Chief Operating officer for Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES) has created a new Chief Operating Officer role to strengthen its national leadership team.

Uma Shanker has joined BBES from Network Rail where he has held a number of senior leadership roles, most recently as a project director in the Infrastructure Projects team. Previously he has led complex M&E transformational projects including the introduction of high speed factory track construction trains, modular switches and the electrification upgrade of the West Coast Mainline.

Shanker will focus on broadening BBES’ portfolio of projects, the development of its ‘Modular Systems+’ mechanical and electrical modular construction business and improving BBES renowned operational and design capabilities, ensuring it is incorporating industry leading Building Information Modelling techniques on all future schemes and delivering the needs of its diverse customer base.