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Interserve poaches Kier director to lead UK construction arm

Interserve has poached Kier major projects director Paul Gandy to head up its UK construction business.

He will replace George Franks who is retiring in May,. having spent 35 years with Interserve.

Chief executive Debbie White said Mr Gandy would help to refocus the division as the company continues its turnaround efforts.

She said: “His experience in the UK construction sector will be invaluable as we continue to position the construction division for long-term, sustainable success through our refocused strategy, which targets the core areas where we have a market-leading customer proposition.”

Interserve exited the London construction market in 2018 and is now focused on regional building, infrastructure and engineering services in the UK.

Mr Gandy said the division remained strong and that he would help its “transformation”.

“Interserve Construction enjoys fundamental strengths across the UK, demonstrated by a steady stream of successful building, fit-out and civil engineering projects,” he said.

Mr Gandy will join Interserve having spent just over a year as director of major projects for Kier, where his remit included responsibility for the contractor’s work on HS2. He was previously director of Kier’s construction businesses in the south of England.

Prior to joining Kier, Mr Gandy was Balfour Beatty managing director for London and also served stints at Carillion, Lendlease and Multiplex.

Interserve’s UK construction operation was slimmed down in 2018, with revenue falling from £972.8m in 2017 to £756.8m as the company targeted higher margins.

Interserve has made a number of senior appointments in recent months.

In July it named Mark Morris as its new chief financial officer and industry veteran and turnaround expert Alan Lovell as chairman of the group.

Last month saw former Tesco non-executive director Ken Hanna appointed chairman of its equipment business RMD Kwikform.

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