UK engineering group appoints new chief executive

Derek Smith

National facilities services group Edwin James Holdings (EJH) has appointed Derek Smith as its new chief executive, as it gears up for further growth across the UK.

Derek, who has held senior roles in a number of major engineering groups, joins from the Aberdeen oil and gas industry pipe specialist Ramco, where he was group CEO.

In January 2017, EJH became the first business to be backed by Aliter Capital, a specialist investment firm focused on UK support services.

Headquartered in Tannochside, near Glasgow, EJH has revenues of £130m and employs 900 staff across four key operating companies located in Central Scotland, the Midlands and the Highlands.

Backed by Aliter, EJH is aiming for significant growth as it establishes itself as a leading national technical services business.

EJH already provides specialist mechanical and electrical, construction and process engineering services to a range of major private sector companies and public sector organisations.

Derek Smith has been at the heart of a number of high-profile businesses which have enjoyed significant growth and success.

For the past three years he has been Group CEO of Ramco in Aberdeen where he led the restructure of the business, investing significantly to position the company for further international growth with new processes to directly benefit customers.

Commenting on his appointment to EJH he said: “This is a very exciting time to be joining EJH to lead its drive to become a major UK national technical services group.

“We are aiming to further expand our services and geographic footprint, building on an already very strong base.  We see significant opportunities across the UK in the months and years ahead and I am looking forward very much to leading our drive for further growth.”