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New finance chief to drive M&A at Bilby

A NEW FD has been appointed to drive forward a building service company looking to make acquisitions.

Katie O’Reilly has been named FD of Bilby, a listed building services contractor. Her appointment follows David Ellingham’s move from the chief finance role to become managing and business development director, where he will focus on Bilby’s buy and build strategy. Ellingham joined as FD in 2014, helping the business float on AIM in March.

ICAEW-qualified O‘Reilly began her career in practice, as an auditor of SMEs, before moving into corporate finance. Bilby flags up her experience in helping clients with ‘buy-and-build’ strategies post-IPO, a key aim for the company.

Bilby revealed in its trading update that its integration work on July acquisition Purdy, a property services business, “has been a success”. It has also won a number of new contracts in its south-east market, including contract extensions.

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