Construction company announces new CEO appointment


The Metnor Group has announced the promotion of Chris Cant to Group Chief Executive Officer. He was, for the past four years, managing director of Metnor Construction, which has a strong national reach across the UK, with a particular focus on data centres, leisure, care and assisted living and other commercial projects.

In another major internal promotion, Charlie Sander steps up from marketing and business development manager of Metnor Construction to Group marketing manager.

The Metnor Group comprises of three trading divisions operating in the construction, mechanical and electrical services and pressure testing sectors. It was formed in the 1960s, to support the heavy engineering industries in the North East. Today, it operates primarily in the building and construction sectors. Turnover in 2019 is expected to be in excess of £100 million with secured work already for 2020.

The appointment of Chris Cant to CEO follows the retirement of former Group CEO, Keith Atkinson. Chris, said: “Being appointed CEO of the Metnor Group by the chairman of the business, Stephen Rankin, is an extremely proud moment for me.

“I had a clear vision for the future direction of the business. I wanted to build upon the solid foundations already established over the years, such as completing our projects on time, within budget and to an exceptional quality in a non-adversarial manner. Allied to this, I also wanted to capitalise on the financial support and ambition for the business that Stephen Rankin shared with us.

“I needed to improve our internal brand and then ensure our existing and new, external customers, bought into our vision.During my time as managing director of Mentor Construction, we witnessed unprecedented levels of growth. To build on this the business needs to be flexible, adaptable and constantly reviewing its infrastructure. To manage that process you need great people and I’m exceptionally proud that we have attracted and retained what, in my opinion, are the region’s best staff. With my appointment to Group CEO my aim now is to create a similar framework within the other divisions, whilst allowing them to remain bespoke and true to their individual identities.”