One of Scotland’s leading female engineers has joined with a multi-utility specialist to create Advance Powertek Utilities, a major new operator in the UK.
Lynsey Breen started her career in 1996 as a civil and structural engineering technician becoming one of only a handful of women in this male-dominated sector.
Breen progressed through a number of challenging roles in house building, including design engineering, before being appointed as engineering manager for a major housebuilder and technical director for a major energy contractor. Most recently she has been director of strategic operations for the multi-million pound civil engineering company Advance Construction Scotland.
Advance Construction Scotland is spinning out its successful multi-utility division to create the new company, joining with the strategic expertise and live cabling capabilities of Powertek Utilities in the jointly-owned venture.
Advance Powertek Utilities has been formed to maximise the growth potential of both companies, combining the skills, expertise and experience of their teams into one business – with a focus on renewables.
Breen will become managing director, with Powertek founder Steve Higgins becoming chief executive.
The workforce of 30 will be based at the company’s new headquarters in Livingston, with the majority coming into the company by TUPE transfer from Advance Construction Scotland.
Breen said: ‘The new business is an exciting development for both Advance Construction and Powertek. By unifying our teams, we are creating a company that has all the requisite skills and experience to become a major new force in the UK utilities sector. Having been fortunate enough to have Advance Construction founder Seamus Shields as a mentor, I have seen the power that customer service excellence, investment in people, and a company culture focused on innovation brings to business.
“Both Steve and I will bring these qualities to our dynamic growth plans in the months ahead. As well as core gas, electric and water contracts, we are ambitious to be at the forefront of the renewables revolution, as demand for more sustainable energy increases from consumers and government.”
Steve Higgins said: ‘Despite the uncertain economic climate, there are positive signs and confidence within the construction sector and we believe there is huge potential for our new business to grow in Scotland and across the UK. The specialist skills and experience of our team are in high demand for a wide range of multi-utility projects, and collectively we have an impressive track record of successful delivery for our customers at the very highest level.”