Kier Group, a leading UK construction and infrastructure services company, has appointed Nicola Hindle as Group Managing Director of Kier Highways.

Nicola will join the Group in May from Amey where she has spent the last 15 years, most recently as Managing Director of its Rail and Consulting business delivering critical schemes including work on Crossrail’s Old Oak to Paddington station, running the Wales and Borders rail network and South Wales Metro, electrifying the strategic railway network around Manchester and the increasing of capacity on the Midland Mainline.

A passionate advocate of diversity and inclusion, Nicola has championed a diversity campaign which includes gender neutral recruiting and the introduction of an engineering badge with the Guiding Association. She has also introduced an award-winning STEM ambassador network to inspire the next generation of engineers within groups that have historically been under-represented in STEM careers.

At Kier, Nicola will be responsible for the Highways business providing maintenance and capital projects across a range of contracts including Area’s 3, 9 and 13 as well as the design and construction of the A585 Windy Harbour to Skipool and the A5036 Port of Liverpool schemes delivered through the Highways England Regional Delivery Partnership. Kier also has significant exposure to the local authority market, supporting contracted authorities including Suffolk, Surrey and Shropshire to maintain their local network.

Andrew Davies, Kier Chief Executive said: “I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Nicola. She brings with her a strong focus on safety and quality delivery for clients and I look forward to her working closely with our senior leadership team and key clients to continue to drive growth for our Highways business.”

Nicola commented “‘I am delighted to be joining Kier at a pivotal time for both the Group, as it executes its new strategy, and the Highways business. With increased Government investment in the UK road network expected through RIS2, Kier is well placed to support both Highways England and its key local authority clients in the maintenance and expansion of the UK’s road network.”