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Miller poaches Morgan Sindall manager

Miller Construction has hired former Morgan Sindall, Mace and Balfour Beatty business development man David Stobie.

Mr Stobie - a qualified chartered surveyor with 23 years of experience in the construction industry - has joined Miller’s Scottish division as business development director.

He was business development manager at Balfour Beatty Construction for six years, before becoming director at Mace in 2007 and then manager at Morgan Sindall’s Scottish division in 2010.

His appointment follows that of former Scottish Power boss Philip Bowman as chairman, and Willmott Dixon’s business development manager Karen Vigar in December. Laing O’Rourke’s Andrew Cartwright was appointed director of health, followed by Chris Houchin, who joined the company as national business development director.

It also comes after Miller secured a £160m financing deal with GSO Capital Partners, a subsidiary of US private equity giant Blackstone. The deal hands more than 55 per cent of the Miller Group to outside investors.

Chief executive of Miller Construction Chris Webster said: “David is a very welcome addition to our regional management team in Scotland. The industry is still facing a challenging period, but we are confident that by having the right people in place, we will be in the best position to maximise on opportunities when they arise.

“David’s appointment is in line with our strategy which is seeing us focus on chosen markets with specific programmes of work. Miller Construction has always had an outstanding reputation within Scotland for delivery and high quality projects.

“Our clients are at the heart of all of our projects and I am sure that they will enjoy working with David as much as we will.”

Mr Stobie said: “I look forward to working with the senior team in Scotland to build on the company’s excellent performance to date, and I look forward to using my experience, contacts and business development skills to help secure profitable work for Miller in what is still a challenging marketplace.”

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