03 July 2003 | David Arminas
Public-sector business support services consultancy Hedra has poached four people from the purchasing consultancy arm of financially troubled rival Amey.
Mark Farraway, who was a client relationship manager at Amey, said the move was good for Hedra because the four people remained as a team.
"Hedra gets in effect a dedicated procurement practice with the experience of working together on public-sector projects," said Farraway, now a senior consultant at Hedra.
The other recruits are: Jane Francis, managing consultant, previously a lead consultant at Amey; Rona Bassett, a principal consultant, who held the same job title at Amey; and Peter Webb, previously a consultant at Amey and now a managing consultant at Hedra.
Bringing in an entire procurement team, or part of one, is not new for Hedra, added Farraway. "Last year, Hedra took on nine people from consultancy Andersen to establish a local government procurement practice."
Hedra works with central government, local authorities, utilities and publicly funded agencies.
Amey was recently bought by Ferrovial Servicios, one of the world's largest private developers of transport infrastructure.