New executive appointment at the GCCA
Dr Andrew Minson to take on new role as concrete and sustainable construction director
THE recently established Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) has appointed Dr Andrew Minson as its concrete and sustainable construction director. He will take up the role in early January 2019 and will be based at the Association’s offices in London.
Dr Minson (pictured) will join the GCCA from the Mineral Products Association (MPA) where he is currently executive director for both The Concrete Centre and British Precast. He will report to incoming GCCA chief executive Benjamin Sporton and will be a member of the executive team.
In his new role, Dr Minson will lead the GCCA’s work promoting the sustainability value of concrete in the future of construction. This will include improving understanding of concrete’s lifecycle and its role in the circular economy. He will also lead work with industry partners developing new global sustainability guidelines for concrete.
During his career Dr Minson has built a detailed knowledge of the construction industry, sustainability and how the concrete sector can play a positive role both now and in the future. He has led the Concrete Industry Sustainable Construction Strategy for the UK since 2009 – a strategy that encompasses the whole life of the material from sourcing constituents to beyond project demolition.
He is also co-author of ‘Sustainable Concrete Solutions’ and worked for global engineering consultants Arup for 10 years before joining the Concrete Centre. He is a Fellow of both the Institution of Structural Engineers and the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Benjamin Sporton, GCCA chief executive-designate, said: ‘Andrew’s broad experience and expertise will be essential to the GCCA as he leads our work to achieve global recognition of concrete as the sustainable building material of choice. We are excited to have Andrew take on this leading role in our organization.’
Dr Minson said: ‘I am delighted to be taking on this role at the GCCA, working in a sector which contributes so much to a safe, resilient and resource-efficient built environment. Concrete as a material is so versatile and has such a range of inherent performance benefits that it can be used by the construction industry to deliver great projects. I look forward to bringing together best practice from around the world with the latest thinking to show how concrete can lead to the best sustainable outcomes for society.’
Launched in January 2018, the GCCA is dedicated to developing and strengthening the sector’s contribution to sustainable construction. The Association aims to foster innovation throughout the construction value chain in collaboration with industry associations as well as architects, engineers and innovators.
In this way, the Association will demonstrate how concrete solutions can meet global construction challenges and sustainable development goals, whilst showcasing responsible industrial leadership in the manufacture and use of cement and concrete. Headquartered in London, the GCCA will complement and support the work done by associations at national and regional level.