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Former Bovis CEO joins advisory firm as head of construction team

Global advisory firm Navigant Consulting Europe has appointed former Bovis Lend Lease chief executive Nicholas Pollard to head up its EMEA construction consulting operations team.

The company, which provides consultancy across a range of fields including international construction, disputes, financial services and risk assessment, said Mr Pollard’s appointment would boost its ability to advise on a range projects.

As chief executive of Bovis Lend Lease, Mr Pollard was credited with turning around the company’s fortunes. He has previously been an executive vice-president of Skanska UK and for seven years was a director at Railtrack/Network Rail.

Mr Pollard compared Navigant’s broad business with cost consultancies such as EC Harris on the one hand, and the “big four” accountancy firms on the other. However, he said Navigant’s “niche” meant its brand was “under leveraged”.

Providing what he described as “front and back end” advice, he said the company was ideally positioned to help companies realise efficiencies by quantifying risks in advance rather than just picking up the pieces through dispute resolution when things went wrong.

Mr Pollard has served as a member of the CBI construction council and chair of its climate change sub-group, and was a member of the Independent Investment Programme Advisory Group to Transport for London.

 

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