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Highways boss to tackle inefficiency

The Highways Agency's new major projects director Nirmal Kotecha says he will work with the Agency’s supply chain to make greater efficiencies and tackle the spiralling costs highlighted in last year’s damning Nichols report.

In his first interview since taking-up his post at the Highways Agency 10 weeks ago, Kotecha told NCE he would use his experience from the water industry to generate organisational efficiencies.

"I bring leadership first and foremost, and a solid understanding of the supply chain. I have been involved in supply chain transformation programmes for the best part of 10 to 15 years," he said.
Kotecha is new to highways, but a well known figure in the water sector.

He said that his new job at the Agency would be to drive change, and he has been touring the Agency's major suppliers to talk through his next steps. "The status quo is not sustainable," he said.

"We are dealing in infrastructure investment, which requires an understanding of the principles of asset management, of what to invest and when – be it enhancement or maintenance. It is about delivering more for less, delivering solutions that are operable, maintainable and safe to both use and to operate," he said.

Kotecha said his meetings with suppliers had been productive. "I'm not going in with a size 12. This first meeting is not a critique of their performance," he said.

"There is an appetite to support the Agency, me personally and my team, in delivering a step change. Because there is that recognition that there is no 'plan b'," he said.

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