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Sir Robert McAlpine names new chairman

Sir Robert McAlpine has appointed a new chairman as Gavin McAlpine prepares to step down after three years in the post.

Edward McAlpine will take on the role from 1 January next year, moving up from his executive partner position on the board.

The group said that, as well as overseeing and advising the executive, its new chairman would focus on developing “strong and trusted partnerships with clients” and “embedding the firm’s ‘People strategy’ […] to ensure we are known as the best place to work”.

A spokeswoman told Construction News that Edward had worked across all aspects of management during 20 years at the company.

She added: “[He] has been particularly involved in corporate development, focusing on the growth of key client relationships. He has been instrumental in the creation of the firm’s ‘People’ programme and embedding the corporate strategy.”

He replaces Gavin McAlpine, who has served as chairman since November 2015.

The company said he was stepping down from the post and from the executive board to focus on developing McAlpine’s renewable energy business RES, which he will continue to chair.

Gavin was named chairman at the same time the group appointed Tony Aikenhead as its first non-family member chief executive.

However, the company announced the shock departure of Mr Aikenhead just nine months later in July 2016.

Sir Robert McAlpine remained without a CEO for just under a year, until the appointment of Paul Hamer from WYG in June 2017.

In November last year, the chairman and chief executive jointly announced a major regional restructure of the business.

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CEO spoke to CN in July on working with the secretive family firm and drawing up plans for the next 150 years.

In its statement on today’s news, the company said: “Gavin guided the business through a period of tremendous positive change, overseeing the introduction of a new strategy, the search for and appointment of a new chief executive, and critically, the return to profitability.”

Mr Hamer added: “Ed has been a highly valued member of the executive board for many years; his chairmanship will provide continuity for the business and allow us to build on the strong relationship we already enjoy as we work together to deliver our new strategy.

“We thank Gavin for his tremendous contribution over the last three years. With the business now operating profitably and enjoying a strong pipeline of current and future business opportunities, he leaves a significant legacy upon which we can continue to build.”

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