Boosting capability in the UK North East with two senior hires & promotions

Laura Macdonald

Regional Marketing and Business Development Manager

We have appointed two new senior hires in our Newcastle office to strengthen our business. We are expanding our North East team to service new and existing clients across a number of sectors.

Over the next few years, our Newcastle and Teesside offices will be focused on further growing activity in the commercial, retail and infrastructure sectors whilst maintaining the North East region as a centre of excellence in delivering education, healthcare and manufacturing projects.

Expanding the two offices will allow the us to provide a greater breadth of solutions for our clients. They include some of the region’s leading industrial manufacturers and world-class educational establishments.

The two new Directors bring a wealth of local knowledge and experience which will be a great addition to the existing team.

  • David Hern, Cost Management Director for Newcastle
  • Mike Lamb, Project Management Director for Newcastle

In addition to these key new hires, we have also recently promoted a number of staff to director, reflecting our commitment to progressing our own staff and the strength of the regional business.

Graeme Braithwaite has been promoted to Director and will continue to lead the team of 20 project managers in the North East within the infrastructure sector. Graeme will also support the successful delivery of varied and complex programmes of work throughout the region and beyond, for rail and water clients.

Jonathan Lunn, Paul Humble and Paul Robinson have all been promoted to Project Directors and are responsible for delivering many of our major property and infrastructure projects.

Jimmy (James) Floyd, working within the Newcastle project management team, was promoted to Associate Director level earlier this month.

Darren Laybourn, Director and Strategic Lead for Newcastle office, commented:
“These multiple hires and internal promotions and appointments reflect Turner & Townsend’s commitment to the region as well as recognising that our clients require us to provide solutions that require a variety of skills and experience.

Both of our offices here in the North East have achieved consistent year-on-year growth and we now have over 120 technical staff in the region, which is testament to providing a high-quality service to our clients. The team here are very much looking forward to continuing to support our existing loyal clients and exploring opportunities with new clients in line with the company’s 2020 Vision.”

These new hires complement other key recruits over the past 18 months including Andrea Gardner, Associate Director for contract services in the North East.