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EKFB announces changes to its senior leadership team

The Eiffage, Kier, Ferrovial Construction and BAM Nuttall (EKFB) JV has today announced two changes to its senior leadership team. Kier’s Helen Samuels is promoted to the role of managing director where she joins and leads the well-established 900-strong team currently working on the 80km of the C2 and C3 sections of HS2 Phase One.

Helen Samuels and Emmanuel Rossignol

EKFB has also announced that Eiffage’s Emmanuel Rossignol is promoted to project director, taking over from current EKFB project director, Peter Bimson, who will begin an extended handover period. Peter will be retiring later in the year after 25 years at Kier.

Executive chairman of the EKFB board, Olivier de Guinaumont, commented: “Over the past five years, in line with the HS2 project, EKFB has proved to be able to transform and adapt to successfully address any challenges it has faced, each time becoming stronger as a business. It is now time, as we embed ourselves more deeply into the delivery stage, to change our direction and prepare for the new challenges that lie ahead of us. Under the future direction and expertise of Helen and Emmanuel, our team will be well-equipped to thrive as we enter a new stage of our journey.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Peter for the considerable contribution he has made to EKFB. Peter will continue to advise the new management team in the months ahead to ensure a smooth handover.”

Helen joined Kier in January 2021 as technical director, working with both colleagues and consultants to drive forward improvements in technical leadership, including design, assurance and digital excellence to help close the productivity gap within the rail industry. Before joining Kier, Helen was CEO of Bibby Marine and previously held a number of senior roles in the built environment. She was also engineering director for Network Rail’s £6bn per year capital programme, where she led a 700 strong multi-discipline design team.

Helen Samuels commented: “It’s an honour to be taking on a role leading such a fantastic team of people, across EKFB, to help deliver Europe’s largest infrastructure project. I’m excited about working with the leadership team to help support the acceleration of delivery on behalf of our client, HS2 Ltd.”

Emmanuel joined the export division of Eiffage in 2004. Since then, he has actively contributed to the success of most of the major infrastructure projects from Eiffage in Europe and overseas. In 2014, he was delivery director for the successful new 200km High-Speed Line in Britany under a PPP scheme before embarking on his most recent role as EKFB’s Deputy Project Director in 2020.

Emmanuel Rossignol commented: “I am excited by the many challenges that the role of Project Director will bring and I am confident in the quality and extensive skill set of our Integrated Project Team to deliver the C23 project in line with our vision of shaping infrastructure for a better tomorrow. We have a demanding year ahead of us in 2022 with a number of critical milestones but we are at an advantage thanks to the solid foundations laid down in 2021.”

About EKFB EKFB is a joint venture that brings together international, market leading expertise from four leading civil engineering and construction companies: Eiffage, Kier, Ferrovial Construction and BAM Nuttall. All four partners have specialist expertise in the design, construction, operation, financing and maintenance of railway networks, including the construction of some of Europe’s latest high speed rail projects.

EKFB has been appointed by HS2 Ltd to deliver civil engineering works across an 80km section of the new high speed rail link between Great Missenden and Southam. Its scope of the works includes 15 viaducts, 6.9km of green tunnels, 22km of road diversions, 81 bridges and around 30 million cubic metres of excavation. For more information, please visit: LinkedIn: Eiffage Keir Ferrovial BAM

About Helen Samuels Helen, a Chartered Civil Engineer with a Masters in Environmental Management, and fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers was CEO of Bibby Marine prior to joining Kier and previously held a number of senior roles in the built environment. She was also engineering director for Network Rail’s £6bn per year capital programme, where she led a 700 strong multi-discipline design team. Prior to this, she was engineering director at United Utilities, where she created a new technical authority for full asset lifecycle.

About Emmanuel Rossignol Emmanuel, a Civil Engineer graduated from the French Polytechnique school with a Masters of Science in Mechanics of Materials and Structures, has worked on the HS2 project since 2017. Prior to this he led various multi-cultural teams to successfully deliver projects including the French high speed rail project BPL and the Diamniadio Motorway in Senegal. Emmanuel’s wider experience with Eiffage since 2004 spans mostly in major linear Infrastructures from tender stage to commissioning in different countries.

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