New Regional Director targets housing and levelling up for North and Midlands

Not-for-profit framework provider Consortium Procurement Construction (CPC), based in Leeds, has appointed a new Regional Director to lead the business in delivering procurement of significant construction programmes across the North and Midlands.

In his role as Regional Director for CPC – a regional division of national public sector construction framework provider LHC – Ethan James will work with public sector clients to access major contractors and suppliers, while also helping them develop stronger links with SMEs to tap into regional expertise and innovation. CPC delivers frameworks across the construction, maintenance and compliance spectrum, including provision of new homes, low carbon building solutions and energy efficiency measures for both domestic and commercial buildings.

Ethan James arrives from LHC’s London and South East (LSE) regional business unit with almost 10 years’ experience in the procurement sector from framework provider, main contractor and supply chain perspectives. He brings significant experience of frameworks that source local expertise and engage with diverse communities to ensure their needs are considered in decision making, particularly related to housing.

Ethan James said: “At CPC we’re really looking to work more closely with public sector clients, including local councils, housing associations, educational establishments and healthcare organisations across the Midlands and North, and we have a great team to achieve this.

“The levelling up agenda is so key for organisations and communities in the North and Midlands, so we’ll certainly be looking to build awareness of CPC and how our free-to-use frameworks can help clients achieve housing and energy efficiency targets, while also making stronger links for them with suppliers and SMEs.”

Ethan first joined LSE in 2013 in a client-facing role, before stepping in as its Acting Regional Manager in 2021 to deliver its business plan and grow its team. A key objective in this new role will be to expand the breadth of CPC’s client base – across different sectors and regions.

LHC Interim Group Director Clive Feeney said: “CPC has remained strong despite the pandemic and a turbulent economic climate, delivering frameworks that bring solid pipelines of work to the construction sector and being reactive to the needs of the public sector. Ethan James’ appointment will drive CPC’s agility in a changing marketplace, supporting our customers to deliver projects that contribute to their levelling up and net zero carbon goals.”

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