New chief is civils contractor’s third in as many years

Bam Nuttall’s transport sector head will succeed Ian Parish as executive director after his retirement at the end of the year, the firm has announced.

Huw Jones, a chartered civil engineer who joined Bam in 2009, will be the third boss in as many years at the UK civils arm of the Dutch giant.

Parish, who turned 66 in August, had worked for nearly four decades over three stints at Bam and had only taken the top job from Adrian Savory last September.

The business, which saw its revenue jump from €974m (£814m) to €1.3bn (£1.08bn) last year, helped by its work on HS2, has struggled to land on a long-term leader since Steve Fox’s departure in June 2020.

Huw Jones

Huw Jones, who has been with the firm since 2009, is the new executive director at Bam Nuttall

John Wilkinson, chief operating officer for Bam UK & Ireland, said Jones had ”brought huge success” to the rail division, where he is currently managing director, and would bring ”a fresh approach and a real appetite to deliver for our stakeholders”.

Jones added: “We have a strong business that has been built around our great people, with a fantastic culture and a proud civil engineering heritage.

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”I feel extremely honoured to be given the opportunity to help take the business forward.” 

Parish will remain with the business throughout January as part of a handover period.