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Murphy appoints engineering director and commercial director from Capita

Murphy has poached two directors from Capita to sit in its commercial and engineering divisions.

Capita UK head of civil and structural engineering Alastair Smyth (pictured) has joined the contractor as its engineering director.

Mr Smyth will work across Murphy’s four business sectors: rail, water, power and natural resources.

He previously oversaw a range of sectors for Capita including defence, commercial, leisure, international and transport.

Murphy chief executive Steve Hollingshead said: “Alastair’s industry knowledge and experience made him the perfect fit for this new position at Murphy as we look to develop our business.

“Alastair will be making sure we can achieve high engineering standards across all areas of our work, in natural resources, rail, power and water.”

Murphy has also employed Capita’s property and infrastructure division commercial director Chris Green to become its group commercial director.

His main responsibilities at Capita included front-end contract negotiation, project management and dispute resolution.

Mr Green said: “I’m looking forward to making the move from consultancy to contractor, especially to a company like Murphy.”

The hires come as Murphy was awarded a £1.35m contract with Gatwick Airport to upgrade a water pumping station in the airport’s north terminal.

Murphy will redevelop the pumping station to run with a motorised computer control panel to service the terminal.

The award is the first for Murphy’s water team from Gatwick Airport.

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