Former Buckingham Group boss joins Keltbray


The former group managing director of Buckingham Group has joined Keltbray 

Simon Walkley. Credit: Keltbray.

Simon Walkley has been appointed to Keltbray’s Infrastructure Services division as its new managing director – rail.   

Walkley was promoted to group MD of Buckingham when Ian McSeveney tendered his resignation due to long-term health reasons.   

Before that, Walkley had also been rail director of Buckingham Group, which formally entered administration in September after 36 years of trading.  

Reporting directly to Phil Price, managing director – infrastructure services at Keltbray, he steps into the role of managing director – rail, vacated by Neil Thompson who has joined the senior leadership team of Keltbray’s Built Environment division.  

Darren James, chief executive officer at Keltbray, said: “I am thrilled that Simon is joining Keltbray at this exciting time for the group as we continue to enjoy significant growth across the infrastructure business with major bids in progress in rail for five-year frameworks with Network Rail in their Eastern and Northwest and Central regions and the next phase of the Midland Mainline Project.  

“I also want to thank Neil for his strong leadership of the rail business over the last two and a half years, and the board and I are delighted to be retaining someone of his calibre to help drive transformative change in our core building markets.”  

Price added: “I am delighted Simon has chosen to join Keltbray as our new managing director – rail. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the challenges facing our rail customers, and his expertise in implementing major programmes will be key to delivering the next phase of the Keltbray strategy.  

“I am looking forward to working with Simon to develop solutions which address the carbon reduction and productivity challenges that face our rail customers.” 

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