TSL Contractors appoints new managing director

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Mull-based construction and haulage company TSL Contractors Limited has announced the appointment of Iain Lumsden as the firm’s new managing director.

Iain joins TSL from Balfour Beatty’s North Scotland business where he worked for nearly 25 years, latterly as managing director.

Iain will be moving to the Oban area with his partner, Vanessa, to take up his new position with TSL early in the new year.

Iain’s appointment coincides with TSL’s 40th year in business, a period during which the company has grown from a small family quarrying firm on the Isle of Mull to a multi-location construction, civil engineering, building and road haulage business employing more than 100 people.

The company has won Business Insider’s Scottish Fastest Growing SME 300
award for the past two years in a row and this will be the first time in its
history that a non-family member has held the position of managing director.

Company principal Andy Knight said: ‘We are very pleased Iain will be taking such a crucial role as we consolidate our leading position within the west of Scotland’s construction industry. He brings with him not only a wealth of experience and exciting new ideas but also a commitment to our core values.’

Iain’s career spans some 35 years working in construction, through which he has accumulated an extensive and diverse experience in building, civil engineering and private and social housing projects across both the public and private sectors.

Born in St Andrews, he began his career as an apprentice quantity surveyor in 1983 and worked his way up through the ranks, holding various commercial and senior business management roles before being appointed managing director of Balfour Beatty’s North Scotland division in 2016.

Iain was instrumental in the company’s transition from operating in an extensive competitive tendering market to achieving significant success in negotiated works and frameworks. At the time of leaving, the company’s entire workload was based upon negotiated repeat business and collaborative working relationships.

Iain said: ‘I am delighted to be joining TSL and I am very excited about the prospect of working with Andy and the TSL team to realise their huge potential to be the contractor of choice in the west of Scotland.

‘We have many shared values and a genuine desire to provide a high quality service that delivers best value for our customers. We are also strong believers in engaging with, and making a meaningful social contribution to, the communities in which we work. I can’t wait to get started.’