Metnor appoints new CEO with £100 million turnover in sight

July 19, 2019

The internal promotions of Chris Cant and Charlie Sander look set to pay dividends for the construction, mechanical and electrical services and pressure testing group

The Metnor Group is one of the most respected companies in the North East. In recent years it has experienced exceptional growth and in 2019, turnover is set to exceed £100 million.

It has a strong national reach across the UK, with a particular focus on data centres, leisure, care and assisted living and other commercial projects.

Now, Metnor Group has a new figurehead, as Chris Cant takes up the position of chief executive officer.

An internal appointment, Chris has, for the last four years, been managing director of Metnor Construction, where he has delivered a tremen- dous job building a team that he says is “the best in the region”.

During this period he worked closely with Charlie Sander, who now steps up from marketing and business development manager of Metnor Construction to group marketing manager.

The group, which was formed in the 1960s, comprises three trading divisions operating in the construction, mechanical and electrical services and pressure testing sectors.

The appointment of Chris to CEO follows the retirement of former Group CEO Keith Atkinson.

Chris says: “Being appointed CEO of the Metnor Group by the chairman of the business, Stephen Rankin, is an extremely proud moment for me.

“My time at Metnor is one of personal progression and a drive to achieve. In 2004, I joined Metnor Construction as a commercial manager, progressing to commercial director before my appointment as managing director four years ago.

“I had a clear vision for the future direction of the business. I wanted to build upon the solid foundations already established over the years, such as completing projects on time, within budget and to an exceptional quality in a non-ad- versarial manner. Allied to this, I also wanted to capitalise on the financial support and ambition for the business that Stephen Rankin shared with us.

“During my time as managing director of Mentor Construction, we witnessed unprecedent- ed levels of growth. To build on this the business needs to be flexible, adaptable and constantly reviewing its infrastructure. To manage that pro- cess you need great people and I’m exceptionally proud that we have attracted and retained what, in my opinion, are the region’s best staff.”

Chris continues: “With my appointment to group CEO my aim now is to create a similar framework within the other divisions while allowing them to remain bespoke and true to their identities.”

Newly appointed group marketing manager, Charlie Sander, adds: “I have worked very closely with Chris over the last three years, having joined Metnor Construction in 2016 to raise the profile of the company in the North East.

“Chris has championed a continual improvement plan to enable colleagues to keep developing and learning. I am an example of this and I now look forward to the very interesting challenge of unifying all the divisions under the Group brand while allowing them to flourish individually.

“The North East remains our heartland and as we look to expand our presence outside of the region, we will take with us that famous North East work ethic by using local contractors based here in the region that we know and respect.”

Metnor Group
Photo: Charlie Sander and Chris Cant

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