Eric Wright FM Appoints New MD

Eric Wright Facilities Management (EWFM) has appointed George Lilley as Managing Director.

George joins the company, which is part of the Eric Wright Group, from VINCI Facilities where he was Customer Director and brings over thirty years Board leadership experience in the defence, nuclear, industrial and commercial sectors.

His appointment follows a period of significant investment into the facilities management company under the leadership of interim MD Mark Steed. The facilities management team now numbers 147 and last year reported a turnover approaching £15M.

Commenting on his appointment, George said: “Under Mark’s stewardship, Eric Wright Facilities Management has undergone transformational change with the recruitment of key staff and a significant increase in the client base.  The company is in an extremely strong position to build on those solid foundations and I am delighted to join the team at this exciting time.”

He continues: “The unique ownership structure of the Eric Wright Group was a major attraction for me. I am proud to be a part of a company that delivers market leading social value. We will continue to operate in a sustainable manner and will grow in a controlled way that protects the delivery of social value for future generations.”

Welcoming George to the team, Eric Wright Group Managing Director, Jeremy Hartley added: “George is an exceptional leader and has a wealth of experience which will help us to further grow and develop our facilities management arm. The Eric Wright Group is proud to be a commercial organisation with a social purpose, delivering an unbeatable client service and investing in the communities in which we operate. We have implemented comprehensive growth strategies in all seven of our divisions and bringing George on board will help us to deliver our vision for the facilities management team.”

Catch 22 recruitment agency said:  “From a recruitment perspective, this was a fantastic opportunity to promote a truly unique business to our network of FM professionals.  How many times do you hear people say – “I’d love to work for a business like that…”?  Well in this case, we were genuinely offering some of the leading Directors and Managers in the FM Sector the chance to fulfil this ambition; to make a difference not just to the bottom line of an organisation, but also to give something back to the local community and engage with charitable and educational enterprises across the North West.

Ultimately, it was George’s character and track record, coupled with his shared ethics and vision for the Eric Wright FM business, that was key to him securing the role. We have no doubts that George will continue the growth and advancement of the Eric Wright FM Business and we wish him the very best as he takes the business forward. ”

Established in 2002, EWFM delivers facilities management services to 150 buildings primarily across the north west of England. We operate in a range of sectors including education, healthcare, emergency services, retail and commercial offices.

EWFM is also on a number of national and north west frameworks including:  Lancashire Regeneration Property Partnership (LRPP), Fusion 21, Crescent Purchasing Consortium, Efficiency East Midlands, ESPO and NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS).


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