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Skerritt appoints two new directors

Building services company Skerritt has brought Mark Radford and Peter Saxby into its boardroom as its two new directors.
Skerritt appoints two new directors
Contracts manager Mark Radford has been appointed as Skerritt’s operational director and business development manager Peter Saxby has been promoted to associate director.

The company says the appointments recognise 'the significant contribution they each have made to the company’s rapid growth over the last two years'.

Radford has been responsible for Skerritt’s largest client, Caledonian Building Systems based in Newark, leading a team of more than 20 engineers, while Saxby has secured strong partnering agreements with major construction companies.

The firm says their contribution helped Skerritt take turnover from £12m in 2000 to £46.1m in 2007. Between 2006 and 2007, turnover climbed 67% from £28m to £46.15m.

Mark Radford said: “As operational director I’m looking forward to helping Skerritt sustain its position through the difficult period we’re facing and beyond: taking it from a Midlands company delivering national projects to a national company delivering national projects.”

Radford trained as an apprentice electrician with Balfour Kilpatrick in 1983 and left in 2000 as a project manager. He joined Skerritt as contract engineer in 2002, after a spell with a small local M&E contractor.

Peter Saxby, has been business development manager at Skerritt since 2000. He said: “When I joined the company I could see that we were spreading our efforts too thinly when it came to winning new business. Over the last eight years, my focus has been on chasing fewer but better quality opportunities. As a result we’ve been able to spend more time getting our bids right so that we would win the work. I’ve also concentrated on developing partnering frameworks and durable relationships with choice main contractors'.

Saxby added: “The strategy has paid off. We’ve hit our targets of doubling the size of the business within five years and we’re in a really strong, stable position to withstand this next economic cycle.” Radford and Saxby join fellow board members managing director Les Francis, financial director David Winfield and operational director Gary Murray.

Les Francis said: “Mark and Peter have been instrumental in getting us to this stage. That’s why it’s more important than ever to have their expertise and operational knowledge at the forefront of business.”
27 October 2008


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