Nicola Lovett, ENGIE UK & Ireland CEO, has been appointed as the new chair of CBI’s Public Sector Partners Council
Nicola Lovett will help guide the CBI’s work on issues related to the delivery of public services and infrastructure, and public-private partnerships.
The appointment comes as the UK’s Covid pandemic response highlights what can be achieved when business and government work together in the national interest.
Business has proved an essential partner – assisting the NHS and other public services – from fitting out Nightingale hospitals in a matter of days, through to developing and delivering life-saving vaccines.
Building sustainability into public spending
Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE DL, CBI president, said: “It is fantastic to welcome Nicola as chair of the CBI Public Sector Partnership Council and I am excited to begin championing the value that business brings in the service of the nation alongside her.
“Nicola brings expertise and drive to the council which will ensure government-business relationships continue to grow going forward, particularly around the increasingly vital issues of building sustainability into public spending and helping the regions level up across the country.
Nicola Lovett, incoming chair of the CBI Public Sector Partners Council and ENGIE CEO, added: “I am delighted to be appointed as chair at such an important time for government-business relations when the Public Sector must rise to meet challenges such as the ongoing pandemic, climate change, digitalisation and the housing crisis.
“I look forward to leading the coalition of businesses within the council continuing to not only articulate the collective value we bring to the Public Sector, but also to further strengthen the council’s relationship with Government and the wider public sector, ensuring suppliers are best placed to deliver outcomes that support government priorities in a transparent and responsible way.”