Sam Hockman, a divisional CEO of Equans UK & Ireland, has been appointed as the new chair of the CBI’s Public Sector Partners Council.
Hockman leads Equans’ energy and technical services business in the public and private sectors and has been instrumental in driving Equans’ ‘Making zero carbon happen’ programme.
As chair of the council – a CBI standing committee – he will help to lead the CBI’s continuing talks on the delivery of public services and infrastructure, and public-private partnerships.
The appointment coincides with the UK hosting COP26, as the government and the wider public sector increasingly looks towards business as a trust delivery partner to support them in their net-zero transition goals.
Lord Karan Bilimoria, CBI president, said: “I am pleased to welcome Sam as the new chair of the CBI Public Sector Partnership Council and I am excited to be championing the value that business brings in the service of the nation alongside him.
“Together decarbonisation, technology and services have a vital role to play in helping the UK’s economic recovery. Sam brings the necessary level of expertise and drive to the council, which will ensure the relationships between government and business continue to strengthen, particularly around the increasingly vital issues of building sustainability into public spending and helping the levelling up of regions across the country.”
Hockman added: “I am looking forward to leading the work of the council and its coalition of business members in our efforts to not only demonstrate the collective value we bring to the public sector, but also to continue to reinforce the council’s relationship with government and the wider public sector. In doing so, we will ensure suppliers continue to be best placed to transparently and responsibly deliver outcomes that support the key priorities of government.”