Amey makes investment in top talent

Brian Donnelly, Press Officer
18 May 2018
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Amey has strengthened its investments team after recruiting a range of experts from the worlds of accountancy, law and finance.

While Amey is known for its operational work – maintaining and managing infrastructure– its Investments business adds specialist knowledge to ensure that local and central government clients set up smart, innovative funding and financing methods. Over the past 15 years, Amey has helped to raise £4bn of private finance to invest in the UK’s infrastructure.

Oliver Purches joins the Amey Investment team as Associate Director to focus on structured and project financing, covering bank debt, capital markets and equity. A qualified accountant with serval CISI qualifications, Purches previously held roles in debt advisory and project finance for JCRA and HSBC respectively.

Purches is joined by Tara Reale, formerly Technical and Commercial Adviser at Mott MacDonald. Reale will oversee the origination of new transactions across a wide range of sectors, with an emphasis on the environmental sector. Taking the title of Project Finance Manager, Reale also holds a PhD in Asset Management from Trinity College Dublin.

Also joining the Amey Investments team, following five years as a corporate lawyer, is Principal Manager James Robertson. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Robertson previously held environmental and infrastructure roles in Madrid and Rio de Janeiro. Since joining Amey, the University of Oxford and Imperial college graduate has led on the corporate structuring of Amey’s Carillion Rail acquisition.

All join the Project Delivery team led by Director of Projects Nick Dawson.

Eugenio Herrero completes the new cohort. Formerly of Ferrovial Agroman UK, Amey’s sister company, Herrero joins Amey as a Project Finance Manager to focus on business development and will report to Investment Director Nick Maggs. Herrero is an alumnus of the ICAI School of Engineering in Madrid where he graduated in electrical engineering.

Speaking on the new arrivals, Asif Ghafoor, Managing Director of Amey’s Ventures Team, said “Our ambitions, and the ambitions of our clients, are constantly evolving. Key to Amey’s current and future successes is investment in talented people with contrasting and complimentary skillsets. I am delighted to welcome our new colleagues on our journey to help clients secure the funding and expertise they need for their projects.”

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