After more than 20 years at the reins, Andy Metcalfe has set out his retirement plans. He will be succeeded as head of the Gloucester arm of the business by a new regional manager, who will start with the contractor in January 2017 for a transition period.
Steve Speller, who is joint owner alongside Andy Metcalfe, will become sole proprietor of the business while stepping into the role of company chairman. Des O’Neill will continue his role as group managing director.
“It is with great sadness that we will be saying goodbye to one of the two original founding members of Speller Metcalfe,” said Des O’Neill. “Andy is not only part of our foundation, he has successfully negotiated the growth of Speller Metcalfe alongside Steve Speller and our directors from a small local contractor into the national, £130m turnover business we are today.”
Andy Metcalfe said: “It’s a very difficult thing to leave the company both Steve and I started in his garage over 20 years ago. It has been a tremendous privilege to see Speller Metcalfe grow into the industry-leading contractor we are today and I know with the strong leadership and structure we have across the business, the team will continue on their successful journey.”
Steve Spellar said: “We met working together at another contractor and saw all the things we didn’t want a company to be. Realising we had the ambition and the complementary skills to make a partnership work, we decided to try it on our own, and we’ve never looked back.
“I will miss Andy dearly, and wish him all the best. I know he will be keeping his ear to the ground and play a supporting role on occasion following his departure, but he also knows that he’s leaving us in safe hands.”