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Management shake up at Balfour Beatty

11 Nov 13 Balfour Beatty has shuffled the senior management team of its UK construction operations.

Bob Clark has been appointed to a new position of executive director.  Stephen Tarr becomes managing director for major projects and Barry Perrin, currently chief finance officer, takes on the new role of chief commercial officer, given the task of improving commercial governance on UK contracts.

Earlier this year Balfour Beatty uncovered problems on several regional contracts, with 10% of them at risk of not delivering budgeted profits.

Barry Perrin will also retain his executive responsibility for procurement, working alongside procurement and supply chain director Martin Chown, who was recruited from the Government Procurement Service at the start of the year.

A new chief finance officer is to be appointed in the new year.

The remainder of the UK construction executive leadership team will continue in their current roles: Dave Donaldson, executive director; Phil McGuire, managing director of Balfour Beatty Engineering Services; David Mercer, general counsel; Chris Millard, business efficiency director; Mike Peasland, regional managing director; Allan Shanks, HSE director; Paul Toyne, sustainability director; and Paul Willis, divisional HR director.

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In other changes, Jon Adams, managing director construction north, along with Richard Tisdell, operations director south and Vince Lydon, operations director south, are being transferred with their teams from the major projects business unit to the regional business division.

Mr Adams will report in to Mark Farrah, regional managing director north and midlands. Mr Tisdell and Mr Lydon will report to Neil Patterson, regional managing director for London and the southeast.

Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK chief executive Nicholas Pollard said the changes would “help secure more consistent performance throughout our business”.

He added: “By strengthening the team, we will emerge from the current challenging climate of UK construction as a more customer-focused and operationally efficient business providing better value for customers and shareholders alike.”

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