James Darker has joined property specialist Gateville Group

James Darker

A senior contract manager at Kier has joined London firm Gateville as its operations director.

James Darker spent 21 months at the country’s second biggest contractor before starting last week at the Watford-based firm.

The company, which has a turnover of just over £9m, specialises in property renovation and refurbishment.

Before joining Kier, Darker (pictured) spent three years as operations manager at Wates.

Yesterday Kier announced that its chief executive Haydn Mursell had gone with immediate effect, adding to a number of names who have recently left the business

Mursell went after eight years at the firm and more than four in the top job.

Others to have gone include executive directors Nigel Turner and Nigel Young who both left on the same day last August.

Mark Norris, who worked as a regional operations director at Kier from January 2018, left to take up a role at Rydon earlier this month