Disgraced former boss of Carillion appointed to oversee HS2 – a contract formerly held by… Carillion

The fishiest part of this is the fact that Carillion was contracted to build HS2.

Just ask Conservative MP Cheryl Gillan.

This Writer believes serious questions should be asked of the people who made this appointment.

Don’t you?

In yet another example of the utterly disgraceful revolving door between business and politics, a recently disgraced former-boss of the collapsed government outsourcing firm Carillion has, incredibly, been appointed Managing Director of another company who were recently handed a lucrative multi-billion pound contract by the Tories to oversee HS2.

Mark Davies, who is best known for his ‘stellar’ work at now-collapsed firm Carillion, where he was in the same role from 2011 until its collapse in 2018, was rewarded for his disastrous failure by being appointed MD of Balfour Beatty Vinci’s HS2 joint venture just last week.

Source: Disgraced ex-boss of collapsed Carillion appointed by Tory-backed firm to oversee major HS2 contract | Evolve Politics

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9 thoughts on “Disgraced former boss of Carillion appointed to oversee HS2 – a contract formerly held by… Carillion

  1. [email protected]

    Being a failure in one area does not mean you will in another seems to be the mantra of the executive class just look at the roundabout nature of chief execs in the nhs, fail sideways promotion to different trust.

  2. Dave Rowlands

    It’s not what you know, it’s who you know (As they used to say). This is how we now have a government in power that couldn’t organise party for a two year old. Wasters, paid from our taxes to play party games with the lives of millions of people at stake because they can. They don’t care if you are a tory voter or otherwise, you, me, and them, if you let this continue it will be the end of everything we hold dear forever and everything our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents fought against. It’s a sad world when power depends on your bank balance and those creating the wealth for the rich, the workers, are so down trodden they don’t have the energy to fight back because they are oppressed. I despair for my great grandchildren, one is three the other just one, their future under this nasty party will be one of “just getting by” and keeping the rich a lot richer. It’s such a shame the human race has been turned into an “I’m all right jack” society. I’m not sure what those with that attitude are going to do when they run out of the serfs, the ones they hate would have died off long ago.

  3. Paul Wilkinson (@EEPaul)

    Davies wasn’t the boss of Carillion plc (he was MD of a smaller subsidiary). He is not overseeing HS2 – just contracts to build part of the route – and these were not contracts previously awarded to Carillion (in a JV on a separate part of the route).

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Are you suggesting that there isn’t anything wrong because his contract now is slightly different to his contract previously?
      This is a man who ran a government contractor into the ground! The government should not be hiring him to cut lawns, never mind managing even part of a major build like this.

  4. Paul Wilkinson (@EEPaul)

    He was not on Carillion’s main board and played no role in its pension-starving, dividend-grabbing, late supplier-paying, etc behaviours. He is an experienced career civil engineer who joined Carillion when it acquired Alfred MacAlpine, and – like many others – was cast adrift when the company went into liquidation. Over 2700 people were made redundant as a result of that liquidation – presumably you would find reason not to employ any of them!

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