David Burke leaving Murphy after four years

Keller has appointed David Burke as chief financial officer. 

Burke has been poached from J Murphy & Sons, where he had been the chief finance officer since 2016. 

He will start his new role next month, joining Keller’s board and executive committee. 

David Burke

David Burke has been appointed the new chief finance officer at Keller

It has taken the geotechnical contractor a year to find a permanent replacement for Michael Speakman, who was promoted to chief executive in 2019.

A qualified chartered accountant with 30 years’ experience in audit and operational finance, Burke’s career includes stints at KPMG, Citibank, Barclays and Serco - where he spent 12 years and rose to become chief finance officer of the firm’s central government division.

Burke will have a remuneration package of more than £1.4m in his new role.

Keller has escaped largely unscathed from the impact covid-19 has had on the construction sector. Its turnover in the six months to June was down 5% to £1.04bn with pre-tax profit down 4% to £20.8m.

But underlying operating profit was up 25% to £48m, according to its half year results released earlier this month.