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Constructing Excellence in the North East welcomes new innovation chair

A building sector organisation has made a board appointment.

Constructing Excellence in the North East (CENE) has named Mark Gardham as innovation chair.

The group promotes, showcases and supports new ways of working, focusing on areas including digital technology, and sustainable and modern methods of construction.

Members include Sir Robert McAlpine, Applebridge, Northumbria University, Ryder Architecture, NavVis, Silverstone Building Consultancy and McGovern & Co.

Mark, regional director at Sir Robert McAlpine, said: “I have been the lead for the innovation group for nearly three years, working with a very ambitious team of industry professionals.

“And having now been appointed to the CENE board as innovation chair, I’m looking forward to building on our strong foundations.

“Our challenge is to raise the profile of the group, highlighting innovative products and processes being developed and used by organisations within the region.

“We will do this in a number of ways including bitesize webinars, in-person multi-speaker seminars, panel discussions, collaborative workshops, site visits and engagement with research and funding bodies.

“We will also support and share national strategies and encourage collaboration with members.”

Catriona Lingwood, CENE chief executive, said: “Innovation lies at the forefront of the built environment, and Mark and the team have the experience and enthusiasm to help drive the group forward.”