As it prepares to complete its £336 million acquisition of Hope Construction Materials later this summer, Breedon Aggregates has appointed Steve Tagg as its first HR director, with additional responsibility for overseeing group safety.
Steve was until recently organisation and human resources director at Aggregate Industries, where he spent 21 years in senior HR roles, 18 of them on the executive committee.
Three years ago, Steve also assumed responsibility for the company’s health and safety.
Prior to AI, he worked in HR in the mining industry with British Coal.
Steve will take up his new role on May 23.
He will join Breedon’s executive committee and, in addition to his HR responsibilities, will also oversee group safety, a particular priority for the group’s leadership team in the months ahead.
He will play a key role in the integration of Hope, which will transform Breedon into the UK’s largest independent building materials group with more than 2,000 employees across England, Scotland and Wales.
Commenting on his appointment Pat Ward, Breedon’s group chief executive, said: “Steve is an exceptionally skilled HR professional with an outstanding track record in our industry and we’re very fortunate that he’s agreed to join us.
“I look forward to working with him to create a world-class, safe working environment for all our people, drawing on best practice from both Breedon and Hope.
“Steve will be focusing particularly sharply on raising the bar in our training and development programmes, as we strive to give all our colleagues the expertise and tools they need to excel at their jobs and achieve their full potential.”