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Chair appointed for new Supply Chain Capacity & Skills Group

The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury has announced that Dr Diana Montgomery, chief executive of the Construction Products Association, has been appointed to chair a new infrastructure Supply Chain Capacity and Skills group.  

The group includes representatives from government departments, supply chain organisations and skills bodies.

They will aim to provide guidance and work with government to recommend interventions that build capability and capacity in the UK infrastructure sector.

Dr Montgomery said: “Over the next decade we expect to see record levels of investment in the UK’s infrastructure.  It is in all of our interests to ensure that the costs of delivering this work are kept under control.  

“I welcome the opportunity to work with colleagues from across the sector, ensuring that as an industry we deliver solutions to this important issue.”

In related news, the government announced it is launching a refresh of its joint programme with industry to reduce further costs and improve the delivery of infrastructure.  

This builds on the actions already taken by this government to support longer-term planning and funding of infrastructure investment.

This refreshed ‘Infrastructure Cost’ programme sets out a series of projects and actions to change the behaviour of government, clients and industry.  

The new programme of work will address four key themes - Improving pipeline visibility and certainty; Improving project initiation and procurement; Whole life planning and cost control; and Supply chain skills and construction delivery.

The government, through the Commercial Secretary and IUK, will work with the Infrastructure Client Group (ICG) to deliver this programme.  

The group will report to the Commercial Secretary on progress next autumn.

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