The Gallagher Group has appointed Lance Taylor as its new Chief Executive Officer to lead the next phase of development at the Maidstone-based family-owned firm. He will start with the firm on 1 November 2018.
He joins from Persimmon, where he was previously Regional Chairman with responsibility for operations across London & South East, South Coast, Wales, St Modwen/Persimmon national Joint Venture, and a 400-person strong civil engineering and groundworks business. Together these businesses delivered a turnover in excess of £1bn per annum.
Prior to joining Persimmon, Lance Taylor spent over a decade at international cost, project management and property consultancy, Rider Levett Bucknall, where he was Chief Executive from 2007 to 2014. At RLB he was involved in a range of major infrastructure and energy projects such as supporting LOCOG on the 2012 London Olympics and nuclear decommissioning work at Sellafield.
He began his career in a range of on-site engineering, contracts and project management roles at Tarmac, Birse, and Sisk, before moving into project management at PCM and Head of Project Management at GVA.
Outgoing Gallagher CEO, Nick Yandle will remain with the Group to facilitate a two month handover, departing at the end of this year as planned.
Gallagher Group Chairman, Pat Gallagher said: “After a thorough recruitment process, we are delighted to be appointing Lance Taylor as the Group’s new Chief Executive. He brings a wide array of experience across our areas of operation and an enviable track record as a business leader.
“It is an exciting time for our business. This year we are celebrating 45 years of successful operation and we have just concluded our latest financial year (30th September) making further positive progress with strong trading across all our operations”
Lance Taylor commented: “This is an exciting opportunity to join a strong, well-established business. There is a clear commitment to set a progressive future strategy and plan for the Group’s further profitable growth, together with its family-owners, the Board and senior management team. I look forward to getting to know all facets of the business and the people who have made it such a success.”
Pat Gallagher added: “On behalf of the Gallagher family and our wider business, I would once again like to extend our warmest thanks to Nick Yandle for his contribution and wish him well as he begins a new chapter in his successful career in 2019.”
The Gallagher Group has expanded from its Kent base to create a very strong presence across the South East of England around its four principle areas of operation: building, civil engineering, aggregates and property development.