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Chris Webster appointed chief executive of Miller Construction

Former Amey chief operating officer Chris Webster has taken the job of chief executive at Miller Construction.

Miller Group is the UK’s largest privately owned housebuilding, property development and construction services business. Webster will head the firm’s construction arm. He will succeed Robin Mackie who retires after 22 years at Miller Group.

Webster will join Miller in September.

Webster said he was attracted by the firm’s forward order book.

“Miller has a reputation in the marketplace for partnering, quality and outstanding delivery. I intend to ensure that reputation is both maintained and enhanced. There are a number of exciting projects which are about to come on line and I am looking forward to working on them and to meeting the teams across the UK,” he said.

Webster joined Amey in 1990 as a project manager and was appointed chief operating officer in 2007. During his time there, Chris worked with a number of key clients including the Highways Agency, Scottish Executive and Network Rail. He left the firm in an internal restructure in April.

Miller said the appointment was an indication of the firm’s ambition.

“This appointment is a clear indication of The Miller Group’s ambition to broaden and further develop our Construction business. Chris’ experience and track record in achieving meaningful strategic change is exemplary,” he said. “I look forward very much to working with him to build on our achievements to date and to create the platform for further diversification and growth.”

“He is coming to our business at an interesting time when the sector is facing some of its greatest challenges. However, Miller Construction has delivered record turnover for the second year in a row and we are confident that Chris’ appointment will see the division continue to grow and prosper,” he said.

Miller Construction recorded a turnover of £409M for the year ending 31 December 2009 and operates throughout the UK from eight regional offices.

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