Helen Samuels will report into construction chief Liam Cummins

Kier has appointed Helen Samuels as its technical director, a newly created senior role within its construction business.

Samuels, a chartered civil engineer, will join the contractor at the beginning of next year, from her current post as chief executive of Bibby Marine.

She will be part of the senior leadership team at the construction business and reports into the division’s group managing director Liam Cummins, who joined in February after 16 years at Laing O’Rourke.

She has previously held senior roles in the built environment, including engineering director for Network Rail where she was in charge of a 700 strong multi-discipline design team.

Prior to this, she was engineering director at water company United Utilities, where she created a new technical authority for full asset lifecycle.

She has also held the role of managing director, Water Europe for CH2MHill, which is now part of Jacobs.