As part of the reorganization, led by Liam Cummins, Group Managing Director of Kier Construction, who joined Laing O’Rourke nearly two years ago, two new directors will also be appointed to two new high-level roles for Customers, Markets and Operations.
Cummins said the new structure would underpin a new five-year plan for sustainable growth.
“With our four regional businesses and Kier Places, we are focused on continuing to position ourselves for growth in our main sectors and key geographic locations, and further strengthening our position as the UK’s leading regional developer.
“The creation of two new operational and customer and market functions enables us to develop further potential in key markets and to give our customers operational security.”
“This new operating model and the new leadership team put us in the strongest position to achieve sustainable growth over the next five years.”
Five UK construction business units
London, South & Strategic Projects: led by David McKenzie, who joined Kier last year as Managing Director of London & South East. This business will continue to build important health and education projects and maximize opportunities in the commercial sector.
Central & East: Mark Dady’s current role as Managing Director for Eastern will expand and cover the entire Midlands and East of England.
West & Wales: Anthony Irving will continue to serve as Managing Director of Western & Wales and will also have overall responsibility for safety, health and wellbeing within the company.
North & Scotland: Gary Wintersgill continues to serve as Managing Director for this business, which extends from Nottingham to Scotland.
Kier places: The home maintenance and facility management solutions business will continue to be led by Mark Whittaker, who has grown the business significantly over the past two years.
The two new features are:
Customers & Markets: Louisa Finlay, formerly Managing Director for Kier’s Regional Building Southern business, will lead the newly established Client & Markets function. She was instrumental in defining the sustainability strategy in the construction business and in this new position will monitor its implementation and support customers in their net zero ambitions. Finlay will also oversee Kier’s MMC offering and the “digital by default” approach.
Operations: Chris Stevens will assume the role of General Operations Director for the construction business. Chris joined Kier from Bouygues in January to lead the Old Midlands area