One of the key projects Bob Lane was responsible for was the design and construction of the high voltage and low voltage power distribution systems and the external lighting systems at the Channel Tunnel UK Terminal. The project was successfully delivered with significantly improved profit margins.
Following on from this, Bob was a key player in the establishment of Seeboard's new stand-alone electrical contracting business, and became Manager of Seeboard Contracting's Project Engineering Division, responsible for all major projects and high voltage engineering contracts. Key to this was to establish its own in-house HV engineering resource capability, and to target new markets such as Pfizer and Network Rail.
Bob then took over as General Manager of Seeboard Nene, a loss-making acquisition company based in Daventry. In order to make the company viable, the company was split into a profitable Maintenance Division and the loss-making contracts were isolated in a separate Construction Division and progressively scaled down. This enabled the Maintenance business to be sold on as a going concern, and the Construction business staff were moved to London to form the core of a new construction team working for London Underground. During Bob's period of stewardship of Seeboard Nene, successful projects included 13 multiplex cinemas across the UK, a major extension of the Toyota plant at Burnaston in Derbyshire, and the UK Headquarters of a major international company at Milton Keynes.
On returning to the South East, Bob became Operations Director for Seeboard Contracting Services. As well as being a Director of the CJV, responsible for negotiating and carrying out a major power upgrade contract for London Underground, Bob spent 3 months based at St John's Wood carrying out due diligence of the stations upgrades for Metronet, and was also part of the team which negotiated the contracts with London Underground.
With the purchase of Seeboard by EDF Energy, it was decided to restructure the private network activities of both London Electricity and Seeboard into separate business market segments, and Bob became Head of Rail responsible for all raiway activities previously undertaken by the former Seeboard Contracting business and London Electricity.
During his time in Contracting, Bob oversaw the relocation to its new head office in Kent, and its expansion into London by establishing offices first in Euston Road and then in the Strand. By the time of the restructuring, the Contracting business had grown to be one of the top 10 electrical contracting companies in the UK.
The skills acquired in the electrical contracting business are fully transferrable to other operational and commercial organisations, whether in the rail, contracting, utility, or other service industry. For a free consultation without obligation, please contact us.