New international director appointed as Ives declares intention to stand down after 40 years at company

The chair of consultant Cyril Sweett will retire at the firm's September annual general meeting, the firm said today.

Francis Ives, non-executive chairman at the firm, said he would stand down after 40 years at the company, 19 of which were as senior partner / chairman.

The firm also said it was appointing of Eamonn Kerr, currently responsible for the development and management of the group's International businesses, director of international operations with immediate effect.

Dean Webster, chief executive of Cyril Sweett, thanked Ives for his inspirational leadership and contribution to the business over the last 40 years. He said: “As Chairman since 1991, Francis has driven the growth of the business and more latterly led the Company onto the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. I am sure I speak on behalf of us all at Cyril Sweett by wishing Francis the very best for the future.

Kerr, who is presently based in Dubai, has worked within the Cyril Sweett Group for almost nine years, having been responsible for UK operations in the Central region prior to assuming responsibility for the. Webster said "Eamonn has a track record in international project management and I am confident that his presence on the board will enhance the executive management and its interface with our overseas businesses."