Gary Oates promoted to Divisional Managing Director of #GMINorthEast


Honor Wilson Head of Marketing & Communications

Gary Oates has been promoted to Managing Director in the North East.

GMI CEO, Lee Powell, lured Gary back to the business to take up the newly-created role of North East Operations Director over 12-months ago and now, following an outstanding performance from his region, Gary has been appointed as MD.

Gary’s DNA is very much GMI, having previously spent more than 16 years with our business, starting as a site manager before progressing to contracts manager, eventually leaving for a senior management position and directorship.

On his return Gary has led the North East remit to new heights following the region’s transition out of the Yorkshire division to a powerful and profitable business unit in its own right.

GMI’s growth strategy in the North East, spearheaded by Gary, is seriously gathering pace with new contracts wins. Building on the strong foundation of North Durham Retail Park at Eldiss and Hilthorn Business Park in Washington, GMI has moved quickly to secure new major works at the £75m Integra 61 scheme in Durham, with other schemes set to be announced.

Lee Powell said: “This appointment is thoroughly deserved. Gary has set up and led our business from the front in this region. Gary has landed contract wins and is on the way to securing some impressive opportunities.

“His leadership has shone through, and we are building an expert team in the North East which will benefit the business as whole.”

Gary Oates added: “I’m delighted and proud to lead this division in the North East. We are truly building something special here at our offices in Stockton and across our sites.

“We have built strong relationships with clients and our supply chain, and I look forward to announcing some high-profile developments in the New Year, as well as a move to a new and bigger premises that will match our ambition here.”