At a meeting of its Council on 21 June 2017, Members of the Construction Industry Council appointed Professor Tony Crook CBE as its new Deputy Chairman commencing with immediate effect.
Tony is expected to succeed Professor John Nolan, the incumbent Chairman, following CIC’s June 2018 Council meeting when John will stand down from his two year term of office and resume the role of Deputy Chairman for one last year, in accordance with CIC’s rules and byelaws.
Tony is a Chartered Town Planner and Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). He is Emeritus Professor of Town & Regional Planning at The University of Sheffield where he was previously the senior Pro Vice Chancellor. He is currently a member of the RTPI Board, chairing its Education Committee, and is Deputy Group Chair of the Orbit Housing Group. He has been a chair, director or trustee of several other national and regional housing and regeneration bodies, including as chair of the Shelter Trustee Board and a member of the Lloyds Banking Group Housing Commission.
Tony was appointed CBE in the 2014 New Year Honours List for services to housing and the governance of charities and elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Social Sciences in 2004 in recognition of his contribution to housing research and public policy.
Taking up his new role, Tony Crook said: “I am delighted to be appointed to this important role. The construction industry plays a vital role in our economy, The national construction challenges we face, including the need for more housing and major transport and other infrastructure, require contributions from all our professions and disciplines because these challenges can only be addressed by the industry’s professions working together to ensure that what we build is not only fit for our needs but that we make places and buildings which are sustainable, safe and inclusive. I look forward to working with all in the industry to ensure we can do this together.”
CIC Chief Executive Graham Watts OBE welcomed the new appointment by saying: “The appointment of Professor Crook as Deputy Chairman of CIC is an important step to follow the changes implemented following last year's strategic review, which focused the Council on being the Built Environment Professions Together, concerned with the wider professional issues within the built environment. Professor Crook is the first nominee of the Royal Town Planning Institute to be appointed as Deputy Chairman and brings a wealth of experience to the role.”
Current CIC Chair John Nolan also welcomed the appointment saying: “I am delighted that Tony will be joining the leadership team at CIC and I look forward to working with him over the next two years focusing on positive ways to address our industry’s challenges and to celebrate its successes.”
The Council also unanimously agreed that outgoing Deputy Chair and Former CIC Chair Tony Burton should remain on the CIC Board as a Non-Executive Director.