Construction News editor to pass on the baton in June

Construction News editor Lem Bingley is to step down in June, handing over the role to incoming editor Colin Marrs.

Marrs joins CN from Public Finance, a digital and print publication for public-sector finance professionals. A journalist since 1997, Marrs has worked as a writer and editor for built-environment publications covering architecture, housing, property, planning and urban regeneration.

Earlier this week, CN welcomed another new arrival, Luke Haynes, who joined as news editor on Monday, from publisher Haymarket.

Bingley’s departure will see him move to Property Week, another built-environment title produced by CN publisher Emap.

Bingley joined CN in July 2019, and his tenure has encompassed the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the publication’s 150th anniversary in 2021, plus its switch from weekly to monthly publication in print.

He commented: “My priority over the past three years has been to ensure Construction News provides information that is as useful and relevant as possible for managers hard at work across the sector. The industry faces many challenges – technical, financial and cultural – and I hope CN has helped readers find some solutions or pointed them in the right direction.”

Bingley’s tenure saw CN launch the Decarbonising Construction conference series, which will be staged for the third time on 14-15 June. He also led work on the Inspiring Women Pledge, an initiative designed to promote gender equality across the sector. The Pledge has so far been adopted by 45 employers, including major tier-one contractors and leading industry consultancies and specialists. Earlier this year, CN’s Inspiring Women programme expanded in scope through a new partnership with sister publication New Civil Engineer.

Bingley said: “I’m looking forward to the challenge of editing Property Week, but am also sorry to leave construction. Three years have gone quickly, but not as quickly as the turnover in construction ministers – five of whom have been in the post since I was appointed editor in 2019.”

Marrs will join CN from 30 May, and Bingley will lead Property Week from 8 June.

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