President and CEO of Skanska UK, Gregor Craig has been appointed as the new chair of the CBI Construction Council
Gregor Craig succeeds Sir James Wates CBE, chairman of Wates Group, who has been chair of the CBI Construction Council since September 2017.
Craig has been president and CEO of Skanska UK since May 2017. He joined the business in 2003 and has been a member of its executive management team since 2015.
Gregor Craig, said: “It’s a great privilege to be taking on this role, especially at this critical time for the construction industry.
“We are heading towards a new relationship with the European Union and, although the pandemic has had a well-documented impact, there is also a lot to learn about what the industry can achieve when it is really focused.
“We need to take the best of that learning and make sure it is part of the template for the future of construction.”
Sir James Wates has steered the CBI’s efforts through the collapse of the industry’s second-largest construction contractor Carillion, the UK leaving the EU and the current Covid-19 pandemic.
Actively bringing perspectives together
Sir James Wates, commented: “It has been my privilege to serve as chairman of the CBI Construction Council for the past three years.
“Construction is well known for being a fragmented industry, but we have worked hard to ensure the council is clear on its remit and actively brings together perspectives from across this diverse and amazing sector that is so critical to the UK economy.
“I am confident that Greg will continue this good work, which is now more important than ever, as we work with the government and the entire business community to deliver what the UK needs to recover from the economic crisis brought on by the pandemic.”
CBI president, Lord Karan Bilimoria, CBE, DL, said: “We are delighted that Gregor has accepted the Chair position of the CBI Construction Council.
“Our standing committees are critical to shaping the CBI’s work on the most important issues for business and the coming years will be absolutely vital for the prosperity of UK plc.
“In Gregor, the Construction Council has another highly-respected business leader who not only cares passionately about the future of the industry, but the professionalism and wellbeing of UK construction workers, as his own company’s commitment to mental health and diversity shows.
“Skanska is also a market leader in sustainable construction, which will be a defining challenge facing UK construction in the coming decades.”
CBI director-general, Carolyn Fairbairn, added: “I would like to thank Sir James Wates for his exemplary leadership of the Construction Council over the last three years.
“Sir James has worked tirelessly on behalf of this vital sector to the UK economy and we have been hugely grateful for his wise counsel and contribution.”
Gregor Craig will formally take over as chair from 1 November 2020 and remain in post until December 2023.