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Costain boosts consultancy offer with new role

Costain has appointed a former Augean executive to a newly created role as part of efforts to boost its consultancy services.

Helen Simms, who spent four-and-a-half years at waste management firm Augean, has joined Costain as its capability director for consultancy.

Ms Simms, who is a fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, will be responsible for developing the firm’s engineering and advisory services for key clients, the company said. 

In its most recent annual report, Costain revealed that it had increased the number of staff in consultancy and technology roles to 1,300 during 2017, up 300 per cent in three years.

A Costain spokesman said the role had been created to help develop an integrated offering for clients covering consultancy, delivery and asset optimisation.

Ms Simms said: “I see my new role as […] a great opportunity to assist, grow and develop the business by maximising our highly skilled, knowledgeable and experienced people.”

Costain revealed in March that underlying annual pre-tax profit for the year to 31 December 2017 jumped 16 per cent to £43.4m, as its energy and water unit bounced back into the black

The contractor had been dogged by a problem waste management contract across Greater Manchester, but reached an agreement to settle the issue in August 2017. 

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