Peter Hibberd, currently JCT general secretary, takes over as Christopher Vickers retires

Peter Hibberd is to take over as chairman of the Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) following the retirement of Christopher Vickers.

Peter Hibberd, JCT chairman

The appointment of Hibberd, who is currently JCT secretary general, was agreed by the JCT board.

Vickers, who is also a former senior partner of EC Harris, said: “We are very pleased that Peter is going to become the new chairman of JCT. He has guided JCT through an important period in its long history.

Recently Hibberd led a consultation on introducing sustainability provisions in all JCT contracts, which had an unexpectedly high level of positive responses.

John Hobson, a former director of the DTI construction directorate, said: “If adopted by JCT, this alone would bring sustainability to the forefront of contract negotiations for the majority of projects in the UK.”

Hibberd will relinquish his role as secretary general, which he has held since 1999, when a replacement has been recruited.

The new person, who will have the title of director general, will probably take up the post towards the end of the year.

The JCT, which says its contracts are used on 70% of construction projects, is a cross-industry body with the council made up of the British Property Federation, Construction Confederation, Local Government Association, National Specialist Contractors Council, Royal Institute of British Architects, The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Scottish Building Contract Committee.