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McLaren targets public sector with Bam director recruit

Exclusive: McLaren has poached Bam Construct’s long-serving director Keith Rayner to spearhead a new push into public sector frameworks.

The move could mark a major shift in McLaren’s work-winning strategy, with the group having been focused on private sector jobs before now.

Mr Rayner had been with Bam for more than 20 years and been a crucial player in building its portfolio of public sector frameworks in sectors such as education and health.

McLaren last week released abridged results for the last financial year in which it reported turnover up 25 per cent to £600.3m in 2016/17 and operating profit up from £3.6m to £4.4m. It has yet to release its full accounts.

McLaren Group group executive director Phil Pringle alluded to the move at the time, saying that McLaren would be looking at “establishing new long-term relationships, coupled with targeting certain frameworks”.

The timing of the move has raised eyebrows, however, with some of the largest public sector frameworks already let in recent months such as the ESFA’s £8bn school building framework.

Bam won a place on lots with a potential combined value of £4bn.

Mr Rayner is expected to be tasked with a four-year plan aimed at winning work on the next iteration of frameworks.

CN understands Mr Rayner has not been replaced at Bam, with the public sector framework team reporting directly to its new CEO James Wimpenny.

A Bam spokesman said the company wished Mr Rayner well, adding that the contractor had an “excellent and well-established framework team” and that Bam was not seeking a replacement for Mr Rayner.

McLaren has been contacted for comment.

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