Darren Checksfield will take over the role of Major Projects Director. Darren has a wealth of industry experience acquired over ten years’ at the Aggregate Industries business, most recently occupying the role of National Business Development Director for the Contracting division. Prior to this, Darren worked in various commercial roles at Costain and Accord Highways Services including Head of Marketing and Business Development.
In his new position, Darren will continue to ensure best in class customer service within the business’ Major Projects team which provides strategic, centrally-driven support to major infrastructure projects. Under the new structuring, Darren will oversee the overriding commercial strategy, customer relationships, stakeholder relations and new business growth within the team.
Brian Downes, who has been with the business for nearly 14 years and in his current role for five, will take a newly created role Projects Director, Heathrow Expansion and will manage this complex and multi-faceted project, whilst working with Darren and offering dedicated advisory support.
Talking of the new structuring, Darren said: “Inherently it’s our focus on customer service that sets us apart. My new role, working alongside Brian, will allow us to focus on the complete journey for our UK customers and ensure they continue to receive the high levels of service they come to expect from us as the Major Projects division continues to grow.”
Brian added: “Aggregate Industries’ involvement in projects such as Thames Tideway Tunnel, Heathrow and HS2, have provided a stable base from which to develop our solutions based approach in some of the UK’s biggest infrastructure projects of recent years. It is a fantastic opportunity to work with someone of Darren’s calibre and industry stature, to help us to hone the customer experience and expand our proposition in collaboration with our customers’ requirements. I am particularly pleased to be able to lead the team on the Heathrow Expansion project, which is of key strategic importance.”
Talking of the new appointment, Guy Edwards, CEO of Aggregate Industries said: “I’m delighted to announce the strengthening of the team. Our customers are at the forefront of everything we do and we believe that our new structure will enable us to more adequately meet the evolving requirements of today’s major projects, while also helping achieve our ambitious growth plans.”