A regional manager with leading civil engineering firm Jones Bros will use his decades of experience to improve knowledge and expertise in the sector when he retires this month.
Neil Beresford, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, who has more than 35 years experience under his belt, will serve as an official mentor for the Institution of Civil Engineers, providing guidance and advice to individuals working towards becoming members of the Institution.
Neil has led on several major schemes since joining Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK in 2010 including the design and build of a £1m education centre at Aberthaw Power Station in South Wales and a £5m framework contract to carry out forestry work for Natural Resources Wales.
He also spearheaded a project to breathe new life into one of the country’s oldest wind farms in Cornwall by managing the replacement of 11 wind turbines with five more efficient, taller models at St Breock.
Neil, who grew up in Swansea and achieved a degree in civil engineering from Imperial College London, said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed working at Jones Bros and one of the factors that has never failed to impress me is the loyalty and hard work of the staff.
“During my 35 year plus working career I have never experienced the strong work ethic and commitment that is part of the fabric of Jones Bros.
“I believe that one of the main reasons for this is the investment the company makes in training young people. Jones Bros will take young people straight from school and offer them fantastic training that can set them up for life and provide them with a good standard of living.
“Opportunities are provided for young people not just in the town where Jones Bros is based but in the many areas the company works in across the UK. I believe this makes it unique.
“I’m now looking forward to getting more involved in mentoring so I can help others and stay actively involved in the civil engineering sector which I love.”
Neil, 57, who lives on the Gower Peninsula in an award winning, low energy, cliff top home, also plans to take part in a voluntary scheme to monitor the coastline as well as enjoying the outdoors.
Founded in the 1950s and employing almost 350 people, Ruthin-based Jones Bros has grown rapidly in the last decade. It is currently working on contracts in various sectors including the construction of waste management facilities, highways, flood and marine defence and renewable energy projects around the UK.