New Environmental Director: Stephen Summerfield
2017 saw Mick George launch Mick George Environmental, a distinct dedicated operating division within the overarching Group Construction business, specialising in all areas of asbestos, environmental management, and contaminated land remediation.
The operation has quickly established itself, having already completed fifty separate projects whilst securing a strong forward order book. The business is delighted to announce that Stephen Summerfield had agreed to join the new division as Managing Director, helping to further develop and deliver the broad range of environmental and asbestos service offerings, to both existing and new customers.
While the world is focused on a certain North Korean leader at present, due to his apparent obsession with nuclear armory, it is Stephen with his self-proclaimed ‘love of asbestos, explosives and nuclear’ industries, that Mick George Ltd has turned towards, to lead their Environmental Division.
Stephen, arrives with 25 years’ experience in all-things Environmental and is anticipated to run a far more expansive regime than the dictatorship functioning across the sea’s. And while we accept that ‘Boys will be Boys’, seriously, someone needs to reign in Stephen’s excitement for these ‘toys’.
Having held numerous positions at some high profile organisations in the respective field, quite frankly, what Stephen doesn’t know about contaminated land, remediation and asbestos and the likes, isn’t worth worrying about.
Starting out as a Contaminated Land Officer at the Environment Agency, he subsequently moved on to Remediation Management positions at BAE Systems, AIG Engineering Group and Caswell, prior to his most recent Managing Director role at Kershaw Contracting Services.
The estimated valuation of the projects Stephen has been involved with historically, surpasses the £50 million mark. From decommissioning of nuclear facilities at MoD premises, asbestos removal at Power Stations and Hotels such as the Savoy, as well as Remediation provisions at Gasworks, University and Road Infrastructure locations, Stephen has seen it all.
Positions such as this usually arise due to a downturn in performance and rarely is it the case that someone is fortunate enough to land a position that holds such promise. And Stephen is well aware of that, hence the decision to make the move.
When quizzed about the transfer, Stephen was clear that the ‘synergistic approach’ offered by the numerous services on offer from Mick George Ltd was fundamental in his reasoning - ‘The ability to offer a fully-rounded service to clients, framework agreements and ‘out of the box thinking’ when it comes to Remediation strategies’ - Stephen stated.
His drive, energy and ‘passion for regulations’ are present for all to see, but it’s the desire to exert his own personality in a Company whose culture conveys the same enthusiasm in a dynamic and technologically advancing industry, that was critical in his career choice.
He continued, and advocated the way that Mick George Ltd aggressively ‘challenged the way dated procedures were completed in the industry, implementing new technologies, and staying ahead of competitors, all of which played a critical part in his choice.
Away from working life, Stephen is now benefitting from his 2 children growing up and gaining independence. Subsequently, he is starting to rekindle his association with sport once again. While he may not be the ‘spring-chicken’ he once was, preventing him from hitting sixes left, right and center, when at the crease, he is still able to try his hand at golf and tennis on a regular basis.