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GB reorganises leadership team

23 Sep 14 A management restructure at contractor GB Building Solutions sees two new senior recruits join the business.

Clockwise, from top left are Dan Spencer, Jonathan Payne, John Rawlinson and Marie Buckingham
Clockwise, from top left are Dan Spencer, Jonathan Payne, John Rawlinson and Marie Buckingham

The company is restructuring from two into four UK regional offices, with a focus on the sectors of student accommodation, residential, leisure, healthcare and education.

GB Building Solutions is part of property and construction solutions provider The GB Group, which also includes property development, healthcare, energy, IT and asset management companies. The construction business has seen strong growth this year, winning major contracts in its target markets and increasing its workforce by more than 80 people.

John Rawlinson has joined the company as managing director of the central and southwest division. He has previously worked for ISG Construction, Morgan Sindall and Wimpey/Tarmac.

Also joining the company is Jonathan Payne as managing director of the London and southeast division. He has spent the last 20 years at Willmott Dixon, latterly as a director.

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The restructure also sees two internal promotions. Business development director Marie Buckingham switches to become managing director of the Yorkshire and northeast division. Student accommodation sector specialist Dan Spencer is promoted to managing director of the northwest division.

To support the new regional structure, GB Group commercial director Greg Darrell has been appointed to the board of GB Building Solutions and will work with the board and the new regional management teams in all commercial, contractual and financial matters.

Finally, GB’s public sector specialist Lisa Bowden will take over the role of business development director previously held by Marie Buckingham.

Executive chairman Martin Smout said: “The outlook for our construction business is good, and we expect the recent headcount growth to continue. The time and market is right to migrate from the north-south divisional model that has successfully steered us through the years of recession into a more regionalised approach, where our customers and people can align with regional delivery offices with senior managers leading focused teams whilst maintaining a consistent one business approach.”

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