GMI Construction Group has appointed two directors following a period of sustained growth.
Commercial Manager Joe McDermott is promoted to Commercial Director Yorkshire, whilst David Perks takes up the newly-created role of Director of Safety, Heath, and Environment (SHE).
The internal appointments not only reward exceptional performance but demonstrate a clear pathway of career progression within GMI Construction Group, one of the largest privately owned construction companies in the North of England and Midlands
Joe McDermott joined GMI from Wates Group, initially as a Senior Quantity Surveyor, and since his arrival at the Leeds office two years ago, he has been involved in a number of challenging and complex projects.
“His promotion to Director level is totally deserved,” said CEO Lee Powell. “Joe has played an integral part in the successful delivery of several high-profile Yorkshire projects.”
“It’s those can-do GMI values and his commercial acumen that prompted his promotion. I have no doubt he will be an asset as we continue to sustainably grow the business across the Yorkshire region.”
David Perks, with over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry and more than 30 as a chartered health and safety professional, joined GMI in 2021 as Head of SHE, having previously worked with a range of tier one contractors.
He has already made great strides in his new Director role establishing a new team and developing a rigorous approach to health and safety, with the sole objective of ensuring GMI’s sites continue to remain safe across its Yorkshire, North West, North East and Midlands divisions.
Lee Powell added: “David has a wealth of health and safety experience and a great track record of delivery – which is why we recruited him to our Board, to ensure it remains our number one priority.”
“Joe and David’s promotions highlight the many opportunities to grow and develop within our business and both have a key role to play in their respective fields.”
Joe McDermott said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed Commercial Director for Yorkshire, and I look forward to supporting GMI to achieve its growth aspirations in this region.”
David Perks added: “By creating this role, GMI has ensured that SHE remains an issue that is front and centre at Board level, and I’m excited to ensure it remains a priority throughout the business – as the safety of our people and our customers is paramount.”