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Strategic Highways Director appointed to strengthen our long-term growth

We’re delighted to announce the appointment of new Strategic Highways Director Clive Leadbetter to our managerial team, as we kickstart 2021 by embarking on an ambitious three year growth plan.

The role of Strategic Highways Director has been created to promote our capabilities to clients including Highways England and local authority partners, as well as potential new partners within the industry.

Clive joins the firm with a strong background in civil engineering after over 20 years with UK-based infrastructure solutions provider Costain, as well as a successful spell as the Managing Director of integrated highways services provider, A-one+. He also brings a wealth of experience working within both the energy and utilities sectors.

As a company, we’re targeting significant growth over the next three years, with the aim of expanding the business by £60m – £150m in that time by harnessing our specialist skill sets to win more major infrastructure projects across the UK. This includes contracts across Highways England’s frameworks, multi-utility projects and other significant civil and electrical engineering contracts where McCann can be named as principal or tier 2 contractor.

Clive is delighted to have joined us at what is an exciting time in the firm’s history and sees plenty of scope for strategic long-term growth thanks to the company’s reputation for safe, high quality service delivery.

“For me and the wider team, the aim is to continue to raise the bar in terms of our quality, service and commitment to excellence in order to go to the next level and directly contract with clients as often as we can,” explains Clive.

“My role is to forge even stronger relationships with Highways England and other key clients in order to make McCann a household name as a trusted go-to partner that can solve problems and work in close collaboration to provide innovative solutions,”

“We have the necessary tools and experience at our disposal to accomplish this and I am confident that with our in-house expertise across all areas of civil, electrical engineering and technology, we can achieve our ambitions of not only continuing to work as an established tier 2 contractor, but evolve into a more widely recognised principal contractor,”

For Clive, the culture at McCann was a match made in heaven and crucial in his decision to take on this exciting challenge, as he goes on to explain.

“I love being part of a successful and enthused team that has the capability to deliver a safe, efficient and quality service that meets both Client and customer needs,” says Clive. “That kind of culture can only come from the top, and from the moment I first spoke to John McCann, I could see that the right culture and behaviours already existed from which we can base ourselves and deliver on John’s long-term ambitions,”

“The whole ethos of the business is about developing people and creating a culture where everyone can thrive, innovate and play their part in shared success. That’s what sets this company apart for me, and I think we’re embarking on a really exciting journey which will see us go from strength to strength over the next three years and beyond.”

For Managing Director John McCann, the appointment of Clive is a crucial one in order to achieve the company’s future objective of achieving recognition as a trusted tier 1 partner for a range of clients.

“Our three year growth plan is about growing all areas of the McCann Group,” says John. “We’re well known for providing quality solutions in LED lighting and associated infrastructure, which is great, but I want us to be known for our ability to provide complete civil and electrical engineering solutions for clients – from project conception through to completion,”

“From highways, motorways and rail, to energy, new home developments and multi-utilities, we have the resource and the expertise in-house to be that trusted full-service partner that people can call upon anytime, anywhere, for any project. Clive is here to promote these capabilities and build those key, strategic relationships that will unlock more doors for us in the future – and I’m delighted to have him on board.”

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