People & Careers roundup

Balfour Beatty has appointed Hector MacAulay as managing director for its regional construction and civil engineering business in Scotland and Ireland. 

MacAuley has been with Balfour Beatty for 26 years. 

Horizon Nuclear Power  appointed Carl Devlin,  London Underground programme engineer for the subsurface Tube upgrades, as programme director for the planned Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station.

A new design and technology GCSE has been unveiled by Schools Minister Nick Gibb. The new design and technology GCSE will give students the chance to develop their own design briefs and projects and could lead them to producing anything from furniture for disabled people to computer-controlled robots. Industry experts, including those from the James Dyson Foundation, have been closely involved in developing the new GCSE content.

The skills and experience of older workers in construction are being lost according to Chartered Institute of Building in its survey Exploring the impact of the ageing population on the workforce and built environment. The research found that construction companies have no structure to pass skills of the older generation to the younger.  

Laing O’Rourke’s chief executive Anna Stewart has stepped down with immediate effect due to ill health. Executive chairman Ray O’Rourkewill now assume her responsibilities as chief executive officer of the contractor.