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Building for the future as the seventh generation of the family takes the helm

The tradition of the family running the business is continuing at J H Shouksmith and Sons Ltd., as brothers David and Edward Shouksmith are appointed as Managing Director and Commercial Manager respectively.

Both David and Edward are the sons of company chairman Richard Shouksmith and are the seventh generation of the family to work for the company.   David will replace John Miller, who has been Managing Director since 2002 and is soon to retire following 49 years’ service.  John will continue as a Director of J H Shouksmiths and Sons Ltd. until the end of 2014 and will then act as a Consultant to them until the end of 2016.

David was appointed as Director of the company in July 2012, and prior to that was York Divisional Manager, where he has been responsible for the general management, overall direction and successful completion of all projects delivered by the York Division.  He has a degree in Construction Management and substantial experience of working within the construction industry, including working for two main national contractors.  David joined the company in 2005 in the Leeds office and has also worked in the company’s Sheffield Division. 

Edward Shouksmith is a fully qualified estimator and started his career with Morfitts, a former trading division of J H Shouksmith and Sons Ltd. Edward is now re-joining the company following time spent working in other organisations in the building services industry and will be mentored by John Miller for the first six months of his appointment.  Edward will initially be responsible for the procurement of work for the company.

Richard Shouksmith, Chairman, J H Shouksmith and Sons Ltd. said: “These are very exciting times for Shouksmiths and I am delighted that David and Edward have been appointed to these roles and will be the seventh generation of my family to be involved in running the company.  They have already gathered a substantial amount of experience in the construction industry and are fully aware of both the opportunities and the challenges it brings.  I wish them both great success and look forward to working with them in the future.

I would also like to express my thanks to John Miller, who has given us such an enormous amount during his long service with us. We wish him well during his retirement and are delighted that he will be available to continue his association with the Company for some time to come.”    

David Shouksmith, Managing Director, J H Shouksmith and Sons Ltd. commented: “As the next generation, I am thrilled to be appointed Managing Director and to be leading a team of very talented and committed people.  We have had a difficult few years in the construction industry but we have reshaped our business to adapt to the sectors’ changing needs and we are now in a very strong position to move forward.

I am also delighted to have Edward back on the team and am sure that he will make a valuable contribution to the future development of the company.  Retaining the experience of John Miller as a Consultant in the first couple of years will also be a great asset and I look forward to continuing to be able to rely on his support. I am particularly looking forward to working with my father Richard and the rest of the Executive Board as we all strive to take the Company forward again as the industry moves out of recession.”

Typical current contracts being undertaken by J H Shouksmith and Sons Ltd. include work on a medical centre in Chester, student accommodation in Swansea and Leeds, multiple housing schemes in South Yorkshire and decent homes refurbishment work in Doncaster. The company also has a specialist Maintenance and Refrigeration division based in Leeds.