Haydn Mursell, the former CEO of Kier Group, has been appointed as chair of Hull-based water mist fire suppression business iMist.
The appointment follows a £4.5 million investment by private equity firm Foresight Group in January 2021.
Founded in 2015, iMist has developed its own range of high-pressure water mist fire suppression systems, specifically for domestic and larger residential properties.
With over 30 years’ experience in the contracting, services and development sectors, Mr Mursell further strengthens the iMist board.
From roles early in his career as chief financial officer of Lendlease and deputy group finance director at Balfour Beatty, he went on to join Kier Group as finance director in 2010, becoming chief executive four years later, before leaving the company in 2019.
Having operated at plc board level for over 10 years, he has a broad range of financial and management skills. He is strategically minded, with a focus on growth and business performance, managing acquisitions and improving safety, customer experience and employee engagement.
He currently holds a number of non-executive and board adviser positions for complementary businesses within the construction industry.
“The need for innovative fire suppression systems which can be quickly, easily and cheaply installed in both new and existing buildings, is a major issue for the industry and iMist has a solution,” said Mr Mursell.
“The move from a sprinkler to a misting system is a natural evolution which gives the end-user a number of benefits, particularly in terms of being more environmentally-friendly as they significantly reduce the amount of water required.
MD Tony Sims added: “Following our recent PE investment, iMist is now embarking on the next stage in its development and we believe that Haydn will have a pivotal role to play as we optimise the current regulatory opportunity in order to drive further growth and development activities across the UK.
“We also have ambitious international expansion plans, including targeting the US market later this year.”