New MD for Clegg Construction

Ross Crowcroft, Michael Sims, Darren Chapman

After more than 20 years at the helm of Nottingham-based Clegg Construction, managing director, Simon Blackburn, has announced his retirement.

Michael Sims has stepped up to become MD from his previous role as commercial director, with Darren Chapman and Ross Crowcroft continuing in their roles as operations director and pre-construction director respectively.

The change in leadership comes as Clegg Construction has secured its strongest-ever carry-forward order book, with more than £82m secured turnover for 2024.

Blackburn, who joined Clegg Construction in 2002, before becoming MD two years later, will remain as a group director until the end of May 2024.

He said: “Over the last 20 years I’ve been extremely proud to lead a business that has delivered in excess of 7,000 student beds, 1,500 apartments, 1,000 care home beds, 750 hotel bedrooms and more than one million square feet of industrial schemes.

“I am pleased to be handing over the business with a record level of carry-forward workload and I congratulate Michael on his new role as managing director and wish him, and the other directors, all the best for the future.”

Sims, who joined Clegg Construction in spring 2021, paid tribute to his predecessor.

He said: “I am proud to have been appointed to follow in his footsteps and take up the reins as the new MD for a company that is so well regarded and has such a long history.

“Alongside the other directors, I look forward to building on Simon Blackburn’s legacy and continuing to provide design and construction excellence to our clients across the country.”

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