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The deputy prime minister has asked John Egan to conduct a review ...
The deputy prime minister has asked John Egan to conduct a review

of the skills that built-environment professionals require to deliver

sustainable communities.

The review follows publication in February 2003 of the £22bn

Sustainable Communities Plan by the deputy prime minister, which

highlighted the need for the right people with the right skills in

the right place.

The deputy prime minister said:

'As chairman of the Construction Taskforce, Sir John made a

tremendous contribution to the modernisation of construction skills.

I am delighted that he has now agreed to help us re-think the skills

needed to deliver our sustainable communities agenda.'

The strategy will look at the principal built-environment

professions. The Terms of Reference for the review are:

- to conduct a review of the skills and capacity of the built

environment professions (including planning, surveying, regeneration,

economic development, architecture, design, construction and

manufacturing) required to deliver sustainable communities.

- In particular, to look at:

- the skills needed by professional and technical staff in both the

public and private sector, elected local authority members and

members of local strategic partnerships,

- the gaps and shortcomings in skills and capacity,

- the implications for training and development and how these might

be better delivered - especially through trial projects,

- how to develop mechanisms for sharing knowledge, good practice and

experience of ways in which these skills can be provided across the

country, and develop new approaches.

The review will consult with stakeholders to establish their views

and inform analysis, before a report is submitted to the Deputy Prime

Minister in autumn 2003. The report is expected to make

recommendations, including options for action by government and

others, including the professional institutions.


1. Sir John is currently chairman of Inchcape plc and president

of the Confederation of British Industry. He is past president of the

Institute of Management, and a trustee of the Cancer Research-UK.

2. Sir John was also chairman of the Construction Task Force. Their

report, 'Rethinking Construction' was commissioned by John Prescott, and was published in July 1998. The task force was set up to examine the scope for improving quality and efficiency in UK construction.

3. From 1968 to 1990, Sir John developed a successful career in the

automotive industry, working for General Motors and British Leyland,

rising to become chairman and chief executive of Jaguar plc. He

retired from Jaguar and was appointed to the board of directors of

BAA plc on 15 June 1990, taking up the position of chief executive on

1 September 1990 which he held until 1 October 1999.

4. Sir John was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June

1986 and is a deputy lieutenant of the County of Warwickshire.

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