Carillion directors get new highways roles

March 7, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ News

Duncan Elliott of Galliford Try

Galliford Try has appointed two former Carillion directors to head up its highways business unit, with Duncan Elliot named managing director and David Bates becoming commercial director.

Duncan was previously in charge of strategic highways with Carillion for nine years. His experience also includes 16 years in various roles with Alfred McAlpine to operations director level.

In his new role at Galliford Try, Duncan will be responsible for the company’s work with Highways England and local authorities as well as its highways maintenance business.

As a Collaborative Delivery Framework contractor for Highways England, the firm Try is currently engaged in the Smart Motorways programme on the M1 in joint venture with Costain.

It has also recently started work for the same client on a £24M contract to build a new junction on the M49 near Bristol, and is progressing the Lincoln Eastern Bypass under the Midlands Highways Alliance.

Galliford Try Infrastructure’s managing director Nick Salt said: “Duncan’s appointment is a key element in our drive for growth and the lead role that Highways will play in it. We’re in a position to provide a focus and resource to our clients that can’t be matched by some of our competitors who are committed to major programmes such as HS2.”

New commercial director David Bates held a similar role at Carillion, where he worked for three years.

Meanwhile, Highways England has announced the appointment of former Carillion man David Picton to the interim position of executive director for commercial and procurement.

David has led safety and supply chain development at Carillion as well as sustainability strategies over the past six years. He was previously a director at Sky and at Motorola and also served 20 years in senior strategic and operational leadership roles as a wing commander in the RAF.

He takes over from David Poole who is leaving Highways England on 16 March.

In addition, Tarmac announced it had so far taken on 45 former Carillion employees, including two apprentices, last week. All were previously working on Carillion/Tarmac joint venture highways projects, which are now being delivered by Tarmac and its supply chain partners.