Changes at the top for Birmingham company

JS Wright appoints new managing director.

Birmingham-based mechanical and electrical building services provider JS Wright is to have a new Managing Director following Marcus Aniol’s move to the role of Chairman.

Phil Leech (cover page pic), currently National Mechanical Contracts Director, will take over control of the day-to-day running of the 129-year-old company, which also has offices in London and Bristol, from May 1st.

Based at the company’s Aston headquarters, Phil will hand over mechanical contract responsibilities to Associate Directors Matt Coy and John Heggs. Marcus Aniol, who has been Managing Director of the company since 2006 and led a management buyout in 2017 following the retirement of its previous owners, has said that he intends to take on a more strategic role in the future of the company.

With almost the years of experience in building services, Phil Leech joined JS Wright in 2006 as a contracts manager. He began his career as a contracts engineer with another building services company in Birmingham after completing his apprenticeship there in 1988.

Phil’s distinguished career with JS Wright has included introducing a new contract management reporting system and negotiating the company’s first £10 million contract to install the mechanical services for Mint Hotel Tower of London. He also negotiated the company’s biggest contract to date, valued at £27 million, for the installation of mechanical and electrical services for Keybridge, a new luxury landmark residential development in London.

Phil said: “I aim to continue our Board’s mission of achieving continuous growth and improvement as we look to grow our £50 million business. With a growing workforce of over 190 employees, spread over three offices in Birmingham, Bristol and London, my biggest challenge will be to ensure that we retain the personal touch that has been our hallmark.”

Marcus Aniol said: “The JS Wright board has been planning this ordered change in leadership ever since our management buyout. I am delighted to be able to hand over the reins to someone whose leadership qualities and integrity are second to none, while retaining a strategic role as chairman.”