Stephen Hodder MBE, the architect behind Gary Neville’s £200 million St Michael’s project, has been appointed as Deputy Chairman of the Construction Industry Council (CIC).

The Manchester-based architect landed the role after a members vote and said he is looking forward to working with “everyone in the industry” to continue to tackle a number of challenges.

Hodder, of Manchester architectural practice Hodder + Partners, will also succeed Professor John Nolan as CIC Chair in a year’s time.

He said: “Collaboration is the very essence of the Construction Industry Council and I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to contribute to it.

“The construction industry plays an integral role in our economy. And there are a number of challenges that we now face, including Brexit, the impact on labour and professional skills supply and the lack of diversity among construction professionals. A cultural change is needed to bring a shared commitment to improving the quality and safety of the construction industry product.

“I’m looking forward to working with everyone in the industry as we continue to tackle these challenges.”

The CIC occupies a key role within the UK construction industry providing a single voice for professionals in all sectors of the built environment through its collective membership of 500,000 individual professionals and more than 25,000 firms of construction consultants.

Current Chair John Nolan welcomed the appointment of Hodder and said: “Warm congratulations to Stephen on joining CIC’s leadership team and ultimately taking on the role of Chairman. I look forward to working with him over the next two years to help the industry become the best it can be and promote true collaboration.”


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