New Managing Director at P Ducker Systems

L-R Kirk Smith, Nathan Lawson and Andrew Bramley

Specialist engineering company P Ducker Systems has appointed a new managing director from within its ranks to succeed long-serving Mike Rose.

Nathan Lawson has taken the helm of PDS at a buoyant time for the business.

A strong order book means revenues for its next financial year are already on course to be 25 per cent higher than the current year, which ends on March 31.

Mike, who has been managing director since 2012, will remain with the Derby-based company as a consultant until the summer.

Nathan, who has been promoted from services director, joined PDS in 1997 as a maintenance and installation engineer. Chartered engineer Kirk Smith, who joined in 2004 as a graduate support engineer, has been promoted from support development manager to services director.

PDS was founded in 1988 by chairman Paul Ducker. He sits on the board with Nathan, Kirk and operations director Andrew Bramley.

The company, which has 46 staff and is recruiting, operates from 8,000 sq ft premises on Derby’s Wyvern Business Park. Turnover for the current financial year is forecast to be £8.5m.

PDS specialises in the design, development, installation and commissioning of integrated and standalone control systems and sub-systems for the transport infrastructure sector, including roads, tunnels, ports, airports and underground networks.

Nathan comments: “I am delighted to have been selected to take over from Mike and am excited by the opportunity to build on his achievements. He has led by example over many years and retires as managing director with the business in very good shape.

“My goal is to focus on helping everyone in the team to achieve their full potential so that we continue to exceed client expectations and needs, maintaining our position as a leading player in our sector.”