John Welch
John Welch
Deputy director of construction
Crown Commercial Services

John Welch is a senior commercial and procurement professional, chartered with extensive construction experience. He was recently appointed chair of the NEC Users’ Group and is currently responsible for the strategic delivery of multi-billion-pound commercial agreements in Crown Commercial Service (CCS), supporting Government departments in delivering their construction programmes. He is pioneering a collaborative working approach with industry aiming to improve sector performance, achieving a fair balance between clients, contractors and subcontractors.

Outside of CCS, John has supported Dame Judith Hackitt and her Industry Safety Steering Group (ISSG) in support of implementing her recommendations following the Grenfell tragedy. He played a critical role in the production, and now implementation, of the Construction Playbook on behalf of Government, worked with the NEC on the development of the Government Boilerplate conditions and is a Government Construction Board Member as an advisor on construction procurement and trends in the industry.

John is also a fellow of RICS: an honoured class of membership awarded on the basis of individual achievement within the profession.