Tim Grier takes charge of John Laing's FM arm and promises to increase turnover to £25m.

John Laing has appointed Tim Grier as managing director of its facilities management business Equion FM.

Grier will take responsibility for the growth of Equion’s customer base in the PFI serviced accommodation sector and with private sector clients.

John Laing said that Grier’s objective was to increase Equion FM’s turnover to £25m by December 2005 and to deliver services to 100 properties. The growth will entail employing increasing the payroll from 200 to 300.

Prior to Equion, Grier was managing director at Hays and Reliance. He said: “We intend to expand the business organically, developing long-term operational contracts through the delivery of fully integrated facilities management.”

“We already have a strong presence in the public sector and we aim to replicate this success across commercial markets.”