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Former Lend Lease director David Brewer joins Highways Agency

The Highways Agency has appointed former Lend Lease project director David Brewer as its asset delivery director, while David Poole has been promoted to the role of commercial and procurement director.

David Brewer will join the Highways Agency in July from Lend Lease where he was chief executive of a large PFI joint venture company. He previously worked for BAA in a number of roles at Gatwick Airport, including delivering a substantial transformation programme prior to the sale of Gatwick in 2010.

His new title reflects the Highways Agency’s role as operator of England’s strategic road network, a nationally significant asset of 4,300 miles of motorways and all-purpose trunk roads valued at £108 billion.

Mr Brewer said: “The Highways Agency is widely respected for its profound contribution to our economy and quality of life. I am delighted to be joining during a period of unique opportunity for the organisation.”

David Poole will merge two existing divisions, commercial and procurement, into a new directorate that is charged with building strong collaborative working relationships with the agency’s suppliers, while reducing unit costs.

Mr Poole joined the HA in 2008 as director of the procurement division.

He said: “The agency and its extended tiers of suppliers have made significant progress in recent years to create a more dynamic environment with a keen focus on service and cost drivers, but we have much more to do. I am delighted to be taking up this new appointment and look forward to working further with our supply chain to deliver on our service, collaboration and efficiency aspirations.”

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