Pagabo appoints Lord Kerslake as non-executive chairman

Framework provider Pagabo underpins ambitions with appointment of former senior civil servant Lord Kerslake as non-executive chairman.

Framework provider Pagabo has underlined its future ambitions by appointing former senior civil servant Lord Kerslake as non-executive chairman.

Kerslake has been tasked with defining the organisation’s approach to the way frameworks operate, and their pivotal role in the construction industry and the wider business world.

The former permanent secretary for the Department for Communities and Local Government, and chief executive of the Homes and Communities Agency for two years, Kerslake will be helping the framework provider develop its connections to other sectors and strategically assisting Pagabo to expand its ambitions through innovative thinking.

Lord Kerslake said: “Pagabo is a hugely exciting business and a challenger brand in the sector. I am honoured to join the board at Pagabo and contribute to its innovative approach to the sector and into the wider industry.

“Frameworks now play a significant role in the way the industry as a whole operates, and Pagabo’s technology-led approach is leading the field in delivering solid pipelines of work for suppliers and social value for its clients.

“My role will be to help Pagabo in developing the way it sets out its frameworks and growing the wider understanding of why they are important and what they give to the client and the supplier. The organisation’s approach to investing surpluses back into the sector and engaging in the debate around the future of construction is exactly what is needed in the industry at the moment, and I’m excited to contribute to this.

“One of the most exciting aspects for me is the way that Pagabo is looking at the future of construction – not only the way that we deliver public sector projects, but also coming up with new thinking around huge challenges, such as the shortage of skills and training and the topic of sustainability in construction.

“Pagabo has plenty of ambition and is looking to develop into other markets that complement its framework business predominantly around technology and innovation but continues to provide advice and support to its ecosystem, including in this difficult time with Covid-19. We are currently in a response phase and then we will move into recovery. A vibrant construction sector is vital to the economy’s recovery and Pagabo is ready to play its part.”

Simon Toplass, chief executive of Pagabo, said: “Lord Kerslake’s vast experience and expertise will bring new insight, support and contribution to the Pagabo organisation, supporting our progressive approach and establishing us further as a challenger brand to the traditional framework model.

“As a forward-looking business, we are very keen to find ways in which we can bring in expertise from a wide range of sectors to help us expand our knowledge base and inform our future plans.

“His passions of technology and sustainability mirrors our own, and he will provide invaluable insight into how we can approach the future of construction through training and skills.”

As part of his role, Lord Kerslake will be working with the rest of the Pagabo board to help it become a key player in the UK’s future public sector procurement policies, as well as its role enabling social value and developing innovative ways to deliver procurement.

“As well as focusing on the future of construction and our extensive work in that area, Lord Kerslake will also be supporting our work in ICT, cleaning, facilities management, and professional services,” added Toplass.

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