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Wednesday, 04 November 2015 11:56

Refreshed Green Construction Board meets for the first time

Mike Putnam, CEO of Skanska UK, chaired the first meeting of the refreshed industry led Green Construction Board (GCB) on 4th November. The GCB is the sustainability workstream of the Construction Leadership Council and its role is to:

To provide leadership and action to enable the whole value chain (clients, contractors, product manufacturers, suppliers and others) to become more environmentally sustainable, more productive and better placed to exploit the growing global market.

The members of the refreshed Green Construction Board are as follows:

George Adams - Director for UK Energy & Engineering, Spie

Mark Bew - Chair of the UK BIM Task Group

Tim Chapman - Director / Leader for Infrastructure London Group, Arup

Louise Clarke - Group Sustainability Manager for Berkeley Group and Chair of CIC 2050 Group

Alan Couzens - Director, Infrastructure UK, HMT

Munish Datta - Head of Facilities Management and Plan A, M&S

Louise Ellison - Head of Sustainability, Hammersons

David Hancock - Head of Construction, Cabinet Office

Julie Hirigoyen - Chief Executive of the UK Green Building Council

Peter Hunt - Chief Operating Officer for the Lighting Industry Association Chief Executive Lumicom Ltd and Vice President of Lighting

Rob Lambe - Managing Director, Willmott Dixon Energy Services

Chris Newsome - Director of Asset Management, Anglian Water

Rob Pearce - Consultant to Haskoll Architects & Designers

David Purdy - Director for Energy Efficiency Deployment Office, DECC

Mike Putnam - President and CEO of Skanska UK

Peter Schofield - Director-General for Neighbourhoods, DCLG

John Sinfield - Managing Director for Knauf Insulation Northern European and Chairman of the Construction Products Association

Lynne Sullivan - Co-founding partner, SustainableBYdesign

Robin Webb - Deputy Director, Retail, Construction & Rail, BIS

Peter Williams - Technical Director, European Hub, Laing O’Rourke


The meeting focused on how the Green Construction Board will deliver on its priorities:

  1. Championing, leading and supporting action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from infrastructure, domestic (housing) and non-domestic built environment sectors, in line with the pathway outlined in the Low Carbon Routemap (reductions of greenhouse gases by 50% by 2025 and 80% by 2050) and report on progress.
  2. Supporting the construction sector to move towards a circular economy business model to improve resource efficiency and productivity.


Skills Minister and Co-Chair of the Construction Leadership Council, Nick Boles said:

“The new Green Construction Board members bring together some of the best expertise in industry. The refreshed Board will build on the work of the new Construction Leadership Council, delivering its sustainability agenda to help the UK achieve a more low carbon built environment.”


Mike Putnam, Chair of the GCB and President & CEO of Skanksa UK said:

“I am looking forward to continuing in the role as the Chair of the Green Construction Board and to working with a wide selection of industry leaders to deliver on our ambitious and challenging priorities. There is a clear need for leadership and action from the industry if we are to deliver a low carbon future and I believe we are well placed to do this.”


Andrew Wolstenholme , Co-Chair of the Construction Leadership Council and CEO of Crossrail said:

“A key driver for the Construction Leadership Council is a more efficient and productive industry. Such an industry can only deliver more sustainable outcomes. I am delighted that Mike is continuing in his role as Chair of the Green Construction Board and warmly welcome the refreshed priorities and membership.”