Clegg Construction boss announces retirement


Clegg Construction managing director Simon Blackburn has announced his retirement. 

Simon Blackburn. Credit: Clegg Construction.
(L-R) Ross Crowcroft, Michael
Sims, Darren Chapman.

Michael Sims has stepped up from his role as commercial director to become MD, with Darren Chapman and Ross Crowcroft continuing as operations director and pre-construction director respectively. 

The change in leadership comes as Clegg announced its strongest forward order book with more than £82 million secured turnover for 2024.  

Blackburn, who joined Clegg in 2002, will remain a group director until the end of May.  

He said: “Over the last 20 years I’ve been extremely proud to lead a business that has delivered in excess of 7,000 student beds, 1,500 apartments, 1,000 care home beds, 750 hotel bedrooms and more than one million square feet of industrial schemes. 

“I am pleased to be handing over the business with a record level of carry forward workload and I congratulate Michael on his new role as managing director and wish him, and the other directors, all the best for the future.” 

Sims, who joined in 2021, added: “I am proud to have been appointed to follow in [Simon’s] footsteps and take up the reins as the new MD for a company that is so well regarded and has such a long history. Alongside the other directors, I look forward to building on Simon’s legacy and continuing to provide design and construction excellence to our clients across the country.” 

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