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Interserve tasks ex-Bouygues UK COO with £500m lead role

Interserve has appointed former Bouygues UK chief operating officer Craig Tatton less than two weeks after he left the rival contractor.

Construction News revealed in September that Mr Tatton had left his role as Bouygues UK’s COO with immediate affect.

Mr Tatton has now been appointed as managing director of Interserve’s regional building business.

He will be in charge of 10 UK offices with an annual turnover of around £500m and projects worth up to £50m. Core sectors for the division include health, education, justice, defence, civil government and commercial.

He will also join the main board of Interserve’s construction division.

Mr Tatton joined Bouygues UK to head up its Thomas Vale brand in 2014. He previously held a role with Willmott Dixon as managing director for housing, as well as positions at ISG, Miller and Laing.

Mr Tatton’s departure followed Bouygues UK’s decision to drop the Thomas Vale brand name, four years after buying Thomas Vale Group, as part of a strategy to integrate the brand into the wider Bouygues UK business.

Two offices – Thomas Vale’s Stourport head office and its Aston office – were closed, with staff relocated to Stoke-on-Trent or Bouygues UK’s new office in the centre of Birmingham.

Interserve managing director Gordon Kew said: “As an experienced senior executive, [Mr Tatton] has an enviable track record of delivering organic growth and is well placed to lead our regional building operations.”

Commenting on Mr Tatton’s departure in September, a Bouygues UK said: “Following the successful integration of Thomas Vale into Bouygues UK, including establishing our office in Manchester, Craig Tatton has left to pursue another career opportunity.

“Bouygues UK is performing well, in line with expectations, and we thank Craig for his valuable contribution and wish him every success for the future.”

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