Engineer Jonathan lands new leading role

Jonathan Porter, new contracts general manager at Dudley-based firm Owen Pugh.

Jonathan Porter, new contracts general manager at Dudley-based firm Owen Pugh.

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A civil engineering firm has appointed a new manager to head up the part of its business responsible for delivering earthworks contracts.

Jonathan Porter has been promoted to the post of general manager for contracts by the Owen Pugh Group, based in Dudley in North Tyneside.

Jobs he is involved in at the moment include the construction of the Morpeth northern bypass.

He now heads up a team of about 40 staff.

Jonathan, originally from Cambridge, settled in the north east after completing a degree course at Newcastle University, joining Owen Pugh in 2008 as a junior engineer.

He said: “I’m delighted to be appointed to the position of general manager of the contracts division. It’s a role I’ve aspired to since starting out at Owen Pugh in 2008.

“It’s a big responsibility guiding the business through what continue to be tough economic conditions.

“Ensuring the company turnover remains on an even keel while planning for a pipeline of potential work continues to be the biggest challenge, but it’s one that I’m relishing.

“Having worked my way up through the ranks, gaining experience across the board, I’m well placed to build on the success of my predecessor, making further improvements and driving forward growth plans which include gaining a stronger foothold in the wider region.”

Group chairman John Dickson added: “The contracts division is an important part of the Owen Pugh business that has continued to grow despite difficult trading conditions.

“Having gained experience at all levels within the business, Jonathan’s experience and credentials will prove invaluable as we move into the next stage of our growth.

“We have always prided ourselves on attracting and retaining the best industry talent, and that has been the key to our success to date.”