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Sally Cox appointed as new managing director for Joint Venture EKFB

The Eiffage, Kier, Ferrovial Construction and BAM Nuttall (EKFB) Joint Venture (JV), which is responsible for delivering civil engineering works across the central section of high-speed rail link, HS2, has announced the appointment of Sally Cox as its new managing director.

Sally brings to the role more than 30 years of experience in the rail and civil infrastructure sectors both in the UK and abroad, including her most recent position as project director for the Tideway West tunnel in London. Prior to her work on Tideway, she was managing director for HOCHTIEF UK Construction and project director for several significant rail projects in Australia.


She will take up the position in December, where there will be a transition period with incumbent managing director, Mark Pengelly, who will retire from his role at the end of the year.


EKFB is responsible for the delivery of civil engineering works between the North Chilterns and South Warwickshire, one of the longest sections of HS2. This includes an earthworks programme which is unprecedented in the UK.


The JV is also responsible for constructing 15 viaducts, over 5km of green tunnels and 81 bridges and is committed to supporting local communities, with over 50 community investment projects carried out to date in areas close to the works.


Andrew Davies, chief executive of Kier and non-executive chairman of EKFB, said: “It is fantastic to be welcoming Sally to lead the EKFB JV, which is responsible for delivering one of the largest infrastructure projects in a generation. Sally has a hugely impressive track record of delivering major infrastructure projects wherever she has gone, and that experience made her an ideal choice for this role.


“I would once again like to thank Mark Pengelly for his hard work and dedication and wish him all the best for his retirement.”


Sally said: “It’s an engineer’s dream to work on a project of this scale and magnitude and I am looking forward to working collaboratively with all the JV partners, our supply chain and client to deliver around 80km of civil engineering excellence.”


Rail sits within the Group’s Transportation business division, which supports the movement of people, goods and equipment by land, sea, and air.


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