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Former Buckingham chiefs join Keltbray and John F Hunt | Construction News

Two former managing directors at collapsed contractor Buckingham have landed senior roles at Keltbray and John F Hunt Regeneration.

Simon Walkley, who became group managing director at Buckingham shortly before it entered administration in September, joins Keltbray as managing director for rail in the firm’s infrastructure services division.

Walkley steps into the role vacated by Neil Thompson, who has moved into the senior leadership team in Keltbray’s built environment division.

Phil Price, managing director of Keltbray’s infrastructure division, said Walkley would help develop solutions to address the carbon-reduction and productivity challenges facing the market.

“He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the challenges facing our rail customers, and his expertise in implementing major programmes will be key to delivering the next phase of the Keltbray strategy,” he said.

Meanwhile, Buckingham Group Contracting’s former managing director for major projects Simon Hyams has been appointed to lead John F Hunt Regeneration’s contracting work.

Hyams worked for Buckingham nine years. Before that, he spent three years as commercial director of the Energy Technologies Institute after a series of senior roles at Galliford Try.

His new position will see him working alongside John F Hunt’s existing board members, with specific responsibility for contracting activities including enabling works, earthworks and infrastructure.

John F Hunt Regeneration chief executive Ben Williams said Hyams’ appointment would add to and complement the firm’s existing experience.

“His decision to join our company is a clear endorsement of our commitment to reinforce and expand our service offering, client base, and the sectors we operate in,” he said.

The firm is part of demolition contractor John F Hunt Group, which specialises in heavy plant, tool and lifting equipment hire, power generation, asbestos management, concrete cutting, nuclear decommissioning services and industrial cleaning.

The group, one of the top 10 demolition firms listed in the CN Specialists Index 2023, was one of eight firms to have admitted involvement in bid rigging two years ago.

Recent projects for John F Hunt Regeneration include site preparation, remediation and infrastructure on 10 hectares of former industrial land as part of the £75m regeneration of Sugar House Island in Stratford, London.