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New technical director appointed for Kier

Construction and infrastructure firm Kier has appointed Helen Samuels as technical director - a newly created senior role within its construction business.

Helen, a chartered civil engineer and fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, will join Kier at the start of next year from her current role as CEO of Bibby Marine. Previous senior roles include engineering director for Network Rail's £6bn per year capital programme, where she also led the 700 strong multi-discipline design team. Prior to this, she was engineering director at United Utilities and has also held the role of managing director, Water Europe for CH2MHill.

Kier has worked on a number of major projects in Gloucestershire, including Gloucester Transport Hub, SGS Berkeley Green and the redevelopment of Cheltenham Racecourse

Liam Cummins, group managing director, Kier Construction said: "I'm very pleased to welcome Helen to Kier. I know she will be a great new addition to our construction senior leadership team. Helen's outstanding engineering, technical and leadership experience and drive will be key to the implementation of our long-term strategy which has technical excellence at its heart."

Helen said: "I am delighted to be joining Kier at such an exciting time for the business. There are huge opportunities to close the productivity gap in the built environment through improved data and design, new technologies and modern methods of delivery. I'm looking forward to driving this forward, ensuring Kier is at the forefront of this transformation, working with our fantastic in-house teams as well as establishing strategic relationships with key consultant partners."

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