Senior engineer appointed regional manager for Scotland8th Sep 2014

Senior civil engineer Mike O’Connor who has developed considerable expertise managing multi-million pound projects for leading construction company Jones Bros has been appointed regional manager for Scotland.

Mike, (pictured), who previously had responsibility for Scottish Highlands and Islands, will oversee operations from the company’s offices in Linlithgow, near Falkirk and Inverness.

His appointment comes as Ruthin-based family firm Jones Bros celebrates winning a raft of new contracts in Scotland including the development of a hydropower scheme in Argyll and Bute and the building of a community wind farm in Srondoire, Argyll.

Other projects about to get underway include the construction of a landfill site near Wick in the northern Highlands.

Mike, who has close family in Dundee and Glasgow and is half Scottish, joined Jones Bros in 2009. He has more than 30 years’ experience in civil engineering and said: “I am delighted to assume overall responsibility for Scotland, particularly at such a crucial time for Jones Bros as it builds on its ever growing portfolio of work in the region.

“Our reputation has grown in Scotland thanks to the company having successfully completed many major contracts, particularly in the sectors of  renewable energy and waste remediation.”

Mike, who lives in Wirral, Merseyside and is a keen cyclist and motorcyclist, joined Jones Bros after the company acquired the gas, pumps and lining division of his previous employer, B&M Solutions.

He has since worked on many Scottish projects including Lochluichart windfarm in the Highlands; Gordonstown windfarm in Aberdeenshire; Pentland Road windfarm, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis; Bennadrove landfill site in Stornoway; Dunbar landfill in East Lothian and Rigmuir landfill site in East Kilbride.

Jones Bros managing director Huw Jones said: “Mike is one of our most experienced managers who has worked in Scotland for several years and has not only developed considerable expertise but has forged terrific relationships within and public and private sectors in the region.”

Founded in the 1950s and employing approximately 300 people, Jones Bros works on contracts in various sectors including the construction of waste management facilities, highways, flood and marine defence and renewable energy projects around the UK.