The top 30 Power Players in construction

Photograph of Edward Hardy

14 May 2008

Contract Journal’s power players are the people we believe have the most influence over construction.

But the list includes only those with a direct influence on the industry. For that reason we’ve left out Gordon Brown, the most powerful man in Britain for the time being. We’ve also left out Boris Johnson, London’s new Mayor, since so far he has not announced any policies that may affect construction in the capital.

But there is a place for housing minister Caroline Flint, who will have plenty to juggle in the coming year with sustainability and housing delivery.

The rest of the Power Players are made up from a cross section of businesses and organisations that carry weight in the industry.

Some of them are representative of their particular field, for example, we have only picked one architect and a sole developer, and others will have influence in their own right.

The end result is a list of people highly likely to have an impact on construction in the coming year.

30) The Foreman, construction gossip-monger in chief, Contract Journal
29) Bob Blackman, national secretary, TGWU section, Unite
28) Paul King, chief executive, UK Green Building Council
27) Lord Foster, chairman, Foster and Partners
26) Peter Bonfield, chief executive, BRE
=24) Suzannah Nicol, chief executive, National Specialist Contractors Council (pictured)and Rudi Klein, chief executive, Specialist Engineering Contractors Group
23) Edward Hardy, general manager, Considerate Constructors Scheme

A sign of this man’s influence is that almost every major site now carries a Considerate Constructors logo on its hoardings. And it’s no longer only large projects that are now signed up to the scheme’s code of practice. Since it started in 1997, over 10,000 sites* where work has run for 10 weeks or more have been monitored. But now a new ‘umbrella’ registration scheme has been established allowing smaller builders to sign up.**

Hardy believes “the scheme will, for the first time, be truly able to act as the national benchmark by which the entire industry can be judged”.

22) Sir Anthony Bamford, chairman, JCB
21) Tim Stone, chairman, KPMG Global Infrastructure and Projects Group
20) Nirmal Kotecha, Highways Agency major projects director
19) James Wates, chairman, Construction Confederation
18) Caroline Flint, housing minister
17) Peter Redfern, chief executive, Taylor Wimpey
16) Ratan Tata, chairman, Tata Group
15) Garvis Snook, chief executive, Rok.
=13) Pascal Minault (pictured), managing director, Bouygues UK and David Joyce, chief executive, Vinci UK
12) John Morgan, chairman, Morgan Sindall
11) Clem Constantine, director of property and store development, Marks & Spencer
10) Joaquín Ayuso García, chief executive, Ferrovial
9) Tony Douglas, chief operating officer, Laing O’Rouke and CLM chairman
8) John McDonough, chief executive, Carillion
7) Peter Rogers, technical director, Stanhope
6) Sir Bob Kerslake, chief executive, Homes and Communities Agency
5) David Higgins, chief executive, Olympic Delivery Authority
4) Sir Robert McAlpine, founder, Sir Robert McAlpine
3) Ray O’Rourke, chairman, Laing O’Rourke
2) Simon Williams, director of cartels, OFT
1)Iain Tyler, CH

Edward Hardy commented: “It is very gratifying to be listed as one of the Top 30 Power Players in construction for the second year running.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme continues to grow and diversify and this inclusion gives a clear indication of the influence that the Scheme now has within the UK’s construction industry.

Although it is nice to be individually listed, it is, in fact, testament to everyone involved with the Scheme that it has been recognised again in this listing.”

* In fact, 29,000 sites have been registered with the Scheme since 1997.
** The new registration method for smaller sites is in the development stages.