TSL Con­trac­tors ap­points new man­ag­ing di­rec­tor

The Oban Times - - BUSINESS NEWS -

Mull-based con­struc­tion and haulage com­pany TSL Con­trac­tors Lim­ited has an­nounced the ap­point­ment of Iain Lums­den as the firm’s new man­ag­ing di­rec­tor.

Iain joins TSL from Bal­four Beatty’s North Scot­land busi­ness where he worked for nearly 25 years, most re­cent;y as man­ag­ing di­rec­tor.

Iain will be mov­ing to the Oban area with his part­ner, Vanessa, to take up his new po­si­tion with TSL early in the new year.

Iain’s ap­point­ment co­in­cides with TSL’s 40th year in busi­ness, a pe­riod dur­ing which the com­pany has grown from a small fam­ily quar­ry­ing firm on the Isle of Mull to a mul­ti­lo­ca­tion con­struc­tion, civil en­gi­neer­ing, build­ing and road haulage busi­ness em­ploy­ing more than 100 peo­ple.

The com­pany has won Busi­ness In­sider’s Scot­tish Fastest Grow­ing SME 300 award for the past two years in a row and this will be the first time in its his­tory that a non-fam­ily mem­ber has held the po­si­tion of man­ag­ing di­rec­tor.

Com­pany prin­ci­pal Andy Knight said: ‘We are very pleased Iain will be tak­ing such a cru­cial role as we con­sol­i­date our lead­ing po­si­tion within the west of Scot­land’s con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

‘He brings with him not only a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­cit­ing new ideas but also a com­mit­ment to our core val­ues.’

Iain’s ca­reer spans some 35 years work­ing in con­struc­tion, through which he has ac­cu­mu­lated an ex­ten­sive and di­verse ex­pe­ri­ence in build­ing, civil en­gi­neer­ing and pri­vate and so­cial hous­ing pro­jects across both the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors.

Born in St An­drews, he be­gan his ca­reer as an ap­pren­tice quan­tity sur­veyor in 1983 and worked his way up through the ranks, hold­ing var­i­ous com­mer­cial and se­nior busi­ness man­age­ment roles be­fore be­ing ap­pointed man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Bal­four Beatty’s North Scot­land divi­sion in 2016.

Iain was in­stru­men­tal in the com­pany’s tran­si­tion from op­er­at­ing in an ex­ten­sive com­pet­i­tive ten­der­ing mar­ket to achiev­ing sig­nif­i­cant suc­cess in ne­go­ti­ated works and frame­works. At the time of leav­ing, the com­pany’s en­tire work­load was based upon ne­go­ti­ated re­peat busi­ness and col­lab­o­ra­tive work­ing re­la­tion­ships.

Iain said: ‘I am de­lighted to be join­ing TSL and I am very ex­cited about the prospect of work­ing with Andy and the TSL team to re­alise their huge po­ten­tial to be the con­trac­tor of choice in the west of Scot­land.

‘We have many shared val­ues and a gen­uine de­sire to pro­vide a high-qual­ity ser­vice that de­liv­ers best value for our cus­tomers. We are also strong be­liev­ers in en­gag­ing with, and mak­ing a mean­ing­ful so­cial con­tri­bu­tion to, the com­mu­ni­ties in which we work. I can’t wait to get started.’

Iain Lums­den.

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