Mr Farrant is a prominent figure and the local authority is significant client of the construction industry - determining over£100m of expenditure each year.
'The British Property Federation, Mike Roberts, and others, have put the client body back on the map. I intend to quickly build on this start. In due course I will appoint a vice chairman to assist me in my role representing both public and private sector clients. I intend to appoint this person from the private sector.'
'My experience in capital investment and regeneration has shown me that one of the best ways of demonstrating the value of working alongside the construction industry is to demonstrate the extent to which these agendas are intrinsically linked.'
Peter Rogers, CCG strategic forum chairman said: 'This is undoubtedly a very important appointment to enable the forum to be effective. Further progress with the client body is another good news story for the construction industry.'
Existing members of the Construction Clients' Group are the Association of University Directors, the British Property Federation, the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, the Confederation of British Industry, the Federation of Small Businesses, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Institute of Directors, the Local Government Association, the Local Government Task Force Task Force, the Office of Government Commerce and the National Housing Federation.