Senior civil engineer Geraint Thomas, who began his career as an apprentice with family firm Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK, has been promoted to regional manager for southern England.
Geraint, 33, (pictured) will assume overall responsibility for managing multi-million pound projects across the region in sectors including energy and renewables, waste remediation and highways.
His appointment comes as the north Wales-based Jones Bros celebrates a busy order book in the south where it has significantly increased turnover in recent years.
“When I first began working in the southern region seven to eight years ago, turnover was around £1m,” said Geraint. “That figure has increased to £25m which illustrates just how busy and productive we have become as our reputation has grown.
“It is terrific to take on responsibility for such a wide range of projects as these are exciting times for Jones Bros.”
Geraint, from Ruthin, north Wales, joined Jones Bros as a teenage apprentice, developing his skills whilst attending Yale College, Wrexham on day release where he qualified as an engineer.
He has since worked on a wide range of projects, from developing infrastructure for wind farms, to highways, waste and coastal projects.
A highlight proved to be the award-winning Tywyn coastal defence scheme, a £7.6m initiative to reduce flooding and damage from coastal storms along the promenade of the Welsh seaside town.
The scheme, to protect residential and commercial areas of Tywyn, proved so successful that Geraint and his team were presented with a petition of thanks from the grateful townsfolk and business community.
Recent highlights include the successful completion of a 4.5km access road to a major new environmental centre two weeks ahead of schedule.
The road, that is servicing the Greatmoor Energy from Waste (EfW) facility, a multi-million pound project in Buckinghamshire, was completed two weeks early thanks to swift work from Jones Bros’ team of engineers and construction workers, lead by Geraint, who will manage the southern region from Jones Bros’ southern office at Sutton Courtenay, near Abingdon, Oxfordshire.
Jones Bros managing director Huw Jones said: “Geraint is one of our most experienced and long-serving managers who has worked in southern England for several years now. He not only has considerable expertise but is very skilled in forging valuable relationships within public and private sectors in the region, as well as members of the public in the areas in which he is working.”
Founded in the 1950s and employing approximately 300 people, Jones Bros works on contracts in various sectors including the construction of waste management facilities, highways, flood and marine defence and renewable energy projects around the UK.