CEWales E Bulletin July 23

It often surprises me about the considerable variety of work we cover. Sometimes feeling like a lone wolf, peddling matters on behalf of the Welsh construction sector behind the scenes with Welsh Government…. then thrust into the forward-facing role of an incredible movement that is Constructing Excellence in Wales. It’s all about collaboration and over the last two weeks this comes clearly into focus.

I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of Welsh Government’s Economic Summit where Nick Wilson from ROCKWOOL UK spoke about the economic challenges and opportunities for Wales. I presented on the Building Safety Act at the Welsh Government Ministerial Construction Forum with CEWales member Tony Norris from Geldard’s where we unpickedthe Welsh nuances of the Act, not so much on technical divergence but also considering the need to link the legislation to the net zero agenda. I contributed to workshops on ‘risk, skills and net zero’ at the CECA Wales conference. It was great to visit valleys2 coast Housing Association, learning about the challenges and opportunities for Housing Associations in Wales and their excellent Panel modular build. Thank you, Blake Morgan, for a wonderful sectoral networking evening at Chepstow Races supporting Llamau. We have started work with NHS Building for Wales 2 framework as independent evaluators. Our G4C Wales (Constructing Excellence in Wales) committee welcomed new members with Harriet Wade and Grace Day doing sterling work Co-Charing the group. I had collaborative discussions with the ECA on electrotechnical skills and training. Shared knowledge with Heather Anstey-Myers on everything Manufacturing Wales and effective bid writing. We supported our CESW colleagues in their awards evening and meeting the inspiring Meg Abernethy-Hope from BILLYCHIP CIC. It was also great to share an enjoyable evening with Sue Selkirk who is at CEWales’ centre.

It is not just about what we do though – Its about how we do it and that is through and with our CEWales members: all our work is informed and driven by our core values where we often unravel complex challenges to develop simple thought through solutions. We rely on our CEWales members to do this, so if you are not already, do get involved and join us!