Team changes at Wates signals regional growth | Wates

Team changes at Wates signals regional growth

Leading contractor, Wates Construction, has appointed Kyle McGrory as Regional Commercial Director, becoming the latest in a line of team changes as the contractor eyes further growth across the North East and Yorkshire.

Leading contractor, Wates Construction, has appointed Kyle McGrory as Regional Commercial Director, becoming the latest in a line of team changes as the contractor eyes further growth across the North East and Yorkshire.

Kyle’s appointment closely follows a host of internal promotions, which recently saw the business’ former Regional Commercial Director, David Wingfield, take the helm as Business Unit Director for North East and Yorkshire.

Taking on the mantle from David, Kyle will now be responsible for the commercial strategy for the region, leading the business’ 35-strong commercial team and overseeing all commercial aspects of pre-construction and project delivery.

Kyle joins Wates from Mace where he was Associate Director for three years, having joined the business as Cost Manager in 2011, working across a range of retail new-build and fit-out projects.

Alongside Kyle’s appointment, the region has also seen a raft of internal promotions, including:

  • Steve Christie, promoted to the role of Operations Director for MEP, responsible for the operational and strategic governance of Wates Construction’s M&E services across North East & Yorkshire and North West, including out-sourced M&E services and those delivered in-house by Wates Building Services;
  • Simon Dodson, promoted to the role of Pre-Construction Director, overseeing Wates Construction’s business development and work-winning strategy for new project across North East & Yorkshire;
  • Dan Miller, promoted to the role of Project Director at MEPC’s Wellington Place in Leeds where Dan has overseen a number of commercial projects since 2014 and is currently delivering the £87m project on behalf of MEPC;
  • Mark Lunn, promoted to the role of Regional Commercial Manager, responsible for the successful commercial delivery of all projects across the North East and Yorkshire.

Paul Dodsworth, Managing Director of Wates Construction North, commented:

“Kyle joins the business at a very exciting time. We have recently taken up residence of our new office at Thorpe Park, a base from which we intend to grow our project portfolio and build upon our strong industry reputation. The resource in our team is the cornerstone of our growth strategy and Kyle’s appointment, in addition to the promotions within the business, will undoubtedly enhance what is already a very solid regional team.”

Kyle added:

“Wates is a leading presence in the region in terms of its reputation for quality, its project pipeline and the team’s expertise and I’m very proud to be joining such a well established team. The construction industry in the North East and Yorkshire has a great deal of opportunity as investment in new projects continues to come through. Wates’ place as an expert contractor puts us in an extremely strong position for further growth and I look forward to being a part of the business’ ongoing success.”

Wates was recently appointed to build Teesside University’s Cornell Quarter following the team’s completion of the university’s National Horizons Centre in Darlington. The contractor is also currently the sole contractor on site at Wellington Place, MEPC’s major commercial development in Leeds as well as Leeds City College’s new Quarry Hill Campus.

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