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Ex-Murphy chief executive joins Kent contractor

Former Murphy chief executive Steve Hollingshead has been appointed as a non-executive director at Kent-based contractor The Gallagher Group.

Mr Hollingshead, who stepped down as Murphy chief executive in January, will join the Gallagher board with immediate effect.

He led Murphy for two years before stepping down to be replaced by John Murphy – the grandson of Murphy founder and namesake John Murphy.

Mr Hollingshead joins former Laing O’Rourke finance director and colleague Paul Collins on the Gallagher board.

He will remain as non-executive director at Murphy, where he also heads up the company’s risk and audit committee.

The appointment is one of a number of changes at the £60m-turnover Gallagher Group.

Catherine Rossiter will move from Laing O’Rourke’s finance department to become Gallagher Group’s finance director in June.

Ms Rossiter will replace long-serving director Tom Corkery, who will step away from his role at the end of the year.

The company has also appointed three new senior managers – John Kerrigan, Bill Lindsay and Joe Heathfield – to its construction and property divisions.

Gallagher Group chairman Pat Gallagher said: “Having non-executive directors on board of the calibre and experience of Steve Hollingshead and Paul Collins to help the management team and many of the broader Gallagher Group team develop the next chapter in the business’s development is important for us.”

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