The government has today (16th August) confirmed Nadhim Zahawi MP as new construction minister.
The role is officially Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Business and Industry, within the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.
Zahawi takes over from Andrew Stephenson who was appointed in April by former Prime Minister, Theresa May.
His previous roles included that of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education and was elected as Conservative MP for Stratford-on-Avon in May 2010.
His new role is set to cover a number of areas, including:
- Industrial Strategy delivery
- Sector Deals – sectoral lead on advanced manufacturing, materials (including steel) and infrastructure and construction
- Supply chains
- Local growth
- Better regulation and regulatory reform
Dave Sheridan, Executive Chairman of ilke Homes welcomes Nadhim Zahawi MP to his new role, saying that it comes at a “crucial time for the construction industry, with the mounting pressure of the housing crisis and the worsening skills shortage.”
“With an ageing workforce and a historically low number of young people entering the sector, Mr Zahawi must be radical in his plans, if we are to address the structural issues that are strangling the sector.
“So too must he address the on-going issues surrounding build quality in the UK, ensuring that people have the high-quality homes they deserve.
“We hope that Mr Zahawi can see the benefits that the modern methods of construction (MMC) can bring to redressing both these problems and we look forward to working with him to help push the MMC agenda forward in Britain”, he added.
Image: Nadhim Zahawi, The National