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Running mates

Names & Faces Gifford

Gifford has just appointed a new chairman and two new senior partners.

New roles for Gordon Clark (chairman designate), Gary Wood (head of buildings) and David Tarrant (head of civil engineering) at Gifford are all prompted by the forthcoming retirement of chairman Geoff Clifton.

Clark, 53, has been with the firm since 1976 and is best known for the acclaimed Gateshead Millennium bridge on which he was Gifford's project director. His successor as head of civils, David Tarrant, 50, is by contrast a bit of a new boy.

He joined the business in 2004 from Hampshire County Council where he had been deputy county surveyor.

Fortyfifive year old Gary Wood, head of building, started his career with Gifford, left and returned 10 years' later and has been responsible for establishing the company's environmental expertise.

Also on the operating board are Mark Stevenson, chief executive since 2006, Debbie Montgomery, finance director, and John Hartley, head of environment development planning.

Q&A

Gordon Clark

Career highlights: Millennium Bridge; getting the Department of Transport ban on posttensioning in UK bridges lifted.

Career lowlight: As a young engineer setting out a drainage run to ow uphill and being castigated by the general foreman after it had been dug.

If I didn't have to work? I'd be either Statler or Waldorf in the theatre balcony of The Muppet Show.

Unlikely fact: As a choirboy I sang for Benjamin Britten in the part of Moth (one of the fairies! ) on his recording of A Midsummer Night's Dream alongside Peter Pears et al.

Q&A Gary Wood

Career highlight: The privilege of designing and constructing our own HQ and receiving awards for it.

Career lowlight: The recession of 1990fi91.

If I didn't have to work? I'd spend more time helping to grow the church by using the skills I've acquired over the years, dabble in property and mow grass!

Unlikely fact: As a blond sixfiyearfiold I wanted to be the Milky Bar Kid. I still love Milky Bars.

Q&A David Tarrant

Career highlights: Joining the Gifford main board and becoming vicefipresident of the Institution of Highways & Transportation.

Career lowlight: Securing a place to train as a pilot with BA only for the course to be cancelled.

If I didn't have to work? I'd mess about in boats.

Unlikely fact: I spent the first year of my working life with Max Factor. I learned a lot about makefiup.

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