Atkins boss takes over from Nick Raynsford who becomes deputy chairman of the Construction Industry Council

Keith Clarke has been appointed chairman of the Construction Industry Council. He takes over from Nick Raynsford, who becomes eputy chairman.

Keith Clarke, who is the chief executive of consultant Atkins, said "This is an incredibly challenging and exciting time for the sector.”

“Climate change, coupled with ever increasing urbanisation, population growth and scarcity of resources, moves the roles of the professional bodies to the core of the debate."