A new leadership role has been created at Kier, combining HR with leadership on environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategies.
The company, which is looking to recruit 1,200 additional employees, has appointed Helen Redfern to the new position of human resources director, which will also see her leading Kier’s approach to health, safety and wellbeing. Redfern has been the Kier Group’s Human Resources Director since 2019.
Redfern will lead the implementation of the company’s “Building for a Sustainable World” framework, as well as several new sustainable infrastructure initiatives.
She has also been a champion for those looking to enter the industry and the expansion of the “Making Ground” program, which helps ex-offenders find employment.
Kier managing director Andrew Davies said Redfern’s new role was “crucially important in ensuring we achieve our goal”.
Redfern added: “I’m proud of what we’ve achieved, breaking down barriers and providing opportunities for people to grow, continue learning, progress and, above all, thrive.”
Kier said Redfern – who joined Kier in 2012 – “redefined the HR function” during her tenure as director, launching a career development program for all 11,000 employees, introducing family-friendly policies and creating the Kier inclusion network.