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Eric Wright FM strengthens team with key director hires

Eric Wright Facilities Management (EWFM), one of seven businesses within the Eric Wright Group, has made appointments at director level as part of its on-going programme of investment.

Drew Hird

Drew Hird has been promoted to Professional Services Director having worked with the company for five years.

John Cripps, who joined the company from Kier Group last November as Interim Director, takes on the permanent role of Operations Director.

Cripps brings over 30 years’ board leadership experience in the FM and PFI sectors working across energy, education, health, fire service and LIFT contracts.

Commenting on his promotion Hird said: “The team has achieved significant growth in building consultancy work in recent years across the education and healthcare sectors as well as more general commercial work.

“The business has grown from strength to strength and the professional services team now numbers 12 staff including building surveyors and engineers, as well as project managers, facilities managers and lifecycle managers.

“We’ve undergone a far-reaching programme of change and this is an exciting new phase for the business. I am delighted to be leading a fantastic team of customer focused experts and look forward to supporting them as we continue to grow.”

John Cripps

Last year George Lilley joined EWFM from VINCI Facilities as Managing Director and over the last twelve months, under his leadership, EWFM has undertaken a full review of its operations to deliver greater efficiencies and improved customer service.

Cripp’s role as Operations Director will be to lead on improving the efficiency of LIFT and commercial operations.  He commented: “We have a hugely competent team which comprises long-standing highly talented employees, supplemented by the recruitment of specialised individuals in key roles. We have made excellent progress in driving change across the business.

“The unique ownership structure of the Eric Wright Group was a major attraction for me and it is refreshing to work in a commercial business which has a genuine social purpose.  I’m proud to be part of a company that delivers market-leading social value as well as excellence in FM.”

Both Hird and Cripps will sit on the EWFM board.


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