Essex contractor Squibb recruits former Keltbray boss

Former McGee director Darren Wickins has joined demolition rival Squibb.

Wickins began work at his new employer this week where he arrives as a board director of the £31m turnover business.

Based in Essex, Squibb was founded in Stepney in 1948 by Harry Squibb who began clearing up bombed-out east London after the Second World War using a horse and cart.


Squibb has been working at the Whipps Cross site since last spring

In its last set of accounts, Squibb improved its pre-tax profit by 7% to £1.6m in the year to January 2021, despite being hit with £150,000 of costs related to the covid-19 pandemic.

The firm is carrying out work at Whipps Cross hospital in east London to clear the site ahead of its redevelopment while it has also carried out demolition work at the former MG Rover factory in Longbridge for developer St Modwen.

Wickins joined McGee in 2018 as its environmental services director after more than 18 years at Keltbray where he ended up being in charge of its decommissioning arm.

In its latest set of account for the year to November 2020, McGee saw turnover slump 30% to £76m in the wake of the pandemic with profit falling to £1.2m from £8m.