Top 30 Power Players

Photograph of Edward Hardy

21 March 2007

Contract Journal,
The Top 30 Power Players in construction

A year is a long time in construction. Twelve months on from the first CJ Construction Power Players list, many of the names and faces this time round are different. Again, we’ve included a broad cross-section of the industry, featuring not only the big contractors and clients, but also architects and union bosses. And not surprisingly, there is a strong green influence. Read on to find out which people have the most influence on today’s construction industry – and the direction of your business.

1. Ray O’Rourke, Chairman, Laing O’Rourke
2. David Higgins, Chief Executive, Olympic Delivery Authority
3.Tim Byles, Chief Executive, Partnerships for Schools
4. Andrew Wolsthenholme, Director of Capital Projects, BAA
5. Ian Tyler, Chief Executive, Balfour Beatty
6. Peter Coates, Head of PFI, Department of Health
7. Peter Rogers, Technical Director, Stanhope
8. Peter Woolliscroft, Head of Construction/FM, Office of Government Commerce
9. Garvis Snook, Chief Executive, Rok
10. Mark Clare, Chief Executive, Barratt Developments
11. Jon Rouse, Chief Executive, Housing Corporation
12. Sir Anthony Bamford, Chairman, JCB
13. Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London
14. Lord Foster, Cahirman, Foster & Partners
15. Phillipe Varin, Group Chief Executive, Corus
16. Paul King, Chief Executive, Green Building Council
17. John sauven, Director, Greenpeace UK Forest Campaign
18. Bob Simpson, Head of Sustainable Store Development, Asda
19. Paul Dreschler Chief Executive, Wates
20. James Wates, Chairman, Startegic Forum and Construction Confederation
21. Xavier Huillard, Chief Executive Officer, Vinci 
22 – Edward Hardy, General Manager, Considerate Constructors Scheme

Are the workers on your site good neighbours? This man will tell you. Edward Hardy runs the Considerate Constructors Scheme, which has become the benchmark by which the condition of construction sites is judged. The Scheme, which started out as little more than a footnote in the Rethinking Construction report, has grown to such an extent that many major clients insist their contractors sign up to it. In addition, a number of major contractors and housebuilders have become associate members, meaning that all their sites are now registered with the Scheme. The CCS’s greatest strength is its independence, and with its small army of inspectors roaming the country, there are now few hiding places left for a dirty, noisy, unsafe building site.
23. Dr Peter Bonfield, Chief Executive, Building Research EstablishmentProfessor
24. Rudi Klein, Chief Executive, Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group
25. Bob Blackman, National Secretary, Construction TGWU/Amicus
26. Alan Ritchie, General Secretary, UCATT
27. John McDonough, Chief Executive, Carillion
28. Sir Michael Latham, Chairman, Construction Skills
29. Rick Willmott, Chief Executive, Willmott Dixon
30. Nick Raynsford, Chairman, Construction Industry Council

Letter to Contract Journal – 28 March 2007
Although it is a huge honour to be named as one of the 30 most powerful players in the construction industry, I feel it is somewhat inappropriate that I, personally, should have been named. The inclusion in this list clearly demonstrates that it is the Considerate Constructors Scheme which is now recognised as a key player in the industry.

This year is the 10th year that the Scheme has been in operation and we are delighted with the ever increasing number of sites that are registered. The Scheme’s aims are clear: to improve the image of construction through encouraging sites to perform to levels beyond those required by law. We currently have some 4500 sites registered all over the country that are displaying our posters and banners. That is 4500 sites that aspire to be better neighbours, that are more environmentally conscious and that provide better facilities for those that work on them.
If there is any one person who should be recognised for making the Scheme so successful, then I would suggest that Contract Journal got the wrong Hardy. David Hardy took over the running of the Scheme in 1998, when the concept of a nationwide Considerate Constructors Scheme was a great idea but not a reality. It is David who took this idea and, over the last 9 years, has made it into the success it is today.

Our aim for the future is to continue to improve the image of our industry. If all UK construction sites were to register with the Scheme, the industry would gain the professional image that it truly deserves.

Edward Hardy
General Manager, Considerate Constructors Scheme