Wates Construction is continuing its growth strategy across Yorkshire and the North East following the promotion of six employees, highlighting the business’ commitment to expanding its contracting capacity across the region.
The move to invest in Wates’ workforce includes David Wingfield’s promotion to the position of regional commercial director for Yorkshire and the North East, with a remit to oversee the company’s sustainability and profitability.
Boasting almost 20 years’ experience in construction, David joined a small regional contractor in 1998 after completing a degree in quantity surveying at the University of Manchester. He then moved to Wates Construction in 2005 as a project surveyor before progressing through the ranks to position of regional commercial manager in 2009.
Commenting on his new post, David said:
As we continue to see a strong pipeline of opportunity in Yorkshire and the North East, it is my responsibility as part of the team to ensure that these convert into successful projects for the business.
Delivering sustainable business growth across all levels of the company is key and our well-established reputation as a trusted contractor will enable us to grow our capabilities, while also allowing us to use our presence to invest in new training and employment opportunities across the region.”
The series of internal promotions at Wates also includes Rachel Baron-Kordecki’s progression to the position of procurement manager, Ellie Keighley’s promotion to site surveyor, David Clarke’s progression to project manager, Grant Andrews’ promotion to quantity surveyor and Nyasha Malaba’s new role as site surveyor.
Wates’ presence in Yorkshire currently includes the construction of a seven-storey commercial development at Kirkstall Forge in Leeds for CEG, as well the recent completion of Central Square for Marrico LLP, also based in Leeds.
Wates’ presence in the North East currently comprises the creation a £23.8m ten-storey development at Strawberry Place in Newcastle for Select Property Group and the recent completion of an expansion project for Newcastle High School for Girls.
Paul Dodsworth, Business Unit Director of Wates Construction Yorkshire and North East, said:
Retaining home-grown talent and promoting from within forms a large part of our commitment to ensuring we have the best people on board. It is my personal privilege to be playing a part in supporting our skilled employees and giving them the opportunity to excel in a diverse working environment.
The latest series of internal promotions at Wates showcases our willingness to recognise the achievements of our talented workforce, while also reflecting the growing success of the business. Exciting days lie ahead for us and the dedication of our employees is pivotal in maintaining a strong business for years to come.”