McConnell Strengthens Leadership Team 

Kenny Downs, Craig Hartley and Alex Gerrie

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MCCONNELL has recently strengthened its leadership team on the back of stronger than forecasted growth, recent major framework successes and a burgeoning secured order book. 

Kenny Downs has joined from Urban Union (a subsidiary of The Robertson Group) as Group Finance Director. This senior appointment underpins McConnell’s continuing emergence in the building refurbishment sector in the UK.

The specialist Roofing, Cladding and Coatings divisions in Scotland are being amalgamated into a single Specialist Works Division and Alex Gerrie joins the team as Divisional Director to work alongside existing Divisional Director Ken Wales. Alex was Operations Director at Q9 Cladding having started out in Civil Engineering, gaining experience with Kier, Lend Lease and Sir Robert McAlpine.

An internal promotion completes the team strengthening, with Craig Hartley stepping up to SHEQ Director.  Craig has spearheaded the business improvement processes that have been necessary to facilitate McConnell’s transition from a specialist services provider to a Principal Contractor delivering multi-disciplined refurbishment schemes, supported by in-house specialist services.

Eamonn McGarvey, Managing Director of McConnell said:

“These key appointments mark a significant step forward for McConnell. With a clear focus on delivery of our growth and diversification strategy, we are investing in people, we are balancing the development and progression of our existing team and supporting them with highly experienced external hires.”

“Whilst we are experiencing an exciting period of growth, we continue to carefully structure our business at all levels to ensure that we provide strong delivery to meet our Clients’ expectations.”

“There have been many major recent successes across the UK for McConnell and we are confident that our future business plans are robust and aligned to current market conditions.” 

McConnell, established in 1929, is a provider of external refurbishment, modernisation and planned maintenance services to buildings for property owners across the UK.  The company delivers projects using a combination of directly employed skilled tradespeople and approved specialist subcontractors for public and private clients in the Housing & Public Buildings, Commercial & Retail, Industrial & Defence, Utilities & Infrastructure and Education & Healthcare sectors. 

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