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SEC Group’s Rudi Klein celebrates 25 years’ service

Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group chief executive Professor Rudi Klein has celebrated 25 years with the organisation.

The SEC Group is the industry umbrella body of which the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) is a founder member.

It prides itself on being at the forefront of developments within the construction industry and on being able to influence both government policy and senior figurers through its wide network of contacts.

B&ES president Andy Sneyd said Professor Klein had been instrumental in establishing SEC Group as the authoritative voice of the specialist engineering contracting sector.

Having long been acknowledged as an influential lobbying body in both Westminster and Whitehall, the group has, in more recent years, formed effective satellite operations in all three of the devolved administrations.

“This has allowed SEC Group’s core messages – especially in relation to key issues such as fair payment, the abolition of retention clauses in construction contracts and the promotion of project bank accounts – to be heard loud and clear across the UK,” Mr Sneyd said.

“A barrister by profession, a former academic and a visiting professor of construction law at the University of Northumbria, Professor Klein continues to bring to his role a keen legal mind, a talent for sharp forensic analysis and a determination to protect and promote the interests of specialist engineering contractors”.

Professor Klein has also supported our Time for Change campaign from the moment we launched our online petition to tackle the thorny issue of retentions - one signature at a time.

Professor Klein said: “Once the Small Business Bill is in the House of Lords, we will try to amend it again to increase pressure on government to address the lack of security for retentions. [We] intend to keep up the pressure in line with the H&V News Time for Change campaign.”

Time for Change was conceived as an industry-wide initiative and aims to include all sectors of the industry to drive improvement and deliver benefits for the entire supply chain in the future.

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