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Six facts about... & Go Places

Jo Strange, regional director, Card Geotechnics

1 Jo Strange has been appointed regional director after five years with the Card Geotechnics.

2 A chartered engineer and chartered environmentalist, Strange is also an expert in geo-environmental engineering. She provides
technical leadership on contamination issues and helps to build and manage teams.

3 Strange and Nick Langdon are the joint authors of the new ICE Design and Practice Guide on Contaminated Land - Investigation, Assessment and Remediation.

4 Strange gets annoyed by the common use of the descriptor "engineer" for the technicians who mend household appliances and believes that engineers in the UK are undervalued and underappreciated in comparison to other professions.

5 Strange believes that it is important to show young people that engineering is an exciting and rewarding career.

6 A keen equestrian, Strange has four horses and is a side saddle instructor and a panel judge for the Side Saddle Association.


 Nick Bremridge has been appointed by Morrison Construction as a senior estimator. He joins from Morgan Est in Rugby where he spent four years as an estimator and, before that, site agent. He is now pricing flood alleviation projects for major new client, the Environment Agency. Neil Craven has been appointed by Galliford Try Partnerships as contracts manager based at Chelmsford. His responsibilities include projects at Turner Village in Colchester, Barking and Newhall. He was previously with Rok.

 Mace Group has appointed Neil Gates as its new international HR director. He joins the group from Morgan Ashurst (formerly Amec) where he was HR director. Gates has a construction management degree and started his career as a sponsored student at John Laing plc. He made the transition into HR in 1990 while studying for an MBA. With more than 30 years experience in the industry, Gates has extensive experience in line management, general management and HR. He is also a member of the CIOB.

 Jeff Darlington has also joined Mace Group, as head of supply chain management. He has a strong background in the industry with more than 35 years experience leading and managing the supply chain and procurement process. He has developed and implemented procurement strategies for preconstruction and construction stages on highly complex projects and has a detailed knowledge of construction processes, methods and markets.

 Taylor Woodrow's facilities management business has appointed Nick Shaw as its new operations director. Part of Shaw's remit will be to ensure market leading delivery in support of Taylor Woodrow's plan to grow the business by more than 65% over the next three years. Key to the growth plan is to maintain Taylor Woodrow's current high levels of customer service and retention as its portfolio expands.

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