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Highways Agency appoints interim chief

Peter Adams to head up major projects as Agency seeks replacement for £130k role

The Highways Agency has appointed Peter Adams as acting director for major projects while it looks to replace departed chief Nirmal Kotecha.

Mr Adams took over the role on 14 October and will remain in post until a permanent successor is appointed.

He joins from the major projects south division where he worked as a director.

Mr Kotecha, who was widely credited with bringing in a more commercial approach to the Agency’s major projects, stepped down after more than three years at the helm.

He is set to take on a new role at energy distributor UK Power Networks.

A job advert in the Sunday Times published earlier this month said the new director would be paid around £130,000 a year.

The advert said:  “It’s a role in which cost reduction and a collaborative approach to working with stakeholders are key, and where the travel will be extensive.

“Providing project leadership and steering the Agency on strategy and direction, you’ll be the most senior contact for contract negotiation and issue resolution, driving efficiency in everything you do. “While not absolutely necessary, you’ll ideally have an engineering or project management qualification, along with experience of delivering large-scale, multi-stakeholder projects. With a proven record of handling high-value, collaborative contracts in an NEC environment, further experience in major engineering or capital investment is essential.”

A Highways Agency spokesman confirmed Mr Adams would fill the roll on a temporary basis but was unable to confirm how long his secondment was likely to last.

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