New MD caps off hiring boom at Elland contractor

New MD caps off hiring boom at Elland contractor
Dave Ogden

Smith Brothers, an Elland-based high-voltage power contractor, has promoted former director Dave Ogden to Managing Director.

Founding brothers, Richard and John Smith, will both remain in the organisation as Joint Chairman.

Mr Ogden’s promotion comes as the company bolsters its electrical engineering expertise with six additional appointments.

Joining the team as a site manager, Phillip Taylor brings 15 years of experience in electrical engineering following a career change from the armed forces.

In addition, Elliott Johnson has come on board as a fitter, as he seeks to further progress within the sector.

Another new face is Adrian Pickles, the company’s newest high voltage supervisor and fitter.

Appointed as a project manager, Matthew Selkirk has 22 years of experience in the sector.

Completing the new-look line-up, Karl Gill has joined as an electrician, while Darrell Johnson – who has worked in the electrical engineering industry for 39 years – has been announced as the firm’s new health and safety manager.

“As we look to support our growth plans, we’ve welcomed a number of contract and permanent members of staff – and are recruiting several more – in order to cement Smith Brothers’ position for another two decades,” said Richard Smith.

“Dave Ogden has played a key role in developing the business over the last few years and we feel the time is right for him to take on the role of managing director.

“Both myself and John will remain in the business but will leave the day-to-day operations in his more-than-capable hands.”