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Ground Control names new MD

External maintenance and commercial landscaping company, Ground Control, has appointed Jason Knights as its new Managing Director.

Knights takes over the reins from Marcus Watson, who during his tenure has seen Ground Control win a range of prestigious awards including the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2016. Watson continues to be a significant shareholder and Non-Exec Director, helping to steer Ground Control in the future.

Ground Control CEO Simon Morrish said: “Since joining in 2011, Marcus has led us through a period of significant growth and change. His leadership has overseen continued phenomenal growth, as well as significant diversification and de-risking of our core capabilities.

“Marcus has been instrumental in driving our core purpose, Caring for the Environment, as well as putting people at the centre of everything we do, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his hard work and dedication which played a key role in establishing Ground Control’s leading position in our industry.”

Knights joins Ground Control from SES Engineering Services where for the last four years he has been Managing Director. SES Engineering Services was acquired by the Wates Group in November 2016 and Knights was part of the Wates Construction Board during the acquisition and the also the newly formed Wates Construction Group Board from 2016 to his eventual departure in September 2020.

Knights joined Ground Control in September and has spent the time gaining an understanding of the company’s operations, customers and processes. He has now formally taken over the MD role and will continue to work closely with his predecessor to ensure a smooth transition.

Speaking of his new role, Knights said: “Going forward we will continue to heavily invest in our people and innovation whilst following a clear and simple plan to achieve growth and a business returning long term shareholder value. I am really passionate that we remain true to our values and vision, learning the lessons of the past and embracing the opportunities of the future.

“Our colleagues have adapted admirably to support customers through this challenging period. This gives us a fantastic platform to achieve our significant growth ambitions over the next five years, helping our clients achieve their environmental ambitions and helping the UK transition to an exciting and environmentally sustainable recovery.”

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