Keltbray appoints Darren James as new group chief executive officer

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Keltbray has appointed Darren James as group chief executive officer from 1 April, as current CEO Brendan Kerr becomes the executive chairman

Darren James previously worked for Costain Group PLC for over 30 years, most recently as chief operating officer.

James has a wealth of experience in leading high profile programmes for both public and private sector clients, often in highly regulated environments, across the UK.

A civil engineering graduate of the University of Surrey, Darren James joined Costain as an industrial placement student progressing through the organisation to the executive board.  Prior to his current role he has held a number of senior positions with significant profit and loss responsibility, including managing director of the £1bn turnover infrastructure division and an executive board director for 12 years.

Brendan Kerr, said: “I am delighted with this appointment and welcome Darren to the Keltbray Group.

“He brings with him extensive experience across the key UK construction and infrastructure sectors where we operate.

“I look forward to him leading the team, driving growth through long-term client relationships and delivering on the potential that our unique capabilities create.”

Darren James added: “‘I am delighted to be appointed chief executive of the Keltbray Group and am very much looking forward to working with my new colleagues, customers and stakeholders in meeting today’s challenges and unlocking the special potential the group has delivering sustained growth going forward.”

Darren James’ is also non-executive director of the Port of London Authority and a director of the Rail Industry Association.

About Keltbray

Keltbray is a specialist engineering and construction services business, offering a self-delivery capability spanning key phases of the construction value chain – civil engineering, geotechnical, asbestos management, demolition, piling and reinforced concrete structures, decommissioning, remediation, rail, power distribution and transmission, and environmental services.

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