Highways England has appointed former Carillion director David Picton as its interim executive director for commercial and procurement.
Mr Picton had been at Carillion since 2012, serving first as supply chain director and then as chief sustainability and safety officer up until the firm’s liquidation.
He replaces David Poole who joined HS2 as its procurement and supply director this month.
Mr Poole spent nine years at Highways England working in its procurement team, and his role saw him oversee a yearly spend totalling £3.5bn.
In December, Construction News revealed Highways England was planning to double its investment in the roads network post-2020 to £30bn.
It came off the back of to the news in October that six multi-million-pound road improvement projects could be scrapped in revisions to the £15bn Road Investment Strategy programme.