MacAulay has three decades’ experience within the industry, including 26 years at Balfour, where he was most recently managing director for the Edinburgh delivery unit.
The Heriot-Watt University graduate said: “I am passionate about building the business and reputation of Balfour Beatty through a first-class, customer-focused service and delivering great projects that utilise our industry leading engineering expertise.
“I strongly believe the construction industry has a duty and a responsibility to support and enhance the communities within which it operates and to leave a lasting and sustainable legacy when it moves on.”
MacAulay, who succeeds Murray Easton in the role, will be responsible for all of Balfour’s construction and civil engineering activities across Scotland and its business in Ireland, which together have an annual turnover of about £400 million.
He will report to Dean Banks, managing director of its UK construction division, who said: “I am confident Hector will successfully lead and progress our Scottish and Irish business whilst contributing toward the success of the wider Balfour Beatty group.”
Balfour’s current projects north of the Border include student accommodation at Holyrood in Edinburgh, Kennedy Street in Glasgow and St Peter Street in Aberdeen, as well as the new Portobello High School, NHS Ayrshire & Arran Acute Mental Health and Community Hospital project in Irvine and the Aberdeen bypass.