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EDI & CSR Champion, Barry Curran Retires

Following 28 years with the company, Cruden Group has said a heartfelt farewell to Barry Curran who retired on Friday 28th April 2017, aged 70. 

Colleagues marked the occasion with a reception and presentation at Hillcrest.

Barry’s career with Cruden is certainly one to be proud of. After an early career that saw Barry working at UK national construction leaders AMEC, Taylor Woodrow and George Wimpey; Barry started with Cruden in 1989 in the post of Chief Bonus Surveyor, progressing through a number of roles culminating in his position as Cruden Group’s first official CSR Champion in the capacity of Client and Community Ambassador.

Barry was a committed and respected member of the Group’s Investors in People Committee which achieved accreditation in 2000. Barry has always championed the Investors in People agenda and so it should be no surprise that he joined our Equality and Diversity Committee, contributing to our journey towards accreditation as firstly, Investors In Diversity and in 2015, Leaders in Diversity, the UK’s first construction company to be awarded the highest accolade available from the National Centre for Diversity.

Back in 2005, Barry was asked by then Group Chairman, Jim Massie to consider a different career path, away from the day to day management of the direct workforce and with whom Barry had established great trust and rapport, to lead the Group’s drive to gain ISO 14001 accreditation. This goal was achieved in November 2006 with a re-trained Barry as the Group’s Environmental Manager and the holder of the IEMA Certificate in Environmental Management.

Barry chaired the Group’s Sports and Social Committee for over a decade, helping many colleagues to organise events and support activities, catering for a wide range of hobbies and interests in sport, leisure and culture. The group is delighted he will continue to Chair the committee even in retirement.

Commenting on his 28 years with the company, Barry was his ever gracious self, placing emphasis on relationships with people both inside and outside of the company and the satisfaction of helping colleagues to grow and develop:  “The most enjoyable aspects of working at Cruden have been the memories and friendships I have made which I will cherish for the rest of my life. It has been great to see people I managed, grow and develop and in particular Mark Holmes (Labour Manager), Kenny Humphreys (HSQE Manager), Peter Blake (Contracts Manager) and the many young people and apprentices that Cruden has supported through training.”    

Cruden Group wishes Barry a long, happy and healthy retirement.