Murray Rowden named new Constructing Excellence Chairman

The construction industry best practice organisation Constructing Excellence has announced that Murray Rowden of Turner & Townsend is to be its new chairman.

Murray, who is head of infrastructure at the global programme management and construction consultancy, will succeed Ian Reeves CBE as chairman of Constructing Excellence on January 1st 2015.

Ian Reeves made the announcement at Constructing Excellence’s Annual Reception at the House of Commons on Thursday 11th December.

Ian Reeves said: “I am delighted that Murray has accepted the offer of the Board to take over. He led our strategic review last year, and the resulting vision places the government’s Construction 2025 strategy at the heart of our work. He and his firm have been the strongest supporters of our work over many years and he will be an excellent Chairman.”

Murray Rowden commented: “Now is a once-in-a-decade opportunity for the construction industry. The economy has created a perfect storm and a fundamental challenge to the way we do business.

The sector’s major players must respond radically to ensure future prosperity, and Constructing Excellence is perfectly placed to support and accelerate the changes required. My goal is to help Constructing Excellence – and the industry as a whole – move beyond incremental efficiency to achieve its vision of genuinely exceptional performance.”

Constructing Excellence has also confirmed that Ian Reeves will take over the role of Chairman of CE International, its global arm that comprises an international alliance of similar organisations around the world.

Don Ward, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence, said: “We put on record our deep gratitude to Ian Reeves for his amazing commitment, leadership and support over his four-and-a-half years as Chairman. He has worked tirelessly to further our aims and has succeeded in revitalising the organisation through his leadership. I am personally delighted that he has agreed to remain closely involved in our work and to take over the leadership of our international arm given his wide ranging international experience and his position as Senior Partner of Synaps Partners LLP, the international strategic business consultancy.”