair payment, pre-qualification and project bank accounts which the SEC Group had been addressing for many years.

Martin O'Neill served as a Labour Member of Parliament from 1979 and, following a successful career on the opposition front bench, was elected chairman of the House of Commons Trade and Industry Select Committee in 1995, a position he held for the following decade.

On his retirement from the Commons in 2005, he was given peerage and in the same year, joined the board of the SEC Group, becoming its president in the autumn of 2006.

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27 June 2011


By Michael Burke
27 June 2011 01:01:00
Another QUANGO we hard pressed tax payers have to pay, what a waste of time and MY MONEY
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