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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.

Cheryl joined Meldrum in 2016 and was shortlisted for Investors in People’s 2019 ‘Leader of the Year’ – one of only 7 finalists in the country.

Cheryl is Chartered MCIPD and 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.


Group Quality and Systems Director

Giles was recently appointed as Group Quality and Systems Director, having worked alongside Meldrum for over 15 years.

Giles is a Chartered Manufacturing Engineer but has worked with construction businesses throughout his working career. His focus is primarily around streamlining processes, something we want to continue doing here at Meldrum. Giles has been central to the development and implementation of our QEMS System (Quality, Environment, Management and Safety System).

Giles works across the Meldrum Group on a wide range of projects aimed at delivering continuous improvement and efficiencies.

Tracy Cuthbertson

Group Business Development Director

Tracy was recently appointed as Group Business Development Director. Tracy brings a wealth of experience from her previous career in the Consultancy Sector where she started her construction career after leaving the military. Initially working in a Project Management capacity, Tracy has experience in the delivery of numerous projects across the North East in sectors including residential, heritage, industrial, leisure and education as well as client management.

Having started at Meldrum as a Project Director, leading on the development and growth of the Tees Valley Office that covers the Tees Valley and North Yorkshire areas, her skills are now being used to manage key clients and identify and target opportunities for the group of companies here at Meldrum.

Simon Bissell

Group Finance Director

Simon is an associate member of the Charted Institute of Management Accountants, he has spent his career and held a number of senior roles to date in the construction, wholesale, retail and manufacturing industries.

Prior to joining Meldrum, Simon started his career with a North East builder’s merchants and chain of high street retail outlets, and most recently worked in the manufacturing industry, in companies with international sister companies and exported their products across the world.

In his new role, Simon will be working with the Finance department and senior management team to support the organisation through its next stage of development and growth.

With the current rapid change in the economic and business environment, that all organisations are experiencing currently, Simon will be working to ensure that the group of Meldrum companies, financial systems are as robust and as adaptable as possible, to support and ensure the successful outcome of the board of directors’ strategy/business plan for the business.

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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.


Construction Manager – Meldrum Construction Services Ltd

Steve was recently appointed as Head of our Construction Operating Company. He brings a great deal of passion and enthusiasm for his work along with a varied and extensive knowledge in construction. This has been gained over more than 30 years working for both national and regional construction companies.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building, Steve is committed to the values and vision of the Group and ensuring all construction projects deliver a quality end product each and every time. His experience ranges from commercial and industrial schemes, through to healthcare, residential and education projects.

Several of these projects have been award winning schemes including one that won a Constructing Excellence Award for Integrated and Collaborative Working.


Head of Building Services – Meldrum Building Services Ltd

Ross has over 20 years’ experience in the building services industry and has developed his career from apprentice to that of Head of building services, overseeing all the of Meldrum’s Building Services projects from initial tender enquiry to hand over and through the defects period, as well as input into the design department from a technical perspective.

Ross recently joined Meldrum to take over the successful building services department to deliver a range of projects such as (but not limited to) educational, residential, industrial, commercial and health care. With a proven track record Ross brings his experience to further strengthen Meldrum’s building services business.


Operations Director – Meldrum Facilities Ltd

Stephen has over 26 years’ experience delivering Facilities Management, Maintenance and Refurbishment works.  During this time Stephen has worked in pretty much every sector including Healthcare, Education, Emergency Services, Commercial and Industrial.

Stephen has a varied career spanning numerous disciplines. Having started his career on an FM Service Desk he then progressed into Quantity Surveying, Project Management and Commercial Management before moving into an Operations Directors Role which he has carried out successfully for over 10 years.

Stephen joined Meldrum in November 2021 with a strategy to grow the Facilities Management business whilst ensuring an exceptional service is delivered with Meldrum’s core values at its heart.