Following unprecedented success over the past twelve months, Elland-based high voltage electrical engineering firm Smith Brothers has appointed Richard King as their financial director.
With over 30 years’ experience as a financial adviser, and previous directing roles within SMEs, Richard King brings a wealth of accounting and business expertise at an exciting time in the company’s growth.
After a year of significant growth in which turnover increased to over £27m, the power contractor has secured a run of new projects. This will see revenue exceed £40m in the next financial year.
Commenting on Richard King’s appointment, director John Smith said: “We’ve expanded our operations massively over the past 12 months, so taking on a financial director was the next logical thing to do.
“His impressive track record made Richard an obvious choice for the role, and his effective decision-making and vast financial awareness will be pivotal to our continued growth over the coming year.’
With wide-ranging experience in property, manufacturing, the supply chain and public sector, Richard brings versatile financial management, budget strategy and fundraising skills to the position.
He commented: “Joining a fast-growing, end-to-end business like Smith Brothers always brings excitement and challenges in equal measure, but I’m looking forward to both.
“The company’s expansion over the past 12 months is certainly something to be proud of, and we’re focused on consolidating that growth this year, with our move to bigger premises and recruitment of additional skilled workers. This will set the groundwork for further expansion into 2018.”
Taking charge of the firm’s finances, Richard King joins founders John and Richard Smith, as well as David Ogden and Craig Collinson, on the board of directors.
Established in 1990, Smith Brothers works on high voltage power engineering projects up to 132kV, providing turnkey electrical and energy management solutions to a widening client base throughout the UK and overseas.