Wilson James, the leading provider of specialist security, construction logistics and aviation services, has announced that Phil Wilbraham has joined the company as a non-executive director. A renowned construction industry veteran, Wilbraham brings his vast experience in large scale project planning, development and logistics to Wilson James – expertise that will help to ensure that it meets the objectives outlined in its strategic growth plan.
After studying civil engineering at the University of Exeter, Wilbraham became a chartered engineer and spent 10 years with Mott MacDonald, designing roads and bridges, before moving to Tarmac. In 1999 Tarmac became Carillion and while at the company he became involved with Heathrow Airport, which he subsequently joined in 2003.
His longstanding career at Heathrow Airport saw him take on a number of roles including his final position as expansion programme director. It was during this period that Wilbraham got to know Wilson James, which has been a longstanding partner of Heathrow Airport for over 27 years. He retired from this position in 2020 having been a key figure from the planning stage onwards in two of the biggest projects ever undertaken at the site – the construction and development of Terminal 2 and Terminal 5.
Commenting on his appointment as non-executive director, Wilbraham said, ‘Having had the pleasure of working closely with the team at Wilson James for many years, I’ve developed a thorough understanding and respect for its corporate values and determination to do things better. I also share the company’s belief in the power of collaboration. Wonderful things can be achieved when people come together and I’m looking forward to using what I’ve learned from my career in construction and applying it across all aspects of Wilson James’ activities.’
A staunch advocate of sustainable construction practices, Wilbraham believes that much more can, and should, be done to deliver projects using green practices. He stated, ‘Unfortunately, there is too much talk and not enough action in this area and we need to change the perception that sustainable means expensive. The digital world has opened up a massive opportunity to introduce fresh ideas and perspectives, and I’m particularly impressed by the way that Wilson James leads the way in construction logistics through implementing sustainable ways to get material and equipment where it needs to be on time.’
Wilbraham will sit on the Wilson James board and work closely with Mark Dobson, the company’s chief executive officer (CEO). Dobson concluded, ‘I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Phil to the company. As someone I have known for many years, I’m fully aware that he shares our ethos and having someone of his calibre as part of the team will prove invaluable. His skills, knowledge and ideas will help us to expand our presence, while continuing to provide a service that is agile, sustainable, flexible and always meets our customers’ needs. I look forward to working alongside Phil as we take Wilson James to the next level of success.’
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For over 25 years, Wilson James has been a leading provider across three core service lines:
Security: Guarding for locations that demand the highest levels of security across a range of industry sectors. Includes provision of security guards, front of house staff, consultancy and personal protection services, amongst others.
Construction Logistics: Design, planning and delivery of bespoke logistics solutions which includes everything from site set up and organisation of accommodation for ground staff, to the management of secure materials movement around the construction site.
Aviation: Providing unique solutions to some of the busiest airports in the UK, including Transport Operations, PRM, Welcome Services and Secure Logistics.
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