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Scott Wilson aims to buy into new sectors

SCOTT WILSON'S new group chairman Geoff French this week vowed to make the firm one of the top five consultants in every major industry sector over the next five years.

Taking over the post after the retirement of Bob McGowan, French added that he intended to continue the strategy of small strategic acquisitions to get 'a leg up into new sectors'.

'We have to sharpen up all round the business, ' he added.

'We are of the size where we should be able to solve the majority of our client's problems.'

The recent acquisition of structures firm Peel & Fowler, he said, would allow greater inroads into the building sector, particularly in health and education. Also targeted will be renewable energy generation, based around the purchase of wind farm specialist Ocean Engineering.

French expected that to achieve profitability growth targets, staff numbers would probably grow from 2,800 to around 5,000 over five years.

French was formerly chief executive of the international division.

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