Kier has today revealed its newly created Responsible Business leadership team, led by Kier’s chief people officer Helen Redfern, which will drive forward sustainability ambitions and health, safety, and wellbeing agenda across the group
Under this new Responsible Business leadership team, Kier aligns their sustainability goals with its priorities of health, safety, and wellbeing on an equal level.
Sustainability targets include those set out in the Building for a Sustainable World framework, including achieving net zero carbon across Kier’s operations and value chain by 2045, producing no avoidable waste by 2035 and generating £5bn in social value by 2030.
Helen Redfern, chief people officer at Kier, adds: “Our new responsible business team and approach are vital to how we shape a sustainable future for our clients, our people and the communities we serve.”
“As a purpose-led company, I am excited to see this team think differently, challenge and innovate to deliver on our commitments as well as collaborate with others to bring about further change across the construction industry.”
The team has over thirty combined years of experience in sustainability and creating social value
Chris Lilley, group health, safety, wellbeing & sustainability director, will report into Helen and will be implementing the new responsible business approach across the Group. Chris has worked for Kier for over a decade in a range of operational roles. Since November 2021, Chris has headed up the Group’s health and safety approach and in his current position has also introduced a number of carbon reduction measures, including a no idling policy across all of the Group’s sites, offices and depots.
With over 15 years’ experience within the sustainability arena, Ben Stone- Group head of environmental sustainability- brings a wealth of experience in developing strategies, practical implementation and reporting requirements.
Lisa Sanders has been appointed Group head of social sustainability and will be driving forward the social pillars within the Building for a Sustainable World framework. Lisa has worked in Kier for over seven years, most recently as head of Group communications and has already played a pivotal role in the inception and delivery of a number of the Group’s social value initiatives.
Chris Lilley, group health, safety, wellbeing & sustainability director at Kier, states: “Bringing together our health, safety, wellbeing and sustainability functions means we can focus on greater benefits on our projects and for our people as well as wider society.”