13 Jan 2023

Newly created role boosts Kier’s strategic capability in growing sector

Lee Sturdy has joined Kier as science and technology director for its Construction business, underlining Kier’s strong commitment to delivering for the UK’s science, technology, and research & development (R&D) sector.

In the newly created role, Lee will lead on Kier Construction’s life sciences capability, setting the strategic direction as it expands its work in this rapidly growing, specialist sector. With a national focus, he will work with existing public and private sector clients, supporting the delivery of the UK’s leading position for R&D, science, technology.

A chartered engineer, Lee has over 30 years’ experience in the science and health sectors, across main contractor, consultancy and specialist M&E services. Before joining Kier, Lee was at John Sisk & Son, where he was sector leader for life sciences and advanced manufacturing.

"The science and technology sector is where public and private investment and expertise meets, making it an important area of focus for Kier. As a sector that is growing and evolving rapidly, Lee’s expertise will be crucial as we deliver this type of specialist construction for our clients. I’m delighted to welcome him on board, helping to further strengthen our capabilities in a sector that is so vital to the UK’s economy."

Louisa Finlay Managing director of Clients and Markets at Kier Construction

Lee Sturdy added: “With Kier’s bold plans for growth in the science and technology sector, this role was natural fit. I’m delighted to be able to build on Kier’s existing success in the life sciences, linking this to our strong expertise in health and education, to ensure our capability across all vital sectors of the UK.” 

  • Lee joins a number of recently announced new senior hires at Kier Construction.
  • Kier has extensive experience in the science and technology sector, including the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) research and development building at Culham Science Centre, and the DEFRA Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) science estate framework.