Engineering specialists unveil key appointment in John Cheek

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Sheffield heavy engineering specialist DavyMarkham is stepping up its ambitions in the nuclear and defence sectors with the appointment of John Cheek as Nuclear and Defence Director.

A leading figure in the industry Mr Cheek has 35 years experience in the sector.

He is leading efforts to secure and deliver contracts in the UK and overseas in the growing market linked to the construction, operation and decommissioning of nuclear power plants – a market worth billions of pounds a year.

DavyMarkham, whose history in Sheffield can be traced back 186 years, has a longstanding and international reputation in heavy and complex engineering, notably in the tunnel boring, hydro, steel and bridge building sectors.

While new contracts continue to be sought in these areas, it will be alongside the big push for nuclear and defence contracts.

Mr Cheek said he wanted to see the company develop its expertise beyond the traditional product-orientated approach.

“We don’t want to be making widgets, we want to be at the top end of the technological spectrum.

“Nuclear and defence are very important for the future, and we want to be part of the full cycle, supporting the new build phase, the operational phase and the decommissioning phase.

“The brand of Sheffield coupled with the history of DavyMarkham makes a compelling sales pitch.”