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Gloucester-based engineering firm appoints new chairman

Former KPMG senior partner and board member Ronnie McCombe has joined Innsworth-based business Hydrock as non-executive chairman.

Trained and qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen in Ireland, Mr McCombe has worked internationally and held a number of senior leadership roles at KPMG in London for over 20 years.

In his career with KPMG, he led global multi-disciplinary client service teams advising FTSE-listed companies on their assets, their human capital and on major transformational programmes for their brands.

In 2019, after serving on the UK board of KPMG, Mr McCombe left to start a non-executive career. He currently has a number of Chair/NED roles with private equity backed growth companies specialising in professional services consultancy and human capital with a reputation for disrupting traditional business models in their sectors.

As non-executive chairman, Mr McCombe will work with Hydrock's existing board to drive forward the next stage of the company's growth.

"We are delighted to have attracted someone of Ronnie's calibre to our business," said Hydrock's chief executive Dr Brian McConnell.

"With his track record in executive management, his knowledge of consulting and people businesses and his experience of growing multi-disciplinary client service teams, he will be a real asset to us both around the boardroom table and also into the business as we continue to establish ourself as the advisor of choice with our clients.

"Ronnie is extremely well-networked into the boards of many leading FTSE-listed organisations and I for one, look forward to working with him to deepen our relationship with clients and offer even greater value, especially around the energy and sustainability agenda."

Ronnie McCombe said: "In a consulting business, the importance of people and culture cannot be under-estimated. There is a vibrancy about Hydrock's brand, and the growth they've achieved, even in this toughest of years, is a credit to everyone in the business.

"I'm excited to work with the team to offer my experience on how to continue to evolve the brand, grow client relationships, extend multi-disciplinary delivery and act as a link to a range of FTSE and public sector organisations."

With an office at Elmbridge Court Business Park, Hydrock specialises in building performance, civil and structural engineering as well as fire safety, nuclear management and environmental services.

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