The HSE’s chief inspector of construction Heather Bryant is to join Balfour Beatty as director of health, safety and environment.
Ms Bryant has spent more than 26 years working for the HSE, including the last 15 months as chief inspector for construction.
Previously she was HSE divisional director responsible for field operations across London, East and South-east England and led the HSE’s UK-wide waste and recycling strategy.
She will join Balfour Beatty at the end of September and be responsible for a team of nearly 100 safety professionals across the UK and Ireland.
Ms Bryant will be a member of the company’s executive leadership team and will report to Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK chief executive Nick Pollard.
Mr Pollard said: “I am looking forward to working with Heather as Balfour Beatty continues on its journey towards Zero Harm.
“Heather’s extensive experience with the HSE has informed and led industry change. This, together with her passion for occupational health, will encourage us to raise our game further in this area.”
As chief inspector of construction, Ms Bryant was responsible for strategy, policy and field operations across Great Britain and engagement with the construction industry.
She also chaired several influential national committees including the Construction Industry Advisory Committee and the Estates Excellence National Project Board, an award-winning corporate social responsibility initiative with industry partners.