Simon Haddy was appointed as managing director of 205-year-old heritage building services and dilapidations company, Newport Pagnell Construction, with effect from 1 October 2015. Mike Dean has held the role since 1976, safely navigating the business through three recessions, and will support Simon for the foreseeable future, as chairman.
“It’s a privilege to move into this role, but there’s a lot to live up to as Mike’s left some huge shoes to fill. I’m grateful that he’ll remain on call,” commented Simon.
This company has worked on most of the iconic buildings within 50 miles of Newport Pagnell, and all the churches within ten miles at some time or other.
Simon continued: “Newport Pagnell Construction’s workforce possesses extremely rare skills which are at risk of disappearing within five to ten years. For example, our carpenters restore or even make and fit windows for historic buildings. They don’t teach that in colleges any more.
“I will make sure these skills are passed on to younger generations and don’t die out. It’s one of my most important duties, and the only way this can be achieved is by growing the company, which will involve a degree of modernisation,” he concluded.
Simon is only the sixth managing director the company has ever had since it was founded by Benjamin Wilford in 1810.