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Balfour beefs up construction team

27 Jun 14 Balfour Beatty has recruited four new managers to the top of its UK and Ireland construction team.

Alun Williams is executive general manager for the energy and power. Other new arrivals are Paul Gandy, Simon Higginson and Barry De Falco.
Alun Williams is executive general manager for the energy and power. Other new arrivals are Paul Gandy, Simon Higginson and Barry De Falco.

The company said that the appointments have been made to strengthen the management of its major projects, regional and engineering services business streams.

Last month Balfour Beatty chief executive Andrew McNaughton resigned just a year into the job after a series of management failings across various divisions were uncovered.

The new appointments include Alun Williams (above), previously of Laing O’Rourke and Jacobs, who has been appointed to a new position of executive general manager for the energy and power sector in Balfour Beatty’s major projects division. He reports to Stephen Tarr, managing director of major projects.

In August, Paul Gandy (below) will join from Lend Lease to lead a new major construction delivery unit for the design and construction of property schemes in London and the southeast. At Lend Lease he has been head of operations and recently operations director on the £1.2 billion Elephant & Castle regeneration project. At Balfour Beatty he will report to regional managing director Mark Cutler.

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There are two new senior managers joining Balfour Beatty’s engineering services division next month. Simon Higginson (below left) will join as commercial director. He also joins form Lend Lease but spent his early career at Balfour Beatty as a quantity surveyor.

Barry De Falco (below right) joins from TClarke as operations director for engineering services in London and the southeast, reporting to regional director Bob Vickers.

Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK chief executive officer Nick Pollard said:  “I am delighted to welcome four new seasoned industry leaders to Balfour Beatty. We continue to attract and retain the best UK talent and leaders within our industry to collaborate with our customers, drive innovation and improve safety, productivity, quality and profits.”

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