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Dave Meldrum

Group CEO

After graduating from Bradford University in 1985 with an honour’s degree in Civil and Structural Engineering, Dave worked on a number of projects in London including the M25, the original Waterloo International Terminal for Eurostar and various under and over bridges.

All along, Dave had a burning ambition to start his own civil engineering business.  His aim was to provide the construction industry with non-confrontational and collaborative working methods in order to bring harmony to the industry’s existing feel of agitation and its claims culture.

It is this vision and drive that has developed the Meldrum Group into what we know today.  A large proportion of our work comes from referrals and repeat business – no doubt due to Dave’s focus on delivering quality results, on time and within budget; whilst also developing a team culture across the business and an employee environment where an individual can maximise their potential.

John Meldrum

Group Chairman

John Meldrum was appointed Chairman of the Board of the Meldrum Group in February 2020. John has practical experience of start-up, early stage and large corporate business environments over a lifetime spent working in international software businesses across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Following a series of commercial and sales management appointments in the software industry, John retired from such full-time roles in order to apply his experience to other businesses across a variety of sectors. This includes advisory/mentoring roles with a number of early-stage tech businesses; co-founder/director of an animal hospital in Leeds (Frank Pets Hospital) as well as part-time chairman of Meldrum Group.

John is a Lancaster University honours graduate in Accounting and Finance with a minor in Marketing.

Cheryl James

Group HR & Marketing Director

Cheryl was appointed Group HR & Marketing Director in March 2020 after being promoted from Head of Business Support Services. After graduating with an honours degree in Business Administration she has worked in FTSE 100 & 250 businesses providing support to international Directors and CEO’s.

She joined Meldrum in 2016 and new to the role of HR & Marketing was recently shortlisted for Investors in People’s 2019 ‘Leader of the Year’ one of only 7 finalists in the country.

Cheryl is currently studying for her CIPD Level 7 in HRM. Cheryl has created and implemented people strategies and initiatives such as ‘Meldrum starts with me’ and our MAD Awards. She is instrumental in driving the culture, vision and strategy for the business and truly believes it all starts with our people.

John Davies

Group Managing Director

John joined Meldrum in March 2020 following the implementation of our Group structure.

John has over 35 year’s construction industry experience with a large proportion of that as a main contractor. He has been a key member of a team that was awarded The Queen’s Award for outstanding work in supporting communities and has a passion for the health and well-being of his teams; actively promoting a safe and supportive environment for them and encouraging them to continually add value during their daily operational routines.

As Group Managing Director his role is to oversee and drive operational delivery in line with our Group business strategy and to ensure such delivery is conducted with our core values at the heart of everything we do.

David Finnigan

Finance Director

David has over 30 years of director experience specialising in the SME sector with a particular emphasis on construction, building materials and logistics. David joined Meldrum in 2014 as Finance Director, and has recently been appointed to the role of Company Secretary & Group Commercial Compliance Director where he ensures our commercial processes are fit for purpose, robust and legally compliant.

David has in-depth experience of insurance, construction, contract and employment law, contract accounting, systems implementation and financial planning.  He is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and fellow of the Chartered governance institute.

Throughout his career David has developed an appropriate corporate governance structure for several groups of companies and has an extensive network of relationships with various bank and other funding organisations.

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Jonathan Mellis

Managing Director – Meldrum Structural and Civil Engineering Ltd

Jonathan has 28 years’ experience in civil engineering construction, along with strong leadership, programming and commercial skills. He has developed his career, starting out as an apprentice through to management, joining Meldrum in 2010.

Jonathan was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2016 following 6 successful years of managing and growing our Civils Department and in 2019, following the introduction of the Group structure, Jonathan was appointed MD of Meldrum Structural and Civil Engineering Ltd.

Michael Robertson

Construction Director – Meldrum Structural and Civil Engineering Ltd

Michael has over 20 years’ experience in the civil engineering industry and has developed his career from a site Engineer to that of Construction Director, overseeing all the of Meldrum’s Civil and Structural Engineering projects from a delivery and technical perspective.

Michael has been with Meldrum for 9 years and has successfully delivered a range of projects such as (but not limited to) reinforced concrete structures, steel frames, waste water treatment plants, hard and soft landscaping, underpinning and basement works along with associated internal fit-outs.

Michael’s delivery is firmly embedded within Meldrum’s core values, resulting in 80% repeat business and referrals.

Michelle Scott

FM Director – Meldrum Facilities Ltd

Michelle joined Meldrum in January 2019 with the aim of setting up and growing our FM proposition and business.

With over 20 years FM experience in both the hard and soft services within the FM industry, she is highly experienced at delivering high quality, in-house and outsourced facilities management service to a wide variety of clients. She also has over 5 years’ experience of managing a PFI school contract in Newcastle and was also responsible for the management of the lifecycle replacement programme – which included the building fabric and mechanical and electrical works.

Michelle provides leadership, management and motivation to our FM team to ensure we successfully deliver our FM service contract requirements for each of our clients. Michelle is passionate about providing excellent service delivery and in getting it right first time.

Mark Hooper

Operations Director – Meldrum Building Services Ltd

Mark was appointed to Operations Director for Meldrum Building Services in May 2020.

Mark is a dedicated and experienced Engineer and Director who puts great emphasis on attention to detail, he has a trade apprenticeship background, having over 20 years previous experience as an Electrical Engineer within the Construction industry and experience of running and operating a successful small business.

He has worked on numerous projects ranging from £5k to £5.5m, from traditional contracts to PFI contracts and has a reputation for delivering practical, quality schemes within the given time and budgetary constraints. Mark has an excellent commercial awareness.

Mark has completed numerous office M&E fit outs, working to a high specification. He has had considerable input into the final design of the M&E systems, utilising his experience to help value engineer the project without changing aesthetics and functionality yet still meeting the client’s high expectations.