Deputy Director, Infrastructure & Construction, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Fergus Harradence leads for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on sponsorship of the construction sector. Since joining the Civil Service in 2000, he has worked in a number of departments in a range of economic policy roles, including trade policy, export promotion, innovation and corporate tax. His current responsibilities include BEIS’ policies to help improve the performance of the construction sector, the Department’s contribution to the Government’s house-building ambitions, and its relationship with the Construction Leadership Council.
Adapt and Evolve: The Post-Pandemic Future
10:30 - 11:00, Astor Suite
Skills shortages, the pandemic and ambitious government targets for carbon emissions and new homes are jointly presenting many challenges for the UK construction industry and will continue to shape the dynamics of the sector over the next decade or more.
In contrast to some less fortunate industries, most construction businesses have continued to operate safely throughout the pandemic - but they now need to keep adapting and evolving if they want to enjoy a sustainable future and fulfil their potential to kickstart the UK economy.
In this incisive and positive session, the Construction Leadership Council will shine a spotlight on the most significant long-term trends and drivers for the sector, recognising the key lessons that have been learned recently about agility and resilience in the face of unforeseen circumstances.