Civil engineering and infrastructure specialist Barhale has appointed Martin Brown as new chief executive. With more than 29 years’ experience in civil engineering and rail infrastructure, Brown joins Barhale after stepping down after nine years as managing director of Keltbray’s UK rail infrastructure business. Prior to that he operated as a project director for Balfour Beatty on a number of high-profile rail and infrastructure projects.
He takes over in September from Julian Ripley, who has led the business as interim chief executive since June 2020. Ripley will resume his former role as chief financial officer.
Barhale chairman Dennis Curran said Brown brings with him extensive industry expertise and outstanding experience of running large civils and infrastructure businesses.
“He has a proven track record of delivering first-class services across the rail and infrastructure sectors,” said Curran. “In the process he has both added value to client relationships and improved bottom line performance. Barhale is an engineering-led business and I wanted to ensure that this was the core discipline of our new leader. From the outset, Martin felt like a good fit for Barhale. He has a real understanding of and commitment to the Barhale values, our collaborative way of working and our direct delivery model. I am delighted to be welcoming him to the team.
“I would like to offer my sincere thanks to Julian Ripley who has provided such excellent stewardship of the business over the last year. Against the background of Covid-19 and the AMP transition, he has proved an able hand at the tiller although I know he is looking forward to getting back to the day job.”
Of his appointment, Brown said: “My priority will be to lead Barhale into its next phase of growth, building on the strength of its family orientated core values and existing client relationships and expanding its operations within the infrastructure sector. Barhale’s direct delivery model and proven project delivery provides a solid platform for sustainable growth. I look forward to joining the Barhale team, building on the existing momentum and focusing the business, and its teams, on engineering and operational excellence to deliver sustainable growth.”