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Four new starters continue our strong recruitment drive

We have appointed four new roles within our team as we maintain our strong recruitment drive for 2021.

The new appointments announced are Oliver Jones and Oliver Hadwin, who both take on positions as Trainee Estimators, as well as Eleanor Mangham as Trainee Environmental, Sustainability and Carbon Reduction Manager, and Neil Richardson as Civils Estimator.

The four new positions have been identified as being integral to the firm’s three year growth plan, which was set out at the start of 2021 and forecasts the company to grow between £60m and £150m between 2021 and 2023.

Within their roles as Trainee Estimators, Oliver Jones and Oliver Hadwin take on responsibility for reviewing tenders and contracts, working closely with McCann’s suppliers and partners, reviewing projects and responding to enquiries.

Oliver Jones joins with a degree in Business Management and Finance from the University of Suffolk, with previous experience at Handelsbanken providing account manager support. Oliver Hadwin meanwhile, graduated from the University of Derby in 2019 with a first class honours degree in Business Accounting and Finance, with experience gained during a placement with Pirelli as a Finance Assistant. He also brings previous construction industry experience after over 7 years working in the sector prior to university.

Both report into our New Business Manager James McDaid, and James is delighted to have expanded his team with two enthusiastic and skilled Trainee Estimators.

“Both of the guys demonstrated great enthusiasm and knowledge when we spoke to them, and have quickly become integral to our team in a very short space of time. They are playing a vital role within our estimating function to make sure that we quote customers accurately and maintain strong, open relationships with suppliers.”

Eleanor Mangham has been appointed as our Trainee Environmental, Sustainability and Carbon Reduction Manager and joins the business with a plan to develop and implement a range of energy and carbon management projects, providing action plans to ensure corporate sustainable development requirements are met.

Eleanor’s expertise will be utilised at all levels of the business – feeding into bids and tenders, the senior leadership team’s overall sustainability strategy, and bespoke training and development for internal and external stakeholders. She will also be responsible for carbon energy audits, legislative compliance, and advising the procurement team on sustainable goods and services. Eleanor graduated from the University of Derby in 2018 with a BSc (Hons) in Geography and graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2019 with an MSc in Environmental Management.

For Eleanor’s line manager, Ben Feltham, having her as part of the team is critical when shaping how we continue to plan our service delivery in line with meeting carbon reduction targets and maintaining a commitment to protecting the environment.

“Carbon reduction and managing environmental impacts is a core focus for all businesses within civil engineering and construction,” says Ben. “We have a collective responsibility to manage our impact and lower our carbon footprint, and Eleanor comes into the company with a fresh perspective and new ideas which will significantly benefit us as a delivery partner for our clients, their end users, and communities across the UK.”

Our fourth appointment is Neil Richardson, who brings 50+ years of experience within civil engineering across rail, water and highways. Neil has previously worked as a local government officer, tunnel engineer, contracts manager and commercial manager, with an in-depth knowledge of our service delivery areas.

Neil takes on the role of Civils Estimator with the responsibility for pricing of civil engineering works and working closely with Oliver Hadwin and Oliver Jones, as well as James McDaid.

James is delighted to have Neil’s experience within the team and sees him as a great mentor for others to learn from, while expanding our in-house expertise and widening the firm’s ability to secure future projects.

“Estimating is such an important part of our business,” says James. “We have a responsibility to respond to clients in a timely and professional manner, in order to win new work and maintain our reputation for engineering excellence. Neil has a lot of experience and brings a new dynamic to the team. He will also be a great person for Oliver Hadwin and Oliver Jones to learn from over the years as they progress and develop from Trainee level, to fully fledged Estimators.”

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