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Murphy appoints David Burke as new chief financial officer

Murphy has appointed a chief financial officer who will join the firm’s cohort of new senior management recruits.

David Burke (pictured) has joined Murphy from Serco Group, where he held senior financial positions for more than 12 years.

Most recently, he was Serco’s global finance transition director and led the development and introduction of a new finance operating model.

He also managed the design, build and operation of the global finance shared-service centre and held operational finance director roles for Serco’s consulting and Indian business.

Prior to this was was divisional chief financial officer for Serco’s AMEAA region (based in India) and UK Central Government Division. He has also held financial roles with Barclays, Citibank and KPMG.

Mr Burke’s appointment is part of Murphy’s 10-year plan to increase its revenue to £2bn by 2025, which would represent a tripling of its 2015 figure of £648m.

Murphy chief executive Steve Hollingshead said: “This appointment further boosts our senior management team, to effectively deliver the commitments laid out in our 10-year business plan.

“David becomes a key member of our executive management board, reporting directly to me.  

“I look forward to working closely with him to increase our turnover to £2bn by 2025, as we continue to focus on our key sectors of power, water, rail and natural resources.”

This is the latest in a string of senior hires for the company, having poached two directors from Capita and senior management from Interserve and MWH over the last two months.

Capita UK’s head of civil and structural engineering Alastair Smyth joined the contractor as its civil engineering director in August. He now works across Murphy’s four business sectors, which include rail, water, power and natural resources.

Chris Green also joined Murphy as its group commercial director, having been Capita’s property and infrastructure division commercial director.

In September, Murphy hired senior staff members from Interserve and MWH for its BIM and estimating teams.

The firm has poached Alex Jones from Interserve to become its new head of BIM and digital construction, while Gary Broadley joined from MWH to head up Murphy’s estimating team.

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