Catherine Kirkham has been recruited as associate director at construction cost management consultant Dooleys' Manchester office.
Kirkham joins from quantity surveyor Currie & Brown. She will take responsibility for running key projects and assist in business development.
From 2003 to 2006, Kirkham was a senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University in the quantity surveying, construction, cost and environmental management group after spending eight years as senior quantity surveyor at Manchester City Council.
Brendan Dooley, managing director of Dooleys, commented: "Catherine brings a wealth of experience both in the public and private sector together with excellent technical and training skills. She will, I am sure, be a valued member of our dynamic team as we move into our next phase of growth."
Kirkham's track record includes the £20m Hilton Hotel, Prague, a £30m site redevelopment for Shell UK, and a £5m Gorton urban renewal project.
Dooleys was established in 2003 by Brendan Dooley and is headquartered in Manchester's Northern Quarter with offices in Birmingham and southern Ireland.