Egan to advise on Gateway plans
Sir John Egan has been appointed by the government as an adviser on the Thames Gateway to bring a business perspective to the plans for the growth area.Announcing the appointment Prime Minister Tony Blair said Sir John would be a ‘link to employers and developers'. Sir John, who is president of the Confederation of British Industry, is also currently undertaking a review of the skills needed to deliver sustainable communities (Inside Housing, 31 October). He was previously chair of the construction task force.Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott said Sir John would ‘champion the private sector interest'. ‘He brings to this role a very distinctive combination of extensive experience of property and business, and a strong conviction about the need for high quality, sustainable development.' Sir John said he was ‘very enthusiastic' about his appointment. Referring to his involvement in the skills review, he said: ‘My new role in the Thames Gateway is a progression from that and I shall want to try out some of our ideas on the ground.'