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Appointment: Former Carillon procurement boss joins Highways England

The former procurement boss of Carillion has joined Highways England

The former procurement boss of the failed construction firm Carillion has bagged a new role at Highways England. 

The government body has announced the appointment of David Picton to the interim position of Executive Director for Commercial and Procurement.

Picton's previously oversaw safety and supply chain development at Carillion as well as sustainability strategies over the past six years.


The construction outfit experienced financial difficulties in 2017, and went into compulsory liquidation on 15 January 2018. It was previously the second largest construction company in the United Kingdom. 

Picton was was also previously a Director at Sky and at Motorola and also served 20 years in senior strategic and operational leadership roles as a wing commander in the RAF.

He takes over from David Poole who is leaving Highways England on 16 March.


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