Firm poaches UK boss from project manager and QS Cumming

Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick has poached the head of Cumming’s UK arm to head up the business in the wake of former boss Simon Lafferty leaving last month.

Will Smith was UK and Europe chief executive at project manager and cost consultant Cumming, the US business which snapped up project manager TowerEight earlier this year.

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Will Smith will be in charge of 2,500 people

He spent just under two years at Cumming after having been at the UK business of Spie, the listed French engineering giant which bought M&E firm Matthew Hall from Amec in 2007, for nine years.

Balfour Beatty rebranded its M&E business five years ago after merging its Balfour Kilpatrick and Haden Young arms into one division.

The firm employs 2,500 people and its current schemes include the Hinkley Point C nuclear complex in Somerset and work to complete the Midland Met Hospital on the outskirts of Birmingham which Balfour Beatty took over after original contractor Carillion went bust nearly four years ago.

Smith will report into Balfour Beatty’s construction chief executive Mark Bullock.