D&W announces key changes to management structure

Operations Director Russell Fitzjohn has announced his intention to retire from the business on 31st March while David Lavery has been promoted to the role of Operations Manager (Director Designate).

Russell Fitzjohn

David will be responsible for the overall performance of the Civil Engineering division. Russell will continue to work for the business in a part-time advisory capacity.

Meanwhile, Commercial Director Ian Gilbert is to assume responsibility for the commercial functions across all of Danaher & Walsh Group's businesses. He will now be overseeing Danaher & Walsh APS and the Anglian Water alliance delivery team, in addition to his existing remit within the Civil Engineering division.

Ian has strengthened his team with two key appointments: Managing Estimator Kit Thomas and Commercial Manager Scot Jerram. 

Kit, who is now leading the Estimating team, has joined from Dyer & Butler, having worked in estimating roles for a number of well known contractors.

Scot is to lead D&W's team of Quantity Surveyors, having joined from O'Brien Contractors. He has also worked for several major players in the civil engineering industry.

Speaking about the reorganisation, Managing Director Dan Danaher said: "We have set ourselves challenging targets over the next few years, and we are currently developing our business plan to enable us to meet these targets. 

"Russell will be a hard act to follow and I am personally very grateful to Russell for the hard work and dedication that he has given to the business over the last number of years, but we are very confident that David Lavery has the experience and skill set necessary to guide us on our next step of the journey.

"I'm delighted to welcome Kit and Scot to the Danaher & Walsh team, and I wish them every success in their roles."


David Lavery

Ian Gilbert

Kit Thomas

Scot Jerram