Professor Tony Crook CBE FRTPI has been appointed the new Deputy Chairman of the Construction Industry Council.
Professor Crook is expected to take up the position following CIC’s June 2018 Council meeting when the current Deputy Chairman will stand down from their two year term.
Professor Crook is a Chartered Town Planner and Fellow of the Institute. He is Emeritus Professor of Town & Regional Planning at The University of Sheffield where he was previously the senior Pro Vice Chancellor. He is currently a member of the RTPI Board, chairing its Education Committee, and is Deputy Group Chair of the Orbit Housing Group. He has been a chair, director or trustee of several other national and regional housing and regeneration bodies, including as chair of the Shelter Trustee Board and a member of the Lloyds Banking Group Housing Commission.
Professor Crook was appointed CBE in the 2014 New Year Honours List for services to housing and the governance of charities and elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Social Sciences in 2004 in recognition of his contribution to housing research and public policy.
Professor Crook CBE FRTPI said:
“I am delighted to be appointed to this important role. The construction industry plays a vital role in our economy, The national construction challenges we face, including the need for more housing and major transport and other infrastructure, require contributions from all our professions and disciplines because these challenges can only be addressed by the industry’s professions working together to ensure that what we build is not only fit for our needs but that we make places and buildings which are sustainable, safe and inclusive. I look forward to working with all in the industry to ensure we can do this together.”
Stephen Wilkinson, RTPI President said:
“Congratulations to Professor Crook on behalf of the Institute on his appointment – our first nominee to be appointed Deputy Chairman. He is highly regarded across the built environment and will make an outstanding contribution to the work of the Council. As a planner he will, no doubt, champion the role of planning and its unique role in housing, infrastructure and transport delivery.”
CIC Chief Executive Graham Watts OBE said:
“The appointment of Professor Crook as Deputy Chairman of CIC is an important step to follow the changes implemented following last year's strategic review, which focused the Council on being the Built Environment Professions Together, concerned with the wider professional issues within the built environment. Professor Crook is the first nominee of the Royal Town Planning Institute to be appointed as Deputy Chairman and brings a wealth of experience to the role.”
The RTPI is a full member of the CIC which is the representative forum for the professional bodies, research organisations and specialist business associations in the construction industry.