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New MD appointment at M&E services firm

Mechanical and electrical services specialist, J S Wright, has appointed a new Managing Director following Marcus Aniol’s move to the role of Chairman.

Phil Leech, J S Wright Managing Director designate

Phil Leech, currently National Mechanical Contracts Director, will take over control of the day-to-day running of the 129-year-old Birmingham-based company, which also has offices in London and Bristol, from 1 May.

Based at the company’s Aston headquarters, Leech will hand over mechanical contract responsibilities to Associate Directors Matt Coy and John Heggs.

Aniol, who has been MD of J S Wright since 2006 and led a management buyout in 2017 following the retirement of its previous owners, has said that he intends to take on a more “strategic role” in the future of the company.

With almost 30 years of experience in building services, Leech joined J S Wright in 2006 as a contracts manager. He began his career as a contracts engineer with another building services company in Birmingham after completing his apprenticeship there in 1988.

Leech’s distinguished career with J S Wright has included introducing a new contract management reporting system and negotiating the company’s first £10million contract to install the mechanical services for Mint Hotel Tower of London. He also negotiated the company’s biggest contract to date, valued at £27million, for the installation of mechanical and electrical services for Keybridge, a new luxury landmark residential development in London.

Speaking about his new appointment, Leech said: “I aim to continue our Board’s mission of achieving continuous growth and improvement as we look to grow our £50 million business.

“With a growing workforce of over 190 employees, spread over three offices in Birmingham, Bristol and London, my biggest challenge will be to ensure that we retain the personal touch that has been our hallmark.”

J S Wright designs, installs and maintains mechanical and electrical services for the hotel, residential, social housing, student accommodation, leisure and commercial sectors. The company recently launched a new residential maintenance company, Wright Maintenance Ltd, serving property managers and homeowners across London.

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