Amey, the pounds 523 million turnover building-to-business services
group, has appointed its first director of communications.
Tom MacQuillan is to join from international developer Taylor Woodrow,
where he is communications manager.
MacQuillan said he would need time to ascertain who did what in Amey’s
PR set-up. ’I want to move their communications to a level consistent
with a fast-growing company.’
The appointment comes as Amey expands its traditional base in the
construction industry to move into business services. The group’s
current City share price has risen by 50 per cent in the last 18 months
and it made a pre-tax profit of pounds 28.7 million last year, a rise of
54 per cent.
Amey recently picked up a pounds 1.5 billion contract to refurbish and
manage Ministry of Defence premises in London’s Whitehall, and has bid
for the running of part of the Underground network. Earlier this year
the company acquired Comax, an IT support services company.
Nicholas Jones, group director of corporate relations at Taylor Woodrow,
to whom MacQuillan reported, is recruiting a PR manager to his team of
seven to handle external communications. Unlike MacQuillan’s old job, it
will not carry departmental responsibility, Jones explained.
Taylor Woodrow, which reported a pre-tax profit of pounds 125 million on
turnover of pounds 1.5 billion last year is likewise shifting emphasis
from construction to related areas. The development company has divided
itself into three divisions: housing, property and specialist