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Jacobs reveals new role as it targets city growth

Jacobs Engineering Group has appointed Kate Kenny as director of growth for London and cities.

It is a newly created role at the firm and sees Ms Kenny take responsibility for the growth strategy of the company’s building and infrastructure business in London and other UK cities

Ms Kenny re-joins Jacobs from Arcadis where she was a partner and accounts director.

Her 17-year career in engineering consultancy has seen her work on the business case for schemes including Crossrail, HS2, expansion at Heathrow and Stansted, and the Silvertown Tunnel.

Jacobs has also promoted Fiona O’Donnell to head of health, safety and environment in its buildings and infrastructure Europe business.

Ms O’Donnell is based in Jacobs’ Dublin office and has been with the firm since 2006. She takes up her new role immediately.

Ms Kenny said she was “delighted to return to Jacobs at such an exciting time” while Ms O’Donnell said she was looking forward to ensuring the a “culture of caring and commitment to safety is at the forefront of everything we do”.

Jacobs is part of JV alongside BuroHappold Engineering and Idom that has been shortlisted to design three out of the four stations covering phase one of HS2.

The JV is up against three other candidates for the Old Oak Common, Birmingham Curzon and Birmingham Interchange stations.

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