Martin Brown to join Barhale from Keltbray

Martin Brown will join Barhale as chief executive in September 2021.

Martin Brown has been confirmed as the new chief executive of civil engineering and infrastructure specialist Barhale. He will take up the role in September.

He joins Barhale from Keltbray, where he was managing director of the UK rail infrastructure business for nine years. Before that, he was a project director for Balfour Beatty, working on a number of high-profile rail and infrastructure projects.

Currently, Julian Ripley is leading the business as interim chief executive, but he will resume his former role as chief financial officer once Martin Brown joins.

Dennis Curran, Barhale.

Barhale chairman Dennis Curran was pleased to confirm Martin Brown’s appointment. “He has a proven track record of delivering first-class services across the rail and infrastructure sectors,” he said. “In the process, he has both added value to client relationships and improved bottom line performance. Barhale is an engineering-led business and I wanted to ensure that this was the core discipline of our new leader.

“From the outset, Martin felt like a good fit for Barhale. He has a real understanding of, and commitment to, the Barhale values, our collaborative way of working and our direct delivery model. I am delighted to be welcoming him to the team.”

“I would like to offer my sincere thanks to Julian Ripley, who has provided such excellent stewardship of the business over the last year. Against the background of COVID-19 and the AMP transition, he has proved an able hand at the tiller although I know he is looking forward to getting back to the ‘day job’.”

In reply, Martin Brown said: “My priority will be to lead Barhale into its next phase of growth, building on the strength of its family orientated core values and existing client relationships and expanding its operations within the infrastructure sector.”

“Barhale’s direct delivery model and proven project delivery provides a solid platform for sustainable growth. “I look forward to joining the Barhale team, building on the existing momentum and focusing the business, and its teams on engineering and operational excellence to deliver sustainable growth.” 

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