Malvern construction consultant Speller Metcalfe names Judith Lewis as new finance director

Judith Lewis
Judith Lewis

Malvern-based construction contractor Speller Metcalfe has appointed former Carillion finance director Judith Lewis as its FD.

Judith Lewis began her career as part of a rail joint-venture owned by GEC Alsthom and Tarmac Construction, which later became Carillion Rail, before moving as finance director into Carillion’s Property Development Business, and later its Private Finance Business.

Andy Metcalfe, joint managing director for Speller Metcalfe, said: “Judith is a fantastic addition to the business and we are incredibly pleased to welcome her to our operational board of directors.

“Her wealth of experience and strong track record within the construction industry will be instrumental to strengthening our financial resilience and our strategic plans to consolidate our strong trading position.”

On her appointment, Judith Lewis, said: “I am delighted to have joined Speller Metcalfe and am looking forward to working with the team to further build upon our established reputation as a market-leading regional contractor.”

In spite of the stresses placed on the industry in the past 18 months, Speller Metcalfe has maintained its profitability during the pandemic, with the release of its most recent 12 months accounts for 2020-21 showing a pre-tax profit of £536,000 on a turnover of £104.7m.

Whilst the 2020-21 turnover was reduced due to the impact of covid-19 and resultant project delays, the company has a healthy forward order book and forecasts turnover to return to pre-pandemic levels of £120m in this financial year.

“Ultimately, our goal is to cultivate a robust and sustainable business model that is aligned to our expertise,” added Andy Metcalfe.

“The hard work and positive measures we are taking now to increase our resilience and futureproof the business will benefit our staff, clients and supply chain as we continue to thrive in the coming years.”

Speller Metcalfe’s former finance director, Mike Clarke, headed up the firm’s finance department for more than 20 years and will continue to work closely with Lewis as he moves into a part-time role as group financial controller.