Appointments: Owen Pugh strengthens team with key appointments

North East civil engineering company Owen Pugh Group has made three strategic appointments to bolster its operations

David Curry, left, and Chris Raby from Owen Pugh
David Curry, left, and Chris Raby from Owen Pugh

The company, which covers the full scope of civil engineering services from demolition to hard landscaping and the construction of roads and bridges to land reclamation and remediation, employs more than 400 people from its five regional offices, including its head office in Dudley, Northumberland, and its newest facility at Factory Road in Blaydon, Gateshead.

David Curry from Sunderland has joined the business as general manager of Owen Pugh Construction where he is responsible for all aspects of the division’s work.

The division has established itself as a leading main contractor over the past three and a half years, delivering innovative and technically-challenging projects to government agencies, local authorities, private developers, industrial facilities and utility companies. Most recently, Owen Pugh Construction completed work on a new intermodal rail terminal to improve connectivity at PD Ports.

David, who is married with three children and has 25 years in the civil engineering industry, including 10 years in senior management roles, said: “I’m looking forward to being a part of an expanding group of companies, helping to integrate the individual parts of the business and leading the construction team to deliver bigger and better opportunities in the future.”

Further boosting Owen Pugh’s construction team, Tom Etterley from Rothbury, Northumberland, has joined the company as managing quantity surveyor where he is responsible for overseeing all of the commercial and contractual aspects of the business.

Having graduated in 1993 with a degree in quantity surveying, Tom spent a short time as trainee then assistant quantity surveyor in Wimpey Engineering’s partnership with Wessex Water building water treatment plants before moving to Rotherhithe, London, to work on the construction of Canada Water Station on the Jubilee Line Extension. In 1995 he moved to Makers UK Ltd, primarily involved in bridge and tunnel repairs for London Underground. In 2002, Tom returned to the North East undertaking roles with Surgo, the Esh Group, Dorin and most recently Rainton.

He said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to develop and promote the construction business with the support, backing and resources of the Owen Pugh Group. I look forward to leading the commercial team in the challenges ahead.”

Completing the line-up of recent new appointments, Chris Raby, from Seaham in County Durham, has joined the company as general manager at HCS Drain Services, Owen Pugh’s drain services division. He has overall responsibility for the expanding business which employs 49 people between its Stockton and Blaydon premises.

After completing a degree in quarry and road surface engineering in 2000, Chris worked in a number of civil engineering roles across the UK before returning to the North East in 2005. Most recently, he worked as an operations manager at Lumsden & Carroll working on the Yorkshire Water framework. He has also spent time teaching HNC Civil Engineering students at New College Durham.

He said: “I’m really pleased to have joined HCS at such a pivotal time for the business. With £1m invested over the past 12 months, and the expansion into Blaydon recently taking place, I’m looking forward to the challenge of capitalising on the opportunity to secure more business and contribute to the future growth of the division.

“Having enjoyed time teaching civil engineering which I loved, it’s great to be part of a business that is committed to nurturing young talent and which sees the importance of developing the workforce of the future.”

John Dickson, chairman of the Owen Pugh Group, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Chris, David and Tom to the business, all of whom have a wealth of talent and experience and who are proving to be valuable additions the senior management team.”

The Owen Pugh Group comprises five trading companies operating in the civil engineering industry, undertaking earthmoving and demolition, drainage and groundworks, plant-hire and haulage, quarrying, inert waste and drain cleaning, and CCTV surveys. The group is headquartered in Dudley near Cramlington, with other bases in Blaydon, Sunderland and Stockton, as well as Marsden Quarry.

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