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Former Laing and Lendlease chief takes reins at Bam

Royal Bam Group has named former Lendlease finance chief Kim Sides as its new head of UK constructing.

She’s going to formally grow to be government director of development for UK and Eire on the Dutch mother or father firm on Tuesday 2 April.

Sides replaces James Wimpenny, who retired in January, and can report back to regional chief working officer John Wilkinson.

She spent virtually eight years at Lendlease, rising to the position of finance director on a significant regeneration undertaking in Malaysia.

Sides beforehand spent greater than a 12 months at Laing O’Rourke Australia, a rustic she later returned to with battery know-how agency Gelion.

Most not too long ago she was chief technique officer at plastics recycler Mura Expertise in London.

Wilkinson mentioned Sides was a “confirmed chief” who “places a give attention to bringing various and complicated groups collectively, offering wholesome assist and problem and getting constructive outcomes”.

“She additionally brings a business and contractual edge, a deep understanding of threat and is somebody who delivers,” he added.

“With sustainability sitting on the coronary heart of our technique, her expertise of how this will drive success within the constructed setting and eye for element on this space will likely be an enormous profit.”

Bam UK and Eire government director for ventures Simon Finnie, who has labored as interim head of development since Wimpenny’s exit, will work with Sides on a “easy transition” over the approaching months, Wilkinson mentioned.

Sides mentioned she was “excited” to be becoming a member of Bam. “I look ahead to attending to work with the Bam Development group so we will construct on its heritage and acknowledged experience in delivering sustainable, high quality tasks for its shoppers and communities.”

Bam’s UK development division suffered a €14.8m (£12.7m) pre-tax loss in 2023, it emerged last month.