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Mace chief executive Mark Reynolds is set to play a key role in a Labour-led review of major UK infrastructure projects.

The former London 2012 delivery chief will sit on a panel of experts advising on the probe into ways of slashing the time and cost of big construction projects.

Reynolds is also co-chair of the Construction Leadership Council, alongside business minister Nusrat Ghani, meaning he will be working closely with key politicians on both sides of the Commons ahead of the general election later this year.

Other members of the Labour review panel include Skanska UK chief executive Katy Dowding, Jacobs senior vice-president Kate Kenny and incoming Arup UK, India, Middle East and Africa chair Paula Walsh.

They will be joined by National Grid chair Paula Reynolds, former Siemens chief executive Juergen Maier, and Mark Wild, chief executive of energy company SGN and former head of Crossrail.

Labour’s shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, Darren Jones, will lead the review, which was launched on Tuesday (16 January) at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Sheffield.

Jones said: “We need to get Britain building again so we can get Britain growing again. That means quicker and cheaper delivery of major projects and infrastructure, and it means unlocking the private sector investment our country needs.

“The Conservatives have failed to secure the investment our country needs and have failed to keep control of the costs of delivering major projects across the UK. If we are fortunate enough to form the next government and have responsibility for the public finances, we cannot tolerate this.”

Dowding added: “The UK has the skills, the innovative capacity and the know-how to get infrastructure delivered. Going back to first principles of what works and what doesn’t will be critical.

“Creating an environment of long-term stability for business will help spur investment and encourage confidence that Britain can get building again.”

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