Wates Appoints New Construction Chief

Wates Group has confirmed that Paul Chandler will become Group Managing Director of its Construction Group in the New Year.

Chandler will join the firm from Skanska where he spent 34 years and was head of the company’s building operations in the UK.

He replaces Wates veteran Dave Smith who will step down from the business after 32 years.

Wates CEO, Andrew Davis, commented: “Paul has built an enviable reputation for delivering large and complex projects with a keen emphasis on operational excellence.

“He also brings enormous experience in sustainability and diversity and inclusion, areas which we have always valued at Wates, and which are becoming increasingly important to our customers.

“I am delighted that Paul has agreed to join the Wates team and look forward to working with him on the many opportunities ahead.”

Chandler said: “I am delighted to be joining the Wates Group at an exciting time in its growth strategy.

“Wates has a great reputation across a number of sectors with strong performance across all its operations.

“I look forward to bringing my experience to bear on the next stage of the Construction Group’s development alongside my new colleagues.”

Sir Robert McAlpine also confirmed some changes to senior roles with London Regional Manager Grant Findlay promoted to the national role of Head of Preconstruction for the Building Division.

McAlpine also officially confirmed Paul Heather will be joining from Skanska to take on the London regional role.

Last month it was announced that Chief Operating Officer Dave Smith will leave the company at the end of the year.

In a statement the contractor said Smith would step down from the role, as well as group managing director of the firm’s construction group and his group board roles with immediate effect. He will leave the company at the end of the year.


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