Barratt boss arrested in contracts probe

Grant Prior 8 years ago
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Barratt Developments’s London boss has been arrested following an ongoing probe into contract awards.

London boss Baird has been suspended
London boss Baird has been suspended

The housebuilder confirmed today it has suspended Alastair Baird, its Regional Managing Director for London.

Baird and a former Barratt London employee were arrested this morning following a referral to the police by the company in April.

Barrat said: “These arrests follow a referral in April 2016 by Barratt to the Metropolitan Police of initial findings of an internal investigation.

“The investigation commenced in August 2015 following an internal audit and relates to possible misconduct in the process for awarding and managing certain material and subcontract supply contracts in the London region.

“The investigation also led to civil legal action which commenced in October 2015 against an employee who was dismissed in February 2016.

“Following the initial findings of the internal investigation, Barratt appointed a leading accounting firm to conduct an external review of the controls relating to the tendering and procurement processes in the London business.

“The results of this review were reported to the Audit Committee. Following this review, Barratt has adopted additional controls.

“Barratt’s London procurement processes differ from wider Group processes reflecting the non-standard and one-off nature of London construction projects.

“Based on the investigation to date, Barratt does not anticipate any material adverse financial effect.”

Gary Ennis, Regional Managing Director for Southern Region, will take interim responsibility for the London and Southern Regions, supported by the London Board.

CEO David Thomas said: “We are committed to meeting the highest ethical standards in all aspects of our business.

“We have acted decisively, launching our own thorough and comprehensive investigation and referring the matter to the Metropolitan Police.

“I am confident that Gary Ennis and the London Board will ensure that Barratt London continues to deliver successfully, and remains a trusted, valued partner to its stakeholders.

“We will continue to cooperate fully with the Metropolitan Police and to conduct our own investigation into these matters.

“We will take whatever action is required to ensure our values and standards are upheld.”

 

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